Bill is a police crime
television serial broadcast on ITV in the United
accurately described as a
long-running British police procedural shown on ITV channel 1, at 8PM on
Wednesdays and Thursdays. (Though on some occasions it has run at only
one episode a week, due to one of the slots, usually the Wednesday one,
being giving over to other programming.)
of the show can be seen on ITV3. Past episodes can also be seen on UK TV
Gold. In Australia, the show is shown on the ABC, and in Ireland by RTÉ
setting is the Sun Hill district of the fictional London borough of
Canley. Other police stations in the borough, mentioned but (usually)
never seen, are Barton Street, which is the location of Borough
Headquarters, Stafford Row and Spicer Street. Canley is approximately
contiguous with the real London Borough of Tower Hamlets, and is also a
real district within the city of Coventry, some 100 miles north of
Bill is unusual among police shows: it takes a serial format and it
does not focus on one particular area of police work. Instead, the
show's time is equally divided between the work of officers on one shift
in the uniform division, and the work of the CID.
started as a one-off drama for ITV entitled Woodentop: this pilot
show starred Mark Wingett as PC Jim Carver and Trudie Goodwin as WPC
June Ackland on Carver's first day on the beat at Sun Hill police
station. It was originally devised by Geoff McQueen, and it impressed
ITV so much that they decided to make a series out of it. Goodwin
continues to star on the now twice-weekly show, while Wingett left the
cast in early 2005.
October 2003, a special episode of The Bill was broadcast live
from its London studios to mark the show's 20th year on air. At 8pm on
Thursday, 22 September 2005 another episode was broadcast live to mark
the ITV Network's 50th anniversary. The episode was written by Graham
Mitchell and co-produced and directed by Sylvie Boden.
unearths a massive pedophile operation at a house where Billy and
Tina’s abuse took place, but vital evidence of Wilder’s
involvement is still missing. Discovering the amount of kids the
doctor has groomed over the years, leaves Heaton no option but to
bluff with Dr Wilder that evidence has been found to force a
confession – but will it work?
so smart Alec
and Sam work on a case of stolen cash from a raid last year, whilst
known armed robber Alec Vincent is emigrating to Spain and
depositing a lot of money out there. Vincent swears he’s gone
straight and his cash is from a big win on the horses. But Sam takes
a closer look at the betting slip and links the win with someone
looking for a challenge
Yvonne could scupper the chances of Nikki Wright getting the
sergeant’s job at Sun Hill, Hobbs has a quiet word with her. She
offers Yvonne a sergeant’s job working with young offenders at
another station, hoping to clear the way for Nikki.
me, I'm a doctor!
Episode 459 | 15th
November 2006, ITV1 8pm
Is Dr Wilder a pedophile? Heaton and Yvonne think so, but they need
evidence to prove it. Billy’s been found brutally attacked following
his help to nail the doctor, and now he’s too terrified to
co-operate. But Billy's attacker hands himself in after finding a
pedophilic video message on the stolen phone, giving Yvonne the lead
she desperately needs.
the pilot in 1983, the first proper episode of The Bill was transmitted
in 1984 and since then The Bill has gone through a magnitude of changes.
From the days and times that the show airs, to the characters and
storylines, everything is always evolving to keep up with the times.
Starting with hour-long separate storylines, The Bill went on to be half
an hour in length between 1987 and 1998 before going back to hour-long
episodes. From 1998 until 2002, The Bill got more serialised and when
Paul Marquess took over in 2002 The Bill almost became a
"police-soap". This was met with some controversy from
long-time bill-fans who wanted The Bill to return to individual episode
storylines. Under Johnanthan Young, who took over as executive producer
in 2005, the more sensational and sometimes unrealistic storylines have
been dropped, with more time being spent on crime storylines.
Zain Nadirs undercover operation is coming to a dramatic end.
Neil Manson continues to liase with James Tennant.
Gina Gold is having an affair with a married man.
Sam Nixon has taken leave.
Dan Caspers steroid abuse grows while keeping up his boxing.
Emma Keane is now married and known as Emma Hinckly.
Roger Valentine has returned after his bout of depression.
Jo Masters is still seconded to Nottingham.
Sergeant Dale Smith was in the army
PC Diane Noble's motto is: “Work hard, play hard.”
Assistant Commissioner Georgia Hobbs (Kazia Pelka)
Superintendent Adam Okaro
John Heaton (Daniel Flynn)
Jack Meadows (Simon Rouse)
Neil Manson (Andrew Lancel)
Gina Gold (Roberta Taylor)
June Ackland (Trudie Goodwin)
Dale 'Smithy' Smith (Alex Walkinshaw)
Nikki Wright (Gillian Taylforth)
Phil Hunter (Scott Maslen)
Samantha Nixon (Lisa Maxwell)
Stuart Turner (Doug Rao)
Dan Casper (Chris Jarvis)
Will Fletcher (Gary Lucy)
Lewis Hardy (Aml Ameen)
Honey Harman (Kim Tiddy)
Emma Hinkley (Melanie Gutteridge)
Reg Hollis (Jeff Stewart)
Leela Kapoor (Seema Bowri)
Diane Noble (Kaye Wragg)
Tony Stamp (Graham Cole)
Roger Valentine (John Bowler)
Zain Nadir (TJ Ramini)
Terry Perkins (Bruce Byron)
Kezia Walker (Cat Simmons)
Mickey Webb (Chris Simmons)
Hinkley. Matt Hinkley is the station CPS Duty Prosecutor and is
married to PC Emma Hinkley.
Perry. Perry is the Metropolitan Police Service's Press Officer and
has made an appearance when there are big investigations going on
within Sun Hill. They include the dissapearance of Amy Tennant, the
Louise Larson case and also the Bombastic Nightclub disaster. But
Most recently the hostage situation in which Sgt. Nikki Wright was a
Hero. Mia is also engaging in a relationship with DC Mickey Webb.
Shaw. Kristen is a drug dealer who DC Zain Nadir is undercover with
to try and infiltrate her organisation.
Haskew. Paul is a drug dealer who DC Zain Nadir is undercover with
to try and infiltrate his organisation.
Tennant. James is the father of missing 7yr old Amy.
Jessop. Rod is Sgt June Acklands Boyfriend
and Going Characters
Jo Masters (Sally Rogers) (Returning in December)
June Ackland (Trudie Goodwin) (Leaving Early 2007)
Honey Harman (Kim Tiddy) (Leaving Early 2007)
Zain Nadir (TJ Ramini) (Leaving Early 2007)
Blackburn appeared as himself to host a quiz in the 2001 episode
joining the Spice
Girls, Emma Bunton (Baby Spice) played troubled teenager Janice
in the 1993 episode 'Missionary Work'.
Burke played a shop assistant who had the misfortune to be locked in
a cold store with Reg Hollis in the 1991 episode 'The Negotiator'.
of Robert Carlyle's early roles was as a news hack in the 1991
episode 'The Better Part of Valour'.
young Michelle Collins played a teenage tearaway in 1986.
1999 Roger Daltrey played former jailbird Larry Moore, who, fearing
another spell in prison, shot his daughter and then himself.
a break from Albert Square, Letitia Dean played suspected arsonist
Amanda Ronson in 1997.
the former singer with Marillion, played David Lewson in a 1998
appearing as Robbie Jackson in Eastenders, Dean Gaffney played
13-yr-old drugs courier Terry Jakes in a 1992 episode of The Bill.
Grantham starred as ruthless gangster Jimmy Smith in the 1998 story
'The Personal Touch'.
Hawkes played a character called Colin who was arrested for drug
dealing in the March 1991 episode 'Photo Finish'.
Kemp held Reg Hollis hostage as a gunman Tom Marsh in the 1998 story
'The Bus Driver's Prayer'.
Kingston of ER fame played DS Lisa Holm, who posed undercover as
high-class hooker 'Lisa Royle' in an April 1995 episode 'In on the
Laurie kept a straight face as defence counsel Harrap in the
three-part story 'Good Faith' (1998).
Lusardi played Don Beech's girlfriend Maggie Lyons in the 2000
episode 'The River', and returned to the role in 2004.
Mayall appeared as evil gambler Patrick Massie, who was arrested for
deliberately pushing his 16-yr-old son Jimmy from a high building in
her pre-Bianca days, Eastenders' Patsy Palmer played Suzanne in the
1991 story 'Shots'.
and Arsenal midfielder Emmanuel Petit guested as himself, visiting a
hospitalised girl in the 1998 Christmas episode.
Savage (aka Paul O'Grady) first appeared as Ted Roach's transvestite
snout Roxanne in 1989 and 1990.
Sykes made a guest appearance in 2003 as Ted, a confused pensioner.
Van Outen played gangster's moll Melanie Lehmann in the 1998 episode
'The Personal Touch'.
white Police uniform shirts are washed with a black sock, to prevent
too much glare when seen on-screen.
of creator Geoff McQueen's rules of the series, was that every
single scene would feature Police Officer(s), as to make the stories
feel as if they are being told through the eyes of the Police, hence
break away scenes, with a crime being committed (without an Officer
on scene), or criminals planning their movements, etc. are not
featured. There have been a couple of times this rule has been
broken. One gray area was in the episode broadcast 8th November
2006. The first few scenes followed Nikki Wright (Gillian Taylforth),
who is a PC, but based at Barton Street - usually the stories
exclusively follow Sun Hill Officers. This can, however, be
countermanded, by the fact that she is hoping to transfer to Sun
rule implemented at the start of the series, was that stories would
follow only the work of the Officers, and not feature their outside
life (unless directly linked to their work). As the series has
progressed, through its several revamps, this rule has gradually
Bill has been broadcast in over 55 different countries, from
Bahrain to Barbados, Denmark to Dubai, Malaysia to Mauritius, and
Spain to Sweden. It is one of the top-rated shows in Australia and
plodding feet that adorned the show's credits for 15 years were
originally intended to be those of Trudie Goodwin (June Ackland) and
Mark Wingett, (Jim Carver). But they were too busy filming other
scenes so two extras were recruited instead - Karen England and Paul
William has admitted that he enjoys The Bill and June Ackland
is his favourite.
police uniforms used in the series are genuine and are locked away
for security reasons every night with no complete uniform being
locked in any one cupboard.
the early days of The Bill a local resident registered her
protest at what she deemed to be a stereotypical portrayal of
council estates as hotbeds of crime. She held up filming by
stationing herself in the background with an ironing board, iron and
basket full of laundry.
police officers took such a dim view of previews they were shown
from the first series of The Bill that they refused to attend
the launch party. The Police Federation later attacked the programme
for implying that racial prejudice existed within the Force.
filming on location, The Bill does not have permission to use
sirens. These are added in the dubbing suite.
Blair and his family recently came out as fans of The Bill.
Bill has spawned three spin-off productions.
first of these was known as Burnside. It lasted a single series
of six episodes, the first of which debuted on 7th of July 2000. The
series focused on the newly promoted DCI Burnside as a member of the
National Crime Squad. It was created and produced by Richard Handford.
second spin-off debuted in 2001, and also lasted only six episodes,
although was more of a break away from the regular Bill (it was
shown in the Bill timeslot) than a complete spin-off. Beech is
Back focused on dodgy ex-DS Don Beech, still on the run from Claire
Stanton who wants him brought to justice for the murder of her boyfriend
DS John Boulton. None of the episodes were given titles, with each being
part of a single six part serial. At the end Beech is brought to justice
and sent to prison, although he would return in The Bill years
2003, ITV1 debuted the third spin-off of the show, entitled M.I.T.,
renamed Murder Investigation Team for it's second series. The
first episode investigated the drive-by shooting of Sgt. Matthew Boyden,
who had been at Sun Hill for 11 years. The first series consisted of 10
one-hour episodes. The second series, airing two years later, consisted
of 4 ninety-minute episodes. The series was created by Paul Marquess.
The second series was produced by Jonathan Young.
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