The Bill

Season 6 Episode 31

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Aired Tuesday 9:00 PM Apr 17, 1990 on ITV
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When D.S. Roach's case against Mickey Owen, a protection racketeer, is thrown out of court, Roach comes under pressure from the Flying Squad to convince Roxanne, a transvestite informant, to give evidence against Owen. Roach is reluctant, as Roxanne was badly beaten when he failed to protect her the last time she gave evidence. In spite of this, Roxanne finally agrees to testify, considering she has nothing left to lose.moreless

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  • Roach is forced to use an old snout to bring down an old enemy.

    A nice episode, begins with the end of a court case where Ted Roach's old enemy Mickey Owen walks free from court having intimidated the key witness.

    Roach, never willing to back down follows Owen's associates as they extort money from local shopkeepers and is then threatened himself when cornered in a scrap yard.

    The small main cast (only Roach and Burnside appear) help add to the scenario that Roach is alone in his battle with Owen (seen surrounded by loyal followers) and Burnside is always the great foil for his Sergeant.

    The Flying Squad approach Roach asking him to use his old snout Roxanne and with a little persuasion, they get the information they need. Paul O'Grady of Lily Savage fame (here credited as Paul Savage) puts in a fine performance showing great depth as the tormented Roxanne. Although now best known for his chatshow, he shouldn't be forgotten for his dramatic roles.

    All in all a very good episode, with elements being touched upon again when Roach would return to the series in 2000.moreless
Paul O'Grady

Paul O'Grady

as Paul Savage) (Roxanne

Guest Star

Lou Wakefield

Lou Wakefield

D.I. Kellner

Guest Star

Dean Harris

Dean Harris

D.S. Terry

Guest Star

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