A policeman is stabbed this Wednesday when ITV cop-drama The Bill investigates crime at an inner-city comprehensive.
The six-part special sees adrenaline junkie PC Nate Roberts, played by Footballers' Wives star Ben Richards, sent back to school to tackle youth crime; a job he's not particularly enthused about.
"Nate wants to be driving fast cars and getting out on the streets," Richards tells TV Times magazine. "He doesn't want to be a babysitter!"
His attitude towards the school later changes, however, when one of his colleagues is stabbed by a young attacker. Hell-bent on finding the youth responsible PC Roberts sets about questioning the local students.
The Bill's six-part special, spread over three weeks, features knife-crime and drug taking as well as theft and assault and begins this Wednesday, April 7, at 8pm on ITV1.
After what seems like forever (but has only been 27 years) ITV has cancelled The Bill.
Ask any Brit what The Bill is and they'll be able to explain: It's one of the UK's longest-running crime-dramas, having run for almost 30 years. When it peaked in the late 90s it was one of the most popular cop shows on British TV, but in recent years it's struggled to attract viewers -- even after a post-watershed revamp. Today it was officially axed by ITV. The last episode airs this autumn.
ITV hoped that The Bill's new look and timeslot, which took effect last July, would reinvigorate the series' ratings. Unfortunately, this wasn't to be. Only 4.5 million viewers tuned in to the first revamped episode, which was formatted into a single one-hour prime-time show instead of a twice weekly 8pm one. It failed to beat ...Read more
The 57-year-old actor played PC Tony Stamp for 25 years and used to shadow real policemen on their beat to research his character before he was dropped this summer when the ITV cop show was revamped.
Cole said in his new autobiography, On The Beat, serialised in The Daily Mirror: "I always thought there was plenty of life left in Stamp."
He continued: "And I was affectionately known as 'Daddy Cole', so maybe Stamp could have been Sun Hill's wise and trusted father figure.
"But that was not meant to be."
Earlier this week, the actor said of his departure: "I think it was a combination of my age and money. I was the only grey-haired cast member, so I'm sure that was a factor.
"And, as the longest serving actor, I was one of the biggest earners and it's ...Read more
"I think he's realised that things aren't as black and white as they seem," he said of Nate, who will soon become embroiled in an arson attack at school.
He continued: "There's different shades of grey with life. Working on the job he's learning more and more, especially working at Sun Hill where everything kicks off on a regular basis. He's learning to maybe think twice before making a judgement."
He also explained why he thinks The Bill has done so well over the last 25 years?
"It's the format," he explains. "A cop show from the perspective of the copper; the strong way it's been put together; the high standard of what they want to achieve. We've got a great crew here and good writing."
Ben is contracted until January 2010, but if he ...Read more
British TV charity extravaganza Children in Need is back. Scores of celebrities are lining up to join presenters Terry Wogan and Tess Daly as they raise money for disadvantaged children across the UK. The seven-hour show features a variety of entertainment treats, and we've rounded up the best bits for you.
Every year the BBC's Children in Need brings viewers a range of drama, comedy, and musical sketches to encourage them to give big--and this year is no different. The annual telethon, which first began in 1980, plays host to all sorts of wacky and wonderful entertainment to raise money for British children's charities. Last year, the likes of Leona Lewis, Westlife, and Denise Van Outen took to the stage and this year's lineup is set to be just as star-studded. Here's a look at the 2008 highlights:
Never mind the ratings, we rate the Aussie networks on what they brought to the table in 2010.
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.