The everyday lives of working-class inhabitants of Albert Square, a traditional Victorian square of terrace houses surrounding a park in the East End of London's Walford borough. The square includes the Queen Vic pub and a street market.
Pam St. Clement
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A thirty-something year-old man named Harold and his elderly father, Albert, work as rag and bone men (collecting and selling junk). Harold is ambitious and wants to better himself, but his... See full summary »
Harry H. Corbett,
Uniform officers and detectives from Sun Hill police station enforce law and order on a day to day basis. A policeman's job is much more than just catching criminals; in order to survive each day they must deal with frustrating members of the public, and often their own colleagues. From petty thieves to violent drug dealers, life is never easy for the members of the Metropolitan Police Force.Written by
Episode titles were dropped in 2002 when the show became serialized under new executive producer Paul Marquess. The last episode to have an on-screen title was The Bill: Set in Stone (2002). A six-part storyline followed which had no on-screen titles but is referred to as "Quinnan" parts 1-6 by fans, as this storyline marked the departure of long-term character PC Dave Quinnan (Andrew Paul). Subsequent episodes were numbered, beginning with The Bill: 001: Down a Blind Alley (2002). These numbers did not appear on-screen but were given on the show's official website. This numbering system remained in place for five years until The Bill: 489: The Last Stop (2007), which was the final episode of original character Sgt. June Ackland (Trudie Goodwin). Episode titles returned in 2007, resuming with The Bill: Sweet Revenge (2007), marking a shift away from serialization towards standalone episodes and multi-part storylines. See more »
There were actually three versions of the credits featuring the plodding feet. There was a blue-tint version used in the original episodes in the 1980s, a 1990s fuzzy, overcast version and mid-1990s fine weather version. See more »
I wrote a review a couple of years ago regretting the direction the programme had taken. I note that several other readers have also commented on The Bill's headlong descent into pantomime soap-opera. I cannot believe that many of the show's long-time fans (which included the eminent historian Andrew Roberts) now bother to watch. Very occasionally I steel myself to tune in for part of an episode but end up watching through my fingers. My most recent visits coincided with the police station being blown up for the second time in five years, the exposure of yet another psychopathic deranged serial-killer police officer, Superintentent Okaro's entire family being wiped out and the poor man going doolally and a regular character being held hostage for the umpteenth time. Not to mention yet another series regular being involved in a relationship with a criminal and struggling with divided loyalties. Enough already! Let Sun Hill join Dock Green and Newtown in that great police beat in the sky.
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