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 / ... (1,093 episodes, 1984-2009)
Trudie Goodwin ...
 Sgt. June Ackland / ... (897 episodes, 1984-2007)
 P.C. Reg Hollis / ... (894 episodes, 1984-2008)
Simon Rouse ...
 DCI Jack Meadows / ... (844 episodes, 1990-2010)
 D.C. Jim Carver / ... (731 episodes, 1984-2007)
Eric Richard ...
 Sgt. Bob Cryer / ... (693 episodes, 1984-2004)
Colin Tarrant ...
 Insp. Andrew Monroe / ... (637 episodes, 1990-2002)
 P.C. Dave Quinnan / ... (615 episodes, 1987-2002)
Tony O'Callaghan ...
 Sgt. Matthew Boyden / ... (614 episodes, 1989-2003)
Huw Higginson ...
 P.C. George Garfield / ... (566 episodes, 1989-2000)
Lisa Geoghan ...
 W.P.C. Polly Page / ... (539 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)  »

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Lov og uorden  »

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

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Did You Know?


Burnside (Christopher Ellison) was originally called Tommy when he guest starred in series one and two, but when he appeared as a regular character from 1988 onwards his first name was changed to Frank. This was because there was a real-life Tommy Burnside serving in the Metropolitan police at the time. See more »


DI Burnside: Ask the real community what they want and they'll tell you loud and clear. Cuff 'em and stuff 'em.
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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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The Bill is back to it's best!
5 May 2006 | by (Woking, UK) – See all my reviews

I can honestly say that I have never missed an episode bar one, the episode with Honey in the casino about four years ago. During this time I have seen the highs and lows and yes some very 'soapy' episodes. I agree wholeheartedly with people who say it has been at a definite low from about 2002, maybe even a little before that, but even in it's more trashy period it retained my interest. I have cringed at many of the story lines from around 2002 onwards, but while a lot of silly stories were going on there were still some good characters. Gabriel Kent and Cathy Bradshaw were not one of these! I have to say that within the last half a year to a year the show has gone through a dramatic about turn and now more concentration on the very real pressures that the British police have to endure has ensured that an air of quality has returned. if you have stayed away for a few years then now is definitely a good period to return to it. There are characters that stand along side the best of the past, such as Gina Gold, Sam Nixon (gorgeous as she is!), DI Manson, plus there's still a crop of the old stalwarts such as the wonderfully flawed Reg Hollis. I hope the show's producers can keep this current good period going, and if they have to raise the ratings in future, to find a good solid talking point of a storyline, rather than resort to Tabloid style cheap ratings grabbers. These attempts to tempt people in may initially bring in a lot of people who like that kind of thing but they will lose many more of the more discerning audience. May this show go on and on...please!

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