The Bill (1984–2010)

A Friend in Need 

When a spate of bomb hoaxes begin to threaten peace and harmony in Sun Hill, Brownlow becomes eager to find the hoax callers and stop chaos from breaking out.


Peter Cregeen


Geoff McQueen (deviser), Barry Appleton


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Eric Richard ... Sgt. Cryer
John Salthouse ... Det. Insp. Galloway
Mark Wingett ... P.C. Carver
Colin Blumenau Colin Blumenau ... P.C. Edwards
Jon Iles Jon Iles ... Det. Con. Dashwood
Tony Scannell Tony Scannell ... Det. Sgt. Roach
Trudie Goodwin ... W.P.C. Ackland
Gary Olsen Gary Olsen ... P.C. Litten
Peter Ellis Peter Ellis ... Chief Supt. Brownlow
Roger Leach Roger Leach ... Sgt. Penny
Jeff Stewart Jeff Stewart ... P.C. Hollis (as Jeffrey Stewart)
James Wilby ... Higgins
Christopher Guinee Christopher Guinee ... Lampton
Perry Fenwick Perry Fenwick ... Matty Davis
Tony London Tony London ... Frankie Davis


DI Galloway is tasked with solving a series of bomb threats which the Home Office believes may be racially-motivated and he believes are pranks. He places a bet with Sgt. Cryer that he can solve it within two weeks. Analysis of the threats reveals the use of the same phone box every time, where some road work is being done. Holloway reasons that two guys have found a way to eat well for free! After P.C. Carver and probationer P.C. Higgins arrest a drunken journalist, he accuses Carver of stealing his wallet (which he actually dropped in the street). Galloway wins the bet after the Chinese restaurant employees attack the pair of bomb hoaxers, but he sends the money to the old lady who returned the lost wallet. Written by jeaneva

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Crime | Drama





Release Date:

23 October 1984 (UK) See more »

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England, UK

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1.33 : 1
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The pub used in this episode is The Royal Oak, Columbia Road, London - also the pub featured in Goodnight Sweetheart See more »

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