History YMMV / TheBill

27th Feb '15 7:44:36 PM Angeldeb82
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* CharacterDevelopment -- And a lot of it too. Its very easy to forget that when Inspector Dale Smith was first introduced in 1999, 'PC' Dale Smith was portrayed as being a bigot and a bully, who was brought into the 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 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 defacto "star" of the series.

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* CharacterDevelopment -- CharacterDevelopment: And a lot of it too. Its It's very easy to forget that when Inspector Dale Smith was first introduced in 1999, 'PC' Dale Smith was portrayed as being a bigot and a bully, who was brought into the 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 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 defacto de facto "star" of the series.



--> '''PC Eddie Santini''' [[InsultBackfire My friends usually call me "clever bastard"]].

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--> '''PC Eddie Santini''' [[InsultBackfire My friends usually call me "clever bastard"]].bastard".]]
27th Feb '15 7:43:53 PM Angeldeb82
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* ArchivePanic: With [[LongRunner over 3000 episodes]] having been made over the course of 27 years, any first time viewer who is tempted to start watching the series from the very beginning may find themselves facing a daunting task ahead of them.

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* ArchivePanic: With [[LongRunner [[LongRunners over 3000 episodes]] having been made over the course of 27 years, any first time viewer who is tempted to start watching the series from the very beginning may find themselves facing a daunting task ahead of them.



* HarsherInHindsight: Kevin Lloyd's character, DC Tosh Lines, was written out (Lloyd had been sacked for drinking problems) as having accepted a job at the coroner's office. The actor died a week later.



* NeverLiveItDown -- One of his early episodes established that Jack Meadows was demoted back to DCI after failing to supervise a corrupt officer under his command. This "career glitch" (as Chief Superintendent Brownlow once called it) would occasionally pop up again in later years whenever Meadows tried to seek promotion. His inability to supervise corrupt officers also became something of a running theme, with him becoming increasingly more paranoid as people like Don Beech, Zain Nadir and Sergeant Stone ran rampant under his command...
* NotAsYouKnowThem -- WPC Page was written out of the series in 2002, following her role in the 'Dave Quinnan' exit storyline. Then she was brought back ''a whole year later'', [[{{Handwave}} having supposedly been "on leave"]] for all that time, only to immediately be plunged into a storyline where she commited murder and lost her job as a cop. [[FromBadToWorse And THEN]] she was brought back ''again'' a few months later as a "civilian" worker at the station, where what little dignity the character still had left was systematically removed, before she was finally dumped for good in early 2004. To anyone who grew up watching the optimistic and loveable WPC Page of 1992-2001, it was like we were watching the same actress playing a completely different person.
* SeasonalRot:The show's transition to CrimeTimeSoap was NOT taken well by old fans of the show, neither was the desicion around 2000-2001 to kill off or PutOnABus many of the senior characters like Chief Inspector Conway.

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* NeverLiveItDown -- NeverLiveItDown: One of his early episodes established that Jack Meadows was demoted back to DCI after failing to supervise a corrupt officer under his command. This "career glitch" (as Chief Superintendent Brownlow once called it) would occasionally pop up again in later years whenever Meadows tried to seek promotion. His inability to supervise corrupt officers also became something of a running theme, with him becoming increasingly more paranoid as people like Don Beech, Zain Nadir and Sergeant Stone ran rampant under his command...
* NotAsYouKnowThem -- NotAsYouKnowThem: WPC Page was written out of the series in 2002, following her role in the 'Dave Quinnan' exit storyline. Then she was brought back ''a whole year later'', [[{{Handwave}} [[HandWave having supposedly been "on leave"]] for all that time, only to immediately be plunged into a storyline where she commited committed murder and lost her job as a cop. [[FromBadToWorse And THEN]] she was brought back ''again'' a few months later as a "civilian" worker at the station, where what little dignity the character still had left was systematically removed, before she was finally dumped for good in early 2004. To anyone who grew up watching the optimistic and loveable lovable WPC Page of 1992-2001, it was like we were watching the same actress playing a completely different person.
* SeasonalRot:The SeasonalRot: The show's transition to CrimeTimeSoap was NOT taken well by old fans of the show, neither was the desicion around 2000-2001 to kill off or PutOnABus many of the senior characters like Chief Inspector Conway.
22nd Aug '14 3:18:35 AM Morgenthaler
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* CompleteMonster:
** A few main character's within the series managed to become this: PC Cathy Bradford who Murdered her fiance and DC Brandon Kane's ex wife and Superintendent Tom Chandler who as a teenager raped another girl who ended up DrivenToSuicide and in his second to last final episode raped his then pregnant wife Debbie Mcallister and then took her hostage.
22nd Feb '14 12:03:08 AM KentuckyTroper1990
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* CharacterDevelopment -- And a lot of it too. Its very easy to forget that when Inspector Dale Smith was first introduced in 1999, 'PC' Dale Smith was portrayed as being a bigot and a bully, who was brought into the 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 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 defacto "star" of the series.

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* CharacterDevelopment -- And a lot of it too. Its very easy to forget that when Inspector Dale Smith was first introduced in 1999, 'PC' Dale Smith was portrayed as being a bigot and a bully, who was brought into the show mainly to shake up the existing cast dynamic. He eventually left to join (as it was called then) SO19, [=SO19=], the Armed Response dudes of the Met, and managed to end Bob Cryer's career by an unfortunate gunshot. When he 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 defacto "star" of the series.
18th Nov '13 9:14:33 PM TVRulezAgain
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** A few main character's within the series managed to become this: PC Gabriel Kent, who Joined the police force under his brother's name to get revenge on June Auckland and over the course of his stay on the show raped two women including Kerry Young, paid a sniper to gun down suspects,murdered Kerry Young and Andrea Dunbar and committed various acts of perjury and fraud. PC Cathy Bradford who Murdered her fiance and DC Brandon Kane's ex wife and Superintendent Tom Chandler who as a teenager raped another girl who ended up DrivenToSuicide and in his second to last final episode raped his then pregnant wife Debbie Mcallister and then took her hostage.

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** A few main character's within the series managed to become this: PC Gabriel Kent, who Joined the police force under his brother's name to get revenge on June Auckland and over the course of his stay on the show raped two women including Kerry Young, paid a sniper to gun down suspects,murdered Kerry Young and Andrea Dunbar and committed various acts of perjury and fraud. PC Cathy Bradford who Murdered her fiance and DC Brandon Kane's ex wife and Superintendent Tom Chandler who as a teenager raped another girl who ended up DrivenToSuicide and in his second to last final episode raped his then pregnant wife Debbie Mcallister and then took her hostage.
23rd Jun '13 1:47:58 AM SilentHunterUK
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* HarsherInHindsight / HilariousInHindsight: Any time DI Neil Manson worked on a child abuse case.

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* HarsherInHindsight / HilariousInHindsight: Any time DI Neil Manson worked on a child abuse case.case - Andrew Lancel would later be tried (and acquitted in 29 minutes) for child sexual abuse.
12th Jun '13 7:01:07 PM TVRulezAgain
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* CharacterDevelopment -- And a lot of it too. Its very easy to forget that when Inspector Dale Smith was first introduced in 1999, 'PC' Dale Smith was portrayed as being a bigot and a bully, who was brought into the 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 returned as a regular character in 2003, Sergeant Dale Smith was generally shown to be a very moral and totally sympathetic character, and certainly by the time it was axed in 2010 he had more or less become the defacto "star" of the series.

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* CharacterDevelopment -- And a lot of it too. Its very easy to forget that when Inspector Dale Smith was first introduced in 1999, 'PC' Dale Smith was portrayed as being a bigot and a bully, who was brought into the 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 returned as a regular character in 2003, Sergeant Dale Smith was generally shown to be a very moral and totally sympathetic character, and certainly by the time it was axed in 2010 he had more or less become the defacto "star" of the series.
19th Feb '13 4:03:48 PM StevenT
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* HarsherInHindsight / HilariousInHindsight: Any time DI Neil Manson worked on a child abuse case.
1st Dec '12 3:07:19 PM SeptimusHeap
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* NotAsYouKnowThem -- WPC Page was written out of the series in 2002, following her role in the 'Dave Quinnan' exit storyline. Then she was brought back ''a whole year later'', [[{{Handwave}} having supposedly been "on leave"]] for all that time, only to immediately be plunged into a storyline where she commited murder and lost her job as a cop. [[ItGetsWorse And THEN]] she was brought back ''again'' a few months later as a "civilian" worker at the station, where what little dignity the character still had left was systematically removed, before she was finally dumped for good in early 2004. To anyone who grew up watching the optimistic and loveable WPC Page of 1992-2001, it was like we were watching the same actress playing a completely different person.

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* NotAsYouKnowThem -- WPC Page was written out of the series in 2002, following her role in the 'Dave Quinnan' exit storyline. Then she was brought back ''a whole year later'', [[{{Handwave}} having supposedly been "on leave"]] for all that time, only to immediately be plunged into a storyline where she commited murder and lost her job as a cop. [[ItGetsWorse [[FromBadToWorse And THEN]] she was brought back ''again'' a few months later as a "civilian" worker at the station, where what little dignity the character still had left was systematically removed, before she was finally dumped for good in early 2004. To anyone who grew up watching the optimistic and loveable WPC Page of 1992-2001, it was like we were watching the same actress playing a completely different person.
18th Jun '12 9:54:43 AM Atlantis1930
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* SeasonalRot:The show's transition to CrimeTimeSoapOpera was NOT taken well by old fans of the show.

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* SeasonalRot:The show's transition to CrimeTimeSoapOpera CrimeTimeSoap was NOT taken well by old fans of the show.show, neither was the desicion around 2000-2001 to kill off or PutOnABus many of the senior characters like Chief Inspector Conway.
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