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VINE VOICEon 25 September 2005
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.
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on 10 August 2010
A drama series that captured the monotony of a working day while still being able to focus in on the more interesting aspects of Policing.
Unlike that other iconic ITV Police Drama (which preceded the Bill) the Sweeney the Bill does not just focus on the investigations of the super stars (CID) but also gives a platform for the unsung heroes the Bobbies on the beat and their put upon leader SCT Cryer.
The story lines can often be bleak and cynical about Human behaviour(often thoughtless misbehaviour) but the writers manage to blend in a black Humour to ease the sting of the tales.
Before the Bill was a over produced soap Opera before the long lost Children contrived affairs of passion and hiring of a cast hired more for their visibility to adorn the cover of popular magazines then their ability to act their parts convincingly, the Bill was a procedural Crime Drama series which proudly presented its characters and story lines without make up and needless sensationalist back story. One criticism is that the Police depicted here are a honest if rough round the edges bunch there is only one character (a la season 1) who is racist and overtly a nasty piece of work when a black man joins the wooden tops only one character is overtly hostile which is a bit hard to believe for a series set in the mid Eighties.

All the regular cast in this incarnation of the Bill fill their parts effortlessly often to the point where you feel you are watching a fly on the wall documentary.
Story lines are self contained within the 50 minutes of each episode.
I would advise any younger viewer to switch off from watching the current Bill and invest in this set if they really want to watch some thing gritty and engaging.

A tight well paced drama and considring it was on a comercal network it still manages a crediable take on modern British life with a quit integelent wit.
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on 23 November 2011
The second series of The Bill which aired originally in late 1985 and early 1986 is solid police drama at it's very best. Some minor production issues from the first series are tweaked up to make the second series a powerful collection of stories.

The show is now in it's full stride thanks to some strong stories and a stella cast of solid actors who make up probably the best collection of characters ever to work at Sun Hill. All the cast from the first series are back with a notable exception to the late Gary Olsen who played PC Dave Litten. I understand Gary was busy filming the melodrama series 'Prospects' when the second series went into production, however the cocky Mr Litten does appear briefly in the final episode as a party guest. His place is filled by the arrogant, racist, sexist, biggoted PC Pete Muswell (played to perfection by Ralph Brown) a man with about as much charm as a rattlesnake.

Highlights of this series include the opening 'Snouts & Red Herrings' that sees Roy Galloway and Ted Roach come to blows, 'Hostage' which sees Bob Cryer in the middle of a tense hostage situation with an elderly lady and a deranged gunman, 'Ringer' that sees a spectacular climax sequence involving Sun Hill's cops pursuing a gang of villains across a scrap yard and the series closer 'The Chief Super's Party' in which a drunken Ted Roach crashes his car into someone's garden.

Well worth a buy.
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TOP 1000 REVIEWERon 2 April 2012
The second series of The Bill from 1985 builds on the strengths of the previous series and establishes itself into ITV's ratings hit that would remain near the top of the weekly viewing figures for years to come. Episodes in this set include -

- Snouts and Red Herrings 11 November 1985 (original ITV airdate)
- Suspects 18 November 1985
- Lost 25 November 1985
- Home Beat 2 December 1985
- Hostage 9 December 1985
- This Little Pig 23 December 1985
- Ringer 6 January 1986
- Public and Confidential 13 January 1986
- Loan Shark 20 January 1986
- With Friends Like That...? 27 January 1986
- Whose Side Are You On? 3 February 1986
- The Chief Super's Party 10 February 1986

The set is well worth a watch for any fan of The Bill. The sad thing is that this set represents how good The Bill once was before it ended up in the terrible state it was in after ITV's countless revamps of the series.
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on 24 April 2016
Series 2 of The Bill is fantastic!!

Following the brilliant series 1, Series 2 introduces new characters such as Inspector Kite (a goody two shoes), PC Abe Littleton and PC Muswell.

This is a fantastic series to watch and Muswell is one of those characters everyone loves to hate (a precursor to PC Pete Ramsey).

This series features the episode "The Chief Super's Party" featuring appearances from DC Dave Lytton and Burnside.

As usual the show is still relevant today and would not be too far removed from what happens now. However, be aware of nudity, racist and sexist remarks.
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on 7 December 2014
Refreshingly to see the early days when you saw the happenings in and around Sun Hill and PC's and not sex murder and corruption in CID.
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on 4 February 2015
Bought as a present and Ive now gone up in the sister stakes
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on 20 April 2016
A Classic ITV drama half hour episodes are better.
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on 19 October 2014
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on 15 June 2016
enjoyed it nice to look back at the cast
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