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1[[quoteright:350:]] ˛[[caption-width-right:350:Jack Warner as Dixon]]˛->''"Good evening, all."''˛-->Sergeant George Dixon (first words of each episode)˛˛''Dixon of Dock Green'' (1955--1976) was a long-running PoliceProcedural from Creator/TheBBC. 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 [[Series/AshesToAshes2008 Gene Hunt]] and ''Series/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 ''Series/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 Creator/EalingStudios movie ''The Blue Lamp'' (1950), in which he was shot to death (by Dirk Bogarde's young tough).˛˛It was revived in 2005 as a radio drama. Twelve episodes were produced over two years.˛˛----˛!!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: [[invoked]] Recycled from ''The Blue Lamp''.˛* SparedByTheAdaptation: George Dixon was shot dead in the original movie.˛* SpinOff: From a movie, in this case.˛* ToneShift: While it often gets held up for its unerringly positive portrayal of both the police and the work that they do, the series ''did'' take a turn towards DarkerAndEdgier in the 1970s, presumably in response to the likes of ''Series/TheSweeney''. The Dock Green police found themselves facing a more hardcore type of villain, and the previous ban on mentioning corruption in the police force was relaxed. For example, the episode "Eye-Witness" sees the police face up against a major league criminal gang known for murder and extortion, with links through-out Europe and the UK, where mention is made of the gang having "pipelines" into local police up and down the country as a source of information. Another 1970s episode, "Harry's Back", focuses on a criminal who comes back to the UK and who is said to have had got away with a lot of his crimes back in the day in part through bribing corrupt coppers. Naturally George Dixon himself remains utterly incorruptable throughout...˛* WrittenInInfirmity: [[invoked]] 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 [[CharacterAgedWithTheActor advancing age]] and arthritis.˛----


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