WPC 56

WPC 56

Series One

DVD - 2014
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Set in England's West Midlands in 1956, the show follows determined Gina Dawson, the first woman police constable to serve in her hometown, as she struggles to gain acceptance in the male-dominated world of policing. Sometimes dismayed by the patronizing sexism, bullying, corruption and racial prejudice that she encounters every day, Gina remains undaunted and sets out to prove her worth, make a difference and earn some respect.
Publisher: [Place of publication not identified] : [publisher not identified], [2014]
Copyright Date: ©2014
Branch Call Number: DVD Drama WPC1
Characteristics: 2 videodiscs (229 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in
Alternative Title: Woman police constable 56


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My new favorite BBC drama--always good stuff. WPC stands for Woman Police Constable and this show follows the first WPC to serve in England's West Midlands in the mid-1950s, most definitely a male-dominated career and society. (Vicki's pick)

Set in 1956 England, Gina Dawson is the first female police officer to serve in her home town police station. This show perfectly captures some of the pressing issues of the period such as women's equality (or lack of), and the rise of racial tensions.

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Feb 22, 2016

Great series, I watched all the discs and all episodes in one night. It's basically about how a raw WPC becomes a hero and wins the hearts of the men in her police unit in a West Midlands town in the mid-1950s. BBC production values as usual are perfect, and the acting is high quality. The contrast between the subtle and more true to life and warming BBC productions and the over the top sensationalist cold-hearted American productions is always stark to me. I just can't stomach the American stuff whenever I take the chance and borrow a video, it just never works, while the British productions are so wonderful.... Anyway, you see my bias.....

Dec 02, 2014

Interesting historical drama about the first female policewoman in Midlands England during the 1950's. Characters are drawn with a broad brush, and uses every possible stereotype against women. I also found the 50's soundtrack distracting. It's obviously there to lend credence to the drama's setting in the 1950's, but I think detracts from the action and mood, which I found quite depressing due in large part to the prejudice against WPC Dawson. The music just doesn't match the tone. Dawson overcomes her parents' disappointment, her colleagues' biases, and her boyfriend's inattention, and of course solves the big case, so I guess all is well.

Nov 20, 2014

Good one but I wish it had subtitle. It is hard to catch all the conversations.

brontelit87 Oct 02, 2014

This is a very good show. The ongoing, interweaving plots are interesting. The acting's good. The episodes are well paced and gripping in different ways. I would have liked to have seen a little more character development for the main cast, but maybe that will be in the second season. In any case, this is worth watching. Highly recommended.


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