Sunday, 17 March 2013

WPC 56, BBC1, with Jennie Jacques

WPC 56, BBC1, Desk Sgt Peter Pratt (GERARD HORAN), Cathy Sinclair (JUSTINE MICHELLE CAIN), PC Eddie Coulson (CHRIS OVERTON), WPC Gina Dawson (JENNIE JACQUES), DI Jack Burns (KIERAN BEW), Sgt Sidney Fenton (CHARLIE DE'ATH), Chief Insp Nelson (JOHN LIGHT)
Gina Dawson (Jennie Jacques, front) joins the team. Pic: BBC
BBC1 has a new daytime drama running every weekday next week (2.15pm, from Monday, 18 March). WPC 56 follows Gina Dawson, played by Jennie Jacques, the new face starting work as a policewoman in a fictional, 1950s Midlands constabulary. The all-male police team are patronising, but also a little unsure of this novel phenomenon – the WPC. Expect sexism, corruption and racism in a drama offering an unsentimental glance at an era often associated with the comfy Dixon of Dock Green depiction. The Beeb is unleashing the series with very little ballyhoo or publicity material, so you'll just have to watch it to discover whether it's any good. Judgments welcome below…