The Bill

August 2, 2007 by  
Filed under News

The BillIt’s hard to believe that this popular police drama, The Bill, has now been running since 1984 and at June 2007, three thousand episodes had been aired. It is set in the fictional area around Sun Hill police station and often features trouble spots such as the Jasmine Allen estate.  

The early episodes mainly focussed on the plod (uniformed police) with PC June Ackland and PC Jim Carver , but was extended to include the work of the detectives and involvement of others such as the Scene of Crime Officers (SOCO) and forensics. 

Like Casualty and Holby City, the twice weekly format of The Bill is popular with former soap stars from the likes of Brookside and Eastenders (there are 3 of the Eastenders cast in the current line-up). It is a serial drama with a continuous storyline featuring different aspects of police work. It has been  shown “live” on a couple of occasions which has shown how good the acting skills are (although PC Stamp’s lines are reduced in case he dries up or improvises too much). 

Tonight’s episode was the conclusion of a storyline concerning the death of a model, Cindy, and an obsessive man, Larry Franks, who DC Jo Masters believes was wrongly accused of killing the model. Jo studies some video footage and hears a mobile phone ring and sees a handbag. As the phone does not belong to Cindy or Larry, the DC is convinced that someone else was the killer and that it was probably a woman.

During her investigations,  Jo is kidnapped and gagged by Cindy’s real killer. However, when she fails to turn up for work, her work colleagues, particularly DS Stuart Turner become increasingly concerned and begin a search for her. However the killer, Rachel Inns, is an “insider” and has been working at Sun Hill on the case as a Scene of Crime Photographer. She was also a close friend of Cindy’s and took a photograph of the model which launched Cindy onto a successful career (but Cindy did not acknowledge this). 

With the help of Larry Franks, Jo is located by her colleagues and Rachel is arrested for the murder (but only after Jo has persuaded her not to shoot). This was a classic episode of the Bill with many twists and turns, but the correct murderer was identified at last.

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