Dixon Of Dock Green: Jack Warner's police tunic and helmet,
Lot 118
Dixon Of Dock Green: Jack Warner's police tunic and helmet,
Sold for £500 (US$ 784) inc. premium

Lot Details
Dixon Of Dock Green: Jack Warner's police tunic and helmet,
Television Memorabilia
Dixon Of Dock Green: Jack Warner's police tunic and helmet,
the tunic, with Dixon's service number, 706, to each epaulette, whistle and chain attached, the whistle stamped Metropolitan Police 69309, sleeves with sergeant's stripes, with medal ribands, on display mannequin, with a Metropolitan Police helmet, inside inscribed J. Warner, and an oil on canvas portrait of Warner in character as George Dixon, illegibly signed but dated 71, 23½ x 29½ inches (60x75cm)

Footnotes

  • Jack Warner, born Horace John Waters in 1895, the brother of comediennes Elsie and Doris Waters, first became known to audiences via music hall and radio. In the mid-1940s he began his film career and in 1950 appeared as P.C. George Dixon in 'The Blue Lamp', in which his character is shot by Tom Riley, played by Dirk Bogarde. Dixon was revived in 1955 for the BBC TV series, 'Dixon Of Dock Green', which was to run until 1976.

    The show was broadcast at a prime-time early evening slot on Saturdays and built up huge audiences. Warner portrayed Dixon as a paternalistic, traditional 'bobby on the beat' and the show always began with him delivering a salute and the now-immortal greeting of 'Good evening, all', followed by a soliloqy to camera. The show ended similarly, with Dixon usually proffering some philosophical thoughts on crime and signing off with 'Goodnight, all'. According to his autobiography, 'Jack Of All Trades', Warner stated that, during a visit to the studios where the series was made, The Queen commented that the show had become part of the British way of life. Such was the regard in which Warner's characterisation of this fictional policeman was held that real-life officers from London's Paddington Green Police Station were pall-bearers at Warner's funeral, following his death in May 1981, aged 85.

    Provenance: The vendor of this and the following two lots was a family friend of Ted Willis, creator of the TV series and writer for its 20-year run. Willis was made a life peer in 1963, becoming Baron Willis, of Chislehurst. He was listed in the 'Guinness Book Of Records' as the world's most prolific TV writer and also author of more than 70 palys and films.
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