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the bill - good but not as good as the originals
on 3 June 2008
the initial half hour episodes were mostly good, though due to the change in format and the toning down of show the atmosphere of the original episodes are lost. the cast began to expand in order to cover the required number of episodes and sadly many of the original characters subsequently left the show during it's run over the next year or two.
john salthouse is missed as d.i. galloway and this contributes to the change in the writing.
the episodes tended to be either very good or simply poor, often focusing on only a few characters, owing to the new filming schedules. the quality does suffer at times, although it is still 5 stars compared to the stupid soap that the bill has become today.
it is certainly worth collecting the first 100 episodes or so, though with only 13 to a set, like most network releases, this will prove quite expensive. remember you can get 24 hours of kiefer sutherland for a couple of quid more and in comparison to the 5 and a half hours on this set is much better value!
suggest you look for the region 4 releases from australia, they have been out there for a while and you get 48 episodes for not much more than the cost of this!