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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
John Salthouse

John Salthouse

Det. Insp. Roy Galloway [ 1984 - 1987 ]

Eric Richard

Eric Richard

Sgt. Bob Cryer [ 1984 - 2001 ]

Mark Wingett

Mark Wingett

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

Colin Blumenau

Colin Blumenau

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

Trudie Goodwin

Trudie Goodwin

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

Gary Olsen

Gary Olsen

P.C. Dave Litten [ 1984 - 1985 ]

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SUBMIT REVIEW
  • BRING THE BILL BACK !!!!!!!

    10
    PLEASE bring the bill back i love it so much it has gave me so much inspiration and a few of my friends remember watching it when we was younger and we all miss it and i am a media studies student and while watching the bill recently on you tube it has helped me with my grade so please put it back on TV and base it on the police now days and keep it based in London but maybe not in the central maybe in near lewisham and keep the same officers. thanks ALL HAIL THE BILLLLLLLmoreless
  • Hello itv

    10
    Think they need to bring back the bill and London burning as well !!!!!
  • bring it back

    10
    Hi all



    I wish the bill would come back. It was so good, especially in the Tom Chandler days. How do I watch the old episodes on here? I can't see the link to open them.



    Thanks



    David

  • Bring It Back!

    10
    I wish they would bring The Bill back and get rid of shows that are actually no other word for it. BAD and downright predictable.
  • The greatest police drama that will ever exist

    10
    This is quite possibly, the best show, ever to appear on TV. It's a huge shame that it ended. ITV were dumb to make the decision. There will never be a drama quite as good as The Bill was, No chance.
  • 2010 WAS A YEAR IN WHICH BAD BOYS CAME BACK TO OUR SCREEN (ESPECIALLY ON SEVEN), THERE WERE TOO MANY POLICE DRAMAS AND NOT ENOUGH COMEDIES, PLENTY OF SPIN-OFFS AND FEW NEW FORMATS, DIGITAL CHANNELS WERE BOOMING, AND 3D BECAME A GIMMICK BUT WHERE WAS OUR HD TELEVISION? COOKING CLONES WERE EVERYWHERE, TEN GOT NEW BOSSES, THAT HEY DAD..! SCANDAL BROKE OUT AND WE BID FAREWELL TO LOST AND THE BILL.

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    Cop Shows, Thrillers, British TV