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The Bill - Series 1-3 - Complete [DVD]


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  • Actors: Graham Cole, Trudie Goodwin, Jeff Stewart, Simon Rouse, Mark Wingett
  • Directors: Derek Lister, James Hawes, John Dower, Michael Skivington, Tim Holloway
  • Writers: Candy Denman, David Belshaw, Geoff McQueen
  • Format: Box set, PAL, Colour
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 10
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Network
  • DVD Release Date: 19 Nov. 2007
  • Run Time: 1800 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000WDVMQQ
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 42,049 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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All 35 episodes from the first three series of the British television police drama, set amongst the officers of the Sun Hill station in the fictional London borough of Canley. In the first series, the officers try to break up a group of thieves at a local market, discover a drugs den in an abandoned theatre, and PC Carver (Mark Wingett) is unwittingly responsible for the death of a old-style safe cracker. In series 2, Sun Hill's first black officer starts work only to be met with racial prejudice, while Ackland (Trudie Goodwin) searches desperately for a young girl who may have been abducted by a serial sex offender. Episodes comprise: 'Funny Ol' Business - Cops and Robbers'; 'A Friend in Need'; 'Clutching at Straws'; 'Long Odds'; 'It's Not Such a Bad Job After All'; 'The Drugs Raid'; 'A Dangerous Breed'; 'Rough in the Afternoon'; 'Burning the Books'; 'Death of a Cracksman', 'The Sweet Smell of Failure', 'Snouts and Red Herrings'; 'Suspects'; 'Lost'; 'Home Beat'; 'Hostage'; 'This Little Pig'; 'Ringer'; 'Public and Confidential'; 'Loan Shark'; 'With Friends Like That...?'; 'Whose Side Are You On?', 'The Chief Super's Party', 'The New Order of Things', 'Some You Win, Some You Lose', 'Brownie Points', 'Missing Presumed Dead', 'Domestics', 'What Are Little Boys Made Of?', 'Blind Alleys, Clogged Roads', 'Double Trouble', 'Sun Hill Karma', 'Skipper', 'Overnight Stay' and 'Not Without Cause'.

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45 of 47 people found the following review helpful By Exasperated... on 25 Dec. 2009
Anyone watching the pale shadow that The Bill has become would do well to buy this and understand why many people like myself watched the show for twenty-five years only to have to give up on it. The scripts, direction and performances are hard hitting and not muzzled by political correctness. The emphasis is on the policing but with just enough personal stories for the viewer to invest in the characters. The series get better as they go along and there are many faces that will bring a pang of nostalgia. If you are a fan of The Bill as it should be you really must get this. If you are a fan of The Bill as it is now, buy this straight away and see what you are missing out on.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By G Parnell VINE VOICE on 27 May 2011
I was only three when the Bill's pilot episode, originally titled Woodentop aired in 1983. These particular episodes are from Series' 1-3, spanning from 1983 (for the pilot) 1984 for series 1 proper, until 1987. There are no subtitles unfortunately, and no extras, but the episodes in themselves are compulsivce viewing.

For anyone who doesn't know - The Bill is set in the fictional East End nick of Sun Hill. Here, we are introduced to PC Jim Carver, young and idealistic, Sgt Bob Cryer, a by the book, tough police officer, but who offers support and guidance when it is needed most. We also get introduced to PC June Ackland (along with Jim one of the Bill's longest serving characters) the memorable DS Burnside and the perpetually angry DI Galloway.

The episodes themselves might look dated - as one can only expect they would - but they are hard hitting, gritty and don't pull any punches, so expect swearing, violence and even nudity. Some have cited the shaky camera work, but I personally love it. It gives the Bill almost a fly on the wall feel, adding to the realisim and grittiness that made the drama so popular for many years to come. With memorable, always watchable characters and fantastic writing, watching one episode isn't enough, and its easy to loose hours at a time as you attempt to work your way through each of the boxsets.

So, whether its for nostalgic reasons, or if you want to see The Bill at its best, grab these boxsets and quite simply - enjoy!
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Colin Barnhorst on 10 Jan. 2011
I am an American and get few glimpses into English pop TV. The Bill, like Eastenders, is one of those glimpses. There are a myriad of details of English life that I enjoy seeing in the The Bill that I would never know about any other way. I enjoy The Bill not only as this glance across the Pond but also as just good entertainment.

I wish more seasons were available but from what I have read online these three seasons are probably the best of the lot anyway.

By all means buy this collection. It is the Golden Era of The Bill.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By neil 'red' rob on 6 Mar. 2012
exactly what I wanted - great set so if you are a big fan of the Bill its a must have
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Rob Kernan on 20 Mar. 2011
Although the Bill first begain before i was born, having just recieved the first 3 series in the post last week you can see how the programe has changed over its 25 year history. Ranging from the look of the uniforms/ Cars and the big change is always the station, starting off as a small police station and finishing up being the huge place are now used to.

I would highly reccomend people to buy the first three series and you will see how the Bill started off as a small programe into the huge major drama it has now become.
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By alan on 7 Mar. 2014
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An exellent old police series classic. A must for fans or even non fans. They don't make them like this any more.
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By Mr. Beaumont TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 2 Feb. 2014
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I brought this in 2012 but only just got round to watching it. Was planning on making it last a few weeks. But I'm ashamed to admit, just like the Heartbeat DVD's I buy, it was all watched in less than one week. But I don't regret it :p

The Bill - Series 1
Disk 1:
Episode 1 - Storyboard (Woodentop) (50mins & 5 seconds long)
Episode 2 - Funny Old Business (Cops & Robbers) (50mins & 10 seconds long)
Episode 3 - A Friend In Need (51mins & 16 seconds long)
Disk 2:
Episode 4 - Clutching At Straws (51mins & 43 seconds long)
Episode 5 - Long Odds (52mins & 25 seconds long)
Episode 6 - It's Not Such A Bad Job After All (53mins & 25 seconds long)
Disk 3:
Episode 7 - The Drugs Raid (49mins & 8 seconds long)
Episode 8 - A Dangerous Breed (49mins & 59 seconds long)
Episode 9 - Rough In The Afternoon (51mins & 51 seconds long)
Disk 4:
Episode 10 - Burning The Books (51mins & 2 seconds)
Episode 11 - Death Of A Cracksman (50mins & 19 seconds)
Episode 12 - The Sweet Smell Of Failure (49mins & 16 seconds long)

The Bill - Series 2
Disk 1:
Episode 1 - Snouts And Red Herrings (51mins & 8 seconds long)
Episode 2 - Suspects (52mins & 13 seconds long)
Episode 3 - Lost (52mins & 38 seconds long)
Episode 4 - Home Beat (51mins & 45 seconds long)
Disk 2:
Episode 5 - Hostage (50mins & 1 second long)
Episode 6 - This Little Pig (52mins & 3 seconds)
Episode 7 - Ringer (51mins & 7 seconds long)
Episode 8 - Public And Confidential (51mins & 39 seconds long)
Disk 3:
Episode 9 - Loan Shark (52mins & 11 seconds long)
Episode 10 - With Friends Like these... (51mins & 33 seconds long)
Episode 11 - Whose Side Are You On?
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