The Bill

Season 17 Episode 65

Liquid City

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Aired Tuesday 9:00 PM Sep 28, 2001 on ITV
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While at a police function on the Thames with Supt Chandler and DC Spears, DI Cullen spots a man climbing through the window of a riverside house. Cullen calls Sun Hill, but the rather inept team of Hollis and Taviner fails to capture the intruder. Embarrassed by the spectacle, Chandler assigns Spears to work on Sun Hill's burglary statistics, and she finds a link between a number of other break-ins. Chandler is furious when Cullen hires a criminal profiler, Roy Stenning, but his information gets CID close to a likely suspect. Rumours about the relationship between Spears and Chandler are rife throughout the station, and Spears is not popular with her colleagues, who accuse her of sleeping her way to the top. When PC Hollis is caught by Chandler for unauthorised use of the PNC, PC Taviner threatens to reveal a secret from their past at Hendon, but finds his own use of the PNC under scrutiny. Chandler and Spears meet for dinner, but Chandler is hesitant to move too fast. The intruder strikes again, this time setting a house alight, killing two children. With only DC Webb willing to help her, Spears tracks down the drifter responsible, Charlie McGann, whose family was killed in a fire in Glasgow, and who wrecks or torches houses out of jealousy.moreless

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  • So, very sad. What a waste.

    8.5
    My gut theory is that there was a great deal of politics going inside the production company around the time this episode was made.



    FremantleMedia wern't turning a profit. They could well have been laying more pressure on Richard Hanford for some kind of ratings boost, or he'd be out.

    Or as I suspect, he was already out and was burning the remains of his New Order.



    Unfortunately, he didn't do well enough. If he really wanted to kill the romance between Chandler and Spears, he need to have killed one of them. But, both Tania and Steven remained under contract.

    However, he then used Tania in an extensive rape plot- while Chandler kept an eye on her.



    Allegedly, after Cullen told Chandler that the Borough Commanders position was going, Chandler chose to "drop" Spears after having more than a professional interest in her for more than several months. While there is Chandler touching Spears' face, and Chandler letting Spears hold his hand, there was no good night kiss. I could write an essay in speculation as to what was going through Chandler's head. And I have, on my website.



    Despite him "dropping her", he did remain protective and promoted her (both from behind the scenes) as much as he could.



    The key points about Liquid City are;



    1. that Spears said her parents were DEAD (directly contradicting 012)

    2. Chandler didn't seem to just want a closet romance with Spears (contradicting 001 onward)

    3. This episode is awesome, yet sad. You really feel for the poor girl. However, taken in perspective, with the fact that Chandler still remained interested in her after the date, shows that he probably had purer intentions that what Marquess attempted to make out. Watch it.moreless
Ken Bones

Ken Bones

Roy Stenning

Guest Star

Hilda Braid

Hilda Braid

Mrs Flowers

Guest Star

Michelle Lee

Michelle Lee

Juan Ling

Guest Star

Shenagh Govan

Shenagh Govan

D S E

Recurring Role

Nick Miles

Nick Miles

Brgh Cmdr Guy Mannion

Recurring Role

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