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The Bill - Series 4 Vol. 4 [DVD] [1989]

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  • Actors: Eric Richard, Trudie Goodwin, Tony Scannell, Christopher Ellison
  • Format: 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: 2
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Network
  • DVD Release Date: 15 Mar. 2010
  • Run Time: 325 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0030A0Z8E
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 53,197 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Another 13 episodes of the long-running ITV police drama. These episodes feature favourite characters including Sgt Cryer (Eric Richard), WPC Ackland (Trudie Goodwin), Det Sgt Ted Roach (Tony Scannell) and DI Burnside (Christopher Ellison). Episodes are: 'The Silent Gun', 'An Old-Fashioned Term', 'Getting Stressed', 'Tigers', 'Guessing Game', 'The Assassins', 'Outmoded', 'Digging Up the Past', 'Taken into Consideration', 'Getting It Right', 'A Reflection of Glory', 'One to One' and 'The Mugging and the Gypsies'.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By CJ1980 on 23 Nov. 2011
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As another member has stated already, the DVD releases of these early episodes from Sun Hill nick seem to be far too slow and take forever to come out! The Australian's have already been treated to the back catalogue of episodes into 1990/91, but I refuse to critise Network DVD who have produced nicely polished sets of episodes and no doubt their pace at the individual releases is down to their reflection at the success at each release.

Anyway let me focus on volume four of the Bill half hour episodes. This of course follows on from volume's one, two and three and this specific set contains 13 episodes that were originally aired in December 1988 and January 1989. There are some great episodes in this set - actor Daniel Flynn (who would return many years later as Supt John Heaton) plays a yuppie yob who trashes a restaurant in 'The Assassins'. Other highlights include 'Getting It Right' (in which arrogant PC Pete Ramsey gets egg on his face courtesy of leading CID on a botched raid), 'A Reflection Of Glory' (that features some nice action sequences), 'One To One' (in which PC June Ackland tries to prevent a suicidal woman from burning her flat down) and 'An Old-Fashion Term' (in which the excellent DC Tosh Lines proves the death of a young woman was murder and not suicide).

Lets hope wwe get more of these half hour gems in due course.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Aux on 13 Sept. 2010
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Note to the company who is releasing these DVD's. Release them faster! I would buy one a month.

Excellent stuff...this DVD has an excellent ep by pj hammond (creator of sapphire and steel) always a pleasure.

More immediately.
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I was a fan of The Bill on TV back in the Eighties and was pleased to find on revisiting on DVD that the story lines and characterizations are as engaging as ever. Apart from outmoded technology (and old motors!) , it doesn't really date - the villains are villains and the coppers have their good and bad days. Quality police drama in a tight half-hour format.
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Product arrived within the timeframe set and in condition advised. I would definitely consider using this service again for another dvd.
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By Susan on 16 Sept. 2014
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For some reason this series not as gripping as some of the others. But if you`re a Bill fan it`s OK. One for teh collection anyway.
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful By DTdh on 8 Dec. 2010
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The review on the back of the series 4-5 cases is spot on; the beginning of the half hour, twice weekly episodes was, and viewing them again in wake of the show's recent axing, still is a very exciting period to be a fan of the show. A really strong writing team, cast and crew all excel in the episodes released so far, and I was left feeling they coped with the change in format from one year series to continuous drama very well.

Fashions and attitudes may have dated, and all of the young guys may now be completely bald (Robert Hudson was in Emmerdale in May) but they are still a delight to watch again, almost stepping into a time capsual. There's some quite dark story-based episodes that The Bill half hours of 1988-1998 did so well. A couple featured in this set are "Guessing Game" with the chilling investigation into what a still active kidnapper was up to right to the day of his death. And "One to One" with the episode a mostly two-hander between June (Trudie Goodwin) and Arabella Weir in a guest appearance, as she tries to stop a desperately unhappy woman taking her own life.

I have wondered though that the decision to release sets of only 13 half hour episodes at a time has made it harder to press on with further releasing the series beyond '88. There were some very good episodes in 1989, especially July and August of that year - which saw the departures of four main characters - all probably would have been killed off had it been 2002-05 instead of just Ramsey. And I believe Australia are well into 1990 now, when the UK last had a release in March this year. Hopefully it's coming...
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Pal Mel on 1 May 2011
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I already had a majority of these episodes due to having purchased the series 4 & 5 Australian box set, but I was aware of this beforehand so not a disappointment from that perspective. More specifically, some of the episodes of the type I was really looking for are not included in the remainder, so for me the ridiculously stalled release scheduling is a big downer. But that's not to say that this version of the packaging doesn't make for an infinitely improved look to my DVD shelf. More of the same now please.
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4 of 7 people found the following review helpful By TheBillABCTV on 5 Sept. 2011
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These half hour episodes are awesome. I have already have the 6 Magna Box Sets[1. The Bill Season 1 -3, 2. The Bill Season 4 & 5, 3. The Bill Collection 3, 4. The Bill Collection 4, 5. The Bill Collection 5, 6. The Bill Collection 6], which are completely un-edited. I have also have the Shock releases of The Bill, Shock Entertainment get their episodes from Network DVD, but Shock Entertainment also do their own editing in the form of editing out scenes which is the worst form of editing. This was noticeable in The Bill Series 4 which was released 31st August 2011. I have ordered Volume 1, Volume 2, Volume 3, Volume 4 and Volume 5 from Network DVD, to my knowledge only "Chasing The Dragon" and "Snout" episodes were edited in the form of dubbing music on top of the original sound track and it seems that Network DVD don't edit out scenes which is much better than Shock Entertainment. Shock Entertainment are Australian releases in Region 0.

I'm sure Network DVD will release more DVD sets as Shock Entertainment get their episodes from Network DVD and Shock are planing on releasing Series 5 and Series 6 in 2012. I prefer to buy the Network DVD releases instead of the Shock Entertainment release because Network DVD don't edit out scenes.
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