The Bill (1984–2010)

The Whip Hand 

An Asian woman is found beaten and claims that her husband assaulted her. But when her mother-in-law speaks with her she decides to drop the charge. What has she got to hide? WPC Datta and PC Quinnan investigate.


Christopher Hodson


Geoff McQueen (series deviser), Manjit Singh


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Episode complete credited cast:
Seeta Indrani ... W.P.C. Datta
Andrew Paul ... P.C. Quinnan
Lolita Chakrabarti ... W.P.C. Blake
Jeff Stewart Jeff Stewart ... P.C. Hollis
Scott Neal Scott Neal ... P.C. Ashton
Tony O'Callaghan Tony O'Callaghan ... Sgt. Boyden
Colin Tarrant Colin Tarrant ... Insp. Monroe
Polly Irvin Polly Irvin ... W.P.C. Corrie
Nina Wadia ... Mina Kavia
Leena Dhingra Leena Dhingra ... Indra Kavia
Andrew Rajan Andrew Rajan ... Viren Kavia
Martin Gower Martin Gower ... Duty Solicitor Lucas


Datta and Quinnan find an Asian woman beaten while on patrol. When the woman is interviewed she says that her husband assaulted her, but her husband claims that she suffers from post-natal depression and self-harms. When the woman's mother-in-law speaks with her and tells her that she will have to tell the police "everything", the woman decides to drop the charge. A computer database check reveals that an officer from Barton Street was called to two similar cases at the family's former home and both times the charges were dropped, so what has the woman got to hide? Written by

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Crime | Drama





Release Date:

9 July 1998 (UK) See more »

Filming Locations:

England, UK

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Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Final appearance of WPC Norika Datta (Seeta Indrani). See more »

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