The Bill

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  • Episode Guide
  • S 26 : Ep 31

    Respect, Part Two

    Aired 8/31/10

  • S 26 : Ep 30

    Respect, Part One

    Aired 8/24/10

  • S 26 : Ep 29

    Tombstone

    Aired 8/17/10

  • S 26 : Ep 28

    Death Knock

    Aired 8/10/10

  • S 26 : Ep 27

    Balance of Power

    Aired 8/3/10

  • Cast & Crew
  • John Salthouse

    Det. Insp. Roy Galloway [ 1984 - 1987 ]

  • Eric Richard

    Sgt. Bob Cryer [ 1984 - 2001 ]

  • Mark Wingett

    P.C./D.C. Jim Carver [ 1984 - 2005 ]

  • Colin Blumenau

    P.C. Francis 'Taffy' Edwards [ 1984 - 1990 ]

  • Trudie Goodwin

    W.P.C./Sgt. June Ackland [ 1984 - 2007 ]

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  • show Description
  • Welcome to The Bill guide at TV.com. The Bill recounts the goings-on within and around Sun Hill, a Metropolitan Police Station located in the fictional Borough of Canley, in east London. Running for over 25 years, The Bill was Britain's longest running police drama series, finally outstripping Dixon of Dock Green on 10 August 2005. It adapted to meet the challenges of the highly competitive world of independent television, evolving from a standard post-watershed police procedural drama, through a period as a twice- and, later, thrice-weekly early evening ratings grabber with stand-alone plots, then as a twice-weekly one-hour drama with ongoing soap-style exploration of the troubled personal lives of its police officers. The Bill reverted to a once a week, post-watershed drama on 23 July 2009, but ITV decided not to renew the show when the contract came up for renewal the following year. The Bill is not your average cop show, but rather an extraordinary police drama that brings each episode to the audience through the eyes of the characters. An excellent cast, supported by some of the country's leading writers and directors and some innovative camera work gives an incredible sense of realism. Other police dramas have been created in an attempt to mirror its conventions and match its success, but none has lasted. The Bill truly deserves its accolade as Britain's most successful police drama.moreless

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  • Quotes (118)

    • Det. Insp. Galloway: Funny old business this cops and robbers my son. Funny indeed.

    • Sgt. Burnside: You're about as much use to me as a one-legged man in an arse-kicking competition!

    • Fire Officer: Hold it! Sgt. Cryer: Have you found him? ( Pause ) Fire Officer: Well I'll be buggered… Look at that. ( Pause ) P.C. Edwards: Anybody got a plaster?

    • "That's easy then Bob. Just hang a couple of constables on the wall". Said by Sadie to Bob Cryer when told of Brownlow wanting to hang a few paintings on the wall

    • Sgt. Cryer: Oh, I'll pin-up a notice. D.C. Dashwood: You know none of your lot can read. That's why they put pictures on wanted posters.

    • P.C. Muswell: I see you've pulled at last, Junie. W.P.C. Ackland: Your sense of humour is like your breath, Muswell.

    • D.S. Roach: So, what was the score?

    • D.C. Dashwood [seeing P.C. Hollis with a garden gnome]: D.I. Galloway undercover?

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    Notes (554)

    • The episodes featured in this special presentation are: New Moves; FAT'AC; The Short Straw; Dinosaur; Punch Drunk; Don't Like Mondays; Still Waters; Repossession; Tinderbox; Video Nasty; Bad Pictures; Fire; All Tucked Up; and Bait.

    • The episodes featured in this special presentation are: Spill; Instant Response; Urgent Assistance; Dancers; Stuffed; Deep Secret; Badlands; Trojan Horse; and Episode 008.

    • The series was developed from Woodentop, a one-off drama presented as part of Storyboard. P.C. Jim Carver, P.C. Dave Litten and W.P.C. Ackland have survived the transition to a full series intact, but P.C. Taffy Morgan has been renamed and Det. Insp. Roy Galloway has been recast.

    • Larry Dann is credited as "Duty Sgt." rather than "Sgt. Alec Peters" in this episode. The official books of the series ("The Bill" by Tony Lynch and "The Bill: The First Ten Years" by Hilary Kingsley) both credit Dann with speaking the first line of dialogue in the series, but in fact this is between Sgt. Cryer and the FME in the station yard.

    • First appearance of The Bill favourite and later regular character, D.S. Burnside. He's named "Tommy Burnside" in this episode, but is later renamed "Frank Burnside" - apparently because there was an serving police officer in the Met at the time named Tom Burnside. The Bill production office now vets character names with the Met to ensure that the names do not co-incide with those of real police officers.

    • The divisional code for Sun Hill police station is only "Oscar (O)" in the early years of the series. This would later be changed to "Sierra Oscar (SO)" when the Met changed its divisional lettering scheme to two letters and assigned the "Oscar" designation to the Traffic Division.

    • First appearances of Sgt. Bob Cryer (Eric Richard), P.C. Francis "Taffy" Edwards (Colin Blumenau), Sgt. Tom Penny (Roger Leach), Chief Supt. Charles Brownlow (Peter Ellis), W.P.C. Viv Martella (Nula Conwell), P.C. Reg Hollis (Jeff Stewart), P.C. Tony "Yorkie" Smith (Robert Hudson), P.C. Robin Frank (Ashley Gunstock) and Sgt. Alec Peters (Larry Dann). First appearance of John Salthouse as Det. Insp. Roy Galloway.

    • Note to be confused with A Friend in Need from 1992.

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    Trivia (545)

    • Actor Jeff Stewart is credited as PC Reg Hollis but does not appear in this broadcast.

    • PC Tony "Yorkie" Smith appears to be in two places at once. He is at the building collapse with Jim Carver and Tom Penny. He is also seen in the next scene standing guard outside the post office after the robbery has been foiled. The episode cuts back to the accident scene and he is back there again.

    • This episode features bad language and nudity – a reflection of what was acceptable in the show's then post-watershed timeslot (9.00 p.m.).

    • Keep your eyes peeled for Graham Cole (later P.C. Tony Stamp) in his first appearance on the show as an uncredited extra.

    • Despite selling his Ford and replacing it with a small white Toyota two episodes earlier, D.I. Galloway is once again driving a gold Ford. Perhaps it was filmed out of sequence?

    • This was the first episode in which Sun Hill uses the revised "Sierra Oscar" divisional callsign. This reflects the introduction by the Metropolitan Police of two-letter callsigns, and the adoption of "Oscar", formerly used at Sun Hill, by the Traffic Division.

    • D.I. Roy Galloway gets divorced from his wife during this episode. They were constantly arguing throughout season 1.

    • P.C. Pete Muswell appears to be a lightly reworked version of P.C. Dave Litten, who did not return for season 2.

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    Allusions (9)

    • Sgt. Cryer: How that man got past Countryman I'll never know!

      Sgt. Cryer expresses surprise that D.S. Burnside was never caught by Operation Countryman, an investigation into allegations of corruption, made in 1978, against officers in the Metropolitan Police and the City of London Police. We discover later that Burnside was an integral part of the Countryman investigations, not a suspect.

    • W.D.C. Palmer: We call her "Magic" Johnson.
      This is an allusion to basketball player Earvin "Magic" Johnson (born August 14, 1959).

    • When Kerry makes reference to how much Sun Hill must have changed since Burnside was the D.I. there (in 1993), he makes a reference to P.C. Dixon of Dock Green, the long-running (1955 - 1976) police drama series.

    • D.C. Carver: I'm ready for my close-up, Mr. DeMille.
      This is a common misquotation of a line from Sunset Boulevard, in which ageing former movie-star Norma Desmond (Gloria Swanson) addresses a camera with the line: "All right, Mr. DeMille, I'm ready for my close-up." Cecil B. Demille was a film producer and director.

    • D.C. Carver: He's making Sun Hill look like Dodge City!
      Dodge City, Kansas, U.S.A., on the Santa Fe trail, was founded in 1872. There was significant traffic through Dodge, but no local law enforcement, and the town came to symbolise lawlessness and gun-fighting in the so-called Wild West.

    • The title of this episode is a reference to the film Sunset Boulevard (1950), in which the opening scene features a dead man lying face down in a swimming pool. The allusion may explain why "Sun Hill" has here been written as the single word, "Sunhill".

    • Sgt Matthew Boyden: You mean like Magnum? At least you've got the 'tache!
      On hearing that Ted Roach is now a private investigator, Boyden alludes to the lead character in U.S. television show Magnum P.I., as played by Tom Selleck.

    • In poker, the river card is the fifth and final card dealt in communal card games such as Texas Hold 'Em. As Beech says to Fallon, a game can come down to the final card. In this episode, Beech escapes from an apparently hopeless situation by diving into the Thames.

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  • Fan Reviews (38)
  • The greatest police drama that will ever exist

    By adamj1997, Jun 19, 2013

  • I wish it would go on.....

    By bazillformuli, May 20, 2013

  • great television

    By gregpearson18, Jan 21, 2013

  • it is 25 years old next year

    By sean190, Nov 14, 2008

  • What on earth are they doing to this programme?

    By sassyj64, Apr 05, 2007

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