History Series / TheBill

16th Mar '17 5:47:40 PM CumbersomeTercel
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* CharacterDevelopment: Dale Smith probably gets more of this than any other character. Quite apart from rising up two ranks over the series, he goes from being something of a {{Jerkass}} fueled by racism and homophobia to being a highly capable police officer dedicated to his job and the community he serves.

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* CharacterDevelopment: And a lot of it too. It's very easy to forget that when Inspector Dale Smith probably gets more of this than any other character. Quite apart from rising up two ranks over the series, he goes from being something of a {{Jerkass}} fueled by racism and homophobia to was first introduced in 1999, 'PC' Dale Smith was portrayed as being a highly capable police officer dedicated to his job bigot and a bully, who was brought into the community show mainly to shake up the existing cast dynamic. He eventually left to join (as it was called then) [=SO19=], the Armed Response dudes of the Met, and managed to end Bob Cryer's career by an unfortunate gunshot. When he serves.returned as a regular character in 2003, Sergeant Dale Smith was generally shown to be a very moral and sympathetic character, and certainly by the time it was axed in 2010 he had more or less become the de facto "star" of the series.
21st Feb '17 1:51:59 PM Aurelian
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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 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 as a 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 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 as a having had an off-screen promotion to DS.
21st Feb '17 1:50:48 PM Aurelian
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* TheAlcoholic: Jim Carver.
21st Feb '17 1:41:49 PM Aurelian
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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.

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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 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 as a DS.
20th Feb '17 7:22:02 PM Lance
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* SerialEscalation: After the production team retooled the series to ''become'' an ongoing serial from 2002 onwards, some of the storylines became exercises in this.
14th Jan '17 3:52:19 AM C0mraid
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* ByTheBookCop: In early episodes the characters were largely defined by their attitudes to the 1984 PACE act. Inspector Conway and DS Greig were notable adherents to the guidelines.
5th Oct '16 1:44:58 AM foxley
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* LetterboxArson:
** In "Initative", Garfield and Young investigate when fireworks are shoved through a woman's letterbox.
** In "Fire", an attempt is made on June Ackland's life by pouring petrol through her letterbox and lighting it.
19th Sep '16 5:58:29 PM foxley
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* GivingThemTheStrip: In "Someone Personal", Tony Stamp attempts to grab a burglar who is disappearing over a wall and ends up holding the offender's trousers.
27th Jul '16 10:23:32 AM BenBanjo87
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* TheReasonYouSuckSpeech: Plenty of instances throughout the series. One unexpected example occurs when June Ackland, [[OOCIsSeriousBusiness of all people]], is the first to tell Inspector Andrew Monroe exactly what the relief thinks of him:
--> '''June Ackland''': Since you took over this relief, you've established yourself as a petty-minded, rule-bound little Hitler with all the warmth and humour of a rusted up Dalek!
20th Mar '16 3:30:07 PM aye_amber
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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 LongRunner, 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 LongRunner, {{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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