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More intense police drama.
on 6 March 2009
There is little point in bemoaning the fact that the UK only gets one 13-episode DVD of The Bill a year, as I think that's a fact that's here to stay. So I'll just continue with the review.
Since The Bill became a trashy soap opera in 2002, it's nice to be able to see it in its earlier form as hard-nosed, fast-paced gritty police drama. Storylines involve a family who have found a skeleton walled up in their home, an abandoned industrial estate containing a shed full of dead chickens, a stake-out which goes belly-up and a brush with a pretty violent army corporal. The famous Bill characters such as Cryer, Burnside, Roach, Carver etc are at their best and there's also a continuation of an ongoing thread involving Sgt Penny's deterioration in the wake of a shotgun injury.
A classic piece of TV drama and something every fan of the series should have.