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:

Lov og uorden  »

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

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Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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The format of the show still follows Geoff McQueen's original guidelines: the story is told through the eyes and by the actions of the Police, as such any given scene will always have one or more police officers in it. See more »


CSE Eddie Olosunje: The body is that of a five foot ten, caucasian male, aged twenty-two years.
DC Jacob Banks: How can you tell that without a post-mortem?
CSE Eddie Olosunje: Erm... He was a studious young man with a thirst for knowledge... Wait a minute, I'm getting more... His name was William, William Lucas...
DC Jacob Banks: You found his wallet...?
CSE Eddie Olosunje: Yeah, it was tucked under the brick work. His library card was dated 1978.
DC Jacob Banks: So he's been in there for thirty years?
CSE Eddie Olosunje: Yeah. His overdue fees must be enormous...
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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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Plot Mislaid
25 October 2004 | by See all my reviews

The Bill was compulsory viewing for its first decade or so, but its relatively-new executive producer and his team of gossip-writers have conspired to reduce it almost to farce, presumably driven by a desire to attract those who habitually switch off after the serial soaps.

That is sad enough, but even sadder is the fact that even its degraded form, The Bill remains one of the better current offerings on television, purely for the two or three minutes per episode now devoted to the original concept.

Perhaps we should be grateful for those few minutes, which those attracted to the programme for other reasons may ignore while making or taking bets on which of the Sun Hill staff will soon have a child kidnapped, or prove to be corrupt, have a serious problem with alcohol or drug abuse, turn out to be either adopted or the parent of a long-lost illegitimate child, become unfaithful or a bigamist, go mad or murder several colleagues.

If only we'd known.

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