The Bill

Season 7 Episode 97

Thicker Than Water

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Aired Tuesday 9:00 PM Dec 03, 1991 on ITV
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P.C.s Loxton and Stringer are called to a domestic disturbance. The man found beating his wife turns out to be a P.C. from Stafford Row.

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  • Loxton and Stringer at Loggerheads in Sun Hill.

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    A moody episode filmed entirely at night, Thicker Than Water is a tightlipped study of the nature of loyalty in the Police Force. After arriving at a domestic violence shout where PCs Loxton and Stringer find a PC from Barton Street nick beating his wife, the two Sun Hill officers' opinions are divided. Stringer, not recognizing PC Mike Gibbs advises his wife, Nancy, that she can press charges. PC Loxton is clear of the etiquette - you back a mate to the hilt. Tom Matthews as PC Steve Loxton is determined to show PC Barry Stringer the clear inverted morality of the force: you don't step over the line when dealing with friends. And you cover for each other. So, the shout is called into the nick as all quiet on arrival. However, when they are called back very soon after the original shout, it is Loxton's certainties that are questioned. Gibbs has now beaten his wife up badly enough to need an ambulance, and Loxton is forced to arrest him. The resulting uncertainties about how the rest of the force should respond to him, and his own doubts about what to do in his evidence against Gibbs is the core of what happens next.



    The show is tense throughout, terse, with lots of underplayed drama. You can feel the strain in Loxton as he comes to terms with having his canteen culture loyalties upended. Mike Gibbs, played by Gary Love, is amazingly vulnerable at the same time as being a wifebeater. In all, a really unusual episode that explores some central questions at the heart of modern day policing: how far do you bend the rules to cover for a friend?moreless
William Gaminara

William Gaminara

Insp. Bruce

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Antony Carrick

Antony Carrick

Ch. Supt. Wilson

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Ian Cinderby

Ian Cinderby

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