A 2003 official book on the show, dedicating a large paragraph to each character, still manages to get to 20 pages for its character section. Yep, there's been that many. Oddly enough, most of them haven't died. Emphasis on most.
You may start humming whichever version of "Overkill" you like best and please tell us how many you get through while reading this.
Characters are placed in the location they spent most of their time- some moved between branches. Please note that female characters can only be referred to here as WPC if they were in the show entirely before 1994.
A complete list of character deaths can be found at the bottom of this page (moved from the main page for reasons of space and clarity), but characters that were Killed Off for Real are also marked with (DECEASED).
Chief Superintendent Charles Brownlow
- A Father to His Men:
- He spoke up for Tony Stamp when he faced being thrown out of the force after he fatally injured a man in a car crash.
- Averted on other occasions when he seemed happy to throw his subordinates to the wolves for the sake of good PR.
- Benevolent Boss
- Better to Die than Be Killed: The police equivalent. After the Don Beech scandal, he chose to resign rather than face being dismissed.
- Da Chief
- Desk Jockey
- Nepotism — a running gag was that Brownlow only got to Chief Super thanks to his connections to the masons, and that while he's not totally incompetent he's certainly out of touch with modern policing.
- Shut Up, Hannibal!: In his final scene he gave his Smug Snake Arch-Enemy Guy Mannion one of these warning him not to mess with the Sun Hill coppers as they were the best ones he'd ever worked with
- Vitriolic Best Buds: It is difficult to describe his relationship with Chief Inspector Derek Conway as anything other than the Type 2 variant.
Chief Superintendent Guy Mannion
- Arch-Enemy — To Charles Brownlow, due to both competing for the position of Borough Commander (Which Mannion eventually won.) Also instrumental in the reformation of the entire CID department at Sun Hill following the Don Beech scandal and Charles Brownlow's forceful resignation.
- Smug Snake
- What Happened to the Mouse? — after reforming the entire CID department and bullying Charles Brownlow into resigning he was succeeded in his position of Borough Commander and promptly disappeared without trace.
Superintendent John Heaton
- Coincidental Dodge: How he avoided being shot in one episode.
- Da Chief
- Kicked Upstairs: He left Sun Hill to move to a specialist unit.
- Your Cheating Heart:
Superintendent Adam Okaro
- Adult Fear: Lost his entire family in a car accident.
- Benevolent Boss:
- Da Chief — And black, too.
- Kicked Upstairs — He became the Borough Commander.
- Working with the Ex: Gina Gold. Though they are Amicable Exes.
Superintendent Tom Chandler (DECEASED)
- Heretics, they used to call them. Outsiders. Whatever it is, this thing... it's inside ME.—Supt Tom Chandler
- Bad Boss
- Dirty Cop
- Fair Cop
- He-Man Woman Hater: One of his defining traits and what eventually led to his extremely dark backstory reveal and his eventual downfall. Raped at least 3 women, with absolutely no regret. The other women he had relationships with, such as D.C's Debbie Mcallister and Kate Spears, he used as no more than tools to be exploited.
- Tyrant Takes the Helm
- Villainous Breakdown — His entire final episode, which ends with him shooting himself in the head.
Chief Inspector Derek Conway (DECEASED)
- Sometimes you just want to lock yourself inside your office, and tell the rest of the world to Foxtrot Oscar.—Chief Insp Derek Conway
- Beleaguered Bureaucrat — when asked to justify over-time for the troops, usually.
- Deadpan Snarker (see above quote)
- Desk Jockey
- Henpecked Husband: His wife once embarrassed him by taking Brownlow to task for not promoting him.
- Limited Advancement Opportunities: Conway tried for promotion several times, but was resigned to the fact that he was never going to progress beyond Chief Inspector, as he didn't fit the modern image of policing.
- Mismatched Eyes
- Vitriolic Best Buds: With Brownlow.
Inspector Andrew Monroe (DECEASED)
- By-the-Book Cop: Possibly one of the most defining examples in the series. Woe betide anyone under his command who was anything less.
- Deadpan Snarker
- Dropped a Bridge on Him: One of several to die in the 2002 fire.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold
- Smug Snake: He often came across as this in the early part of his tenure as Inspector, earning the ire of Sun Hill's long-term Detective Sgt. Ted Roach and eventually being the trigger for Roach's resignation in 1993.
- Tyrant Takes the Helm — He was initially portrayed this way, though he ultimately emerged as more of a Bait-and-Switch Tyrant.
PC/Sgt/Insp Dale Smith
- Cartwright Curse — Smithy tends to be very unlucky in love.
- Character Development:
- And a lot of it too. Its very easy to forget that when he 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.
- An interesting fact is that he was shown to be very much Bob Cryer's protégé, with the two sharing an almost father/son bond. Cryer was the one who supported Smithy's application to SO19, and over the course of their shared time on the series it was clear that Cryer was smoothing down the rough edges on this younger officer. By the time he became a Sergeant/Inspector, Smithy had mellowed to become more or less a younger version of Sgt Cryer.
- It's Personal — The whole feud with PC Gabriel Kent.
- Known Only by Their Nickname: Almost everyone calls him Smithy.
WPC/Sergeant June Ackland
- Alone Among the Couples: Her nickname (self-titled, even) was "Good Old Dependable Sexless June", for her definite lack of luck in the love department.
- False Soulmate: Jim Carver.
- Long Runner: Trudie Goodwin was (and remains) the longest serving member of the cast, having been in the original 1983 pilot episode (even the second longest serving character, Reg Hollis, only appeared for the first time a year later, while the third, Tony Stamp, hadn't even become a regular until 1988).
- Love Hurts: Poor June is unlucky in love. Averted in that she was written out of the series having finally found a stable relationship.
- Married to the Job
- Really Gets Around: June had flings with at least five different colleagues at Sun Hill.
- Will They or Won't They?: There was some degree of this between her and Roy Galloway in the first two seasons.
- Working with the Ex: Jim Carver, again.
- Team Mom
Sergeant Bob Cryer
- You'd get all your paperwork done a lot quicker if you used the computer.—Sgt June AcklandI'm perfectly happy with my quill and parchment, thank you very much.—Sgt Bob Cryer
- Berserk Button — You couldn't get a more straight-laced copper than Bob Cryer. But if anybody mentioned his troubled son Patrick, with whom Cryer had some Parental Issues (most specifically I Have No Son!), he was liable to get very moody with them.
- By-the-Book Cop
- Doesn't Like Guns — Cryer was never particularly comfortable with being one of the station's Authorised Firearms Officers, particularly after an incident where he accidentally shot and killed a (technically) unarmed robber. He often advised younger officers against going on firearms training courses. Ironically, he was written out of the series after getting a leg wound from friendly fire.
- Old-Fashioned Copper
- Reasonable Authority Figure
- Team Dad
Sergeant Alec Peters
- I could spend all afternoon trying to figure out which one of them is Tom and which one is Harry, and I'd end up being Dick!—Sgt Alec Peters
- Kicked Upstairs — His departure storyline.
- Nice Guy: Alec was generally seen as a dependable and genial man but no-one questioned his skills as a Sergeant. But as Frank Burnside summarised to "Tosh" Lines when he heard Alec was supervising the arrival of former Sun Hill typing pool personnel Sassy Black Woman Delia French as a WPC:Poor old Alec, he'd be safer with a rabid rottweiler!—DI Frank Burnside on Alec 'puppy-walking' Delia French
- Old-Fashioned Copper
- Pastimes Prove Personality — His love of gardening.
Sergeant Tom Penny
- Achey Scars — The gunshot wound that he receives at the end of Season Three would continue to occasionally flare up in really tense situations in the years afterwards.
- The Alcoholic:
- Directed By Castmember — Roger Leach wrote a number of scripts after leaving the series.
- Put on a Bus: Had to leave the force after being caught drink driving.
- Would Hit a Girl: His wife.
Sergeant Matthew Boyden
- Some days you're the dog and some days you're the lamppost. Today you're the lamppost.—Sgt Matthew Boyden
- The Casanova: It got him into trouble more than once, especially when he unwittingly slept with an underage girl.
- Cowboy Cop:
- Criminal Doppelgänger: One episode saw a group of villains dressed in police uniforms shaking down illegal poker games and one of them was masquerading as Boyden.
- Deadpan Snarker:
- Hidden Depths: Turned out to be very good at paintball.
PC Reg Hollis
- Cannot Keep a Secret / Gossipy Hens: If Reg hears some gossip, before long everyone in the station will know about it.
- Cloud Cuckoo Lander — Served as one of the relief's oddballs and at first was regarded as something of an annoyance, over time he gained a lot of respect from his colleagues.
- Dropped a Bridge on Him / Written-In Absence — He was written out of the series with only a couple of lines of dialogue from another character saying where he'd gone, several episodes after his final appearance on screen.
- Embarrassing Middle Name — Percival.
- Hidden Depths
- No Social Skills
- Pastimes Prove Personality: He collected model trains.
- Platonic Prostitution: Reg once visited a prostitute, but only wanted to talk to her. He still paid her though.
- Tyrant Takes the Helm: When he got to command the officers' team during the paintball game against the ranks.
PC Cathy Bradford
- Cathy Bradford? She's got about as much community spirit as Adolf Hitler!—Jim Carver
- Fan Nickname — Cathy Madford.
- Manipulative Bastard
- Love Makes You Crazy — Oh Dear God...
- Slasher Smile
- Stalker with a Crush
(W)PC Polly Page
- The Cutie
- Break the Cutie: The Dave Quinnan love storyline.
- Not as You Know Them — She 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, 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. 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.
- Destructive Romance: Dave Quinnan again.
- Wide-Eyed Idealist
PC Leela Kapoor
- Aborted Arc: Very near to the end of Paul Marquess' time as executive producer of the series (2005), there is an episode where WPC Kapoor and PC Valentine work together to uncover the corruption of a uniformed Sergeant over at Barton Street nick. The episode even ends with a Sequel Hook, with PC Valentine informing her that he'll support her if she chooses to follow-through with her allegation, although it will likely drag both of them through the mud (coppers who grass on other coppers, even ones who are genuinely in the wrong, tend to be looked on very unfavourably by their colleagues). Given the heavily serialised nature of the programme at that stage, you might have expected this storyline to be followed up in further episodes, exploring the fallout of this affair. But it wasn't. It was dropped completely. The (off screen) outcome did get a belated mention in WPC Kapoor's final episode three years later, though.
- By-the-Book Cop: See above example. She came to the series having already grassed on a corrupt colleague at a previous nick, and with all the emotional baggage attached to that.
PC Gabriel Kent (DECEASED)
- Being Evil Sucks — Revealed when he takes Andrea Dunbar hostage:Andrea: How can you carry the weight of all you've done around with you? How do you sleep at night?Gabriel: I Dont.
- Dirty Cop
- Fan Nickname — PC Gabriel Cunt. Watch any single episode that features this character, and the reasons for this nickname will become immediately obvious.
- Hidden Depths — As much of a Dirty Cop as he could be, he was surprisingly a very skilled, competent officer when he followed all the rules.
- Jerkass Has a Point: It was hard not to cheer him on when he beat up a known paedophile who used a loophole in the law to stay free.
- Vigilante Man:
PC Cass Rickman (DECEASED)
- Fair Cop
- The Infiltration: When Cass went undercover in a gang.
- No Social Skills
- Oop North — A Scouser.
PC Tony Stamp
- Big Eater:
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold — Actually a fundamentally decent person, although definitely not the most sensitive man around at times. Positively pales in comparison to Jerkass types like Tom Chandler and Gabriel Kent however.
- Kicked Upstairs — He left the series after accepting a job teaching Advanced Driving skills at Hendon.
- Team Dad
PC Kerry Young (DECEASED)
- False Rape Accusation: She made one against Smithy, out of guilt because she cheated on her boyfriend, but then retracted it.
- Really Gets Around — Where do we start? PC Luke Ashton, PC Cameron Tait, PC Gabriel Kent, Sgt Dale Smith...
- Shoot the Shaggy Dog
PC Des Taviner (DECEASED)
- Asshole Victim
- The Atoner
- Cowboy Cop — Before descending into downright dirty cop.
- Dirty Coward
- Dirty Cop
- Dropped a Bridge on Him: He died off-screen, being killed by a fellow inmate in custody.
- Odd Friendship: Him and Reg Hollis.
- Oop North: Another Scouser.
PC Jim CarverPlayed by Mark Wingett
- The Alcoholic: Spiralled out of control when he had to return to uniform. It led to a murder charge and almost cost him his job.
- Berserk Button: Don't threaten June Ackland. Or Norika Datta. Just don't.
- False Soulmate: June Ackland
- Limited Advancement Opportunities: In ten years in CID, he wasn't recommended for promotion once, and had to return to uniform. He did, finally, get an offscreen promotion to DS with the Greater Manchester Police.
- Long Runner: He made his debut in the 1983 pilot and finally left Sun Hill in 2005. He returned for a few guest appearances in 2007.
- What Did I Do Last Night?: In the 1999 episode "Lock In", a severely hungover Jim woke up next to a dead prostitute and couldn't remember what happened. He was accused of murdering her but was subsequently cleared.
- Working with the Ex: June Ackland.
PC Eddie Santini (DECEASED)Played by Michael Higgs
- All Girls Want Bad Boys: He was popular with the ladies, in spite of his jerkass nature.
- Arch-Enemy: Rosie Fox. Dave Quinnan too.
- Asshole Victim:
- Consummate Liar: In his final few episodes, almost every sentence he uttered was a lie of some kind.
- Cowboy Cop: Became a Dirty Cop and Killer Cop later on.
- Hair-Trigger Temper:
- Killer Cop:
- Karma Houdini: He killed Jessica Orton, but was acquitted in his murder trial. Though he was subsequently murdered to prevent him testifying in an unrelated trial.
- Never My Fault: While sitting in a prison cell awaiting his trial for murdering Jessica Orton, Eddie complained that Rosie was to blame for all his problems.
- Stalker with a Crush: To Rosie Fox.
- What Does She See in Him?: Vicky Hagen.
- Would Hit a Girl:
(W)PC Rosie Fox (DECEASED)Played by Caroline Catz
- The Chew Toy: She never seemed to get a break. On her first day at Sun Hill, Eddie Santini accidentally ran over her bike. After rejecting his advances, he started harassing and intimidating her, and tried to rape her after a successful undercover opreration, managing to turn most of the relief against her in the process. Her belated accusation of sexual assault (and then dropping the charge due to lack of evidence) again made her appear in the wrong, and turned more of the relief against her. Whilst searching for a violent criminal on a roof, Eddie walked off and Rosie was taken hostage, only for Eddie to blame her for leaving him. Even after Dave Quinnan backed up her story about Eddie abandoning her on the roof, she felt she had to transfer away. When she returned to Sun Hill with AMIP, Eddie carried on where he left off, making her look paranoid and obsessive, though she did finally manage to connect him to Jessica Orton's death and arrested him. However, she was murdered shortly before testifying at Eddie's murder trial to prevent her testifying at another upcoming trial.
- Informed Attractiveness: While she was quite pretty, all the men at Sun Hill were positively swooning over her when she first arrived.
- Known Only by Their Nickname: She was always "Rosebud" to Eddie Santini.
- Limited Advancement Opportunities: She left Sun Hill a WPC. She returned a year later as a DS with AMIP, having seemingly passed her sergeant's exams, completed detective training and secured a transfer to AMIP in short order. Although she was said to be in a relationship with a superior.
- Properly Paranoid: She was convinced that Eddie was involved in Jessica Orton's death, with good reason.
- Short Runner: Lasted nine episodes in total.
- Smug Snake: Some of her colleagues at Sun Hill thought so.
- Suicide, Not Murder: In her case she was murdered and it was made to look like suicide.
- You Have to Believe Me!: Her (truthful) allegations against Eddie were disbelieved by almost everyone.
PC Luke AshtonPlayed by Scott Neal
- Bury Your Gays: One of the few who managed to leave Sun Hill alive and well.
- The Bus Came Back: A rare example in the show of a character being Put on a Bus, then returning to become a regular again.
- The Chew Toy
- Dirty Coward: Smithy accused him of this after Luke failed to back him up during a knife attack.
- Mama's Boy
- Naïve Newcomer
DSI/DCI/Superintendent Jack Meadows
- Berserk Button: Don't mention Don Beech.
- Da Chief
- Never Live It Down: Prior to his arrival at Sun Hill he had been demoted after a corruption scandal on his watch. His inability to spot corrupt officers under his command was a recurring theme and it became his Berserk Button.
- Oop North — Yorkshire.
- Screw the Rules, I Have Connections!: He avoids being transferred away after the Beech scandal by calling in a favour at Scotland Yard.
DS/DI/DCI Frank Burnside
- Bald of Awesome
- Bluffing the Murderer — He employs this technique more than once.
- Cowboy Cop
- Deadpan Snarker — Probably the most famous example in the series.
- Dirty Cop: While he had actually gone undercover to expose corrupt officers in the 1970s, he came under suspicion more than once. Bob Cryer never trusted him. But he always just about stayed on the right side of the law.
- Field Promotion — This is how he gets from DI to DCI after going undercover for five years. His promotion happened off-screen.
- Good Cop/Bad Cop — Go on, try and guess which one he pretends to be.
- Jerkass — Unlike his predecessor at Sun Hill, DI Roy Galloway (see below), Frank Burnside has no sense of esprit de corps. He'll very happily spit-roast a member of his own team if he thinks it'll get him brownie points with his bosses, and a continuing theme of his time on the series is the distrust that the officers under his command have of him, and of his methods. And that's just the way Frank likes it.
- Kubrick Stare
- Lying to the Perp — This is usually what starts to happen when Bluffing the Murderer doesn't get Frank the result that he wants.
- Put on a Bus — Twice. His first departure (1993) seen him vanish between episodes with only a perfunctory "after the fact" explanation, while his second departure (2000) happened because he was moved over to a Spin-Off series. Which was then cancelled. His ultimate fate was never revealed.
- Commuting on a Bus — As noted, he came back for a series of semi-regular guest appearances in 1998, 1999 and 2000.
- Rabid Cop — He occasionally comes across this way.
- Retcon — Arguably. His character was portrayed as being extremely dodgy in his first few guest appearances in the series. But after they made him a regular character, they gave him the backstory of it all having been part of his undercover duties (his job having been to weed out other corrupt officers). None of which excuses the fact that he continues to do pretty much the same kind of things after his promotion, of course...
- Torture for Fun and Information — He was doing it years before Gene Hunt came along, though. Most noteably, one of his most well known tactics for getting confessions out of suspects was to flush their heads down the toilet.
Detective Inspector Roy Galloway
- I don't give a shit about reliefs, over-time budgets, or any of your petty arguments. All I want to do is cut the crime on my manor. That IS the job we're being paid to do, remember?—Roy Galloway
- Fiery Redhead
- Married to the Job — And also a Workaholic. He's in the middle of going through a very messy divorce when the series begins.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold — Roy Galloway exhibits many similar outward personality traits to Frank Burnside. The difference being, underneath it all, he's generally a more amiable person... he just allows the stresses of his job to get to him from time to time. When push comes to shove, he always supports those under his command. He does have conflicts with his fellow officers in the course of his duties, which makes him appear abrasive. But he'll always make it up to them, apologising and buying them a drink after work. And he's always quick to give praise to others, when he thinks its due.
- The Other Darrin: Played by Robert Pugh in the 1983 pilot episode, played by John Salthouse in the series proper.
- Put on a Bus — Between seasons three and four. Its interesting that he was never given any kind of departure storyline (or even an explantion as to where he went), given he was such a pivotal character in nearly all of the first 36 episodes.
- Drives Like Crazy — Galloway pushes his motor to its limits in nearly every episode. This was eventually Lampshaded when, in the middle of one Chase Scene, the thing flat out refused to go any longer, and he had to spend the next fifteen minutes of the episode desperately trying to convince a car dealer to trade it in for something else. When called out on his aggressive driving, he was prone to protest "what are you talking about? I'm Hendon trained".
Detective Inspector Sally JohnsonPlayed by Jaye Griffiths
- Positive Discrimination: She was a competent detective lacking in basic ground experience, whose promotion was fastracked due to her being female and black.
- Private Investigator: After leaving the Met, she returned to Sun Hill in 2003 working for Jeff Simpson, and helped expose Danny Glaze and Des Taviner.
- Reassigned to Antarctica: After she was subjected to a private prosecution for manslaughter following a botched drugs raid, she was offered a transfer to a desk job monitoring overtime and realised she had little choice but to take it.
DS/DI Chris DeakinPlayed by Shaun Scott
- Rank Up: First introduced as a Detective Sergeant, who had recently been demoted for sleeping with a superior's wife. He regained the rank of Detective Inspector after Johnson left.
- Reassigned to Antarctica: As a result of his failure to supervise Don Beech.
DS Ted Roach
- Get that scum out of here!—Ted Roach after headbutting a man who spat at him during a police raid
- Arch-Enemy: Inspector Monroe.
- Badass Longcoat: Roach owned a light coloured trenchcoat.
- The Big Guy: Roach was the most physical imposing member of Sun Hill CID in the early years and the most likely to throw a punch or two.
- Berserk Button: Roach was not someone who liked being kept out of the loop or the bureaucratic nature the police service developed. He also had one in the form of Inspector Andrew Monroe who goaded him frequently.So help me I will smack that man in the mouth—Ted Roach to Alec Peters on Monroe
- Private Detective: Became one after his departure from Sun Hill and helped old colleague Jim Carver on a murder case in 2000.
- Bus Crash: Was killed off-screen in a hit-and-run, he got an on-screen funeral which Jack Meadows, Bob Cryer and Alec Peters attended
DS/DI Samantha "Sam" Nixon
- Fair Cop
- Fan Nickname — "Spam" Nixon
- The Profiler: Which helped her track down Pat Kitson and Alan Kennedy
DS Don Beech
- Affably Evil:
- Bribe Backfire: One of these led to his fatal fight with Boulton.
- The Bus Came Back: He returned to The Bill in 2004 for a few more episodes.
- Cop Killer / Killer Cop:
- Death Faked for You: He did this in Australia after Stanton tracked him down.
- Dirty Cop:
- Even Evil Has Loved Ones: Maggie. He was also genuinely upset when his pal Tommy died.
- Gambit Roulette: How he managed to get away scot free after killing Boulton. He played off CIB, Howard Fallon and fellow corrupt cops Tasker and Garrard against one another, then double crossed them all, fled the CIB sting with £500,000 of Fallon's money, and left the rest to take the rap.
- Hidden Depths: He was actually a good straight copper when he wanted to be.
- Hilarious in Hindsight / Harsher in Hindsight: In-universe, a few years before he killed John Boulton and his corruption was exposed, he received a medal for long service and good conduct.
- Karma Houdini: Zigzagged. At first he escaped justice after killing Boulton, but was eventually apprehended and jailed. He then escaped from prison in 2004 and was never seen again.
- Made of Explodium: His boat in Australia blew up when Stanton fired a shotgun at it. Justified later, as it was part of Beech's plan to fake his own death.
- Put on a Bus: His long-time girlfriend Maggie disappeared in the special episodes Beech on the Run and Beech is Back, and he had a Vietnamese girlfriend named Frankie. Maggie then re-appeared when he was in prison, and helped him escape.
- Spin-Off: Beech on the Run and Beech is Back.
- Took a Level in Badass: From a shady copper who took a few bribes to murderer and criminal mastermind.
- We Meet Again: Him and Jack Meadows in 2004.
- You Owe Me: He'd remember favours he'd done for colleagues, and reminded them of it when he wanted a favour back.
DS Geoff Daly
- Arch-Enemy: Don Beech. He and Daly hated each other. Daly knew that Beech was a Dirty Cop, but could never prove it.
- By-the-Book Cop:
- Nice Guy:
- Oop North: Another from Yorkshire.
- Reassigned to Antarctica: After the Beech scandal. He noted the Irony in that he was the only one in the station (besides Stanton) who'd never trusted Beech.
DS Claire Stanton
- Blackmail: Claire wasn't beyond using this tactic (especially with police informants) to extract the information she wanted.
- Determinator: She'd stop at nothing to apprehend Beech and bring him to justice.
- Dumb Blonde: Very much averted here.
- It's Personal: Her and Beech.
- The Lost Lenore: John Boulton, to the point of obsession.
- The Infiltration: She was an undercover CIB officer sent to expose corruption at Sun Hill.
- Not So Different: Discussed by her and Beech while they were stuck in an underground bunker together.
- Office Romance: Her and DS John Boulton.
DS John Boulton (DECEASED)
- Adult Fear: One episode had him fearing he had HIV / AIDs after being spiked by a criminal's needle.
- Asshole Victim: A few of his colleagues hinted at this after his death. Hence Dave's reason for putting £50 in the collection for his family.Danny Glaze: That's very generous, fifty quid?Dave Quinnan: It's guilt actually. (Beat) I never liked him.
- Bribe Backfire: Beech tried to bribe Boulton into giving up the location of a key witness. Boulton refused, which led to his demise.
- Cowboy Cop: There were hints of Dirty Cop, but he ultimately proved more honourable than DS Beech, which led to his demise.
- Determinator He wasn't nicknamed RoboCop for nothing.
- Jerkass: Especially after Dave Quinnan was stabbed.
- Killer Cop: He was accused of killing a suspect, but cleared. He ended up being the victim of a Killer Cop.
- Office Romance: With Claire Stanton.
- Oop North: Another Scouser.
- Took a Level in Kindness: He got a bit nicer when he started going out with Claire, but reverted back when she split with him.
DC Alfred "Tosh" Lines
- Adult Fear: As a father and husband Tosh was devoted to his family and was terrified when an armed robbery occurred at a bank where Mrs Lines and the kids was visiting, his instant reaction when he got there was to run straight into the bank it was only the intervention of another copper that stopped him doing so.
- Defective Detective — Quite a few of Sun Hill's finest had noticeable flaws. But Tosh's flaws were often the ones that the average viewer at home might have found the most relatable: he never had enough money (one episode seen his wife making quite a scene at a bank when they refused to give her any more credit), resulting in him having to work oodles of over-time in order to keep his five kids fed, which meant that he was constantly tired at work; and his own love of fast food often ended with him being unable to take part in major chase scenes without serious risk of having a heart attack. But through it all, Tosh had a keen copper's instinct, which made him an indispensable member of the team.
- Only Known by Their Nickname — His given name is Alfred, but everybody just calls him Tosh.
- Written-In Absence — RIP Kevin Lloyd.
- Skewed Priorities: Played for Laughs naturally, this is his first response to a badly beaten Roach, who has just been saved by Sergeant Maitland from a local hardman:Does this mean the do's back on for Thursday?—Alfred "Tosh" Lines to Ted Roach after a beating at the Overton Arms
Sergeant/DC Jo Masters (transferred to uniform on promotion)
DS/DC Stevie Moss
DC Zain Nadir
- The Atoner: In his last two episodes, long after he'd been imprisoned.
- Dirty Cop: He was fairly clean for most of his run, until he fell in love with the target of an undercover assignment.
- Fake Defector: His infiltration of Kristen Shaw's organisation, posing as a corrupt cop. He ended up Becoming the Mask.
- Undercover Cop Reveal: First introduced in the middle of an undercover assignment as a drug dealer named Adi Mateen, which he had to break to save PC Powell from being shot.
DC Danny Glaze
- Beware the Nice Ones
- Genre Savvy: Paticularly when dealing with drug gangs and barons. There is a reason why he was chosen to do a lot of undercover work in his time at Sunhill.
- Improbable Hairstyle: He spent most of his first three years in the series sporting a Jackson Five-esque afro haircut, which was the subject of much mickey taking. But after a few years...
- Expository Hairstyle Change: ... he shaved it clean, coinciding with him taking on a more "serious" approach to his job.
- Nice Guy
- Put on a Bus to Hell: After he was implicated in Des Taviner's frame-up of Jeff Simpson for the 2002 fire, he fled the country to avoid arrest and posted his warrant card to the station.
Crime Scene Examiner.
Deaths In The Bill
Due in large part to its frequent cast turnover, the series has killed off a lot of its characters during its 26+ year run. Here is a list of these fatal casualties.
- PC Ken Melvin- Blown up by an IRA car bomb.
- PC Pete Ramsay - Shot down in the middle of a bank raid gone wrong, while saving DC "Tosh" Lines' life.
- PC Phil Young - Gassed himself in a car.
- DC Viv Martella - Killed by armed robbers.
- DS Jo Morgan - Shot by a hitman (who was shooting at Ackland).
- PC Cathy Marshall - Fell in the river and drowned while chasing a suspect by the docks in the middle of the night. Strongly implied to have been pushed.
- DC Rosie Fox - Strangled.
- PC Eddie Santini - After getting off for murder, he was shot by a Dirty Cop.
- DS John Boulton - Got his head smacked repeatedly against a concrete floor by Dirty Cop Don Beech.
- SC Terry Knowles - Stabbed to death in his fourth episode.
- Chief Inspector Conway - Got a petrol bomb thrown in his car.
- Inspector Monroe - Killed in the fire.
- DC Kate Spears - Killed as a result of the fire.
- PC Ben Hayward - ditto.
- DC Paul Riley - ditto.
- PC Di Worrell - ditto.
- PC Sam Harker - ditto, although he survived long enough to be put on life-support, and Taviner seriously considered switching it off since he was a witness to his actions (see his own entry).
- Superintendent Tom Chandler - Shot himself in the head after it emerged he had covered up a rape. Before that, he'd raped his pregnant (who conceived with him in a disabled toilet at a memorial service) new wife and taken her hostage.
- PC Cass Rickman - December 2002, strangled by the Sun Hill Serial Killer.
- Sergeant Matt Boyden - Shot in the street in a drive-by, involving his own daughter.
- DC Juliet Becker - Stabbed in a van. Guess being bisexual is not a good thing to be in Sun Hill.
- PC Des Taviner - Actually responsible for the Sun Hill fire (he'd chucked a petrol bomb in to destroy some fake currency and failed to realise there was a gas cylinder in there). Was beaten to death by a mentally-ill cell mate.
- PC Kerry Young - Shot by Gabriel Kent outside Sun Hill nick. He'd earlier raped her. To top it all, she was pregnant.
- DC Rob Thatcher - After shooting the woman who had killed his father many years ago, committed Suicide by Cop.
- DC Ken Drummond - In a van filled with petrol that was driven into the front reception by a racist, sacked officer.
- PC Andrea Dunbar - Left to die in the petrol-filled van incident by Gabriel Kent. It had just been revealed to the others that she was an undercover journalist.
- SRO Marilyn Chambers - Killed in the same incident, just as Reg Hollis was going to propose to her.
- PC Gabriel Kent- Really went to town on the whole Dirty Cop business. Used a false name to join up, seduced June Ackland, then pretended he was her long-lost son (he wasn't, he just lived with him) and was responsible for the deaths of two officers (see above), as well as raping two others. Decided to jump off a high-rise rather than face justice.
- PC Lance Powell - Strangled by another Serial Killer. Being gay and Christian isn't a good thing in Sun Hill either.
- PC Honey Harman - Shot dead by Zain Nadir's criminal lover.
- PC Billy Rowan - July 2007, throat cut. In his first episode, no less.
- PC Emma Keane - Was the last one out of an exploding building. As well as the final death in the series.