Detectives, Great and Good: The Bill

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“The Bill” is a police procedural television drama that was broadcast in the UK on the ITV network from 16 October 1984 until 31 August 2010.

The series name originated from “Old Bill”, a London slang term for the police. This was also the show’s original title, before creator Geoff McQueen opted for “The Bill”.

The program stemmed from a one-off drama, called “Woodentop”, which was broadcast in August 1983.

Rather than concentrate on a particular aspect of police work, the show focused on the lives and work of one shift of police officers.

At the time of the series’ conclusion, “The Bill” was the longest-running police procedural television series in the United Kingdom, and at twenty-seven years was among the longest-running of any television series in British history.

Series Origins

“The Bill” was originally conceived in 1983 as a one-off drama by Geoff McQueen. It was picked up for…

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