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6 items from 2010

'The Bill' stars film final scenes

15 June 2010 1:55 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

The cast and crew of The Bill filmed the show's last ever scenes yesterday, bringing the ITV police drama to a close after 27 years. All 17 of the programme's main cast members were present for the final day of filming at Merton Studios in South West London, The Sun reports. In a statement, The Bill's executive producer Johnathan Young said: "It's been a highly emotional day for all cast and crew." The long-running (more) »

- By Daniel Kilkelly

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'The Bill' star: '2009 revamp was unwise'

29 March 2010 10:17 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Actor Mark Wingett has claimed that The Bill's move into a post-watershed slot last year was an "unwise decision". The star, who played PC Jim Carver in the police procedural drama, also said that the lack of promotion during the revamp may have hurt the ITV1 show. "I think moving the slot was an unwise decision. It kind of got lost. Also it wasn't promoted in a very good way - the big soaps get loads and loads of promotion. And I think the audience has changed," he told the BBC. Wingett, who was the main focus of the programme's pilot Woodentop in 1983 and starred in the series for a further 21 years, (more) »

- By Paul Millar

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'Bill' cast, crew in 'stunned disbelief'

27 March 2010 9:09 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

The Bill cast and crew were left in "stunned disbelief" yesterday after being told to go home as the show was 'all over'. ITV bosses confirmed that the £30m-a-year soap would be axed this autumn due to a massive slump in viewers. Early morning calls were made to the cast and crew to break the news, with those due on set told to take the day off. A senior member of The Bill "family" told The Sun that he was already at the studio when he heard the news. "We were setting up for filming when a guy from the props department came down and told us simply, 'It's over - we're all out of work'." Show producer Talkback has entered into a 30-day consultation with staff. Trudie Goodwin, who played Sun Hill's June Ackland for the show's entire (more) »

- By Sarah Rollo

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The Bill killed off due to ratings slump

26 March 2010 2:40 PM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Peter Fincham pulled trigger on police drama after a change in format failed to reverse show's fortunes

On Thursday night, The Bill featured a storyline about a child who vanished. But this morning, the cast and crew of the police serial were facing up to a real-life disappearance: their own. ITV announced that the show, which began in 1984, will end in September, becoming the second of the network's quarter-century brands to be axed this year, after The South Bank Show.

The coppers at the fictional Sun Hill police station in East London – including such beloved characters as Sergeant Bob Cryer, played by Eric Richard, and Trudie Goodwin's Constable June Ackland – have investigated many murders over the years, but have never been able to identify the perpetrator as quickly as in the killing of The Bill.

Peter Fincham, ITV director of programmes, immediately put his hand up and admitted pulling the trigger. »

- Mark Lawson

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ITV axes 'The Bill' after 27 years

26 March 2010 4:56 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

ITV has confirmed that it is dropping police drama The Bill after 27 years on air. According to The Guardian, the decision comes after last year's revamp and move to a 9pm slot failed to alter sliding ratings. The show, which is based in fictional station Sun Hill, switched from two weekly shows at 8pm to a single 9pm episode last July. It was the first time that the programme had aired in a post-watershed slot, which encouraged "darker, grittier and more hard-hitting" storylines. However, ratings fell to an average of 3.5 million, a significant drop from the 7 million who tuned in in 2002. It currently employs 19 main cast members, including Simon Rouse (Di Jack Meadows), Alex Walkinshaw (Inspector Dale 'Smithy' Smith) and DS Stevie Moss (Lucy Speed). The broadcaster claimed that the decision (more) »

- By Alex Fletcher

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'The Bill' cast support Sport Relief Mile

4 March 2010 3:49 AM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

A team of cast members from The Bill have taken part in a mile-long run around the drama's Sun Hill police station for Sport Relief. Alex Walkinshaw (Dale Smith), Sam Callis (Callum Stone), Micah Balfour (Benjamin Gayle) and Ben Richards (Nate Roberts) were among the stars who pounded the pavements surrounding the station in order to encourage the public to participate in a Sport Relief Mile event later this month. John Bowler (Roger Valentine), Rhea Bailey (Mel Ryder) and Jason Barnett (Eddie Olosunje) were also part of the team, whose efforts will be broadcast on BBC One's The Sport Relief Mile Show on March 21. Walkinshaw (more) »

- By Daniel Kilkelly

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