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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 / ... (611 episodes, 1989-2003)
 P.C. Dave Quinnan / ... (599 episodes, 1987-2002)
Colin Tarrant ...
 Insp. Andrew Monroe / ... (585 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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Did You Know?


A special live episode (The Bill: 162 (2003)) was broadcast on the 30 October 2003 to celebrate twenty years of the show since the pilot Storyboard: Woodentop (1983). In a shock move the character of DC Juliet Becker (Rae Baker) was stabbed to death by a drunken man (played by Charles Dale), having only been in the show for four months. On the 22 September 2005 a second live episode (The Bill: 349 (2005)) was shown to celebrate the 50th birthday of ITV, the network that broadcasts the show. The storyline involved the armed siege of Sun Hill police station by the distraught father (Stuart Laing) of a boy killed by a car thief. See more »


DC Rob Thatcher: Nixon's been looking for you.
DS Phil Hunter: Oh yeah, what'd ya say?
DC Rob Thatcher: I said I didn't know where you were.
DS Phil Hunter: Nice one! Yeah even Ken would've done better than that!
Acting DI Samantha Nixon: DS Hunter! My office now!... I said now!... Where have you been? And don't try telling me it's to do with the Brewer case.
DS Phil Hunter: No, I slipped out.
Acting DI Samantha Nixon: You slipped out? For over two hours? What's going on?
DS Phil Hunter: It's personal.
Acting DI Samantha Nixon: Oh is it? When I assign you to an investigation, I expect you to just get on with it, not go swanning around to goodness knows where!
DS Phil Hunter: It was ...
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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 »


Referenced in Extras: Ross Kemp (2005) See more »

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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...

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