The Bill (1984)

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.

Writing:
  • Geoff McQueen

Stars:
Release Date: 1984-10-16
Seasons: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26
  • Country: GB
  • Language: En
  • Runtime: 45
Orla Brady
Orla Brady
John Noble
John Noble
Ophelia Lovibond
Ophelia Lovib...
Kathy Burke
Kathy Burke
Adam Godley
Adam Godley
Ron Cook
Ron Cook
Con O'Neill
Con O'Neill
Leslie Ash
Leslie Ash
John Henshaw
John Henshaw
Jonathan Bennett
Jonathan Benn...
Jaime Murray
Jaime Murray
Ben Foster
Ben Foster
Ken Campbell
Ken Campbell
Ruth Sheen
Ruth Sheen
Jon Finch
Jon Finch
Lynda Baron
Lynda Baron
Hugh Laurie
Hugh Laurie
Mark Strong
Mark Strong
Mona Hammond
Mona Hammond
David Anders
David Anders
Kathleen Byron
Kathleen Byro...
Sean Bean
Sean Bean
Dominic Keating
Dominic Keati...
John Bowe
John Bowe
Liz Fraser
Liz Fraser
David Doyle
David Doyle
Jason Clarke
Jason Clarke
Clare Higgins
Clare Higgins
Clint Dyer
Clint Dyer
Kellie Shirley
Kellie Shirle...
Geoff Bell
Geoff Bell
James Faulkner
James Faulkne...
Dorothy Tutin
Dorothy Tutin
John Fraser
John Fraser
Paul Copley
Paul Copley
Felicity Montagu
Felicity Mont...
Michael Brandon
Michael Brand...
Bruce Payne
Bruce Payne
Nicholas Burns
Nicholas Burn...
Colin Farrell
Colin Farrell
Patricia Lawrence
Patricia Lawr...
Stephanie Leonidas
Stephanie Leo...
James Cosmo
James Cosmo
Christine Bottomley
Christine Bot...
Henry Goodman
Henry Goodman
Elizabeth Berrington
Elizabeth Ber...
Christopher Fairbank
Christopher F...
Richard Johnson
Richard Johns...
Tony Haygarth
Tony Haygarth
Lee Boardman
Lee Boardman
David Ryall
David Ryall
Elizabeth Banks
Elizabeth Ban...
Su Elliott
Su Elliott
Leslie Phillips
Leslie Philli...
Tom Georgeson
Tom Georgeson
Catherine Tate
Catherine Tat...
Robert Cavanah
Robert Cavana...
Alex Kingston
Alex Kingston
Moya Brady
Moya Brady
Bronson Webb
Bronson Webb
Sian Thomas
Sian Thomas
Ray Panthaki
Ray Panthaki
Darren Morfitt
Darren Morfit...
Anthony Flanagan
Anthony Flana...
Andy Serkis
Andy Serkis
Rupert Vansittart
Rupert Vansit...
Jennie Jacques
Jennie Jacque...
Haluk Bilginer
Haluk Bilgine...
Anthony Daniels
Anthony Danie...
Margaret Hayes
Margaret Haye...
Chris Geere
Chris Geere
Robert Glenister
Robert Glenis...
Douglas Henshall
Douglas Hensh...
Jonny Coyne
Jonny Coyne
Peter Haynes (as Jonathan Coyne)
Geoffrey Beevers
Geoffrey Beev...
Clive Merrison
Clive Merriso...
Clive Russell
Clive Russell
David Daker
David Daker
Geoff Morrell
Geoff Morrell
Stephen Marcus
Stephen Marcu...
Steve Toussaint
Steve Toussai...
Eamonn Walker
Eamonn Walker
Lucy Cohu
Lucy Cohu
Robert Addie
Robert Addie
James Booth
James Booth
Russell Brand
Russell Brand
Rosie Cavaliero
Rosie Cavalie...
Dicken Ashworth
Dicken Ashwor...
Emma Chambers
Emma Chambers
Eve Best
Eve Best
Samantha Womack
Samantha Woma...
William Houston
William Houst...
Jamie Foreman
Jamie Foreman
Jeff Rawle
Jeff Rawle
Jack McKenzie
Jack McKenzie
Ewan Stewart
Ewan Stewart
James Noble
James Noble
Allan Corduner
Allan Cordune...
John Savage
John Savage
Victor McGuire
Victor McGuir...
Al Murray
Al Murray
Steven Elder
Steven Elder
Hywel Bennett
Hywel Bennett
Adam Deacon
Adam Deacon
Sophie Okonedo
Sophie Okoned...
Alan Ford
Alan Ford
Jeremy Swift
Jeremy Swift
Linda Bassett
Linda Bassett
Vas Blackwood
Vas Blackwood
Silas Carson
Silas Carson
David Robb
David Robb
Ricky Tomlinson
Ricky Tomlins...
Stephen Graham
Stephen Graha...
Martin Freeman
Martin Freema...
David Dayan Fisher
David Dayan F...
Ben Miles
Ben Miles
Tommy Lister
Tommy Lister
Meera Syal
Meera Syal
Tamer Hassan
Tamer Hassan
David Walliams
David Walliam...
John McEnery
John McEnery
Harry Lloyd
Harry Lloyd
John Light
John Light
Sylvester McCoy
Sylvester McC...
Harry Fielder
Harry Fielder
Nick Dunning
Nick Dunning
Richard Ridings
Richard Ridin...
Christopher Guard
Christopher G...
Gary Beadle
Gary Beadle
Joseph Marcell
Joseph Marcel...
George Harris
George Harris
Lee Ross
Lee Ross
Brendan Coyle
Brendan Coyle
Caroline Langrishe
Caroline Lang...
Bernard Kay
Bernard Kay
Colin McFarlane
Colin McFarla...
Tessa Peake-Jones
Tessa Peake-J...
Louisa Lytton
Louisa Lytton
P.C. Beth Green
Melanie Gutteridge
Melanie Gutte...
Serena Gordon
Serena Gordon
Russell Tovey
Russell Tovey
Peter de Jersey
Peter de Jers...
Jonathan Jackson
Jonathan Jack...
Neil Fitzmaurice
Neil Fitzmaur...
Ron Moody
Ron Moody
Margery Mason
Margery Mason
Kris Marshall
Kris Marshall
Amanda Abbington
Amanda Abbing...
Burt Kwouk
Burt Kwouk
Maria McErlane
Maria McErlan...
Anna Bolt
Anna Bolt
Tamzin Malleson
Tamzin Malles...
Robin Sachs
Robin Sachs
Siwan Morris
Siwan Morris
Goran Kostić
Goran Kostić
Luan Peters
Luan Peters
Daniel MacPherson
Daniel MacPhe...