The Bill (1984–2010)

A Friend in Need 

"A Friend in Need" is an episode of The Bill starring Eric Richard, John Salthouse, and Mark Wingett. 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.




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




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23 October 1984 (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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