The Bill

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The Bill
Thebillnewsequence3-1.jpg
An image from Season 4 opening title sequence of The Bill.
GenrePolice procedural
Drama
Created byGeoff McQueen
StarringMain cast
Theme music composerAndy Pask
Charlie Morgan
Composer(s)Simba Studios
Country of originUnited Kingdom
Original language(s)English
No. of series26
No. of episodes2400[1] (List of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s)Lloyd Shirley (1984–87)
Peter Cregeen (1987–89)
Michael Chapman (1989–98)
Richard Handford (1998–2002)
Chris Parr (2002)
Paul Marquess (2002–05)
Johnathan Young (2005–10)
Location(s)South London (Colliers Wood/Mitcham), England
Running time22–4 minutes
(commercial ½ hour w/1 break)
42–6 minutes (as of 2010)
(commercial hour w/3 breaks)
Production company(s)Thames Television (1984–2001)
Talkback Thames (2002–10)
DistributorPearson Television (1997–2000)
FremantleMedia (2001–present)
Broadcast
Original channelITV
Picture format4:3 (1984–98)
16:9 SD (1998–2009)
1080i HD (2009–10)
First shown in16 August 1983 (1983-08-16) (Woodentop)
Original run16 October 1984 (1984-10-16) – 31 August 2010 (2010-08-31)
Chronology
Related shows
External links
Website
 
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The Bill
Thebillnewsequence3-1.jpg
An image from Season 4 opening title sequence of The Bill.
GenrePolice procedural
Drama
Created byGeoff McQueen
StarringMain cast
Theme music composerAndy Pask
Charlie Morgan
Composer(s)Simba Studios
Country of originUnited Kingdom
Original language(s)English
No. of series26
No. of episodes2400[1] (List of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s)Lloyd Shirley (1984–87)
Peter Cregeen (1987–89)
Michael Chapman (1989–98)
Richard Handford (1998–2002)
Chris Parr (2002)
Paul Marquess (2002–05)
Johnathan Young (2005–10)
Location(s)South London (Colliers Wood/Mitcham), England
Running time22–4 minutes
(commercial ½ hour w/1 break)
42–6 minutes (as of 2010)
(commercial hour w/3 breaks)
Production company(s)Thames Television (1984–2001)
Talkback Thames (2002–10)
DistributorPearson Television (1997–2000)
FremantleMedia (2001–present)
Broadcast
Original channelITV
Picture format4:3 (1984–98)
16:9 SD (1998–2009)
1080i HD (2009–10)
First shown in16 August 1983 (1983-08-16) (Woodentop)
Original run16 October 1984 (1984-10-16) – 31 August 2010 (2010-08-31)
Chronology
Related shows
External links
Website

The Bill is a British police procedural television series that was broadcast on the ITV network from 16 October 1984 until 31 August 2010. The programme originated from a one-off drama, entitled Woodentop, which was broadcast in August 1983. In its final year on air, The Bill was broadcast once a week, usually on Tuesdays or Thursdays, in a one-hour format. The programme focused on the lives and work of one shift of police officers, rather than on any particular aspect of police work. The Bill is the longest-running police procedural television series in the United Kingdom, and was among the longest-running of any British television series. The series was produced by Thames Television. The series name originated from "Old Bill", a slang term for the police. This was also Geoff McQueen's original title idea for the series, before he eventually decided on "The Bill".

Although highly acclaimed amongst fans and critics alike, the series attracted controversy on several occasions. An episode broadcast in 2008 was criticised for featuring fictional treatment for multiple sclerosis, and another episode in the same year resulted in litigation, submitted by MP George Galloway for defamation. The series has also faced more general criticism, concerning the levels of violence it portrays, particularly prior to 2009, when it occupied a pre-watershed slot. During its time on air, The Bill won several awards, including BAFTAs, a Writers' Guild of Great Britain award and the title of "best drama" at the Inside Soap Awards in 2009, the latter being the series' fourth consecutive win. Throughout its twenty-seven-year run, the programme was always broadcast on the main ITV network. In later years, episodes of the show were repeated on ITV3 on their week of broadcast. The series has also been repeated on other digital stations, including Gold, Alibi, Watch, Dave and Drama. In March 2010, executives at ITV announced that the network did not intend to recommission The Bill, and that filming on the series would cease on 14 June 2010. The last ever episode of the series was aired on 31 August 2010.

History[edit]

The concept of The Bill was originally conceived by Geoff McQueen in 1983, then a relatively new television writer, as a one-off drama. McQueen had originally titled the production "Old Bill".[2] It was picked up by Michael Chapman for production company Thames Television, who retitled it "Woodentop" as part of Thames' "Storyboard" series of one-off dramas and was broadcast on ITV under the title Woodentop on 16 August 1983.[2] "Woodentop" starred Mark Wingett as Police Constable Jim Carver and Trudie Goodwin as Woman Police Constable June Ackland of London's Metropolitan Police, both attached to the fictional Sun Hill police station.[2]

Although originally only intended as a one-off, "Woodentop" impressed ITV to the extent that a full series was commissioned, first broadcast on 16 October 1984 with one post-watershed episode per week, featuring an hour-long, separate storyline for each episode of the first three seasons. The first episode of the full series was Funny Ol' Business – Cops & Robbers. With serialisation, the name of the show changed from "Woodentop" to The Bill.[2]

The series changed to two episodes, each of thirty minutes, per week in 1988, increasing to three a week from 1993. In 1998, The Bill returned to hour-long episodes, which later became twice-weekly,[3] at which point the series adopted a much more serialised approach. When Paul Marquess took over as executive producer in 2002, as part of a drive for ratings,[4] the series was revamped, bringing in a more soap opera type feel to many of its stories, and with many veteran characters written out, leading to the Sun Hill fire during 2002. Marquess stated that the clearout was necessary in order to introduce "plausible, powerful new characters". As part of the new serial format, much more of the characters' personal lives were explored, however, as Marquess put it, the viewers still "don't go home with them".[2] The change also allowed The Bill to become more reflective of modern policing with the introduction of officers from ethnic minorities, most notably, the new superintendent, Adam Okaro. It also allowed coverage of the relationship of homosexual Sergeant Craig Gilmore and PC Luke Ashton, a storyline which Marquess was determined to explore before rival Merseybeat.[2]

In 2005, Johnathan Young took over as executive producer.[2] The serial format was dropped and The Bill returned to stand-alone episodes with more focus on crime and policing than on the personal lives of the officers. 2007 saw the reintroduction of episode titles, which had been dropped in 2002.[4] In 2009, The Bill moved back to the 9 pm slot it previously held and the theme tune, "Overkill", was replaced as part of a major overhaul of the series.[4][5]

Cancellation[edit]

On 26 March 2010, ITV announced it would be cancelling the series later that year after 26 years on air.[6][7] ITV said that this decision reflected the "changing tastes" of viewers.[8] The last episode of The Bill was filmed in June 2010 and broadcast on 31 August 2010[9] followed by a documentary titled Farewell The Bill.[10] Fans of the show started a 'Save the Bill' campaign on social networking website Facebook in an effort to persuade ITV to reconsider the cancellation,[11] and some radio broadcasters, including BBC Radio One's Chris Moyles[12] presented special features on the programme's cancellation.

Tribute to members of the Metropolitan Police Service at the end of the final episode

At the time of the series' end in August 2010, The Bill was the United Kingdom's longest-running police drama and was among the longest-running of any British television series.[13] The series finale, entitled "Respect", was aired in two parts and was dedicated to "the men and women of the Metropolitan Police Service past and present".[14] The finale storyline concerns gang member Jasmine Harris being involved in the murder of fellow member Liam Martin who dies in the arms of Inspector Smith after being stabbed.[1] Jasmine is then gang raped because she talked to the police and when Callum Stone finds the person responsible he is held at gunpoint. Of the title for the finale, Executive Producer Johnathan Young said "It's called "Respect" and we hope it will respect the heritage of the show". The finale episodes featured all the cast and the final scene was specially written so all cast members would be featured. Following the final episode, ITV aired a documentary entitled Farewell The Bill which featured interviews from past and present cast and crew members.[15] The finale was watched by 4.4 million viewers with Farewell The Bill averaging 1.661 million viewers.[16]

Broadcasting and production[edit]

Filming locations[edit]

Set of the CID office in the Merton studios (now Wimbledon Studios)

Throughout the series, there have been three filming locations for Sun Hill police station. From the first series, the police station consisted of a set of buildings in Artichoke Hill, Wapping, East London.[17] However, these buildings were next to the News International plant and during the winter of 1985–86 there was much industrial action which resulted in some altercations between the strikers and what they thought were the real police but were actually actors working on The Bill. Working conditions got so dire, that the production team realised they needed to find another base to set Sun Hill police station.[18] The second location was an old record distribution depot in Barlby Road, North Kensington in North West London .[17] Filming began here in March 1987. In 1989, the owners of the Barlby Road site ordered The Bill out, due to their redevelopment plans for the area. After an extensive search, two sites were selected, the favourite being a disused hospital in Clapham.[citation needed] However, this fell through and the second option was chosen—an old wine distribution warehouse in Merton, South West London. The move was made in March 1990 and the move was disguised on screen by the 'ongoing' refurbishment of Sun Hill police station and then finally, the explosion of a terrorist car-bomb in the station car-park, which ended up killing PC Ken Melvin.

Filming for the series took place all over London, mainly in South London and particularly the London Borough of Merton, where the Sun Hill set was located.[2] Locations used when the show was filmed on a housing estate included:

Scenes were often filmed in east London, most notably the London Docklands,[23] with other scenes filmed in Tooting,[24] Greenwich[25] or Croydon.[26]

"Sun Hill"[edit]

Metropolitan Police and station crest from the Sun Hill set

The Bill is set in and around Sun Hill police station, in the fictional "Canley Borough Operational Command Unit" in East London. Geoff McQueen, creator of The Bill, claimed that he named Sun Hill after a street name in his home town of Royston, Hertfordshire.[2]

The fictional Sun Hill suburb is located in the fictional London borough of Canley in the East End, north of the River Thames. The Borough of Canley is approximately contiguous to the real-life London Borough of Tower Hamlets,[27] and in the first few years of The Bill, Sun Hill police station was actually stated as being located in Wapping in Tower Hamlets. Sun Hill has a London E1 postcode (the 'address' of Sun Hill police station is given as '2 Sun Hill Road, Sun Hill, Canley E1 4KM'.[28]), which corresponds to the real-life areas of Whitechapel and Stepney.

Production details[edit]

When filming The Bill, some scenes were re-enacted indoors with microphones surrounding the actors and the extra sounds being "dubbed" on later. Some of the more aggressive scenes were also filmed indoors either for dubbing or safety reasons.[29] When filming scenes involving police cars, a camera was attached to the outside of the car which feeds back images to a computer in the back of the vehicle. This technique was used to film the new opening titles of The Bill.[30] The sirens used in the series were added later in the dubbing suite as The Bill did not have permission to use sirens while on location. However,[31] the police uniforms used in the series were genuine, again making The Bill unique amongst police dramas.[2][32][33] When the series ended, London's Metropolitan Police Service, after talks with the production company, bought 400 kilograms of police related paraphernalia, including flat caps and stab vests etc. to prevent them falling into the hands of criminals or those that would seek to use them for criminal activities after the programme's production ceased.[34]

The Bill is unique amongst police dramas in that it takes a serial format, focussing on the work and lives of a single shift of police officers, rather than on one particular area of police work. Also unique is that The Bill adapted to this format after several series, whereas comparable series started with the serial format.[35]

Broadcast in the United Kingdom[edit]

During its initial broadcast, The Bill was always shown on ITV. In 2009, STV, ITV's regional franchise in Central and Northern Scotland, opted out of broadcasting the series along with a number of other dramas, a decision that later became the subject of legal proceedings between STV and the main ITV network. The legal dispute was settled on 27 April 2011, with ITV receiving £18 million from STV.[13] Aside from repeats of episodes on ITV3, which occurred on the original week of their broadcast, the show has regularly been repeated on other digital stations. Re-runs of the series began on 1 November 1992, when new digital channel UKTV Gold began broadcasting. The channel broadcast repeats of the series for nearly sixteen years, until 6 October 2008, when the channel was given a revamp by the owners of the network. During the sixteen-year period, re-runs of the series covered every episode broadcast between 16 October 1984, and 8 March 2007.[36] On 7 October 2008, UKTV launched a new British drama channel, Alibi, and from this point on, episodes of the series were broadcast in the 8 am slot on the channel. Alibi broadcast episodes until 23 December 2009, when the show was taken from the channel's schedule due to poor viewer feedback. During the fourteen months that the show broadcast on Alibi, the channel covered all of the episodes broadcast between 25 August 1998 and 27 February 2002. On 27 January 2010, UKTV relocated "The Bill" to one of its more recent entertainment channels, Watch. Watch began by airing the episode "Sweet Revenge", broadcast on 21 March 2007. Thus, they continued in broadcast order, carrying on from where their predecessor, UKTV Gold, finished at. Through the course of the year, the channel continued to broadcast episodes from the latter years of the show, concluding in November 2010 with the episode "Conviction: Judgement Day", broadcast on 16 July 2009. Following a short break from the network, the series returned in December 2010, beginning with Episode #001, broadcast on 28 February 2002. This continued on from the broadcast order of episodes repeated on Alibi, carrying on from where the network finished at. As of April 2012, Watch has repeated every single episode from 28 February 2002 to 24 February 2005, and are about to begin airing episodes from March 2005. In July 2013 the show started to be broadcast by UKTV channel Drama starting with episodes from 1998.[37]

Broadcast outside the UK[edit]

The Bill has been broadcast in over 55 different countries:[2][38]

Themes and title sequences[edit]

Episodes[edit]

When The Bill was first commissioned as a series by ITV, it started with twelve episodes per year, each an hour long with a separate storyline.[2] In 1988 the format changed to year round broadcast with two thirty-minute episodes per week. In 1993 this expanded to three thirty-minute episodes per week. In 1998 the broadcast format changed to two, one hour episodes each week. Episodes were now recorded in 16:9 widescreen digibeta.[citation needed] In 2009 The Bill began broadcasting in HD and as part of a major revamp, was reduced to broadcasting once a week.[65] The Bill finished in 2010, with 2425 episodes broadcast.

Special episodes[edit]

The Bill has broadcast two live episodes. The first was in 2003 to celebrate the twentieth anniversary of the pilot, Woodentop.[66] The second was in 2005 to celebrate the fiftieth birthday of ITV.[67]

The live episode in 2003 was episode #162, originally broadcast on 30 October 2003 at 8 pm, and produced with a crew of 200 staff including seven camera crews.[3][66] It was reported to be the first live television broadcast of a programme where filming was not largely confined to a studio.[66] Detective Constable Juliet Becker and Constable Cathy Bradford are being held hostage by a man called Mark. As they are being held hostage in a carrier in the station yard, Cathy Bradford raises the custody suite alarm. When the rest of the station arrive outside, Mark makes it known that he intends to kill Juliet Becker. The police get permission to break into the carrier, only to find that Juliet has been stabbed. She is rushed to hospital, but attempts to resuscitate her fail. The episode was watched by around 11 million viewers.[67] This special was later released onto DVD in United Kingdom 31 October 2011, as part of Network DVD's "Soap Box: Volume 1".[68]

The live episode in 2005 was episode #349, broadcast on 22 September 2005 at 8 pm. In this episode, it was revealed that PC Gabriel Kent had assumed a false identity. It is revealed that he has been operating under his brother's name and is, in fact, David Kent. In this episode the "real" Gabriel Kent arrived in Sun Hill to meet his mother, Sergeant June Ackland. In this episode, Sun Hill police station is hosting a reception party and, as the police arrive, they are taken hostage by a distraught father whose son was killed by a stolen car. A struggle ensues in which a shot is fired, alerting others in the building the incident. After an evacuation of the station, Superintendent Amanda Prosser encourages PC Dan Casper to attempt to overpower the man. As he does so, both Casper and the real Gabriel Kent are shot. The real Gabriel Kent is rushed to hospital where the false Gabriel Kent threatens him in order to keep the identity switch a secret.

A series of special episodes titled The Bill Uncovered were produced to reflect the stories of select characters and events. The first was The Bill Uncovered : Des and Reg (2004) – The story of the unusual friendship between PC Des Taviner and PC Reg Hollis, traversing their history from Des's first day at Sun Hill to his death in a Sun Hill cell.[69] The second was The Bill Uncovered : Kerry's Story (2004), the story of PC Kerry Young, who met her death outside Sun Hill.[70] The third special was The Bill Uncovered : Jim's Story (2005), the story of DC Jim Carver – from his first day at Sun Hill (in the pilot "Woodentop"). The last was The Bill Uncovered: On The Front Line (2006), in which Superintendent Adam Okaro recounts the extraordinary events that have surrounded Sun Hill over his time in charge.[71] A review of the second of these specials criticised the "increasingly degenerative plotlines" of the series, and characterised the special as a "cheerless outing" covering The Bill's "travesties of plot".[70]

In 2008, a special programme called "The Bill Made Me Famous" in light of the show's 25th anniversary was broadcast, which saw former actors and special guest stars telling their accounts of working on the show and how it changed their lives. It included old favourites such as Billy Murray (DS Don Beech), Chris Ellison (DI Frank Burnside) and popular TV personalities such as Paul O'Grady and Les Dennis.

Following The Bill's final episode on 31 August 2010, a one-hour special titled Farewell The Bill was broadcast.[72] The special explored the history of the series and gave viewers a behind the scenes look at the filming of the last episode.[72] This special was later release onto DVD in Australia 5 October 2011, along with the last two-part episode "Respect".[73]

Cast[edit]

The Bill had a large regular cast to support the number of episodes that were produced each year. Working on The Bill had become something of a rite of passage in British acting, with 174 actors having formed part of the series' main cast since the series began.[74] A number of cast members have played multiple roles in the series, and in other British soap operas and dramas.

Notable cast members[edit]

There are numerous actors who have either appeared on The Bill for some considerable length of time, or on whose careers The Bill has made a significant impact. The following is a concise list of the most notable, an expanded version is available at List of characters of The Bill.

Ratings[edit]

The Bill has become a popular drama in the United Kingdom and in many other countries, most notably in Australia.[35][96] The series attracted audiences of up to six million viewers in 2008 and 2009.[97] Ratings during 2002 peaked after the overhaul of the show which brought about the 2002 fire episode, in which six officers were killed[98] and the 2003 live episode attracted ten million viewers- forty percent of the UK audience share.[99] Immediately following The Bill's revamping and time slot change, it was reported that the programme had attracted 4.5 million viewers, 19% of the audience share, however, it lost out to the BBC's New Tricks[100] with the Daily Mirror later reporting that ITV's schedule change was behind a two million viewer drop in ratings.[101]

In 2001, prior to Paul Marquess' appointment as executive producer, The Bill's ratings had dropped to approximately six million viewers and advertising revenues had fallen, in part due to the ageing demographic of its viewers, leading ITV to order a "rejuvenation" which saw the series adopt a serial format.[2]

In 2002, The Independent reported that The Bill's Thursday episode was viewed by approximately 7 million people, a fall of approximately 3 million viewers in the space of 6 months.[102] After the cast clearout resulting from the Sun Hill fire in April 2002, BBC News reported that The Bill attracted 8.6 million viewers, the highest figure for the year to that point,[98] and by October 2003, the program had around 8 million viewers each week.[3]

In 2005, The Bill was averaging around 11 million viewers, in comparison to Coronation Street, which was attracting around 10 million viewers.[103]

In 2009, The Daily Mirror reported that The Bill was to be moved to a post-watershed slot to allow it to cover grittier storylines. It was reported that it is the first time in British Television that ITV have broadcast a drama all year in the 9 pm slot.[104] The changeover happened at the end of July 2009. Before the move, The Bill was averaging 5 million viewers between the two episodes each week. BARB reports that the week 12–18 October 2009 saw 3.78 million viewers watch The Bill.[105]

Awards[edit]

The Bill has achieved a number of awards throughout its time on air, ranging from a BAFTA[106] to the Royal Television Society Awards.[107] and the Inside Soap Awards, particularly the "best recurring drama" category.[108][109]

In 2010, The Bill was nominated for a Royal Television Society award for Best Soap/Continuing Drama, beating both Coronation Street and Emmerdale on to the nominations list. The only soap to be nominated was EastEnders and the results were announced on 16 March 2010.[110]

Impact and legacy[edit]

The Bill was Britain's longest running police drama.[111]

It has been compared to Hill Street Blues due to the similar, serial, format that both series take.[112] However, The Bill has seen little direct competition on British television in the police procedural genre over its twenty-five-year history, though the BBC has twice launched rival series. The first was Merseybeat, which ran from 2001 but was cancelled in 2004 due to poor ratings and problems with the cast.[2][113][114][115] The second, HolbyBlue, launched in 2007, was a spin off of successful medical drama Holby City (itself a spin off of the long running Casualty). It was scheduled to go "head to head" with The Bill, prompting a brief "ratings war", however HolbyBlue was also cancelled by the BBC in 2008, again, largely due to poor ratings.[116][117]

When The Bill started, the majority of the Police Federation were opposed to the programme, claiming that it portrayed the police as a racist organisation, however, feelings towards the programme have now mellowed[33] to the extent that Executive Producer Johnathan Young met with Sir Ian Blair, then Commissioner of the Met in 2006 and it was decided that the editorial relationship between the police and the programme was sufficient. However, Young stressed that The Bill is not "editorially bound" to the police.[33]

Despite better relations with the police, The Bill has still not been without controversy. The Bill has been repeatedly criticised for the high levels of violence portrayed in its scenes, especially prior to 2009 when it occupied a pre-watershed timeslot.[47] Specific story lines have also come under fire in the media, such as that surrounding a gay kiss in 2002,[2] as well as an episode broadcast in March 2008 which featured a fictional treatment for multiple sclerosis, leading the MS Society to brand the plot "grossly irresponsible".[118] In May of the same year, George Galloway, MP, issued legal proceedings against The Bill for defamation after an episode, viewed by six million people, which featured a corrupt MP who smuggled antiques out of Iraq before the war, which Galloway alleged was a portrayal of him.[119][120][121]

The series has also been criticised by the tabloid press for the replacing of the iconic theme tune as part of a revamping effort.[122]

Spin-offs and related series[edit]

During its 27-year-run, The Bill spawned several spin-off productions and related series in German and Dutch languages, as well as a series of documentaries. The following is a list of the most notable of these.

Merchandise[edit]

VHS & DVD[edit]

Books[edit]

BookYear publishedCover photoNotes
The Bill: Annual[129]
1 August 1989
Collage of images of DI Frank Burnside, PC June Ackland, DC Jim Carver and DC Mike Dashwood against a blue subframe
Hardback
The Bill: The Inside Story Of British Television's Most Successful Police Series[130]
(Retitled The Bill: The Inside Story Of The Most Successful Police Series Ever Seen On ABC TV for Australian publication)
31 October 1991 (Hardback)
25 June 1992 (Paperback)
Full-size image of PCs June Ackland and Claire Brind, surrounded by a collage of images of Insp. Andrew Monroe, DI Frank Burnside, Sgt. Bob Cryer and DS Ted Roach, set against a black background
Hardback
Paperback
The Bill: The First Ten Years[131]
31 October 1994 (Hardback)
31 July 1995 (Paperback)
Collage of images of PCs Tony Stamp, Reg Hollis, Jamilia Blake, Steve Loxton and Dave Quinnan, DCs Jim Carver and Tosh Lines, and DIs Frank Burnside and Sally Johnson, set against a blue background (Hardback)
A photo of the entire cast from the 1994–1995 series (Paperback)
Hardback
Paperback
The Bill: The Inside Story[132]
1 November 1999
Cast photo featuring DCs Duncan Lennox and Kerry Holmes, and PCs Vicky Hagen, Sam Harker and Dave Quinnan, set against the backdrop of a police car
Paperback
Burnside: The Secret Files[133]
17 July 2000
A mug shot of DI Frank Burnside set against a black backrgound
Paperback
The Bill: The Complete Low-Down On 20 Years At Sun Hill[134]
(Retitled The Bill: The Official History of Sun Hill for copies published in 2004,[135]
1 September 2003 (Hardback)
1 September 2004 (Paperback)
A montage of images from throughout the series' run, centered with an image of the Metropolitan Police crest
Hardback
Paperback
The Bill: The Sun Hill Police Experience: The Official Case Book[136]
4 September 2006
A montage of images of various cast members from throughout the series' run, set against the backdrop of images of the Sun Hill bomb blast
Hardback
On The Beat: My Story[137]
5 October 2009 (Hardback)
31 August 2010 (Updated)
A mug shot of Graham Cole in uniform as PC Tony Stamp
Hardback
Paperback

Novels[edit]

Novel titleYear publishedEpisodeCover photo
The Bill 1[138]
1985
Adapted select episodes of Series 1 (1985)
PC Jim Carver chasing a suspect through the streets
The Bill 2[139]
1987
Adapted select episodes of Series 2 (1986)
Sergeant Bob Cryer talking on his radio whilst in civilian clothing
The Bill 3[140]
1989
Adapted select episodes of Series 4 (1988)
Sergeant Bob Cryer and Inspector Christine Frazer talking in the station carpark
The Bill 4[141]
1990
Adapted select episodes of Series 5 (1989)
DCs "Tosh" Lines and Mike Dashwood out on an obbo
The Bill 5[142]
1991
Adapted select episodes of Series 5 (1989)
DS Ted Roach discovering an injured child under a crashed car
The Bill 6[143]
1992
Adapted select episodes of Series 6 (1990)
Inspector Andrew Monroe and DI Frank Burnside watching as a suspect is arrested
The Bill: Omnibus[144]
1992
Adapted select episodes of Series 1–4 (1984–1988)
Sergeant Bob Cryer and PC Dave Quinnan detaining a suspect with a gun
The Bill: Tough Love[145]
1997
Adapted from the Series 12 (1996) episode
PC George Garfield talking to a suspect
The Bill: Junior[146]
1997
Adapted from the Series 12 (1996) episode
PC Steve Loxton watching out for a suspect

Music[edit]

Release titlePublisher and yearFormatSong included
The Bill Overkill by Morgan Pask[147]
Columbia Records (1985)
"7" Vinyl
Side A – Overkill and Side B -Rock Steady
Greatest TV Themes: The 90s[148]
CHV Music Factory (19 July 2010)
Mp3 download
Overkill

Event Merchandising[edit]

ItemDescription
ClothesBaseball Cap – black, embroidered with The Bill logo.
Beanie Hat- black, embroidered with The Bill Logo.
Fleece – black, embroidered with the Bill Logo.[149]
Polo Shirt – black, embroidered with the Bill logo.[150]
T-Shirt – black, embroidered with the Bill logo.[149]
Waterproof Jacket Sydney Jacket – embroidered with the Bill logo.
ToysLand Rover – The Bill Landrover 4x4, (scale 1:43).[149]
Police Car – The Bill Omega Police Car, 11.5 cm (scale 1:43).[149]
Police Van – The Bill Van.
Police Helicopter – working with light and sound, also includes 30 cm action figure and accessories.[151]
Police Van and Traffic Officer – working with light and sound, also includes 30 cm action figure and accessories.[151]
Action FiguresMale PC "12" – with accessories, includes duty belt.[149]
Female Sergeant – with radio and duty belt. – with accessories, includes duty belt.[149]
Public Order PC – with watch, truncheon, handcuffs, fire extinguisher and duty belt.[149]
Traffic Sergeant – with extendable truncheon, radio, flat hat, watch and duty belt.[149]
MiscellaneousSilver plated keyring – 20th Anniversary collector's edition.[152]
Umbrella – with The Bill logo.[150]
Watch – with The Bill logo and Velcro Strap.[152]
Back pack – Embroidered with The Bill logo.[150]
Mug – white with The Bill logo.[149]
Thermal Mug – Black with The Bill logo.[152]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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