The Chief

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Original run: 20 Apr 1990 – 16 Jun 1995

Country of origin: UK

Genre: Crime, Drama

Network: itv UK

Watched by: 7 of 707 960 0%

Total running time: 1 day 9 hours 20 minutes

Episode duration: 50 minutes

IMDB rating: 6.8 of 10 77

MyShows rating: 3.5 of 5 4


The Chief is a British television crime drama series that aired on ITV from 20 April 1990 to 16 June 1995, starring Michael Cochrane, Tim Pigott-Smith and Martin Shaw. It was made by Anglia Television.

The series was set in East Anglia, with "the Chief" in command of the fictitious Eastland Constabulary, a large police force covering all of it. The first Chief was John Stafford (Tim Pigott-Smith), who was replaced in episode 3 of series 3 by Alan Cade (Martin Shaw). Both were dynamic men who talked frankly. There is a lot of political content, in particular battles with the Home Office and local politicians.

The show ran for five years, five series and a total of 35 episodes.

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