As The Bill draws to a close after 27 years on air, this special looks back over the lifetime of TV’s longest running police drama, and goes behind the scenes in its final weeks of filming.
With exclusive access to the series’ final shoot, this touching one-off documentary captures the emotion – both tears and laughter – as both cast and crew say farewell to the show and film its final ever scenes.
Cast including Alex Walkinshaw (Smithy), Simon Rouse (Supt .Jack Meadows) and Chris Simmons (DC Mickey Webb) and crew all share their experiences of working on the series, and what it’s like to be filming it’s last ever scenes.
Series Producer, Tim Key explains about the show’s final two-parter, ‘Respect’, which follows the harrowing storyline of a young female gang member torn between her loyalty to the gang and her broken trust of the police, “we wanted to do something that celebrated what The Bill has always been about, ordinary people wearing a uniform and taking responsibility for society, this is what The Bill has always done.”
From the ‘making of’ the last ever episode we are taken back to very first episode – broadcast in 1983, of Jim Carver’s (Mark Wingett) first day as a rookie at fictional police headquarters Sun Hill. We look back at highlights over the years, of the numerous chase scenes synonymous with The Bill, to the many stunts, explosions and arrests.
Two of the show’s longest serving ex-cast members, Graham Cole (PC Tony Stamp) and Trudie Goodwin (Sgt. June Ackland) pay a final visit to the set and take a nostalgic look around as they reminisce about some of their characters’ most memorable storylines – how Stamp once ran over Ackland, their one on-screen kiss, and how Ackland ended up in a disastrous marriage to Jim Carver.
Farewell The Bill also features archive footage of some of the famous faces who’ve appeared over the years as guest artistes, including Roger Daltrey, Ray Winstone, Hugh Laurie, Alex Kingston, David Walliams and John Hannah. As well as actors such as Keira Knightley and James McAvoy who cut their teeth on the series before going on to become big screen stars.
ABC1 – SATURDAY OCTOBER 23 AT 8:30