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The Bill: Woodentop/Funny Ol' Business [VHS] [1984]

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  • Actors: Trudie Goodwin, Mark Wingett, Eric Richard
  • Writers: Geoff McQueen
  • Format: Colour, PAL
  • Language: English
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Clearvision
  • VHS Release Date: 23 Oct. 1995
  • Run Time: 104 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00004CRBJ
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 316,522 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

Product Description

The first two episodes of the long-running police series. In 'Woodentop', originally broadcast in 1983 as part of the 'Storyboard' series, a young constable receives a baptism of fire on his first day at an East End police station. 'Funny Ol' Business', the episode which kicked off the first series in 1984, sees the officers of Sun Hill coping with a car thief, a pair of burglars and a team of 'dippers' operating on the streets.

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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By brick part 2 on 28 Feb. 2013
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
It was nice to see some of the old characters again .I love anything released regarding the bill because quite frankly it was an utter disgrace they stopped it.
If it was costing so much to produce then what was wrong with collaborating with an overseas company.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 10 Mar. 2000
Format: VHS Tape
Three episodes or cracking Burnside action -- but the first one is far and away the best. Roache and Tosh catch porn merchants moving into Sun Hill, and Burnside remembers them from his previous posting. By the end of the half-hour, Burnside has the two criminals at each other's throats. Ruthless and brilliant.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By TerryWish on 17 Dec. 2014
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Great Little Box-Set I love the Bill when it was on so bought the set the only problem and the reason I can only give this 3 stars instead of 5 was the disk-cases which hold this wonderful series even though its in a large box the disk cases are broken inside.
So I've no choice now but to have to pay more money for replacement cases at a cost of £40 The only good news I had was that I bought the set at £76 + postage of less than £2 and the cost of the whole collection double overnight to well over £150+ for the same set. Now forgetting the state of the disc covers the set is brill and brings back memories of all those nights watching the Bill.
Its just a pity the ITV bosses tried to mess around with it to get more viewing figures instead of helping the series the practical destroyed the series.
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13 of 19 people found the following review helpful By DCI Haskins on 19 Aug. 2003
Format: DVD
Not a bad storyline for The Bill, but this is one of the last things I'd want to see on a DVD release! Where's the old 80's episodes on DVD, eh Thames? Still not a bad few episodes, they could have least had it in Anamorphic Widescreen rather than plain old 'I can't bothered' letterbox format. The menus aren't to badly designed but I can't say much as its a 'budget' DVD.
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5 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Janie on 26 Sept. 2002
Format: VHS Tape
PC Eddie Santini was one of the most enigmatic thief-takers ever to appear on "The Bill", along with such notables as DS John Bolton and DS Don Beech. This is the highly dramatic conclusion to this character's role on "The Bill" as well as to a singular and remarkable storyline which developed over the course of two years. "Old Flame" which is the first episode to appear on this tape reunites Santini with DS Rosie Fox whom he first admired, later almost stalked and finally victimised along with most of Sun Hill. She is out for revenge and alone suspects his deeper involvement in a mysterious arson. Eddie must not only deal with the criminals with which he has inadvertantly involved himself but also with Fox. Everything gets out of control and in a dramatic conclusion Eddie is arrested for murder. His actual trial occurs some time later and is gripping viewing. Things come to a more than satisfactory conclusion and it is a rare opportunity to observe the many dimensions of this fascinating character, whose motives are never clear cut. This is "The Bill" at its best.
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 18 Nov. 2000
Format: VHS Tape
"The Trial of Eddie Santini" video contains "Kiss Off Parts 1 & 2" and the Trial itself. The version of "Kiss Off" on the tape is actually a condensed version of the three episodes "Old Flame", "Push It" and "Kiss Off" in which the crime for which Eddie Santini is on trial, the murder of Jessica Orton, took place, running for approx 97 minutes. Those episodes were seen in the UK in June 1999, and in July-August 2000 in Australia. "The Trial of Eddie Santini" (about 74 minutes) was shown on UK television in April 2000, but is not due to be screened in Australia until approx. April 2001. The Trial episode contains only one minor spoiler not associated with the events surrounding, and the outcome of the trial itself, and is relatively self contained. Thus I can recommend it to Australian "The Bill" fans who just can't wait until the episode screens, as well as to all fans of Michael Higgs, and the character he plays; Eddie Santini.
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By K. R. Clements on 14 July 2015
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Excellent DVD and service.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Alex on 11 Dec. 2014
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It's hilarious watching this now, and remembering back! The really smart uniforms, the WPCs carrying handbags on their shoulders, the officers walking the beat, the local residents knowing their local officers' names and stopping them to say hello and grass people up in the street, the old police car at the beginning of the opening credits with the old siren and the sound of it skidding... it just shows how policing in this country is completely unrecognisable now, to how it was back then. It used to be filmed in Wapping so it's all East London accents, and funny clothes. Brilliant entertainment, and a great laugh too!
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