The Bill

Season 16 Episode 53

Lullaby, Part 1

Aired Tuesday 9:00 PM Aug 25, 2000 on ITV
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Lullaby, Part 1
P.C. Smith takes a seven-year-old Chinese boy under his wing after his parents mysteriously disappear.

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  • Deakin leads the investigation into a child's missing parents while the lone child takes a shine to Smithy.

    Here begins a three parter showing the first incarnation of Smithy in his P.C. (not politically correct!) days where he shows a softer side seen more when he returned to the show as a Sergeant in 2003.

    The episode initially focuses on the uniform relief as they find Timothy having broken into his local school and then return him home to find him 'Home Alone' his parents having not been seen for a couple of days. Boyden's jokey comments regarding Smithy helping the boy and the possible outcome of the father are very funny and work well considering the seriousness of the case.

    The episode shifts focus then to Deakin leading the case and struggling to get information from Timothy who will only speak to Smithy who he has befriended. Smithy also lets his guard down lending him a Game Boy to play and reading a bed time story unaware Ackland is listening from outside the cell they are in.

    The episode is well written and unlike some multi part stories, this first part doesn't seem stretched.

    It is also interesting to note that Meadows warns Deakin that to not treat the case as racially motivated (as it later appears to be) as it could result in the D.I. been forced to leave Sun Hill, something that later happens in All Fall Down Part 2 (only that was due to the Beech scandal).moreless

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