Maintaining the gritty, documentary feel of the first series, the second series of The Bill first broadcast in 1985, was the point at which the series started to become a hit with audiences. Featuring famous characters such as Jim Carver, Bob Cryer, Reg Hollis, and early favourites like Roy Galloway, this series is far superior to any of the episodes broadcast in recent years. Indeed in presenting a realistic look at modern Policing, the programme did not even kill off a regular until 1990, a far cry to today when several characters seem to die every year. The personal lives of the regulars is also less emphasised during this era, with the only real storyline to veer in this direction, being the divorce of DI Roy Galloway, and how this impacts on his role at Sunhill station. Fans of Burnside will be pleased to see him making an apperance, even if his name was Tommy rather than Frank back then. There is much humour to also be found in the series, particularly in the episode The Chief Super's Party, a party which Burnside decides to gatecrash. As with many other 1980's Police dramas, such as Bergerac, Juliet Bravo, and Dempsey and Makepeace, the early years of The Bill are fondly recalled by many fans, and this is certainly worth investing in.