The Bill

Season 22 Episode 66

Episode 443

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Aired Tuesday 9:00 PM Sep 19, 2006 on ITV
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PCs Stamp and Hollis attend the scene of a fire at a guest house. DSs Hunter and Nixon investigate and uncover an illegal immigrant network. Sgt Smith tries to get a rape suspect to confess, while TDC Walker tries to persuade his wife to withdraw her alibi statement. Nixon ends her relationship with DS Turner.moreless

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    8.7
    I felt this was a very strong episode of <i>The Bill</i>. I'm particularly glad that the rape story-line is still managing to keep me watching, despite the number of weeks it's been running. Often a plot will get boring when it's focued on too much, but the writers and cast have managed this particular story-line exceptionally well.



    This episode also made me appreciate how much I've come to like Smithy. I never used to be a huge fan, but in the past year or so the character has really grown on me. He was superb when talking with Keith Durante. Plus, I'm enjoying his and Kezia's relationship - in programs like <i>The Bill</i>, relationships between cast members are often tricky as there can be a complete lack of chemistry or credulity, or both. However, the increasing tension between Kezia and Smithy has been both written and acted well - I especially like it when relevant facts are noted. For instance, tonight when Smithy made a comment about how the pair of them should go get drunk together - we know that this is becoming a common practise for them.



    On the other hand, Stuart and Sam have absolutely no chemistry between them. The relationship seemed to materalise out of nowhere, making it an easy one for the writers to knock back down again. Of course, within the scope of the ongoing story-line, this didn't actually seem to matter that much. I like both characters, but they don't exactly do each other major favours when together. Hopefully the story-line won't be drawn-out for too long. The writers don't even seem to be cashing back in on the Sam/Phil possibilities yet, which is worrying as it suggests more Stuart torment.



    As an episode, this one contained just the right amounts of everything. The policing was credible and took over the majority of time - the sub-story with the immigrants seemed a little underdeveloped, but it's easy to see why when the episode clearly aimed to wrap-up the Durante plot but without over-exposure. I also enjoyed Durante's lawyer - it was obvious that it was coming, given the complete over-emphasis on how bad he would be, but it was still mildly entertaining - it's not that often we see a good lawyer on <i>The Bill</i>. I also like seeing the cast in their policing roles, so Matt's minimum appearance within the work context was welcome.moreless
Alex Walkinshaw

Alex Walkinshaw

Sgt Dale Smith

Cat Simmons

Cat Simmons

TDC Kezia Walker

Daniel Flynn

Daniel Flynn

Supt John Heaton

Doug Rao

Doug Rao

DS Stuart Turner

Graham Cole

Graham Cole

PC Tony Stamp

Jeff Stewart

Jeff Stewart

PC Reg Hollis

Serge Soric

Serge Soric

Andrei Balev

Guest Star

Steven Cartait

Steven Cartait

Nick Davidson

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Jack Thompson

Jack Thompson

Jon Hall

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Wayne Foskett

Wayne Foskett

Keith Durante

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Hannah Storey

Hannah Storey

Louisa Durante

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Keeley Forsyth

Keeley Forsyth

Beth Adamson

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