History Series / TheBill

15th Jan '18 4:26:25 PM Aurelian
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** DS Don Beech. He was sent to prison for his crimes, but then escaped after a year and wasn't heard from again.

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** Zigzagged with DS Don Beech. He After killing Boulton he successfully fled to Australia, but was eventually apprehended by Stanton and sent to prison for his crimes, but then prison. However, he later escaped after a year and wasn't heard from again.
14th Jan '18 5:29:36 AM ClatoLawa
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* CommutingOnABus: DC Lennox transferred to MIT partway through 2002, but continued appearing at Sun Hill until early the following year, thanks to the serial killer investigation.
30th Dec '17 4:34:27 AM ClatoLawa
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* PreviouslyOn: Became a regular part of the format (as in OncePerEpisode) in 1998. The 2009 revamp stopped doing recaps of previous episodes.

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* PoorCommunicationKills: DS Sam Nixon goes behind DC Jo Masters' back to talk to Seth Mercer, a supergrass who immediately figures out that she's a cop as well and gets furious with Jo for, however indirectly, compromising his identity (Sam only found out how to contact him through DC Best). Jo blows up at Sam for ruining her relationship with her informant, but Sam argues that Jo should have just told her upfront why Seth wouldn't trust anyone else.
* PreviouslyOn: Became a regular part of the format (as in OncePerEpisode) in 1998.1998, approaching OnceAnEpisode by 2002. The 2009 revamp stopped doing recaps of previous episodes.


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* SlapSlapKiss: Episode 324 ends with Smithy and Louise Larson having a heated argument over her refusal to sign a witness statement about her carjacking earlier that day when she suddenly kisses him and, after a moment, he kisses back.
14th Dec '17 12:34:19 AM ClatoLawa
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* FunWithAcronyms: As a prank, Tony encourages PC Luke Ashton to ask a visiting Inspector about the "'''A'''rea '''R'''ecruitment/'''S'''econdment '''E'''xercise."

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* FunWithAcronyms: As a prank, Tony encourages tells PC Luke Ashton to ask that a visiting Inspector about inspector is from the "'''A'''rea '''R'''ecruitment/'''S'''econdment '''E'''xercise."'''E'''xercise," which checks up on probationers like himself, and encourages him to ask about it.


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** In "Section F", Conway lets loose on Brownlow after he blocks his latest attempt at promotion. "I was never good enough for you, was I? Wrong attitude, wrong image, wrong face. Well I'm sorry if I've got the wrong face, but at least I've only got one of them."
14th Dec '17 12:18:45 AM ClatoLawa
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* NotEvenListeningToMeAreYou: When Meadows is distracted by the promotion he's going for, DI Deakin gets his attention by telling him that Jim Carver likes wearing women's dresses.

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* NotEvenListeningToMeAreYou: When NotListeningToMeAreYou: In "Section F", when Meadows is distracted by the promotion he's going for, DI Deakin gets his attention by telling him that Jim Carver likes loves wearing women's dresses.clothing.
13th Dec '17 10:23:51 PM ClatoLawa
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* FunWithAcronyms: As a prank, Tony encourages PC Luke Ashton to ask a visiting Inspector about the "'''A'''rea '''R'''ecruitment/'''S'''econdment '''E'''xercise."



* NotEvenListeningToMeAreYou: When Meadows is distracted by the promotion he's going for, DI Deakin gets his attention by telling him that Jim Carver likes wearing women's dresses.



* RightBehindMe: When DC Rod Skase talks to Inspector Monroe about using PC Debbie Keane in an undercover sting, he rejects his suggestion of June Ackland by saying that he needs someone who can appear young, attractive and naive and that June is no spring chicken. Monroe then looks over Rod's shoulder and asks June if he can help her with anything.



** It was played straight once or twice. Sergeant Cryer turned down promotion. His short tenure as a plain clothes officer ended with him deciding it wasn't where he wanted his career to go, and opting to go back to his old job in uniform where he felt more comfortable. Similarly, PC Tony Stamp remained a PC for his entire 26-year time on the series by choice, deliberately ''refusing'' any attempts to promote him because he ''preferred'' being near the sharp end of policing. Jim Carver was never recommended for promotion in his 12 years in CID so, thanks to the tenure policy, had to return to being a uniformed constable. Finally averted later on when he returned to Sun Hill having had an off-screen promotion to DS.

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** It was played straight once or twice. Sergeant Cryer turned down promotion. His short tenure as a plain clothes officer ended with him deciding it wasn't where he wanted his career to go, and opting to go back to his old job in uniform where he felt more comfortable. Similarly, PC Tony Stamp remained a PC for his entire 26-year time on the series by choice, deliberately ''refusing'' any attempts to promote him because he ''preferred'' being near the sharp end of policing. Jim Carver was never recommended for promotion in his first 12 years in CID so, thanks to the tenure policy, had to return to being a uniformed constable. Finally averted later on when he returned to Sun Hill having had an off-screen promotion to DS.
7th Nov '17 2:16:41 AM ClatoLawa
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* MyFriendsAndZoidberg: In the wake of the 2005 Sun Hill Fire, Inspector Gold asks the team to raise their glasses to the victims, "Ken and Marilyn. Good colleagues, and good friends. And Andrea as well." For context, PC Andrea Dunbar had been recently exposed as an undercover journalist.
2nd Nov '17 5:23:51 AM ClatoLawa
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* FakeDefector: Zain Nadir had a long story arc posing as a DirtyCop to infiltrate a criminal organisation, before BecomingTheMask out of love for Kristen Shaw.
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* FakeDefector: DC Zain Nadir had a long story arc posing as a DirtyCop to infiltrate a criminal organisation, before BecomingTheMask out of love for one of its leaders, Kristen Shaw.
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Shaw. But after her involvement with the death of PC Honey Harman, his conscience caught up with him and he hesitated on escaping with Kristen long enough for them to get caught.
* FakingTheDead: Des Taviner pulled this when he was about to be exposed for his role in the 2002 Sun Hill Fire, before being caught in early 2004.



* MoodWhiplash: Episode 070 in late 2002 cuts back and forth between a Christmas party and talent contest called "Cop Idol", a subplot involving Nick Klein trying to get leverage on DS Phil Hunter (who had a hold on him because of his drug problem), a fairly light case for Tony Stamp and Gary Best, and Cass Rickman being abducted and tormented by the Canley River Murderer.

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* MoodWhiplash: Episode 070 in late 2002 cuts back and forth between a Christmas party and talent contest called "Cop Idol", a subplot involving Nick Klein trying to get leverage on DS Phil Hunter (who had a hold on him because of his drug problem), a fairly light case for Tony Stamp and Gary Best, and Cass Rickman being abducted and tormented by the [[http://thebill.wikia.com/wiki/The_Canley_River_Murders Canley River Murderer.Murderer]]. The following episode continues this by cutting between a comic relief case involving a couple feuding over their pets, and Nick desperately searching for Cass, eventually finding her body.



* ObliviousMockery: "Chinese Whispers" opens with PC Norika Datta struggling with her car in a parking lot and being helped by an old man, who goes off to buy the part she needs, and she reimburses him when he returns. When she gets to the station, Sgt Penny is briefing the relief about a conman who's been going around sabotaging cars and then "helping" the drivers in exchange for being "reimbursed". Datta immediately makes the connection and then has to listen to PC George Garfield laughing about how stupid someone would have to be to fall for that.



* RequiredSpinoffCrossover: The first episode of the 2003 SpinOff series ''Murder Investigation Team'' followed the titular team while investigating a murder in Sun Hill, complete with requisite cameos from six of the then recurring members of the parent series' cast, and also the use of the regular Sun Hill police station sets and locations.
** For one of those regular characters, Sergeant Matt Boyden, it was actually his final appearance, albeit only as a corpse (but he is still being played by the original actor). Nick Klein is shown in a secure rehab unit, in recovery from his drug habit as per his ongoing storyline at the time, but he reappeared a few times as a regular in the series proper again later in the same year before being written out.

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* RequiredSpinoffCrossover: The first episode of the 2003 SpinOff series ''Murder Investigation Team'' followed the titular team while investigating a the murder of Sgt Matt Boyden, which occurred in Sun Hill, complete with the immediately preceding episode of ''The Bill'' two nights earlier. In addition to Boyden himself, the episode included requisite cameos from six of the then recurring regular members of the parent series' cast, cast (Gina Gold, Sam Nixon, Nick Klein, Ruby Buxton, and uncredited cameos from Gary Best and Honey Harman) as well as a few guest characters as suspects, and also the use of the regular Sun Hill police station sets and locations.
** For one of those regular characters, Sergeant Matt Boyden, it was actually his final appearance, albeit only as a corpse (but he is still being played by the original actor). Nick Klein is shown in a secure rehab unit, in recovery from his drug habit as per his ongoing storyline at the time, but he reappeared a few times as a regular in the series proper again later in the same year before being written out.
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24th Oct '17 6:35:12 AM ClatoLawa
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* WhatTheHellHero: Pretty much any officer of Sergeant or higher rank will be required to dish these out. A particularly glorious one comes from Meadows to Singh, after the latter gets into a bar fight with a racist extremist named Jeff Simpson, leading in inflamed racial tensions in the area, then keeps quiet about it even after multiple police officers had been attacked and Chief Inspector Conway murdered by a petrol bomb.

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* WhatTheHellHero: Pretty much any officer of Sergeant or higher rank will be required to dish these out. [[https://youtu.be/W2XZTkfaX_M?t=3m37s A particularly glorious one comes from Meadows to Singh, DS Singh]], after the latter gets into a bar fight with a racist extremist named Jeff Simpson, leading in to inflamed racial tensions in the area, then keeps quiet about it even after multiple police officers had been attacked and Chief Inspector Conway murdered by a petrol bomb.
24th Oct '17 6:27:07 AM ClatoLawa
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* MoodWhiplash: Episode 070 in late 2002 cuts back and forth between a Christmas party and talent contest called "Cop Idol", a subplot involving Nick Klein trying to get leverage on DS Phil Hunter (who had a hold on him because of his drug problem), a fairly light case for Tony Stamp and Gary Best, and Cass Rickman being abducted and tormented by the Canley River Murderer.



* SerialKiller: A few of these cases, two of which led to the murders of main characters: Pat Kitson (killed six women, including PC Cass Rickman, who she saw as [[BrotherSisterIncest rivals for her brother's affections]]) and John Lord and Michael Keanan (targeted gay men, including PC Lance Powell.) Also serial rapists, such as DI Nixon's nemesis Alan Kennedy.

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* SerialKiller: A few of these cases, two of which led to the murders of main characters: Pat Kitson (killed six women, including PC Cass Rickman, who she saw as [[BrotherSisterIncest rivals for her brother's affections]]) and John Lord and Michael Keanan (targeted gay men, including PC Lance Powell.) Also serial rapists, such as DI DS Nixon's nemesis Alan Kennedy.
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