Sgt Raymond Craddock

Sgt Raymond Craddock
Philip Franks as Sgt Raymond Craddock



First Episode

Love Me Do

Last Episode

Closing the Book


Enid Blunkett-Forbes (mother)


Penny Craddock (wife)

Sergeant Raymond Craddock, was played by Philip Franks. He appeared in 80 episodes from 1998 - 2002.


A decent but rather vain and pompous Welshman. Noted for his sarcasm, he delivered some of the more amusing lines in the show to date. His hobbies were cycling and ballroom dancing. The series did not show much of his personal life, though he was apparently a very lonely man. It was revealed in the ninth series that he had separated from his wife Penny, but they decided to rekindle their marriage and reconciled in the eleventh series. At the same time as reuniting with his wife, Craddock gained promotion, and the pair then left Ashfordly, and the series, to start a new life. His first appearance was in the episode Love Me Do, after the departure of PC/Sgt. Nick Rowan. In The Fool on the Hill, Craddock's mother Enid appeared and she revealed a few more things about him to David and Greengrass - although they didn't know she was his mother at the time!


Aidensfield village "bobbies"

PC Michael Dunstan "Mike" Bradley

Mike was the village bobby when Craddock first arrived.

AAshfordly Police sergeants

Sgt Jennifer Nokes

Other Ashfordly police

PC Alfred "Alf" Ventress

PC Philip "Phil" Montgomery Bellamy

PC Thomas "Tom" Nicholson

Medical staff

Aidensfield doctors

Dr Neil Bolton

Dr Patricia "Tricia" Summerbee 

Other mmedical staff

Nurse Maggie Bolton

Jenny Merton

Aidensfield Arms staff

Georgina  "Gina" Ward

Oscar Blaketon

Mary Ward

"Loveable rogue" lineage

Claude Jeremiah Greengrass

Vernon Scripps

Aidensfield Garage staff 

Bernard "Bernie" Scripps

David Stockwell

Other regular characters

Lord Ashfordly

Jacqueline "Jackie" Rosemary Bradley

Craddock had prickly working relationship with lawyer Jackie Bradley, the wife of PC Mike Bradley. Jackie would be the one defending criminals who had been arrested by him and her husband Mike and they would find themselves in a conflicting posistion over whether he or she was guilty or not. Jackie clearly thought that Craddock was a cynic and she didn't want Mike turn out like him. Jackie often sometimes managed to get them out of trouble one way or another? They first came into conflict in Where There's a Will, when Peggy Tatton often sought legal advice from her. Jackie also let Ron and Doreen Tidy off the hook when they'd been accused of vandalism, and came into conflict again when her uncle was accused of being involved in a hit-and-run. Later in Truth Games, Jackie was brought in to represent Adrian Miller, who'd been accused of indecent assault. Things weren't any better in Still Water, when Mike was accused of taking bribes and looked like he was about to be suspended. Jackie went with Mike to see Craddock to support his story. Craddock later rung Jackie up to tell her that Mike was off the hook while Bradley went with DI Shiner to arrest Giles Sutton, who seemed determined to keep Mike out of his business. Earlier, Mike had found Jackie had been having an affair with former client Adrian Miller; while Jackie claimed to be relieved that Mike's career was saved, she was in fact in her office packing a few things before leaving Aidensfield. Craddock would've eventually found out that she'd left Mike.

Andy Ryan

Recurring chracters

Joyce Jowett

DI Shiner

Lady Patricia Brewster

Adrian Miller

Penny CraddockEdit

Penny was Craddock's wife and she made very few appearances in the show. In Love Me Do, they were seen in bed together while Craddock was on the phone. One episode in series eight was Echoes of the Past, where they entered a charity Christmas dance. Both of them shared a love of ballroom dancing but they didn't win the event - as this was won by Oscar Blaketon and Mary Ward. Another was in Old Ties where they attended the opening of a new restraunt. In the series nine he was clearly upset that his wife had left him for a tango teacher. This he revealed only to Oscar in the episode Stag at Bay. Their final appearance together was in Closing the Book, where they made up and Craddock revealed that he'd been promoted and wanted her to leave Ashfordly with him. He won her over and they left the series.