The Bill (1984–2010)

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Episodes follow uniform officers and detectives from an inner London police station as they enforce law and order on a day to day basis.


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Series cast summary:
Graham Cole ...
 PC Tony Stamp / ... (1,071 episodes, 1984-2009)
Trudie Goodwin ...
 Sgt. June Ackland / ... (882 episodes, 1984-2007)
 P.C. Reg Hollis / ... (874 episodes, 1984-2008)
Simon Rouse ...
 DCI Jack Meadows / ... (842 episodes, 1990-2010)
 D.C. Jim Carver / ... (721 episodes, 1984-2007)
Eric Richard ...
 Sgt. Bob Cryer / ... (670 episodes, 1984-2004)
Tony O'Callaghan ...
 Sgt. Matthew Boyden / ... (610 episodes, 1989-2003)
 P.C. Dave Quinnan / ... (599 episodes, 1987-2002)
Colin Tarrant ...
 Insp. Andrew Monroe / ... (584 episodes, 1990-2002)
Huw Higginson ...
 P.C. George Garfield / ... (548 episodes, 1989-2000)
Lisa Geoghan ...
 W.P.C. Polly Page / ... (540 episodes, 1992-2004)


Uniform officers and detectives from Sun Hill police station enforce law and order on a day to day basis. A policeman's job is much more than just catching criminals; in order to survive each day they must deal with frustrating members of the public, and often their own colleagues. From petty thieves to violent drug dealers, life is never easy for the members of the Metropolitan Police Force. Written by ttl

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Release Date:

16 October 1984 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

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(1988-1998) | (1984-1988, 1998-2010)

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1.33 : 1
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Jaime Murray, daughter of actor Billy Murray (D.S. Don Beech) made two guest roles in the series in 2001 and 2002 as two different characters. See more »


DCI Jack Meadows: Glad you could join us. How's your day going?
Sgt Phil Hunter: Yeah, it just got better Guv. What do you need me for?
DCI Jack Meadows: Right. You see this? When it rings, you pick it up, and you go "Hello?" like that, and then you right down the details. Think you can manage that?
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Crazy Credits

There were actually three versions of the credits featuring the plodding feet. There was a blue-tint version used in the original episodes in the 1980s, a 1990s fuzzy, overcast version and mid-1990s fine weather version. See more »


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Yes, THE BILL made me into a pathetic television junkie.
7 September 2000 | by (Lowell, Mich. U.S.A.) – See all my reviews

THE BILL is very hard to come by in the States, and even when it was running on CBC-Windsor, it was impossible to see it this far from the border. No cable CBC around here (do not have it anyway). I got hooked around seven years ago; it was aired one episode per day starting with 1988 episodes, which I viewed from Detroit. Eventually the station ran them all again in sequence.

At very first I avoided it. I never, for example, watched HILL STREET BLUES, which I thought THE BILL would be like. Wrong! Straightaway I was hopelessly hooked, even arranging my day so I could be home in late afternoon.

Keeping in mind that I have not seen an episode newer than perhaps 1995, I thought (think) THE BILL was an excellent programme, calling it my "soap opera." Some friends thought my being so devoted to a "cop show" was out of character, and perhaps yes, but it was the exotic setting . . . yet more: The stories' construction, occasionally running three tales in a mere half-hour, the dialogue, the character development and interactions, all for the most part top notch. I picked up a lot of obnoxious British lower-class slang, too. One also notes how most of the outdoor scenes are uncharacteristically sunny and warm, but surely that cannot be London?

The cheek: I once wrote offering to do a part for nothing if I could depict an obnoxious North American who gets punched out by D.I. Burnside. (P.C. Loxton would be unacceptable.)I was never favoured with a reply.

I have seen negative comment in this forum and else-where that THE BILL is turning into a real "soap," but cannot comment. All I can say to my mates over here is that British "prime time" drama as represented by THE BILL is as good as anything done in the States -- but without the bigger-than-life, distracting, razmatazz. To coin the proverbial phrase, Good Show.

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