Type
Scripted
Premiered
Oct. 16, 1984
Status
Completed/Ended
Runtime
50 min.
Country
UK
Network
ITV1 TV Network
Genre
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The Bill (UK)

The Bill recounts the goings-on within and around Sun Hill, a Metropolitan Police Station located in the fictional Borough of Canley, in east London. Now in its 26th year, The Bill is Britain's longest running police drama series, finally outstripping Dixon of Dock Green on 10 August 2005.

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TV Special: Farewell, The Bill Aired: Aug. 31, 2010

Documentary looking back at twenty-seven years of The Bill. Includes interviews with present and past cast members, clips of episodes from throughout …

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Completed/Ended
The show had 26 seasons and 2406 episodes air between 1984 and 2010.

Show Update

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On 25th March 2010, ITV announced that they don't plan another season of The Bill. The last episode aired on 31st August 2010.

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  • SPOILER: Sun Hill police station has been blown up three times. The first time was in "The Bill" (1984) {Trojan Horse (#6.41)} when a car bomb meant for the car's owner exploded in the Sun…
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    SPOILER: Sun Hill police station has been blown up three times. The first time was in "The Bill" (1984) {Trojan Horse (#6.41)} when a car bomb meant for the car's owner exploded in the Sun Hill courtyard, killing PC Ken Melvin (Mark Powley). The second explosion was in "The Bill" (1984) {008 (#18.19)}, when the station came under attack from rioting youths. PC Des Taviner (Paul Usher), trying to destroy some counterfeit banknotes that he had given to a colleague's memorial fund, seized his opportunity and threw a petrol bomb into a ground-floor room that - unbeknown to him - was being used to store a workman's gas cannisters. The resulting explosion killed six officers who were inside the station. The third explosion, less than three years later in "The Bill" (1984) {288 (#21.14)}, killed another three officers. Recently fired PCSO Colin Fairfax (Tim Steed) drove a van full of petrol cannisters into the station reception area.
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  • In the early years of the show, the location of Sun Hill was given as the real London borough of Tower Hamlets. At some point later on the location was changed to the fictional borough of…
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    In the early years of the show, the location of Sun Hill was given as the real London borough of Tower Hamlets. At some point later on the location was changed to the fictional borough of Canley, which corresponds to the real borough of Tower Hamlet on maps.
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  • When the show ended in 2010, Simon Rouse was the longest serving cast member - he had played DCI/Supt. Jack Meadows regularly since 1992. He also made several guest appearances as the same…
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    When the show ended in 2010, Simon Rouse was the longest serving cast member - he had played DCI/Supt. Jack Meadows regularly since 1992. He also made several guest appearances as the same character between 1990 and 1991 before joining the regular cast. Other long serving cast members include Alex Walkinshaw (PC/Sgt./Insp. Dale Smith - 1999 to 2001, and 2003 to 2010) and Chris Simmons (DC Mickey Webb - 2000 to 2003, and 2005 to 2010). Long serving cast member Graham Cole made his final appearance in November 2009 after playing PC Tony Stamp since 1987, although he had appeared in the series since 1984 as an uncredited extra.
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