I’m delighted to hear that Acorn will be releasing a third DVD of Dixon of Dock Green episodes. More details can be found on their website here.
Collections one and two contained all the existing colour episodes broadcast between 1970 and 1975 (with the exception of Molenzicht which was omitted for unspecified rights reasons).
Collection three will have all eight episodes from the 22nd and final series (broadcast in 1976). This is the only series of Dixon of Dock Green to exist in its entirety, which sadly indicates just how depleted the Dixon archive is.
The eight episodes are as follows –
1. Domino (13th March 1976)
2. The Job (20th March 1976)
3. Vagrant (27th March 1976)
4. Everybody’s Business (3rd April 1976)
5. Alice (10th April 1976)
6. Jackpot (17th April 1976)
7. Legacy (24th April 1976)
8. Reunion (1st May 1976)
This final series sees George Dixon (Jack Warner) working as a civilian collator at Dock Green police station, following his retirement from the force. Given that Jack Warner was eighty years old at the time, this was a reasonable move (indeed, his obvious age and immobility had been a problem for a few years prior to this).
Missing from the final series was Andy Crawford (played by Peter Byrne). As Byrne had been a regular since 1955, his decision not to take part in this series was puzzling – as it was pretty obvious that the series (due to Warner’s age) wouldn’t be continuing for much longer.
I’ve written here about my appreciation of the first collection of episodes, released in 2012, and hopefully these final eight will be of a similar standard.
This just leaves the black and white episodes which could (maybe if sales of this DVD are good) make up collection four some time in the future.