All Quiet on the Preston Front (TV Series 1994– )


All Quiet on the Preston Front (TV Series 1994– )

The comic every day lives and mis-adventures of a group of friends most of whom belong to their local unit of the Territorial Army in the North of England.
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Creator Brian Farnham
Creator Chris Bernard
Creator Tim Firth
Release Date1994-01-04
Content Rating
Awards3 wins & 1 nomination.
CompanyBritish Broadcasting Corporation (BBC)
Dawn 19 episodes, 1994-1997
Ally 19 episodes, 1994-1997
Spock 13 episodes, 1995-1997
Jeanetta Scarry 10 episodes, 1994-1995

All Quiet on the Preston Front

All Quiet on the Preston Front is a BBC comedy drama about a group of friends in the fictional Lancashire town of Roker Bridge, and their links to the local Territorial Army infantry platoon. It was created by Tim Firth.


Three series were made. For series two and three the title was shortened to Preston Front, and the series became less about the TA and more about the personal lives of the protagonists.

Series One

Series Two

Series Three

Although set in Lancashire, where the majority of filming took place, some scenes were filmed at locations in the Midlands, including The Shrubbery (the old TA Centre), Birmingham Road, Kidderminster, and the Black Country Museum.

Principal characters

  • Private David 'Hodge' Gadd, a garden centre assistant (Colin Buchanan)
  • Private Wayne 'Eric' Disley, Hodge's best friend, a bit of a "loser" (Paul Haigh)
  • Private Dawn Lomax, a trainee teacher (although she later leaves college) and new recruit to the transport section, Eric's girlfriend (later wife) (Caroline Catz)
  • Private Simon 'Spock' Matlock, a history teacher and intellectual (Stephen Tompkinson in series one, Alistair MacGowan thereafter)
  • Private Tony 'Lloydy' Lloyd, a farm labourer (later wealthy after inventing a successful boardgame), the platoon clown (Adrian Hood)
  • Private (later Lance-Corporal) Derek 'Diesel' Moyle, a garage owner (Tony Marshall)
  • Corporal (later Officer Cadet) Alison 'Ally' Minshull, NCO in charge of the transport section, Spock's sister, unhappily married to a local solicitor (Kate Gartside)
  • Corporal (later Sergeant) Peter 'Pete' Polson, the friends' section commander, a former regular NCO, now manager of a hotel leisure centre (David MacCreedy)
  • Jeanetta Scarry, an older woman with whom Hodge had a one-night stand five years before (Susan Wooldridge in series one and two, Carolyn Pickles thereafter)
  • Kirsty, Jeanetta's and Hodge's young daughter (Holly Grainger)
  • Lieutenant Carl Rundle, the platoon commander, a junior hotel manager, in love with Ally (Keiran Flynn)
  • Laura Delooze, a singer and waitress, briefly Hodge's girlfriend (Lucy Akhurst)
  • Peter Wang, owner of the local Chinese restaurant (Ozzie Yue)
  • Melanie 'Mel' Polson, Polson's younger sister, later Hodge's girlfriend (Angela Lonsdale; series three only)
  • Mrs Ruddock, owner of the garden centre where Hodge works (Matyelock Gibbs; series one and three)
  • Declan, a plastic surgeon, later Jeanetta's boyfriend (Oliver Cotton; series three only)


  • Best Comedy Drama, Comedy awards
  • RTS Award for Best Series
  • Best Series Award at the San Francisco Television Festival
  • Nominated for BAFTA Award for Best Series
  • Writer's Guild of Great Britain Best Original Drama Series Award
  • RTS Midlands Best Drama Series
  • Nominated for British Comedy Awards

External links

Tim Firth's official website (writer of Preston Front):

  • All Quiet on the Preston Front at British Comedy Guide
  • All Quiet on the Preston Front at IMDb
  • The Preston Front Page