|From left to right, Dick, Snowey and Jock|
- Barton is intelligent as well as hard hitting. He relies as much upon brains as upon brawn.
- He only uses force when normal, peaceful means of reaching a legitimate goal have failed.
- Barton never commits an offence in the criminal code, no matter how desirable the means may be argued to justify the end.
- In reasonable circumstances, he may deceive but he never lies.
- Barton’s violence is restricted to clean socks on the jaw.
- Barton’s enemies have more latitude in their behaviour but they may not indulge in actually giving any injury or punishment that is basically sadistic.
- Barton and his friends do not wittingly involve innocent members of the public in situations that would cause them to be distressed.
- Barton has now given up drink altogether. Drunken scenes are barred.
- Sex, in the active sense, plays no part in the Barton adventures.
- Horrific effects in general must be closely watched. Supernatural or pseudo-supernatural sequences are to be avoided – ghosts, night-prowling, gorillas or vampires.
- Swearing and bad language generally may not be used by any character.
- Political themes are unpopular as well as being occasionally embarrassing.
So the BBC had to find a new Dick Barton. Over 1,000 people applied for the role, from policemen to dance band managers. A seven-year-old boy wrote on a postcard,‘I want to be Dick Barton, I have a gruff voice and I can shout.’ The role was eventually given to explorer Duncan Carse and then to Gordon Davies.
|1950s book from the BBC|