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

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Series cast summary:
Graham Cole ...
 PC Tony Stamp / ... (1,125 episodes, 1984-2009)
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 P.C. Hollis / ... (934 episodes, 1984-2008)
Trudie Goodwin ...
 Sgt. June Ackland / ... (922 episodes, 1984-2007)
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 DCI Jack Meadows / ... (845 episodes, 1990-2010)
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 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)
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 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)
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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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16 October 1984 (UK)  »

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

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1.33 : 1
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When filming on location, the show does not have permission to use sirens. These are dubbed in later. See more »

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PC Steven 'Steve' Loxton: [on the way to a roadblock to catch a thief who hit Boulton and escaped arrest] He's a dangerous man, Pol. So when we're checkin' these cars I want you to stay nice and close to me!
PC Polly Page: [Gary and George laugh] I thought that's what you meant!
PC Steven 'Steve' Loxton: You may laugh but he's knocked the crap out of CID's finest!
PC George Garfield: Yeah well that's not very hard!
PC Gary McCann: From the description he sounds like a dwarf!
PC Steven 'Steve' Loxton: Well he's a vicious dwarf! He kneed DS Boulton in the orchastra stalls!
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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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A good series spiralling into absurdity
12 January 2003 | by (Bury, England) – See all my reviews

'The Bill', along with the BBC's medical shows 'Holby City' and 'Casualty' has been transformed from a popular drama series into a straightforward soap opera. The clearest sign of this is the steady replacement of the old cast over recent years with refugees from 'East Enders', 'Coronation Street' and 'Brookside'. The problem with this is that instead of the old format where crimes would be investigated each week with characters' personal lives providing occasional subplots, the two have become merged. Each crime in Sun Hill now involves one of the regular's wife/lover/child/brother etc. Long lost friends and relatives appear out of the blue to be gunned down or abducted. Like Holby City in particular the plots have become ever more sensational and ludicrous. Several of the cast who were to be written out perished in a fire at the Police Station-started by one of the other characters!This character is still in the show and his crime has now been quietly forgotten. Another character was kidnapped and murdered by a female serial killer who was so over the top she practically foamed at the mouth.The Superintendent went mad and shot himself, but not before getting another of the characters pregnant. Every regular is having an affair with or secretly fancies one of the others. At least three of the regular characters are seriously deranged, one is a drug addict and another a complete crook. Some of the characters, including the new ones are engaging and well acted-my interest in the show always revives when Suprintendent Okaro, Inspector Gina Gold or DCI Jack Meadows are involved and actually carrying out police work. The Bill's revamp has apparently increased its audience significantly, but can it avoid sinking under the weight of its increasingly top-heavy and absurd plotlines?


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