The Bill (1984–2010)
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Funny Ol' Business - Cops & Robbers 

Carver is still getting used to life at Sun Hill, as he continues to raise his popularity level amongst the other officers. Meanwhile, Galloway is desperate to get results on a recent spree of break and enters.


Peter Cregeen


Geoff McQueen (deviser), Geoff McQueen




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
John Salthouse ... Det. Insp. Galloway
Eric Richard ... Sgt. Cryer
Mark Wingett ... P.C. Carver
Colin Blumenau Colin Blumenau ... P.C. Edwards
Trudie Goodwin ... W.P.C. Ackland
Gary Olsen Gary Olsen ... P.C. Litten
Roger Leach Roger Leach ... Sgt. Penny
Christopher Ellison ... Sgt. Burnside
Colin Higgins Colin Higgins ... Lennie
Peter Ellis Peter Ellis ... Chief Supt. Brownlow
Susan Field ... Annie
Sarah Webb Sarah Webb ... Carol
Michael Bertenshaw Michael Bertenshaw ... Dr. Grimshaw
Jim Dunk Jim Dunk ... Howard Langley
Nula Conwell Nula Conwell ... W.P.C. Martella


In this first episode, the uniformed officers are sent to "contain" the National Front, which has created pandemonium in the past. A man dies in custody because a doctor thought he was drunk (he had epilepsy). Holloway is hoping to tie a number of break ins together; a snout is arrested (Carver's first) and then released to continue providing info. A man walks in with an injured hand, accompanied by someone making a citizens arrest (fish hooks in the pocket produced the bleeding evidence of a pickpocket). Written by jeaneva

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Crime | Drama


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In the opening scene, Sgt Peters mentions during the handover with Cryer that Hollis and Burton arrested the man at 3am in the morning (on Night Turn). We later find that Reg Hollis is on early turn. (Day Shift). See more »


W.P.C. Ackland: [to Carver] Morning. 'Ere, let's have a sip of your tea.
[drinks Carver's tea]
W.P.C. Ackland: Oh, so much sugar!
[Put's Carver's tea down with a disgusted look on her face]
P.C. Carver: Well, I like sugar, you know, I mean, I've got a sweet tooth!
W.P.C. Ackland: Yeah, well don't you know it's bad for you? You'll get fat and all your teeth 'll fall out.
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Funny Ol' Business - Cops & Robbers
8 June 2020 | by Prismark10See all my reviews

After the one off pilot, The Bill was greenlit to a series.

The focus has broadened from woodentop PC Carver and towards Detective Inspector Galloway and Sergeant Bob Cryer.

The similarities with Hill Street Blues are evident as Sergeant Cryer gives a morning briefing and is the anchor for all the uniformed officers. Someone they can all rely on.

DI Galloway is there at the briefing asking the cops to be on a lookout for a particular kind of burglary featuring double glazed doors.

You get a wider team here from WPCs Ackland and Martella to the brash PC Litten.

Carver gets his first arrest only for the criminal to be released as he is a snout. Carver also gets his uniformed messed up.

Although there is a talk of a National Front march, it is not featured in this episode. A lot of the stories are neatly wrapped up here. Galloway identifies the double glazing firm whose fitters were copying keys to gain entry. A pickpocket finds that one man who had lived in Hong Kong knew how to use fishhooks to deter pilfering hands.

I did not realised that Burnside appeared in the first episode. Then only a Detective Sergeant, he needs a favour from Galloway as it is his snout that Carver arrested. Burnside would return several years later as Galloway's replacement.

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16 October 1984 (UK) See more »

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