The Bill (1984-2010)

Status: Ended

Airdate: 1984-10-16

Runtime: 25 minutes

Genre(s): Crime, Drama

Language(s): English

Description

The Bill is a 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. At the time of the series' conclusion, The Bill was 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 UKTV Gold, Alibi, Watch and UKTV G2. 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.

Episode Title Rating Airdate Skipped Watched
Normal Episodes 2409
Season 1 11
Season 2 12
Season 3 12
Season 4 48
Season 5 104
S05E01
Getting It Right
S05E02
A Reflection Of Glory
S05E03
One To One
S05E04
The Mugging And The Gypsies
S05E05
The Chain Of Command
S05E06
Life And Death
S05E07
Hothead
S05E08
Steamers
S05E09
Duty Elsewhere
S05E10
Saturday Blues
S05E11
N.F.A.
S05E12
The Price You Pay
S05E13
The Key of the Door
S05E14
Cock-Up
S05E15
Repercussions
S05E16
A Death In The Family
S05E17
In The Frame
S05E18
A Good Result
S05E19
Conscience
S05E20
Sunday, Sunday
S05E21
Climate
S05E22
Bad Company
S05E23
Suspicious Minds
S05E24
Intuition
S05E25
Loss
S05E26
Procedure
S05E27
Luck Of The Draw
S05E28
No Strings
S05E29
Fool's Gold
S05E30
The Visit
S05E31
One For The Ladies
S05E32
No Shelter
S05E33
Out To Lunch
S05E34
Free Wheel
S05E35
Only A Bit Of Thieving
S05E36
Communications
S05E37
Silver Lining
S05E38
Suffocation Job
S05E39
Mickey Would Have Wanted It
S05E40
Blood Ties
S05E41
You'll Be Back
S05E42
Fort Apache - Sun Hill
S05E43
Waste
S05E44
The Strong Survive
S05E45
Loving Care
S05E46
Episode 46
S05E47
FAT'AC
S05E48
Somewhere By Chance
S05E49
A Quiet Life
S05E50
Tom Tiddler's Ground
S05E51
Make My Day
S05E52
Provocation
S05E53
Overspend
S05E54
Between Friends
S05E55
Traffic
S05E56
The Sacred Seal
S05E57
Subsequent Visits
S05E58
User Friendly
S05E59
Don't Like Mondays
S05E60
Pickup
S05E61
Kidding
S05E62
Black Spot
S05E63
Taken For A Ride
S05E64
Time Out
S05E65
Leaving
S05E66
Street Games And Board Games
S05E67
Pressure
S05E68
A Little Knowledge
S05E69
Pathways
S05E70
Seen To Be Done
S05E71
Tulip
S05E72
Nothing But The Truth
S05E73
It's Not Majorca
S05E74
Mending Fences
S05E75
Exit Lines
S05E76
That Old Malarkey
S05E77
Greig Versus Taylor
S05E78
Tottering
S05E79
I Counted Them All Out
S05E80
Zig Zag
S05E81
A Matter of Trust
S05E82
Tourist Trap
S05E83
The One That Got Away
S05E84
Found Offending
S05E85
All Part of The Job
S05E86
In the Cold
S05E87
Episode 87
S05E88
A Fair Appraisal
S05E89
Visitors
S05E90
Private Wars
S05E91
Feasting With Panthers
S05E92
By The Book
S05E93
Beer And Bicycles
S05E94
Grace Of God
S05E95
Just Another Day
S05E96
Gone Fishing
S05E97
Early Bird
S05E98
Just For The Crack
S05E99
Woman In Brown
S05E100
Speaking Freely
S05E101
The Return Of The Prodigal
S05E102
Chinese Whispers
S05E103
Powers Of Exclusion
S05E104
Saturday Night Fever
Season 6 104
S06E01
By The Skin Of Our Teeth
S06E02
Officers And Gentlemen
S06E03
Episode 3
S06E04
I Thought You'd Gone
S06E05
C.A.D.
S06E06
A Day Lost
S06E07
A Clean Division
S06E08
Roger And Out
S06E09
Addresses
S06E10
Michael Runs The Family Now
S06E11
Against The Odds
S06E12
Blood Sucker
S06E13
Workers In Uniform
S06E14
Something To Hide
S06E15
The Old Men's Run
S06E16
Legacies
S06E17
Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow
S06E18
Something Special
S06E19
Enemies
S06E20
Safe Place
S06E21
Burnside Knew My Father
S06E22
Watching
S06E23
University Challenge
S06E24
Growing Pains
S06E25
One Of The Boys
S06E26
Beggars and Choosers
S06E27
Citadel
S06E28
Blue Eyed Boy
S06E29
Full House
S06E30
Big Fish, Little Fish
S06E31
Information Received
S06E32
Close Co-operation
S06E33
Middleman
S06E34
Corkscrew
S06E35
Obsessions
S06E36
Small Hours
S06E37
Victims
S06E38
Somebody's Husband
S06E39
Canley Fields
S06E40
The Night Watch
S06E41
Trojan Horse
S06E42
Rites
S06E43
Answers
S06E44
A Fresh Start
S06E45
A Case To Answer
S06E46
Line-up
S06E47
Police Powers
S06E48
Action Book
S06E49
Tactics
S06E50
Scores
S06E51
Witch Hunt
S06E52
Close To Home
S06E53
Breaking Point
S06E54
Jumping The Gun
S06E55
What Kind of Man
S06E56
Beat Crime
S06E57
Unsocial Hours
S06E58
Interpretations
S06E59
Angles
S06E60
Watch My Lips
S06E61
Feeling Brave
S06E62
Come Fly With Me
S06E63
Attitudes
S06E64
Robbo
S06E65
Ground Rules
S06E66
Once a Copper
S06E67
Vendetta
S06E68
My Favourite Things
S06E69
Win Some Lose Some
S06E70
Up The Steps
S06E71
Where There's a Will
S06E72
Near The Knuckle
S06E73
Body Language
S06E74
When Did You Last See Your Father?
S06E75
Eye-Witness
S06E76
Sufficient Evidence
S06E77
Forget-Me-Not
S06E78
Something to Remember
S06E79
Off The Leash
S06E80
Family Ties
S06E81
Old Friends
S06E82
Pride and Prejudice
S06E83
Housey Housey
S06E84
Connelly's Kids
S06E85
One of Those Days
S06E86
Jack-The-Lad
S06E87
Blue Murder
S06E88
Effective Persuaders
S06E89
A Sense of Duty
S06E90
Lying-In-Wait
S06E91
Plato For Policemen
S06E92
Testimony
S06E93
Decisions
S06E94
Know Your Enemy
S06E95
Lies
S06E96
Old Wounds
S06E97
Just For A Moment
S06E98
Market Forces
S06E99
One For The Road
S06E100
Start With The Whistle
S06E101
Out of The Blue
S06E102
Street Smart
S06E103
Safe As Houses
S06E104
Friends and Neighbours
Season 7 105
S07E01
Grief
S07E02
The Chase
S07E03
The Attack
S07E04
Crown V. Cooper
S07E05
The Girl Can't Help It
S07E06
Episode 6
S07E07
Loophole
S07E08
Bottle
S07E09
Samaritan
S07E10
Fear or Favour
S07E11
Start To Finish
S07E12
Night and Day
S07E13
Favours
S07E14
In Chambers
S07E15
Kids Don't Cry Anymore
S07E16
Too Many Chiefs
S07E17
Every Mother's Son
S07E18
Furthers
S07E19
Closing The Net
S07E20
The Public Interest
S07E21
Photo Finish
S07E22
Just Desserts
S07E23
832 Receiving
S07E24
The Better Part Of Valour
S07E25
Double Or Quits
S07E26
We Could Be Heroes
S07E27
Cold Turkey (1)
S07E28
Cold Turkey (2)
S07E29
Now We're Motoring
S07E30
Dead Man's Boots
S07E31
Caught Napping
S07E32
Hammer To Fall
S07E33
Cry Havoc
S07E34
Rules Of Engagement
S07E35
Delivery On Time
S07E36
Black Monday
S07E37
Jobs For The Boys
S07E38
Without Consent
S07E39
Saints and Martyrs
S07E40
Observation
S07E41
The Greater Good
S07E42
The Best You Can Buy
S07E43
Addict
S07E44
Black Mark
S07E45
The Right Thing To Do
S07E46
The Harder They Fall
S07E47
Something Personal
S07E48
Hijack
S07E49
With Intent
S07E50
Initiative
S07E51
Careless Whispers
S07E52
Minimum Force
S07E53
Skeletons
S07E54
Targets
S07E55
The Negotiator
S07E56
Reputations
S07E57
The Juggler and the Fortune Teller
S07E58
Joey
S07E59
Your Shout
S07E60
Ladykiller
S07E61
The Corporal of Horse
S07E62
Cause and Effect
S07E63
Getting Involved
S07E64
Benefit of the Doubt
S07E65
Crack-Up
S07E66
The Last Laugh
S07E67
Access
S07E68
Six of One
S07E69
Married To The Job
S07E70
Domestic
S07E71
Stress Rules
S07E72
They Also Serve
S07E73
Inside Job
S07E74
Bones of Contention
S07E75
Wide Off The Mark
S07E76
Hitting The Mark
S07E77
Bending the Rules
S07E78
Skint
S07E79
Friday and Counting
S07E80
Lest We Forget
S07E81
Nutters
S07E82
Downtime
S07E83
Out Of Order
S07E84
Empire Building
S07E85
Innocence
S07E86
Losing It
S07E87
Shots
S07E88
The Square Peg
S07E89
A Question of Confidence
S07E90
Balls In The Air
S07E91
The Taste
S07E92
Turning Back The Clock
S07E93
Discretion
S07E94
Chapter and Verse
S07E95
The Whole Truth
S07E96
Profit and Loss
S07E97
Thicker Than Water
S07E98
On The Take
S07E99
Caring
S07E100
The Sorcerer's Apprentice
S07E101
Imposters
S07E102
A Woman Scorned
S07E103
Vital Statistics
S07E104
Decent People
S07E105
Breakout
Season 8 105
S08E01
The Best Policy
S08E02
A Friend in Need
S08E03
Whose Side Are You On?
S08E04
Lip Service
S08E05
Illegals
S08E06
Fair Play
S08E07
Dinosaur
S08E08
Joyride
S08E09
Not Waving
S08E10
Mates
S08E11
Lost Boy
S08E12
Chicken
S08E13
Somebody Special
S08E14
Previous Convictions
S08E15
Beggar My Neighbour
S08E16
It's a Small World
S08E17
Licence
S08E18
Comeback
S08E19
Fireproof
S08E20
The Paddy Factor
S08E21
The Wild Rover
S08E22
Coincidence
S08E23
Going Soft
S08E24
Re-Hab
S08E25
Acting Detective
S08E26
Stopover
S08E27
Suspects
S08E28
All the King's Horses
S08E29
Party Politics
S08E30
Trials and Tribulations
S08E31
A Can of Worms
S08E32
Timing
S08E33
A Nice Little Line in Plastic
S08E34
Trial and Error
S08E35
Owning Up
S08E36
Up Behind
S08E37
Appearances
S08E38
Principled Negotiation
S08E39
Sign of Our Times
S08E40
Priorities
S08E41
Users
S08E42
Man of the People
S08E43
Runaway
S08E44
Exposures
S08E45
Better the Devil
S08E46
Prisoners
S08E47
World To Rights
S08E48
Do the Right Thing
S08E49
Hiding to Nothing
S08E50
Punching Judy
S08E51
Vicious Circles
S08E52
Up All Night
S08E53
Part of the Furniture
S08E54
Snakes and Ladders
S08E55
Street Cleaning
S08E56
Hands Up
S08E57
A Scandalous Act
S08E58
Raiders
S08E59
Talk Out
S08E60
True Confessions
S08E61
Private Enterprise
S08E62
Getting Through
S08E63
Last Night of Freedom
S08E64
Cutting Loose
S08E65
Soft Targer
S08E66
I've Never Been to Harrogate
S08E67
Human Resources
S08E68
Exit
S08E69
Loyalties
S08E70
Snapshot
S08E71
Letting Go
S08E72
Travelling Light
S08E73
Radio Waves
S08E74
A Blind Eye
S08E75
Sympathy For the Devil
S08E76
Force Is Part of the Service
S08E77
On the Record, Off the Record
S08E78
Stoning the Glasshouse
S08E79
Tip-Off
S08E80
Open to Offers
S08E81
Playing God
S08E82
Crack of Doom
S08E83
Spit and Polish
S08E84
Overdue