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      18.05.2010 11:11
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      Overall, The Bill was a great police drama that was realistic

      The Bill has been on for nearly a quarter of a century now and I used to watch it religiously when it first started all the time ago. It was a real shame recently when they said that it was going to be stopped being made as it is a classic show that was enjoyed by so many. It all started way back in 1984 and the last episode will be broadcast in August or September 2010. I remember watching it on ITV back in the 80's and 90's in particular.

      The Bill is a British drama series that focuses on a fictional police department in the UK in Sunhill. It revolves around the officers on the force and their work life primarily and partly delves into their personal lives too. It has certainly had it's fair share of criticism over the years from the real Police Federation in particular who accused the programme of portraying the police in the wrong light. However, despite all this the programme went from strength to strength over the years and tackled alot of serious and controversial storylines as you would expect from this type of drama.

      One of the best things for me though to be honest with you is the sense of realism about the show as they actually use authentic police uniforms and equipment which is a unique step. There have been so many fine actors to come through the ranks at Sunhil over the years of the show and the majority have been very believable and have portrayed their characters extremely well. Plus, they were never scared of confronting issues and plots that would cause anger or criticism head on.

      One of the things I'll always remember about the Bill after it's gone was the theme tune which was used right up until last year when it was replaced. It was such a familiar catch tune that you knew what programme was on and then the noise of the car screeching to a halt and the car door slamming signalled the start of the show.

      There was so many fine characters throughout the years but two of my favourites were Jim Carver and Frank Burnside. Christopher Ellison brilliantly played Frank Burnside for about five years and made many enemies both in the department and those villains he helped put away. He was never far away from corruption himself and close to the edge of playing it by the book or not as the case may be. Mark Wingett played DS Jim Carver for over twenty years but in the end he fell apart after the collapse of his marriage and ended up racking up gambling debts and drinking too before he finally left.

      The Bill was a great show that will be sadly missed when the doors finally close later this year.

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        26.03.2010 17:57
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        another great show axed

        Tragic news for avid Bill viewers was announced today. ITV has decided to axe the long running drama show after 27 years!
        I've watched The Bill on and off for all of my adult life, so I'm understandably gutted.

        The Bill began as a one off drama called Woodentop. It featured new recruit PC Jim Carver (Mark Wingett) and the ever so sensible June Ackland (Trudie Goodwin). Both characters were to became popular members of The Bill and viewers shed a few tears when June married alcoholic Jim.

        We have seen The Bill in many formats, the pilot episode in 1984 lasted for 50 minutes and was aired at 9pm, this allowed for a 'warts n all' picture of policing. It also introduced the dynamic duo who were to be DS Ted Roach (Tony Scannell) and Di Tommy(Frank) Burnside (Christopher Ellison) whose antics are legendary.
        Ted resigned after punching his Inspector ten years later and Tommy - renamed Frank left for Manchester (From memory!) popping up in the show on several occasions - although always a shadow of his former self.

        1988 saw The Bill move to two half hour episodes per week, it was shown before 9pm, so the realistic use language was toned down. It also meant that we could watch the credits and the slow plodding feet twice a week!
        Becoming more popular, a third episode was added in 1993.
        1997 saw more changes, the theme tune changed and the plodding feet were removed much to my dismay. It also saw the return of the one hour slot.

        Characters came and went, some were missed, some went unnoticed but the arrival of DS Don Beech (Billy Murray) was to lead to some of the shows most exciting story lines. He was a corrupt, although lovable character - he could certainly pull the women - Linda Lusardi played his girlfriend in seven episodes. After taking back handers from local villains and bringing CID into disrepute, he finally departed for Australian shores in 2000 after killing his colleague DS John Boulton.

        The show moved into a serial format in 2002, with various long running themes. The Sun Hill serial killer storyline is one of my particular favourites. This was a definite 'who dunnit'? PC Cass Rickman was killed much to the horror of all those around her, including love interest PC Nick Klein. The killer was eventually revealed as Pat Kitson (sister of Cass' boyfriend). All nail biting stuff!

        Although the programme now follows the lives of the characters, the plots are not as deep or I feel as engrossing. ITV have once again changed the format, currently the show is aired on Thursdays at 9pm. prior to this it was Wednesday and Thursday.
        ITV then seemed to go completely mad - one week it would be on a Thursday, then a Friday. The times would change from one week to the next so that eventually I had to pre-plan my viewing (and I am not that type of person!!). I think the unreliability of viewing times led to a decrease in The Bill's loyal following.
        The new 'fly on the wall' type format than failed to win new viewers, both factors undoubtedly leading to such a loss in viewing figures.

        A cynic would say that he so called programme shuffle was a deliberate action on the part of ITV directors who no longer saw The Bill as an integral part of it's viewing schedule. 'Be off with you The Bill'!!!

        I like the new format and look forward to returning from work at 8pm on Thursday, opening a bottle of wine and settling down to watch The Bill.
        The Bill has had it's highs and it's lows but has been a fantastic programme.
        There are many characters that I have not mentioned, too many to list (sounds like an acceptance speech!) Sgt Cryer, Mickey Webb, Polly Paige, Dave Quinnan, Reg Hollis, Tony Stamp and my ALL time favourite Jack Meadows.

        To all the above and the thousands more, thanks for many nights (and days) of viewing pleasure.
        Shame on you ITV!!!!

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          11.03.2010 13:37
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          The Bill is a really good drama/soap and I thoroughly recommend it.

          I've watched The Bill for as long as I remember. It used to be on three times a week for 30 mins each and each episode would see the team investigate and solve the case by the end of the episode. This has changed over the years and a lot of storylines continue into the next episode, making it almost more of a soap rather than a crime drama.

          There is now only one episode a week lasting an hour, which was on Thursdays at 9pm, but now has been changed to Tuesdays at the same time. For fans like myself, this is simply not enough.

          The show is based in a fictional town called Sun Hill and you follow both the uniform and CID divisions of the police station. Storylines are based on what you'd expect from a police programme - burglaries, assaults etc. However, they sometimes have storylines involving corrupt police officers and other rarer stories.

          As I mentioned earlier, The Bill has evolved into more of a soap, which means a lot of extra time is spent on the character's personal lives and relationships with their colleagues, than previously. The acting always comes across as genuine and believable. Occasionally you'll see guest appearances from various actors and actresses, with former members of Eastenders being a particular favourite. For some reason, numerous actors/actresses have swapped between the two.

          It was announced recently that The Bill would be axed which in my opinion is a bad decision as there's no other long-running crime programme around. I know they have said about low ratings, but perhaps it would be better if it was boradcast at 8pm rather than 9pm and on a day like Wednesdays, when there isn't much else on.

          If you would like to see a realistic crime drama/soap then this is the one to watch. It's very sad to see the programme coming to it's end, but I intend on watching each and every episode until it does!

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          10.02.2010 16:07
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          Love this show a lot

          The Bill is a weekly tv show that is shown on ITV1 on a Thursday evening at 9pm. The format changed last year to the new slot after 9 and it changed from being on two nights a week to just being on the once.

          I think it is a much stronger show now even though I have been a fan practically from when it started way back in 1984 after having a one-off edition called Woodentop a year before.

          There are many good characters in the show at the moment and here some of them.

          Superintendent Jack Meadows (Simon Rouse) has been in the show since 1992. He was promoted to superintendent last year when Supt Heaton left the show. Jack is a good police man and has a good relationship with his officers but keeps a stern hold on them all and doesnt take any nonsence. He is especially friendly with DC Mickey Webb.

          Detective Inspector Neil Manson (Andrew Lancel) has been in the show since 2003. He is in charge of the CID department and is quite fond of DC Grace Dasami. Neil has a softer side to him which comes across when he is dealing direct with the victims of the crimes he is investigating especially where missing children are concerned.

          Inspector Dale Smith (Alex Walkinshaw). I was really pleased when Smithy was promoted to Inspector as he is such a lovable character. He is very good at his job and looks after his team but also is firm with them. He had a bit of a head to head with Sgt Callum Stone last year before he was promoted. The actor who plays Smithy, Alex Walkinshaw was once playing a part of another police man in a different show (can't for the life of me remember what it was now) and he wanted to have special training with a real police officer before he started the job and they asked my son (who is a police officer) to look after him. He said Alex was a brilliant person to work with and they had a good time together. Now when I see him in the Bill it makes me think of my son (who is just swatting for his Sergeants exam, good luck xx). Smithy has been in the show since 1999.

          Detective Sergeant Max Carter (played by Christoper Fox) has been in the show since 2007. I dont like his character as much as the others as he has a funny way of going about things and can be quite abrupt with the people working for him. He used to work for CO19 who are the police with firearms and had been involved in two cases where people had got shot who shouldnt have been before joining the crew at Sun Hill.

          Detective Sergeant Stevie Moss (played by Lucy Speed) has been in the show since 2008. I like her character, she is more fun and likes going undercover.

          Sergeant Jo Masters (played by Sally Rogers) has been in the show now since 2005. I like her character too, she is fiesty and was always ready to stand up to people . She used to be with the CID department but has just been promoted to Sergeant and it is a bit strange seeing her in the uniform now. She is cheeky to the other Sergeant Callum Stone as he was a bit abrupt with her when she was just a DC so now they are the same rank she lets him know it.

          Sergeant Callum Stone (played by Sam Callis) is quite a character who doesnt always play it by the book. He does stick up for his staff though and has been known to rearrange the truth so that they dont get into trouble. This had made some of the other staff a bit wary of him especially when DC Will Fletcher (Gary Lucy) was still working there as he didnt agree with some of the things he did. He has been with the show since 2007.

          These are the highest ranks in The Bill. Of the others my favourite characters are PC Roger Valentine (played by John Bowler) who is the oldest one of the lower rank officers. He is quite a loveable character although I wasnt sure of him when he first joined but his character has grown on me and I like him a lot now. He is a very caring person who will go out of his way to help someone if he can.

          Another of my favourites is DC Terry Perkins (Bruce Byron). He has been in the show since 2003 and I think he has always had on the same leather jacket ever since he joined the show. He is very good at working with victims of rape and sexual abuse. He has a daugter of his own who doesnt live with him. She is sometimes in the show as well.

          Another great character is their Crime Scene Examiner Eddie Olosunje (Jason Barnett). He is so funny and plays like a buffoon character but one with brains. He makes us laugh everytime with his funny comments, I especially like his relationship with Jo Masters to whom he once tried to get involved romantically only to find out that Jo was gay.

          My favourite character at the moment has to be DC Mickey Webb (played by Chris Simmons). He has been with the show since 2000 and has had some great story lines. He was raped in the past and sometimes when a rape case comes up he finds it hard to cope with it all. We once bumped into the actor Chris Simmons who plays Mickey when we stopped for petrol in a garage in Gravesend and he was at the next pump. It was really strange seeing him in the flesh after seeing him on tv for all these years. I didnt have the nerve to talk to him though but he knew that we knew who he was as he must have heard my OH saying look there's Mickey Webb and he looked over laughing.

          Now to remind you of some of those great iconic characters who have left the Bill but wouldnt or shouldnt be forgotten.

          June Aukland (Trudie Goodwin, was in the show from the pilot until she left in 2007 after reaching the rank of Inspector.

          Samantha Nixon (Lisa Maxwell) was in the show from 2002 until she left last year.

          Tony Stamp (Graham Cole) was in the Bill from 1984 right round until he left last year as was a firm favourite.

          Reg Hollis (played by Jeff Stuart) was Tony's friend and colleage from 1984 until he left in 2008.

          Phil Hunter (played by Scott Maslen) who was always after Samantha Nixon but wasnt a faithful person and kept eyeing up the ladies (and worse).

          Bob Cryer (played by Eric Richard) He was in the show for a long time from 1984 until he left after having got shot buy Smithy in 2001.

          Don Beech (played by Billy Murray) was a great character in the Bill being a bent copper who had killed another officer. He came into the show in 1995 and left in 2000.

          Dave Quinnan (played by Andrew Paul) was another firm favourite when he appeared from 1989 until he left in 2002.

          The Bill is a must watch programme in our house hold and there are not many episodes we have missed.

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            06.08.2009 15:18
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            Good for another twenty-odd years?

            The Bill is a very long running TV drama cum kind of police based soap opera, and its longevity is probably a fitting testament to the programme's durability and ongoing ability to capture audiences.

            Its early days (it was originally called 'Woodentops' featuring a very young June Ackland (Trudy Goodwin) and Jim Carver (Mark Wingett)) in the 1980s provided a rather rosy view of society as it was then, an era of social polarisation, the advent of Thatcher's children, and criminals arguably being a bit more 'polite' than today's scroats,which is of course sheer mythology.

            Updated to the SMS generation, rampant knife and gun crime, wide drug proliferation and the pressures of a society attempting to absorb a tide of immigrants seeking a better life in the UK, The Bill is nonetheless a thought provoking drama that tries to reflect societal dynamics in an intelligent and considered way.

            Strong characterisation has always been an abiding feature of The Bill, together with strong scripts and above average acting, from a fairly eclectic racial acting cast that is wholly representative of modern inner city London.

            It however has a tendency to let itself down at times by dwelling on 'serious' social issues for far too long, which only serves to make some episodic strands rather tedious. By all means give the issues adequate treatment, but for crying out loud don't thrash them to death. That, I think, is when this series tends to depart from reality based matters somewhat. Having just written that, some readers may disagree, which they are of course perfectly entitled to do. In the end, the show's pedigree speaks for itself, and there are far more plus factors than minuses with The Bill.

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              The acting is good quality, and the storylines are normally interesting, just sometimes a bit repeti

              What is it, When is it shown and on what channel?
              The Bill is a long running police drama set in Sun Hill Police station in an area of London. It is shown (now) weekly at 9pm on ITV 1, and repeated on other channels, as well as being available online.

              Storylines, plots
              These are very similar to plots in soap operas, however are handled more thoughtfully and better. Gun crime is often focused on with a typical plot running over two episodes, however occasionally more or less episode per storyline depending on its importance. There are also plots that are considered sub-plots, such as relationships with different personelle, and relationships within the team as well as drama occuring to specific personelle which is then refered to in future episodes.

              Any Good?
              Depends really what you are looking for. If you are looking for a realistic interpretation of the Metrepolitan Police Drama you probably should look elsewhere, however as with all 'real-life' style dramas, if they reflected real life they would probably be too dull to look at and watch.

              Another valuable point is that perhaps this station is the unluckiest station around, the number of times cars have gone into it, it has exploded or many personelle have died whilst on duty does not reflect at all realistic figures, it is almost like the script writers get bored so decide to destroy the station.

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              01.04.2009 19:58
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              Great long running drama series

              The Bill was first shown as a Pilot in 1983, then became a series in 1984. The Bill is set in the fictional London area of Sun Hill which is a borough of Canley, East London. The Bill is unlike other police dramas as they don't tend to focus on one case or type of case eg. Homicide, and storylines involving anything from murder to robbery are portrayed on The Bill. The Bill are the only TV drama that use the exact same uniforms and cars as the metropolitan police. Another bit of trivia, many actors/actress have been in Sun Hill including, Keira Knightley, Russell Brand, Les Dennis and Hugh Laurie
              I have gotten back into this show after many years away through Watch Channel and I have been really enjoying it with its great engrossing storylines and really good acting. You can see the Bill on 1TV one on Thursdays at 8pm or you can reminisce about stories of yesteryear (about three years old) on Watch channel 109 on Sky weekdays at 10am

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                Highly Recommended.

                I've always liked the Bill and watched it on and off for many years now. Over time they've changed the format slightly and characters have come and gone. They've also changed the time slots a lot so many long time viewers got annoyed with never knowing when it was on!

                These days it's settled down though and can be found at 8pm on ITV on Wednesdays and Thursdays every week. I like the regularity of it and also that I can watch it two nights in a row. They often have storylines that run on between episodes now. The Mrs thinks they've made it more Holby City in that respect. Sometimes there'll be a one-off episode and other times they'll run a little mini-series over two or three or more shows. I like it because it's like a little soap opera for blokes to me.

                The Bill for those who don't know, is basically a police show. If you've ever seen Holby City or Casualty then you can imagine that The Bill is the police version of that. If you haven't, I guess I'd describe it best as a police drama that's set in a fictitious place called Sun Hill. The team is large and varied with different police and detective characters taking the limelight in the various episodes. I think this variation is a big part of the appeal of the show as it makes it interesting.

                I like that there's a good mixture in the show of action (think speeding police chases), violence (limited to what you can show before the watershed though of course), drama (criminals on the run) and emotion (policemen questioning themselves). This is a show that's got it all as far as I'm concerned and I think it's just got better and better over the years.

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                  An overall good show :D

                  I never really liked The Bill until I found that nothing was on on a Wednesday and Thursday at 8pm, so I found myself watching it and really starting to get into it.
                  Its great to watch a programme like this which you can ewatch every week without a stop for 3 months or whatever the stoppage time is for programmes such as Midsomers, and Trial And Retribution.
                  You always get a mizx of the real things which are happenin in Britain today, so its well up to the times, at the minute with stories on gangs and drugs, which are real problems in areas like London and other major cities which is good as we can really relate to the things happening in the programme.

                  the only thing I don't like about The Bill, is that sometimes the stories go on for tooooo long, I remember one story abotu a little girl who had been kidnapped, it went on for months and months. I know its what really happens and children aren't just found in the next couple of days, or in alot of cases anyhow (look at Madelene McAnne's case which is still on going almost 2 years later) but, this is a soap (of likes), and stories really do need to be cut a little shorter, the thing is with these long stories like with alot of soaps, if you miss one programme, your knakcered and dont have a clue whats happening!!

                  but, other than this, the programme really is good, the stories are believable and the cast are good...yes a few bad actors, and a few things which aren't right..I'm quite sure someone as small as the character Beth couldn't be a police officer at the height of around 5ft3.

                  But other than this, an overall good show!! :-D

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                  08.01.2009 04:13
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                  one of the best programmes on tv

                  Just watching the bill tonight on the tv and its just struck me how great it is, i have been watching it now since i was about 10 years old and im now 20 and in 10 years many faces have changed but it still bangs out brilliant storylines on a weekly basis.

                  The Bill is a police drama/soap set in London in the fictional borough of Canley, it is shown usually twice a week and the days it is on can vary, at the moment it is one wed and thurs - 8-9pm.

                  The acting is terrific with most being actors which are well known in the soap world having featured in eastenders or coronation street.


                  The scripting is the best and no two storylines are the same, every week i am gripped to my sofa, it is the sort of programme were you can tune out for a few weeks but when you go back it feels like you havent missed anything as most of the time every one or two episodes there is a different plot.

                  I would recommend the bill to anyone into their soaps and dramas, for example those who like coronation street, eastenders, holby city or casualty.

                  It really is a great programme!!!

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                    Good drama from ITV

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                    For this review I have chosen to write a small round up style summary in to what The Bill is all about and rather than try and focus on storylines on a weekly basis I have written a brief summary by each cast member to give a clue as to there characters past.

                    The Bill is an ITV drama, which is broadcast twice weekly although that is not how it originally began back in 1984. Back then, it was a seasonal show, which consisted of 50-minute episodes for the first three series. Then at the end of the 1987 series, ITV decided to make dramatic changes to The Bill deciding that due to its popularity they would change the show to a year-round drama consisting of two 25-minute weekly episodes. The show remained relatively unchanged apart from the cast until 1992 when they started showing hour-long specials several times during the year. These specials where such a great success that in 1993 the schedule again and introduced the new look Bill to the public in three half hour weekly episodes. The success just did not stop in the viewers ratings polls for The Bill and in 1998 the scheduling changed again allowing The Bill to be aired to the public twice a week in two hour long episodes, although this sometimes is reduced to one show per week due to program rescheduling for Live Events.


                    The Bill is a program about the Police Force and is set in the fictional location of Sun Hill, Canley, London and regularly mentions other fictional stations in the fictional borough such as Barton Street, Stafford Row and Spicer Street, although these stations are never really seen. The Bill does vary slightly from most police dramas shown due to the fact that it shows the shared work load between shifts, CID, uniform and also includes some of the officers in there private lives although this is a more recent addition to the show.

                    The show first came to life in the shape of a one off episode called Woodentop and starred WPC June Ackland (Trudie Goodwin) and DC Jim Carver (Mark Wingett). ITV had no idea of this one off drama's success and then proceeded to plan for The Bill from this idea, even choosing to have the two officers continue to use there cast names and build the force around them. Of course, WPC June Ackland still stars in the Bill today although now she is Sergeant Ackland and it is only recently that DC Carver left our screens.


                    We have watched many cast members come and go over the years and the show use these cast members to bring us some excellent storylines. Tow of the more major storylines The Bill used though were surrounding the events of a firebomb at Sun Hill to allow ITV to present a whole new set as well as get rid of some old cast members and replace them with new. He other was when the whole of CID had to be revamped due to ratings issues and in came DS Don Beech and his corrupt way with a brilliant story line, which gripped the nation. As Don's storyline ended so did many other cast members to bring in fresh blood to the CID department of the show.

                    The most recent storyline in The Bill has been an intense investigation to finally capture Dr Wilder, a paedophile who has been filming and having sex with under sixteen year olds and managing to escape the grasp of the law, until this week that is. The time also came this week for us to say goodbye to another cast member PC Yvonne Hemmingway as you moves on due to promotion, but who will replace her, well that is already decided and in comes a new sergeant to Sun Hill in the form of Gillian Taylforth as Sergeant Nikki Wright. Love is also in the air a great deal at the moment but will it last, watch and see for yourself.

                    The Top Brass of Sun Hill
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                    Borough Commander, Chief Superintendent Adam Okaro:-played by Cyril Nri.
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                    Adam Okaro has only recently received this promotion after an emotional ride at Sun Hill where we have seen him work along side his former love interest Inspector Gina Gold, who is still a dear friend and helped him through he grief when he lost his wife and children through a road accident in a series of The Bill.

                    Superintendent John Heaton:-played by Daniel Flynn.
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                    Superintendent Heaton is a new member to The Bill and yet he is already causing many waves amounts his troops. He is having an affair with Commissioner Hobbs and has many family issues as well in the shape of his wife and daughter. His different approach to policing is also upsetting many of the other officers in Sun Hill and he has already had a few run-ins with Inspector Gold.

                    Detective Chief Inspector Jack Meadows:-played by Simon Rouse
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                    DCI Meadows has been a loyal cast member for any years now first starring in The Bill in 1992 to run the CID department and work along side DI Frank Burnside a very unorthodox CID leader. Jack Meadows has had quite a rollercoaster of a ride during his time at Sun Hill yet he continues to lead the CID to crime solving at its best.

                    Inspector Gina Gold:-played by Roberta Taylor
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                    Soon after her unwelcome arrival at Sun Hill, it was discovered that Gina Gold had previously lived with Adam Okaro in her thirties and this did not help staff moral. This has began to change now with her now forging many close friendships, in particular with Sergeant Smith who helped her through her Cancer ordeal.


                    Detective Inspector Neil Manson:-played by Andrew Lancel
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                    DI Manson joined Sun Hill in 2003 and immediately set off on the wrong foot when he was promoted to the post of DI, pushing DS Sam Nixon’s nose out of joint as she was acting DI at the time. He has also has many problems in his personal life during his time in Sun Hill particularly as many of the CID department dislike the fact that his Father-In-Law was Deputy Assistant Commissioner and probably had a helping hand in his promotion.


                    Deputy Assistant Commissioner Georgia Hobbs:-played by Kazia Pelka
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                    Only recently getting her promotion to Deputy Assistant Commissioner after the death of DI Masons Father-In-Law, Commissioner Hobbs is already revealing a few skeletons in her closet and using her affair with Superintendent Heaton to influence decisions affecting Sun Hill.


                    CID of Sun Hill.
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                    DS Phil Hunter: - played by Scott Maslen.
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                    During his time at Sun Hill DS Hunter has been in the lime light a great deal particularly because of his love life. He is a womanizer and a hard man but underneath all that, he now seems to be melting the icy heart of DS Nixon as they enter into a new relationship.

                    DC Mickey Webb:-played by Chris Simmons.
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                    Although in 2003 we though we had said farewell to Mickey Webb as he moved to another station due to the ordeal he suffered at the hands of a villain, he has returned to Sun Hill in 2005 again to be taken under the wing of DCI Meadows after becoming close friends with him on a personal level. He is still troubled by his past ordeal but is trying his hardest to move on with the help of his friends.

                    DS Samantha Nixon: - played by Lisa Maxwell
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                    DS Nixon arrived in Sun Hill back in 2002 and we have seen her ordeal with many personal issues involving the abduction of her Daughter followed by the Daughter having a Teenage pregnancy with a mad man. She has managed to overcome all this greatly although her love life is still a rollercoaster ride.

                    DC Zain Nadir: - played by T.J.Ramini.
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                    DC Nadir first came into the limelight in Sun Hill whilst on an under cover operation where he even baffled the Sun Hill officers as to his identity as an under cover cop. When it was final uncover though he left a few officers red faced and has continued upsetting even more by staying on as a CID officer in there patch.

                    DC Terry Perkins:-played by Bruce Byron
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                    DC Perkins has shown a great deal of emotion through some very powerful storylines during his time in Sun Hill. Having to face his abuser and arrest his own Brother for being an abuser has made you wonder why he has to given up on his career. Still he battles against the forces of crime in his own unique way.

                    DS Stuart Turner:-played by Doug Rao
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                    Another recent addition to Sun Hill CID DS Turner has already turned a few heads during his short time with Sun Hill. He has already had an affair with DS Nixon, which went wrong and upset DS Hunter, and yet now they are disagreeing on DS Hunters intentions towards DS Nixon.

                    Trainee DC Kezia Walker:-played by Cat Simmons
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                    Having only just begun her CID training at Sun Hill, DC Walker has made a few mistakes, although she currently seems to be getting more than a helping hand from Sergeant Smith and not just at work either.


                    Uniform Officers of Sun Hill.
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                    Sergeant June Ackland: - played by Trudie Goodwin
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                    Sergeant Ackland really has not had an easy ride during her time at Sun Hill. The only original cast member remaining, June has suffered everything from rape, her adopted Son turning up, being emotional torn apart by another officer and a failed marriage to DC Jim Carver. She has also had to see many fellow officers loose there lives and leave the patch, yet she still stays firm in her position at Sun Hill.

                    Sergeant Dale Smith (Smithy):-played by Alex Walkinshaw
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                    Sergeant Smith (Smithy) has shown a different side to his character since accidentally shooting a fellow officer and friend during his time in SO19. He has been a good friend to Gina Gold during her Cancer ordeal and his emotional side is starting to show through towards DC Walker.

                    PC Dan Casper:-played by Chris Jarvis
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                    Dan Casper has a passion for boxing and with the support of the Sun Hill crew has had recent success, but at a cost as he is currently dealing with an addiction for Anabolic Steroids.

                    PC Emma Keane:-played by Melanie Gutteridge.
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                    Now she is PC Emma Hinkley since her recent marriage to a Solicitor, although it was close as to whether she would actually get married after telling her future husband that she slept with PC Fletcher

                    PC Lewis Hardy:-played by Aml Ameen
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                    When PC Hardy first joined Sun Hill he had quite a few run-ins with PC Valentine, claiming the officer who is was partnered with was a racist, although his opinion has since changed, as he became close friends with PC Valentine when he saved Hardy's life.

                    PC Leela Kapoor:-played by Seema Bowri
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                    This officer is determined to get to the top and is regularly helping CID. She is hard working and very career orientated although I am sure everything will not always be so good for her.

                    PC Honey Harmen:-played by Kim Tiddy.
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                    PC Harmen finally seems to getting her act back together after her farce of a marriage to a wanted murder, although she is feeling a little lost at the moment with the departure of her close friend PC Yvonne Hemmingway

                    PC Reg Hollis:-played by Jeff Stewart.
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                    PC Hollis and his strange yet wonderful ways has been entertaining us now for many years although it has not always been fun a games for him. The first time we actually got to see PC Reg Hollis fall in love was back in 2004/2005 to Marilyn Chambers who worked on the front desk, although the writers of The Bill did not want this to last and his girlfriend was killed off in the Sun Hill fire that hit in 2005

                    PC Roger Valentine:-played by John Bowler
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                    PC Marital problems and work problems has constantly plagued poor PC Valentine who is currently on compassionate leave due to illness from his nerves caused by work.

                    PC Will Fletcher:-played by Gary Lucy
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                    PC Fletcher always seems to be in the wrong lately when things go wrong for him at work and during his love life. First, he messes up a major case, then he discovers his friend PC Casper is on Steroids and finally he loses his chances of happiness when PC Keane marries the man he hates with a vengeance.

                    PC Tony Stamp:-played by Graham Cole
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                    PC Tony Stamp first came to Sun Hill in 1987 and been through many emotional issues in his time. He is close friends with June Ackland as they have now served together for many years, but Personal matters are now taking there toll. He is currently struggling with the cost of care for his ill Father, which has now forced him into having to take his chances by taking on a second job as a taxi driver.

                    PC Diane Noble:-played by Kaye Wragg
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                    PC Noble has yet to cause a major stir at Sun Hill as she has only recently joined the crew, but I am sure this pleasure will not last after all this is becoming yet another soap opera in its own way.

                    Sergeant Nikki Wright:-played by Gillian Taylforth.
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                    Sergeant Wright first hit our screens two weeks ago in her introduction episode to The Bill. As an officer at Barton Street caught up in an incident on Sun Hills patch it is needless to say, she trod on a few peoples toes already. She has since asked for a transfer to Sun Hill and is due to begin her first shift there within the next two weeks as the new Sergeant, The other officers of Sun Hill don't know this yet but needless to say it is not going to go down well.


                    ©Welshwickedone November 2006©

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                      09.04.2005 00:16
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                      • "Needs more scary stories"

                      I have been a viewer of The Bill since 1988 and only missed two eipsodes within 15 odd years which I have caught up with on UKTV Gold. I enjoy the program very much and always keep upto date with the stories. I have quite a few favourite characters past and present such as PC Cass Rickman (Suzanne Maddock 1999-2002), PC Nick Klein (Rene Zagger 1999-2004), Jim Carver (Mark Wingett 1983-2005), PC Reg Hollis (Jeff Stewert 1984+) plus quite a few more but it would take forever to list them all, I do like most of the characters but can't stand the new comer Jo Masters one bit. The Bill was very exciting in April 2002 during the race riots where Sunhill got bombed but that was down to Des Taviner and the fake £50 note issue where he threw a petrol bomb to destroy them not knowing a gas cannister was present which blew the station up killing 6 officers who were Kate Spears, Andrew Monroe, Paul Riley, Sam Harker, Bey Hayward & Di Worrell. I really enjoy the special uncovered episodes, there has been three so far, one on Des Taviner & Reg Hollis, 1 on Kerry Young & one on Jim Carver. My very favourite story of 4 part was Britanniamania in 2001 where Paul Riley, Mickey Webb & Dave Quinnan go undercover to catch ex police officer sergeant Julian Napper with a gang who is causing football hooligan riots, also Debbie McAllister was one of the other 4 on the case acting as Mickey Web's wife playing a District Nurse. I have enjoyed The Bill always off & on since 2000 unlike before it was constant enjoyment. I liked the 1999 story of Eddie Santini & Rosie Fox another classic story, (Michael Higgs who played Eddie Santini is actually Married to Caroline Catz who played Rosie Fox in real life with their young son Sonny). My recent favourite was the serial sniper which was Gabriel Kent's friend from the Navy shooting everyone on his say so. I really do enjoy The Bill and it would take forever to write every single favourite episode i liked but I think this review gives a rough idea of my favourite parts and characters. I will carry on watching The Bill, it's looking exciting with the coming story of Neil Manson. I love this programso much! class! lol :-)

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                        • "not enough vilonce"

                        Hi all bill fans, I feel that since the explosions and all the new charactrs comming in to the produciton, some of them have made me feel that i couldn't connect with them-some not at all, I supose it just depends on your tastes. although as a program it's been great and considering that i've basically been watching it since the first ever episode woodern top i've been watching it evovle in to the big/popular program that it is today. but if i can just critisise one thing it's gota be fmr Di Tom Chandler- i just hated him-worts di ever seen, crap attatude, crap towors colleuges-simply CRAP. and if anyone would like to get in contact with me with their reviews of THE BILL they can email me on the address listed below. mhardman@kis.tas.edu.au cheers, hardo1

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                          Steamy sex, devious conspiracies and professional misconduct. Still, enough about behind the scenes at ‘Call My Bluff’, this op’s all about ‘The Bill’, the bread and butter staple of the ITV diet that reached its 20th year a few weeks ago. Subject of the original ‘soap or serial?’ conundrum, the ‘The Bill’ has surely had the biggest payroll of RADA’d up actors in the history of television, with scores of new characters introduced each week to take part in their own singular plots. As the years have evolved however, the emphasis has been much more on continuing themes rather than self-contained episodes, with the intertwined threads of the character’s lives making it difficult for anyone other than a hardcore fan to know exactly what is going on. Set in a police station in a fictional London borough, its bi-weekly hour-long episodes are jam-packed with criminal misdemenours. And that’s just the constables… The regular cast culls mean that the ratio of deaths amongst major characters are higher than ‘Brookside’ and ‘Emmerdale’ put together. The big fire at the police station a few years ago (caused by one of the officers, naturally) resulted in the death of many characters who had been deemed not interesting enough to continue in the show. The strength of ‘The Bill’ is its great range of characters and complex relationships. Scouser Des Taviner and the geeky Reg Hollis have become best friends by default (to an almost homoerotic level). June Ackland, one of the original characters, has also managed to fit in a spot of carnal knowledge with most of the force at some point, and is also rumoured to be in an unintentional incest storyline over Christmas with Todd Carty (the actor who played Mark Fowler in ‘Eastenders’). And all before the 9pm watershed… It’s inevitable that most of t
                          he officers will be arrested within about 3 months of walking through the doors of Sun Hill. Polly Page, one of the longer serving characters who had been on a break after a nervous breakdown, had barely enough time to put her uniform back on before she was incarcerated on a murder charge in euthanasia storyline. Gina Gold, the hard-talking, no-nonsense officer is also an interesting creation, and is played by Roberta Taylor to perfection. Like so many others in the cast, she too is an ‘Enders veteran, and will be better known to many as the loathsome Irene. However, arguably the best character in a smorgasbord of complicated individuals is the duplicitous Cathy Bradford (also a murderer, but not yet found out). With a backstabbing pedigree that would make the entire Tory backbench look like loyal Labradors, she seems to have ruined the lives of everybody she works with without managing to lose her job. There’s even a website dedicated to her (www.cathybradford.com – sparse, but very funny...). As I’m sure you’ve gathered by now, ‘The Bill’ doesn’t really contain one iota of realism, although that’s hardly a unique characteristic in the soap world. As the months tick by, it gets more and more ludicrous with more sensational storylines. However, I think that often the tongue is firmly in the cheek of the actors, and the fact that so many “where have I seen him/her before?” people are on stage give it a hilarious parody edge to it. Well known sit-commers Linda ‘Birds Of A Feather’ Robson, Jean ‘Bread’ Boht and Paul ‘Just Good Friends’ Nicholas have all popped up recently, although their respective guises of a murderer’s mother, a petty shoplifter and a male rape victim are somewhat hard to take seriously when you expect Dorian, Jimmy Boswell and Penny Warrender to appear making wisecracks at the front desk at any secon
                          d. Similarly, I continue to watch in vein to see Sheelagh Murphy (Bernie Nolan) break into a verse of ‘I’m In The Mood For Dancing’ when she’s arresting a drunkard. However, despite its implausibility, the format and large cast of ‘The Bill’ allows it to be fast-paced and at times surprisingly gripping. The acting is of variable quality, although the core half-dozen or so characters are consistently good. I’m not sure whether it’ll make another 20 years, but it will certainly continue to be entertaining in the near future at any rate...

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                            I have been an avid watcher of The Bill for many years. through the original 1 hour episodes to the half hour ones and back to the 1 hour. In that time i have seen many great characters being played in The Bill. Who could forget Frank Burnside, Ted Roach, Bob Cryer, Dave Quinnan Ch Supt Brownlow. The strength of the show was built on these characters pounding the beat in a London borough called Sunhill.This was the every day story of the men and women who patrolled Sunhill solving a range of crimes from shoplifting, muggings to rape and murder. It occassionaly gave an insight to their private lives and how they coped with the stress of their job Since about 1999 the viewing figures started to drop and they brought in a succession of new producers to raise the ratings. They got rid of a load of characters but still this did not improve the viewing figures. The company producing the Bill then decided to bring in a new producer Paul Marquess, who had brought life back to the soap Brookside and improved their viewing figures. Now the Bill has just become another soap and the storylines have and characters have unbelievable. In the past 12 months of Mr Marquess about 8 police officers have lost their lives,the station now consists of 25 year old men and women all reasonably pleasing on the eye, we have gay police officers, lesbain officers and just about every other officer trying to get into each others pants, or on druggs. The formula seems to be lets make it as sensational as possible. Fair do's the viewing figures have increased hiwever in my opinion the show seems to have lost all sense of realism and the characters are doing things completley outwith how their character would behave. If we are lucky we even get to see a bit of crime in the show, instaed of the officers trying it on with each other.What will happen in about 12 months time is the viewing figures will level off and Mr Marquess will walk away no doubt with a large golden handshake with the
                            whole integrity of the show and characters lost forever. Will i still watch the Bill?, probably as I am hoping that it has all been a bad dream. Will someone please call the police and arrest Mr Marquess for murdering what was once my favourite TV show

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