The Bill

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Television series
Original title The Bill
Country of production United Kingdom
original language English
Year (s) 1984-2010
Talkback Thames
Episodes 2400 in 26 seasons
genre Crime series
idea Geoff McQueen
production Lloyd Shirley (1984–1987)
Peter Cregeen (1987–1989)
Michael Chapman (1989–1998)
Richard Handford (1998–2002)
Chris Parr (2002)
Paul Marquess (2002–2005)
Johnathan Young (2005–2010)
music Andy Pask,
Charlie Morgan
First broadcast October 16, 1984 on ITV

The Bill is a British police series that aired on Independent Television (ITV) from October 16, 1984 to August 31, 2010. The series was not broadcast in German-speaking countries. On RTL, however, there was a weekly German adaptation under the title Die Wache and on ZDF in 2009 you could see a crossover between The Bill and SOKO Leipzig under the title Entführung in London .


The Bill emerged from a television film produced in 1983 that showed the daily work of a patrol officer. A year later one began with the production of the series, whereby Geoff McQueen produced it under the name Old Bill first. It was later finally renamed The Bill . Over the years many high profile actors such as Hugh Laurie , Alex Kingston and John Hannah have made guest appearances, and actors such as Keira Knightley and James McAvoy made their breakthroughs on the show. The last episode aired on August 31, 2010, which ITV justified with the drop in audience ratings. In 2002 The Bill had around seven million viewers per episode, in 2010 it was only around three and a half million.

Notable cast

role actor year
DS Don Beech Billy Murray 1995-2004
Sergeant Matt Boyden Tony O'Callaghan 1991-2003
DC / CS Jim Carver Christopher Ellison 1983-2007
Sergeant Bob Cryer Eric Richard 1984-2001
DC Tosh Lines Kevin Lloyd 1988-1998
PC Reg Hollis Jeff Stewart 1984-2008
PC Tony Stamp Graham Cole 1987-2009
PC / Sergeant June Ackland Trudie Goodwin 1983-2007
PC / Sergeant / Inspector Dale "Smithy" Smith Alex Walkinshaw 1999-2010
DCI / Superintendent Jack Meadows Simon Rouse 1989-2010
DC Mickey Webb Chris Simmons 2000-2010


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