The Bill gets the boot

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The Bill has been a well-loved staple of Australian and British television for a quarter of a century, but unfortunately all good things must come to an end.

Last year, the show received a major overhaul in style and tone in an attempt to boost dwindling audience numbers, but the damage-avoidance tactics were unsuccessful and viewers continued to switch off.

The Bill even managed to scoop its first British Academy of Film and Television Award (BAFTA) last year for Best Continuing Drama, but even this high accolade could not save it from the grips of the financiers, concerned over falling advertising revenues.

Over the course of more than 2,400 episodes, numerous police officers have been killed, hundreds of Sun Hill residents have been murdered, and the police station has been reduced to rubble on more than one occasion.

The last two episodes will not take a softly-softly approach, with teenage stabbings, gang rape and shady drug deals leading the Sun Hill team on a merry dance, to solve the crime and end the series on a high.

The Bill's two-part farewell episode entitled "Respect" will be broadcast on October 9 and 16 at 8.30pm on ABC1.

The following week will see the broadcast of The Bill Farewell Special, including facts and figures on the show's history, a look back at the most memorable moments, and interviews with cast and crew members who have been a part of the program for a significant portion of their careers.

Are you a fan of The Bill? What will you miss about the show?

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