->''"Good evening, all."''
-->-- '''Sergeant George Dixon''' (first words of each episode)
''Dixon of Dock Green'' was a long-running PoliceProcedural from Creator/TheBBC. It ran from 1955 to 1976. Set in the fictional Dock Green police station and area of London, the series focused on Sgt. George Dixon, OldFashionedCopper in every sense of the word that doesn't involve [[AshesToAshes Gene Hunt]] and ''TheSweeney''-style shenanigans. In short: a British Bobby.
Although it occasionally dealt with corruption and "bent coppers", the portrayal of the police was overwhelmingly sympathetic (and the criminals usually caught and "banged up"). This niceness left the show open to criticism and its supremacy as top UK cop show was eventually challenged by the altogether grittier ''Series/ZCars'' and downright violent ''TheSweeney''.
A key feature of the show was the FramingDevice of an opening to-camera narration by Dixon which always began, "Good evening, all," (shortened in popular usage to "Evening, all,") and a closing narration-cum-homily which nearly always ended, "Goodnight, all."
The character of George Dixon was originally encountered in the 1950 movie ''The Blue Lamp'', in which he was shot to death (by Dirk Bogarde's young tough).
!!Contains examples of:
* CatchPhrase: "Good evening, all" (the good has been dropped in popular usage)
* FramingDevice: The opening and closing narrations
* InsigniaRipOffRitual: An episode saw Dixon collaring a corrupt colleague, demanding that the corrupt copper remove his uniform (jacket only - this is a family show) so that Dixon could arrest him.
* OldFashionedCopper: Dixon is most definitely one of these, but in the positive sense: incorruptible. Indeed, he's the TropeCodifier for that version.
* RecycledTheSeries: Recycled from ''The Blue Lamp''.
* SparedByTheAdaptation: George Dixon was shot dead in the original movie.
* SpinOff: From a movie, in this case.
* WrittenInInfirmity: Around halfway through the series run, Dixon was promoted to Sergeant and started spending more time behind a desk while younger coppers did the leg work. This was to accommodate Jack Warner's advancing age and arthritis.