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"Storyboard" Woodentop (TV Episode 1983) Poster

(TV Series)

(1983)

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Shown as part of the "Storyboard" series of individual plays, "Woodentop" became the pilot for the long-running series The Bill (1984). Although essentially the same, a few changes were made before the series began. These are:
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The first line of dialogue in 'Woodentop', "Right then Carver, let's do it." is spoken by Jim Carver when he wakes up on his first morning as a PC. He uses the same line in 'The Bill' on the morning of his wedding to June Ackland, and again as he is walking away from June in his last episode.
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'Woodentop' is a term used by plainclothes CID (Criminal Investigation Division) detectives, referring to uniformed police officers.
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When PC Carver (Mark Wingett) meets PC Morgan for the first time (later PC Edwards played by Colin Blumenau) he nervously introduces himself as 'Jim, Jim'. As a joke, PC Morgan calls him 'JimJim'. This little joke between the 2 characters is prevalent in The Bill (1984), though it is never revealed why he calls him 'JimJim' - only in the pilot 'Woodentop'.
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Contrary to popular belief, PC Hollis's (Jeff Stewart) voice is not heard over the radio in this episode. The duty PC puts out a call for him, but we don't hear the reply.
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The episode opens and closes with shots of Jim Carver's digital alarm clock: firstly when he wakes up at 04:45 for the start of his shift, and then secondly at 21:51, 17 hours later, when he gets into bed and turns out the light at the end of his shift.
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