History Series / TheBill

20th Oct '17 7:52:56 AM RedScharlach
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For most of its life the show went out at 8pm, before the {{Watershed}} - which had affected specific on-screen content. However, in 2009 it was moved to a once weekly 9pm slot, which meant a cut in episode numbers per year to about 50, and an increase in the amount of violence it may show on-screen. It also ditched the classic ThemeTune, added a "film effect" filter over the action (as part of a move to broadcast it in high definition for the first time), and acquired regular background incidental music, although {{Narm}}ish examples had occasionally appeared in some past episodes. The overall effect was described by some as making things feel a little too ''Series/{{CSI}}''-like.

The series had been suffering a gradual decline in its viewing figures (especially after the timeslot change), and its long-term future was seen as uncertain, especially after it was dropped from terrestrial TV in Scotland as part of a broader problem with STV, the Scottish version of Creator/{{ITV}}. Its cancellation was announced on 26 March 2010, and the show ended in September of that year. In the same year, The BBC's equivalent {{Long Runner|s}}, the sitcom ''Series/LastOfTheSummerWine'' (actually a decade older than ''The Bill'') was also announced to be ending, bringing the end of an era of British television to many (and, if you count in the end of the American {{Long Runner|s}} ''Series/LawAndOrder'', this gets global).

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For most of its life the show went out at 8pm, before the {{Watershed}} - which had affected specific on-screen content. However, in 2009 it was moved to a once weekly once-weekly 9pm slot, which meant a cut in episode numbers per year to about 50, and an increase in the amount of violence it may could show on-screen. It also ditched the classic ThemeTune, added a "film effect" filter over the action (as part of a move to broadcast it in high definition for the first time), and acquired regular background incidental music, although {{Narm}}ish examples had occasionally appeared in some past episodes. The overall effect was described by some as making things feel a little too ''Series/{{CSI}}''-like.

The series had been suffering a gradual decline in its viewing figures (especially after the timeslot time-slot change), and its long-term future was seen as uncertain, especially after it was dropped from terrestrial TV in Scotland as part of a broader problem with STV, the Scottish version of Creator/{{ITV}}. Its cancellation was announced on 26 March 2010, and the show ended in September of that year. In the same year, The BBC's equivalent {{Long Runner|s}}, the sitcom ''Series/LastOfTheSummerWine'' (actually a decade older than ''The Bill'') was also announced to be ending, bringing the end of an era of British television to many (and, if you count in the end of the American {{Long Runner|s}} ''Series/LawAndOrder'', this gets global).



* Its stupendously high rate of major character death, especially by murder, and even more so after 2002 (31+ deaths in 23 years, including six in a fire at Sun Hill police station in 2002 and another three when a van filled with petrol plowed into the front office in 2005 -- Sun Hill is one DangerousWorkplace). See the [[Characters/TheBill Character Sheet]] for the series for a complete list of Sun Hill's fatal casualties, and the way in which they were killed off. In fact, in the shows 23 years of airing, 71 British police officers were killed in real life, making Sun Hill ridiculously dangerous by comparison.

Has two spin-off series: the short-lived ''Series/{{Burnside}}'' starring the popular detective character Frank Burnside, and the slightly-longer-lived ''Murder Investigation Team''.

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* Its stupendously high rate of major character death, especially by murder, and even more so after 2002 (31+ deaths in 23 years, including six in a fire at Sun Hill police station in 2002 and another three when a van filled with petrol plowed into the front office in 2005 -- Sun Hill is one DangerousWorkplace). See the [[Characters/TheBill Character Sheet]] for the series for a complete list of Sun Hill's fatal casualties, and the way in which they were killed off. In fact, in the shows show's 23 years of airing, on the air, 71 British police officers were killed in real life, making Sun Hill ridiculously dangerous by comparison.

Has Spawned two spin-off series: the short-lived ''Series/{{Burnside}}'' starring the popular detective character Frank Burnside, and the slightly-longer-lived slightly longer-lived ''Murder Investigation Team''.



* AndTheAdventureContinues: The final episode ends this way, following Smithy and Callum as they leave the station, passing (amongst the rest of the cast either leaving for the day or staying late at Sun Hill) Jo Masters and Leon Taylor being called to some trouble and other officers bringing some arrested drunks into the station.

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* AndTheAdventureContinues: The final episode ends this way, following Smithy and Callum as they leave the station, passing (amongst (amid the rest of the cast either leaving for the day or staying late at Sun Hill) Jo Masters and Leon Taylor being called to some trouble and other officers bringing some arrested drunks into the station.



* ArtifactTitle: 'The Old Bill' was a common slang term for the police, especially during the 1970s and 1980s. But its not heard so much anymore.

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* ArtifactTitle: 'The Old Bill' was a common slang term for the police, especially during the 1970s and 1980s. But its it's not heard so much anymore.



* BathroomStallGraffiti: One episode features someone writing a lot of rude things about Hollis in the toilets. [[spoiler: It's the cleaner, who needs the overtime.]]

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* BathroomStallGraffiti: One episode features someone writing a lot of rude things about Hollis in the toilets. [[spoiler: It's [[spoiler:It's the cleaner, who needs the overtime.]]



* BootCampEpisode: several times, mostly involving one or two of the regular characters going back to Hendon academy for further training (an advanced driving course, a firearms refresher course, a crowd control course, etc etc).
* TheBridge: The various incarnations of Sun Hill's Computer Aided Dispatch/Integrated Borough Operations room serve the same function as this trope, complete with an equivalent to TheCaptain (the duty Sergeant), as well as various BridgeBunnies (of either gender) using headsets to answer emergency calls and to direct the officers who are out and about on the beat to go to the scene of a crime. [[BottleEpisode One episode from the early 1990s even took place entirely within the confines of the C.A.D. room]], with all the "action" taking place entirely off-screen (or only heard over the radio system). It was much better than it sounds.

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* BootCampEpisode: several times, mostly involving one or two of the regular characters going back to Hendon academy Academy for further training (an advanced driving course, a firearms refresher course, a crowd control course, etc etc).
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* TheBridge: The various incarnations of Sun Hill's Computer Aided Dispatch/Integrated Borough Operations room serve the same function as this trope, complete with an equivalent to TheCaptain (the duty Sergeant), as well as various BridgeBunnies (of either gender) using headsets to answer emergency calls and to direct the officers who are out and about on the beat to go to the scene of a crime. [[BottleEpisode One episode from the early 1990s even took place entirely within the confines of the C.A.D. room]], with all the "action" taking place entirely off-screen (or only heard over the radio system). It was much better than it sounds.



* BuryYourGays: Most of the gay regulars have left via death or serious injury, in particular Lance Powell and Juliet Becker. DC Jo Masters survives by not being prominently lesbian. On the other hand, many of the ''straight'' regulars have left via death or serious injury as well.

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* BuryYourGays: Most of the gay regulars have left via death or serious injury, in particular Lance Powell and Juliet Becker. DC Jo Masters survives survived by not being prominently lesbian. On the other hand, many of the ''straight'' regulars have left via death or serious injury as well.



* ButForMeItWasTuesday: good guys example, they deal with too many people to remember everyone they checked was alright after a robbery. Most of those people remember it a lot better.

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* ButForMeItWasTuesday: good Good guys example, they deal with too many people to remember everyone they checked was alright after a robbery. Most of those people remember it a lot better.



* SpiritualSuccessor: The series was very much a spiritual successor of ''Series/TheSweeney'' (it shared common production personel with it in the early days). And of ''Series/ZCars'' and ''Series/DixonOfDockGreen'', to a lesser extent.

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* SpiritualSuccessor: The series was very much a spiritual successor of ''Series/TheSweeney'' (it shared common production personel personnel with it in the early days). And of ''Series/ZCars'' and ''Series/DixonOfDockGreen'', to a lesser extent.



** The CID branch usually prefered the more concise ''"[[StockBritishPhrases You're nicked, you slag!]]"''

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** The CID branch usually prefered preferred the more concise ''"[[StockBritishPhrases You're nicked, you slag!]]"''



* DoublingForLondon: In 27 years, it continued to film in the capital, even after other London set series had moved production to other (cheaper) places.

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* DoublingForLondon: In 27 years, it continued to film in the capital, even after other London set London-set series had moved production to other (cheaper) places.



** 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 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.



* ThreeWallSet: Consciously averted. The producers converted a building into a complete mock-up police station, which allows plenty of opportunity for one-take WalkAndTalk scenes. Following the show's conclusion, the set (along with the other standing ones for the show) remains intact and available for hire in what is now Wimbledon Studios.

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* ThreeWallSet: Consciously averted. The producers converted a building into a complete mock-up police station, which allows plenty of opportunity for one-take WalkAndTalk scenes. Following the show's conclusion, the set (along with the other standing ones sets for the show) remains intact and available for hire in what is now Wimbledon Studios.
17th Oct '17 6:18:26 AM ClatoLawa
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* BuryYourGays: Most of the gay regulars have left via death or serious injury. DC Jo Masters survives by not being prominently lesbian. On the other hand, many of the ''straight'' regulars have left via death or serious injury as well.

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* BuryYourGays: Most of the gay regulars have left via death or serious injury.injury, in particular Lance Powell and Juliet Becker. DC Jo Masters survives by not being prominently lesbian. On the other hand, many of the ''straight'' regulars have left via death or serious injury as well.



%%* FakeDefector

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%%* FakeDefector* 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.



* RankUp: Happened to multiple characters over the course of the show. Dale Smith went all the way from PC to Inspector.

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* RankUp: Happened to multiple characters over the course of the show.show, usually from PC to DC or PC to Sergeant. Occasionally inverted with sergeants or inspectors being demoted. Dale Smith went all the way from PC to Inspector.



* {{Retool}}: Many times over the course of its [[LongRunners long lifespan]]. The most recent retool was in 2009, begining with the episode "Live By The Sword".

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* {{Retool}}: Many times over the course of its [[LongRunners long lifespan]]. lifespan]], including its switch to half-hour episodes in 1988, its switch back to 50 minutes episodes with occasional multi-parters in 1998 and its switch to full-on serialization in 2002. The most recent retool was in 2009, begining beginning with the episode "Live By The Sword".



%%* SerialKiller: And serial rapists.

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%%* * SerialKiller: And 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.rapists, such as DI Nixon's nemesis Alan Kennedy.



* 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.
-->'''Meadows''': You know, whatever your colour, whatever your grievance, you let me down, you let your teammates down, you let the public down, you let Mr. Conway down. But you know the worst thing you did? You were weak enough to take a bit of dirt like Simpson seriously! And so far you've let him win! Do you know how far you have to carry that with you?



* BritishBrevity: It clocked up more than 3000 episodes during its 27 year run.

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* BritishBrevity: It clocked up more than 3000 2400 episodes during its 27 year run.
29th Sep '17 4:50:45 AM ClatoLawa
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%%* TheAlcoholic: Jim Carver.

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%%* * TheAlcoholic: Jim Carver. Carver, beginning with the storyline where he was forced to transfer back to Uniform.


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* BaitAndSwitchComparison: From "Confessions of a Zookeeper", courtesy of Dion Barrie, a boxer participating in a charity lock-up in the Sun Hill cells.
-->'''Dion''': If I had to choose between being trapped in a small space with a tattooed psychopath and going to prison, I'd choose the ring every time.
10th Sep '17 3:59:22 PM Aurelian
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* LivingProp: A lot of the background extras at the police station, who mostly exist to maintain a credibility to the setting (you will always see the same faces in every episode, even if they are only in the background). The production team even coined a phrase to describe these background actors: "TREV", which stands for 'Truly Reliable Extra Veteran'. Occasionally, a TREV would even be given a line of dialogue in an episode, allowing them to be the SpearCarrier for a day. They got a lot of airtime in the episode "A Night To Forget", when most of A-Relief were off-duty at Dave's stag night and Jenny's hen night. One of the most notable TREVs was Karen England, who "played" the female set of feet in the iconic title sequence from 1984 onwards, and who was still being seen in the background of episodes as late as 2000.

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* LivingProp: A lot of the background extras at the police station, who mostly exist to maintain a credibility to the setting (you will always see the same faces in every episode, even if they are only in the background). The production team even coined a phrase to describe these background actors: "TREV", which stands for 'Truly Reliable Extra Veteran'. Occasionally, a TREV would even be given a line of dialogue in an episode, allowing them to be the SpearCarrier for a day. They got a lot of airtime in the episode "A Night To Forget", when most of A-Relief were off-duty at Dave's stag night and Jenny's hen night. One of the most notable TREVs [=TREVs=] was Karen England, who "played" the female set of feet in the iconic title sequence from 1984 onwards, and who was still being seen in the background of episodes as late as 2000.
10th Sep '17 3:57:36 PM Aurelian
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* LivingProp: A lot of the background extras at the police station, who mostly exist to maintain a credibility to the setting (you will always see the same faces in every episode, even if they are only in the background). The production team even coined a phrase to describe these background actors: "TREV", which stands for 'Truly Reliable Extra Veteran'. Occasionally, a TREV would even be given a line of dialogue in an episode, allowing them to be the SpearCarrier for a day. One of the most notable TREV's was Karen England, who "played" the female set of feet in the iconic title sequence from 1984 onwards, and who was still being seen in the background of episodes as late as 2000.

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* LivingProp: A lot of the background extras at the police station, who mostly exist to maintain a credibility to the setting (you will always see the same faces in every episode, even if they are only in the background). The production team even coined a phrase to describe these background actors: "TREV", which stands for 'Truly Reliable Extra Veteran'. Occasionally, a TREV would even be given a line of dialogue in an episode, allowing them to be the SpearCarrier for a day. They got a lot of airtime in the episode "A Night To Forget", when most of A-Relief were off-duty at Dave's stag night and Jenny's hen night. One of the most notable TREV's TREVs was Karen England, who "played" the female set of feet in the iconic title sequence from 1984 onwards, and who was still being seen in the background of episodes as late as 2000.2000.
10th Sep '17 9:49:19 AM Aurelian
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* ChuckCunninghamSyndrome: Even some prominent characters like DI Galloway vanished without an exit story or any explanation of what had happened to them.
9th Sep '17 4:55:45 PM Aurelian
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* TheBusCameBack: Quite a few characters returned for guest appearances after leaving the show, among them Charles Brownlow, Don Beech, Ted Roach, Steve Loxton and George Garfield. For a while Burnside was CommutingOnABus. In a rarer example, Luke Ashton returned after an absence of several years and became a regular character again.
4th Sep '17 1:56:24 PM Aurelian
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* HalloweenEpisode: "Haunted". Stanton, Lennox and Proctor are doing an obbo at a [[AbandonedWarehouse creepy abandoned pumping station]]. Nothing much is happening, so they start sharing ghost stories.
31st Aug '17 10:05:11 AM Aurelian
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* DeathFakedForYou: [[spoiler:Don Beech]] does it in ''Beech On The Run''.



* KarmaHoudini: Sgt. Callum Stone. The only crime he was punished for was beating an innocent man who turned out to be having an epileptic fit, and even then he was only temporarily suspended. Same goes for his partners in crime Smithy, Sally and Ben.

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* KarmaHoudini: KarmaHoudini:
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Sgt. Callum Stone. The only crime he was punished for was beating an innocent man who turned out to be having an epileptic fit, and even then he was only temporarily suspended. Same goes for his partners in crime Smithy, Sally and Ben.Ben.
** DS Don Beech. He was sent to prison for his crimes, but then escaped after a year and wasn't heard from again.
26th Aug '17 4:28:53 PM nombretomado
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The series had been suffering a gradual decline in its viewing figures (especially after the timeslot change), and its long-term future was seen as uncertain, especially after it was dropped from terrestrial TV in Scotland as part of a broader problem with STV, the Scottish version of Creator/{{ITV}}. Its cancellation was announced on 26 March 2010, and the show ended in September of that year. In the same year, The BBC's equivalent {{Long Runner|s}}, the sitcom ''LastOfTheSummerWine'' (actually a decade older than ''The Bill'') was also announced to be ending, bringing the end of an era of British television to many (and, if you count in the end of the American {{Long Runner|s}} ''Series/LawAndOrder'', this gets global).

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The series had been suffering a gradual decline in its viewing figures (especially after the timeslot change), and its long-term future was seen as uncertain, especially after it was dropped from terrestrial TV in Scotland as part of a broader problem with STV, the Scottish version of Creator/{{ITV}}. Its cancellation was announced on 26 March 2010, and the show ended in September of that year. In the same year, The BBC's equivalent {{Long Runner|s}}, the sitcom ''LastOfTheSummerWine'' ''Series/LastOfTheSummerWine'' (actually a decade older than ''The Bill'') was also announced to be ending, bringing the end of an era of British television to many (and, if you count in the end of the American {{Long Runner|s}} ''Series/LawAndOrder'', this gets global).
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