Backup

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Backup is a British television police procedural crime drama series, focusing on the work of a police Operational Support Unit, similar to the Territorial Support Group. Created by Nigel McCrery and Roy Mitchell, who famous co-created Silent Witness... read more

Backup is a British television police procedural crime drama series, focusing on the work of a police Operational Support Unit, similar to the Territorial Support Group. Created by Nigel McCrery and Roy Mitchell, who famous co-created Silent Witness and New Tricks, the series ran for a total of fourteen episodes across two series, and was broadcast on BBC One between 1995 and 1997. Martin Troakes, Christopher John Hall and Nick Miles star as the main protagonists of the series, Bill Parkin, Eric Warren and John Barrett. Initial press releases for the series stated, "When things get too much for the officers on the front line, they call for Backup, the Operational Support Unit (OSU)."

Original Release

09/07/1995 on BBC

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Cast

William Tapley PC Lionel 'Oz' Adams
Katrina Levon PC Gill 'Dippy' Copson
Nick Miles PC John 'Thug' Barrett
Martin Troakes Sgt. Bill 'Sarge' Parkin
Calum MacPherson PC Roger 'Flub' Tennant
Christopher John Hall PC Eric 'Token' Warren
Christopher Quinn PC Goole
Steve Fortune Hancock
Annie Miles Tracy
Adam Morris Insp. 'Jean' Harlow
(see additional cast & crew)
# Title Air Date
1 A Night Out with the Lads Wednesday, 28 May 1997
2 Partners Wednesday, 04 June 1997
3 Touched Wednesday, 11 June 1997
4 Presence Wednesday, 18 June 1997
5 Not Cricket Wednesday, 25 June 1997
6 Something for the Weekend, Sir? Wednesday, 02 July 1997
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Directors

Jan Sargent, Bob Blagden, Douglas Mackinnon

Writers

Roy Mitchell, Nigel McCrery, Steve Trafford, Robin Mukherjee, Avril E. Russell, Susan Wilkins, Simon Andrew Stirling

Creators

Nigel McCrery

Cast

William Tapley PC Lionel 'Oz' Adams
Katrina Levon PC Gill 'Dippy' Copson
Nick Miles PC John 'Thug' Barrett
Martin Troakes Sgt. Bill 'Sarge' Parkin
Calum MacPherson PC Roger 'Flub' Tennant
Christopher John Hall PC Eric 'Token' Warren
Christopher Quinn PC Goole
Steve Fortune Hancock
Annie Miles Tracy
Adam Morris Insp. 'Jean' Harlow
Amelda Brown Brenda Parkin
Peter Sullivan Det. Insp. Overton
Colette Koo PC Susan 'Bruce' Li
Oliver Milburn PC Wayne 'Bog' Cheetham
Alex Norton PC Ian 'Jock' Macrae
Matthew Rhys PC Steve 'Hiccup' Higson
James Gaddas PC Jim 'Grim' Reaper
Suzan Crowley D.C.I. Helen Chivers
Matthew Rhys PC Steve Higson / PC Steve 'Hiccup' Higson
Beverly Hills Kate Warren

Producers

Chris Parr Executive Producer
Caroline Oulton Executive Producer
Tony Virgo Executive Producer
Hilary Salmon Producer
Martin Page Producer

Editors

John Rosser, Beverley Mills

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