I used to love The Bill, way back when it was a cop show with a sense of realism, rather than a full-on soapie.
The episodes I enjoyed the most, season 4 (from 1988) are currently airing on the ABC, in the middle of the day (around 3pm, and again the next morning around 5am). I’ve got my PVR recording them and I’m checking to see if any memorable episodes pop-up that I want to watch again.
Being a long-running series with a lot of minor once-off characters, many now well-known British actors appeared on the show in guest rolls. The other day there was an episode (“Conflict”) with Alex Kingston as a doctor — no, not Elizabeth Corday or River Song.
Of course it’s also a bit of a time-capsule from the 1980s. A week or two ago one great episode (“Hold Fire”) featured Bob Cryer trying write a report on an actual typewriter…
…while Jim Carver and Viv Martella were undercover in a pub, playing Gorf and driving game Out Run while they wait for a suspect.
Carver: “Oh my God!”
Carver: “I just hit a windsurfer!”
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Jim Carver looks young in those photos. Funny to see the character names again, brought back from the mists of time. A friend could recite every council estate ever mentioned in the show. Only the Cropthorne comes to my mind now.
Just steer clear of the Jasmine Allen Estate!
They’re also available on iView. 12 episodes currently showing.
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