After a long delayed wait, we finally have the release of the third series of "The Bill". This was the last series to be transmitted in its old one hour format as come 1988 it changed to an all year production and split into half-hour format.
At the beginning of the production there were problems following a dispute which escalated into an unbearable filming situation, thus resulted in a move of The Bill's home which was in Barlby Road, off Ladbroke Grove in West London, in an old record company depot. Shooting began in March 1987 and transmission of this 3rd series began in September.
There was a lot of action in this series. There was a new Inspector Brian Kite (Simon Slater) who caused uproar in the Sun Hill nick, P.C. Reg Hollis (Jeff Stewart) was unbearably smug after single-handedly disarming and handcuffing a man in a Labour Exchange, Sgt. Bob Cryer (Eric Richard) knocked down and killed an old lady, Sgt. Tom Penny (Roger Leach) was shot in the stomach by a crazy woman and trapped in a flat out of reach of his radio. One thing iconic about this series was the sudden departure of D.I. Galloway (John Salthouse), with his last appearance on the show.
One reservation I would have about this DVD set would be the case. Each time I go to watch Series 1 or 2, I feel it is a major operation trying to prise the discs out without them snapping. Apart from that I would urge anyone who is a long-time "Old Bill" fan to purchase these DVDs, as from this point, it looks unlikely Network will release the half-hour 1988 episodes...