Uniform officers and detectives from an inner London police station enforce law and order on a day to day basis.

Creator:

Reviews
Popularity
920 ( 27)

On Disc

at Amazon

Episodes

Seasons


Years



26   25   24   23   22   21   … See all »
2010   2009   2008   2007   … See all »
7 wins & 26 nominations. See more awards »
Edit

Cast

Series cast summary:
Graham Cole ...
 PC Tony Stamp / ... (1,125 episodes, 1984-2009)
...
 P.C. Hollis / ... (934 episodes, 1984-2008)
Trudie Goodwin ...
 Sgt. June Ackland / ... (922 episodes, 1984-2007)
...
 DCI Jack Meadows / ... (845 episodes, 1990-2010)
...
 D.C. Jim Carver / ... (749 episodes, 1984-2007)
Eric Richard ...
 Sgt. Bob Cryer / ... (713 episodes, 1984-2004)
Colin Tarrant ...
 Insp. Andrew Monroe / ... (659 episodes, 1990-2002)
...
 P.C. Dave Quinnan / ... (639 episodes, 1987-2002)
Tony O'Callaghan ...
 Sgt. Matthew Boyden / ... (623 episodes, 1989-2003)
Huw Higginson ...
 P.C. George Garfield / ... (597 episodes, 1989-2000)
Lisa Geoghan ...
 W.P.C. Polly Page / ... (541 episodes, 1991-2004)
Edit

Storyline

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

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Crime | Drama

Certificate:

See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

16 October 1984 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

Lov og uorden  »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

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

Sound Mix:

|

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

The closing title sequence during the 1980s and 90s was famous for showing just two pairs of feet, belonging to a male and a female police officer, walking away from the camera along a cobbled street. This sequence was parodied in Hot Fuzz (2007) when Nicholas Angel and Danny Butterman were pounding the beat. See more »

Quotes

FDO Robbie Cryer: I'm even thinking of applying to the police. Next time we meet I might be on the force!
Chief Superintendent Jane Fitzwilliam: If only we hadn't done away with the height restriction...
See more »

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 »

Connections

Referenced in Ben Elton: The Man from Auntie: Episode #1.3 (1990) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

Long running British TV Police Drama
4 May 2003 | by (Sussex, UK) – See all my reviews

Created by Geoff McQueen, The Bill began life in 1983 as the pilot 'Woodentop', which centered on PC Jimmy (Mark Wingett) Carver on his first day at fictional Sun Hill. Other characters included WPC June Ackland, PC Taffy Morgan and Sgt Wilding. The following year it returned, slightly changed and with McQueen's original title of The Bill. For its first three years it had three series of one hour episodes, before it went into a half hour format in 1988, a format to stay for ten years.

Many say that the show was at its best in the nineties (my favourite era was 1995-2000) with the familiar 'plodding feet credits', great detective storys and such characters as DI Frank Burnside, Insp Andrew Monroe, DC Liz Rawton, PC Vicky Hagen, DS Don Beech and many other greats.

Although the show went through some changes from 1998, including a revert back to hour episodes, and some delving into personal lives, the show changed beyond all recognition in 2002, when new producer Paul Marquess killed off much of the cast and took to a permanant serialised format. For many fans of the show, that was the end of The Bill...


10 of 10 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Contribute to This Page