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

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Geoff McQueen
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Series cast summary:
Graham Cole Graham Cole ...  P.C. Stamp / ... 1,195 episodes, 1984-2009
Jeff Stewart Jeff Stewart ...  P.C. Hollis / ... 1,020 episodes, 1984-2008
Trudie Goodwin ...  Sgt. June Ackland / ... 975 episodes, 1984-2007
Simon Rouse ...  DCI Jack Meadows / ... 882 episodes, 1990-2010
Eric Richard ...  Sgt. Cryer / ... 790 episodes, 1984-2004
Mark Wingett ...  D.C. Carver / ... 786 episodes, 1984-2007
Andrew Paul ...  P.C. Quinnan / ... 710 episodes, 1987-2002
Colin Tarrant Colin Tarrant ...  Insp. Andrew Monroe / ... 704 episodes, 1990-2002
Tony O'Callaghan ...  Sgt. Matthew Boyden / ... 698 episodes, 1989-2003
Huw Higginson ...  P.C. Garfield / ... 672 episodes, 1989-2000
Lisa Geoghan Lisa Geoghan ...  W.P.C. Polly Page / ... 603 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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Crime | Drama

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Trivia

In one episode, PC Yvonne Hemmingway quotes "Oh! My God!, They Killed Kenny!" which was the regular catchphrase of Stan Marsh in South Park (1997). See more »

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CSE Eddie Olosunje: I mean how naf is that? Big bank robber smoking Menthol! Ya know I heard it causes impot...
DC Jo Masters: How does that help us Eddie?
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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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Referenced in Winter Wipeout: Celebrity Special 2 (2012) See more »

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This was once a high quality and wonderful TV series but no longer
27 January 2004 | by president242007See all my reviews

A few years ago I would not have hesitated to state that this was beyond the shadow of a doubt the most wonderful and high quality show on television. The realistic and hard hitting nature of the show, the believable dimensions of genuine police work that were incorporated into the script, the strict attention to police procedures and protocol in the show and the wonderful and comprehensive portrayal of the characters all made this show a pleasure to watch. The storylines were, more often then not, very intriguing and interesting and the script was second to none. Characters such as DI Frank Burnside, DS Ted Roach, DCI Jack Meadows, DCI Kim Reid and several others provided the show with an intriguing and very gripping dimension and the acting was superb and also second to none. It stood in a category of its own as a police drama and was far better than the American (and even British) police dramas in the same genre

Unfortunately, in recent years, the show has taken a dramatic turn for the worse and now would have to be categorized as one of the worst shows that is presently on TV. For some reason that I'll never quite understand, the TV executives decided that they had to dumb down the show and all of its characters to a primitive soap level and make a perfectly good show into a sleazy and pathetic joke. Now the scripts are appalling, quite a lot of the acting weak and disjointed (probably because good actors are being provided with pathetic scripts), the storylines thoroughly boring and there is almost no serious police work at all in the show. It is exceedingly painful to watch for the reasons outlined above and it unfortunately cannot even be taken seriously as a TV show. Every aspect of the show has become so juvenile and pathetic and I would now have to concede that the American TV police dramas are now much better than the present format of `The Bill' ever could be. It is a disappointing turnaround for such a wonderful show. Whatever happened to high quality television?


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UK | Ireland

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English

Release Date:

16 October 1984 (UK) See more »

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The Bill See more »

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

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Color

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1.33 : 1
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