Cult TV

Rockliffe’s Babies: The Complete Series (DVD)

A controversial police procedural from the late 1980’s, this ratings-winning drama charts the progress of seven trainee CID officers learning the ropes in some of London’s toughest areas.

Ian Hogg gives a career best performance as the tough, irascible Alan Rockliffe – an old-school supervisor whose job it is to sort the wheat from the chaff. Also starring Joe McGann and Brian Croucher – with guest appearances from Clive Owen, Pauline Quirke, Kevin Lloyd, John Michie and John Woodvine – this set contains both hard-hitting series of Rockliffe’s Babies, complete and uncut.

It’s a busy week for the young plain-clothes crime squad PCs. A mixed bunch, with decidedly mixed abilities, they’re thrown in at the deep end with a hooded prowler, an armed robbery and a mugging on the notorious Dragon Estate – they need to think fast, but if anyone can sharpen their instincts it’s surely the quick-tempered DS Rockcliffe.

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