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The Bill

Season 1 Episode 1

Funny Ol' Business - Cops & Robbers

9
Aired Tuesday 9:00 PM Oct 16, 1984 on ITV
7.9
out of 10
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Funny Ol' Business - Cops & Robbers
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After a briefing from Sgt. Cryer, PCs Carver and Edwards arrest a car thief, but are reluctantly persuaded to release him when he turns out to be an informant for DS Burnside from Barton Street. PC Litten assists CID with a case involving a series of house break-ins related to a double-glazing company. WPCs Ackland and Martella make a failed attempt to arrest a gang of pickpockets at the high street markets.moreless

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  • i like it

    10
    this episode is really great and the first of the series it has been going all the time i like the bill and i think it was really brilliant and sgt cryer was great and the characters it has gone from strenth to strenth and it was devised by geoff mcqueen
Colin Higgins

Colin Higgins

Lennie

Guest Star

Susan Field

Susan Field

Annie

Guest Star

Sarah Webb

Sarah Webb

Carol

Guest Star

Christopher Ellison

Christopher Ellison

Sgt. Burnside

Recurring Role

Neil Conrich

Neil Conrich

Det. Sgt.

Recurring Role

Larry Dann

Larry Dann

Duty Sgt.

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (0)

  • QUOTES (2)

  • NOTES (5)

    • 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.

  • ALLUSIONS (1)

    • 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.

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