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Jill Gascoine obituary

Jill Gascoine obituary

Stage and screen actor who played Di Maggie Forbes in the pioneering TV police drama The Gentle Touch in the 1980s

In the first episode of The Gentle Touch in April 1980, Maggie Forbes was promoted to detective inspector and, hours later, became a widow when her police constable husband was murdered. It was a symbolic moment for British television: for once, in a police drama, men were getting sidelined and women moving to the front rank.

Jill Gascoine, who has died aged 83, played Di Forbes in the trailblazing series from 1980 to 1984. “The Gentle Touch had been the first telly drama to base itself around a female copper,” she told an interviewer in 2008. “Helen Mirren and Prime Suspect came after me.”

See full article on The Guardian - TV News