John Taylor: Long arm of the law!

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In Shakespeare’s time all the world was a stage. Nowadays it seems to be more of a Big Brother set, judging by some of the drivel being piped on to our television screens.

Interspersed with news images of excitable foreigners running around shooting each other for no very good reason. So let’s have some proper grown up viewing.

Personally I was gutted when Bodger and Badger came to an end, and I still can’t look at a packet of mashed potato without welling up.

And, of course, persons of a certain age will no doubt remember Dixon of Dock Green, a series of moralistic tales of law and order, from a time when the viewing population was still indoctrinated in the belief that all authority was deserving of unquestioned obedience.

Invariably the baddies came a cropper and accepted their fate with a resigned, ‘It’s a fair cop, guv.’ And each episode ended with the sagely words of George Dixon, with not a stab vest, taser, or riot shield in sight. O’ those were the rose tinted days, in which Stony Stratford played a not insignificant role, for one of the principle actors was a native of the town.

He was Anthony Parker, an ex Wolverton Grammar School boy, whose parents lived at 26, Boundary Crescent.

Anthony attended RADA and with a broad Cornish accent appeared in over 50 episodes of Dixon of Dock Green as police constable Bob Penney.

However, wishing to pursue his career in the theatre and television plays he was then killed off. This immediately sparked a wave of protest from thousands of viewers.

But not to worry, for a few months later when reincarnated as Anthony Parker he made a joyous appearance at New Bradwell, to open the British Legion fête.