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News: Monster Man Graham Cole

28 September 2009 5:34 AM, PDT | Kasterborous.com | See recent Kasterborous news »

Former Bill star Graham Cole has released an autobiography, which covers his three appearances as a monster in Doctor Who. Serialised by the Mirror (no, really), On the Beat - My Story features recollections of Cole's time starting out as an actor, working as a driver and other on-set jobs to gain experience before working as an extra and a monster on Doctor Who. Cole later joined The Bill as a PC with occasional speaking lines after the series launched in the 1980s, before being given a »

- Mick Karma info@kasterborous.com

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Axed 'Bill' veteran slams show bosses

22 September 2009 1:25 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

The Bill's longest-serving cast member Graham Cole has blasted the decision to axe him from the show. In June, bosses confirmed that the 57-year-old's character PC Tony Stamp was being dropped after nearly 22 years. Series producer Tim Key later insisted that the veteran is simply being "rested". News of the star's departure came following confirmation of the ITV1 programme's revamp as a post-watershed drama airing just once a week. Reflecting on his exit, Cole told The Mirror: "As the longest-serving actor, I was one of the biggest earners and it's no secret that costs had to be cut. "But I've spent nearly half my life on that show. What hurts the most is being axed after all that time so quickly. They've just thrown it all away - bye, you're out the door. (more) »

- By Daniel Kilkelly

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'The Bill' Producer: 'We're resting Tony'

22 July 2009 7:00 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

The Bill's series producer Tim Key has insisted that Sun Hill veteran PC Tony Stamp is simply 'being rested' and will not be killed off when he bows out of the show later this year. Last month, Digital Spy exclusively revealed that actor Graham Cole's character had been axed from the series after 22 years. The news came only weeks before The Bill's announcement that it was to switch to a weekly, post-watershed transmission. Speaking of the decision to rest Stamp, the show's series producer Tim Key told Digital Spy: "The thing with Tony is that we knew it would be a very difficult move for a lot of people. We are hugely respectful of Graham and he's one of the nicest people you could ever wish to meet. We have every respect for (more) »

- By Kris Green

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Tim Key (Series Producer, 'The Bill')

9 July 2009 4:02 PM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

ITV police drama The Bill makes its highly-anticipated move to its new 9pm home on Thursday, July 23 following a complete channel overhaul. As part of the relaunch, producers have revamped the theme music and credits, introduced a specially-composed score for the episodes and have re-focused the show on character-driven stories. Last week, Digital Spy caught up with the show's series producer Tim Key to chat about the origins of the drama's facelift, the process its been through, what viewers can expect from the 9pm episodes and his thoughts on Graham Cole's departure. How did the reinvention of The Bill come about?

"It came about partly because of the way the industry is at the moment. Everywhere is having to look at its schedule and budget so much more tightly. ITV in particular was looking at its schedule very carefully and because it had (more) »

- By Kris Green

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News: Jessica Hynes' Whoodle

27 June 2009 2:01 PM, PDT | Kasterborous.com | See recent Kasterborous news »

Human Nature and upcoming 2009 Doctor Who special guest star Jessica Hynes is one of many celebrities - actors, musicians and sports stars - to have contributed to a gallery of 150 drawings being used by Action for Children. Others involved include Brian Blessed (Mindwarp), Joanna Lumley (The Curse of the Fatal Death), Alexei Sayle (Revelation of the Daleks), Graham Cole (The Bill, 1980s Cyberman), Tony Adams and Vanessa Mae. Each has doodled the start and end of a personal change at some »

- Mick Karma info@kasterborous.com

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PC Tony stamped out of 'The Bill'

3 June 2009 11:07 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

The Bill's current longest-serving character PC Tony Stamp has been axed from the series after nearly 22 years, Digital Spy can confirm. Graham Cole - who made his first appearance as Tony in September 1987 - will leave the long-running series later this year after producers decided that the police officer "doesn't fit" the show's "new 'dynamic'". In an email to fan site Stampers, Cole said: "How do I tell you this? As my official website, I have to inform the 'Stampers' the management have decided that PC Tony Stamp will not be a part of the new nine o'clock show. He continued: "I cannot tell you how disappointed and disregarded I feel. Tony has been a wonderful character to play. They say he doesn't fit the new 'dynamic' so I have to be out of the programme before the big relaunch (more) »

- By Kris Green

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