The Bill follows the officers of Sun Hill, a Metropolitan Police station located in the fictional Borough of Canley in London's East End. Created in 1983 by Geoff McQueen as a one-off drama called "Woodentop", The Bill was spun off as a full series, and ran for over 26 years and 2,425 episodes. Covering both uniformed officers and CID detectives, the series is renowned for its accurate and authentic portrayal of policing in London.
Burnside and Reed go to an accident involving a security van. Ted thinks it is an inside job. Ted finds a job application for a man with form. Tosh talks to the guard. Martella talks to a witness who is worried about the wrong people finding out. She is supposed to be in Scotland.
Sgt. Cryer and PC Hayward attend an incident at a local school where an angry divorcee, Chris Finnessey, is demanding to see his son. When the boy's teacher warns the police of Finnessey's violent reputation and a possible restraining order against him, he grabs a Stanley knife and takes the teacher and Sgt. Cryer hostage. Faced with an armed suspect and two hostages, Supt. Chandler calls in SO19, although the only Trojan unit available is that of the newly-qualified PC Smith and PC Stanley. When Finnessey and his son leave the school building, Chandler gives authorisation to fire. Smith shoots first but to his horror, accidentally hits Cryer. Stanley takes down Finnessey. Cryer survives the shooting, but his career in the police is over.
PC Edwards and PC Smith are called to a disturbance at a local bank, where they are surprised to find Tosh Lines' wife and children causing a commotion as there is no money left in their account. Edwards makes a discrete call to Sgt. Peters, who suggests to Tosh that he head down to the bank and sort things out. As PC Ramsey and WPC Ackland also arrive, the bank is raided by an armed gang. Tosh Lines arrives and charges towards the bank, but as PC Ramsey runs to stop him, he is shot in the chest by one of the robbers. Ch. Insp. Conway negotiates with the gang as armed PT17 officers surround the building. Sgt. Cryer offers to drive the getaway car, but disconnects the ignition when he leaves it at the bank entrance. PC Smith and the other hostages are released, but PC Edwards is taken hostage. He manages to makes a run for it and the PT17 officers open fire on the car.Watch Now:Amazon
Sgt. Cryer is taking half the relief out on Sun Hill's annual fishing trip. PC Smith and DC Dashwood go to serve a warrant on Russell Archer over a non-appearance in court on a poaching charge. Archer manages to escape from Dashwood and Smith, and is later seen menacing a milkman with a sawn-off shotgun. He later holds up a bookies and a greengrocer, until he is spotted by PC Carver and PC Frank. who give chase. Frank is shot and wounded during the chase, and Archer ends up taking an elderly woman hostage in a retirement village. With the fishing trip cancelled, DS Roach takes charge of the siege operation until DI Galloway and Ch. Supt. Brownlow arrive. Attempts to contact the increasingly unstable Archer fail, until he asks to speak to Sgt. Cryer whom he saw in the betting shop. Cryer enters the flat, and attempts to talk Archer into giving himself up. With WPC Ackland posing as a Meals-on-Wheels driver, Galloway, Roach and PT17 officers storm the flat and shoot Archer.
P.C. Muswell and P.C. Lyttleton are on the lookout for a lorry full of stolen woolen coats. Ch. Supt. Brownlow is throwing a farewell party for his retiring clerk. D.I. Roy Galloway questions D.S. Burnside when he gatecrashes the party, and Burnside admits that he fancies June Ackland. D.C. Mike Dashwood realises the scotch being poured at the bar has been stolen, and Galloway asks Ackland to keep the remaining bottles aside as evidence. Despite warnings from the D.I. and the Chief Super, D.S. Ted Roach drives home extremely drunk and crashes his car into a fence. Knowing he'll be sacked if he's found out, Roach sleeps on a friend's boat overnight while he sobers up, but spots the coat thieves on the docks when he awakens, and the men are arrested when they are found stuck in a freezer. Roach also sweet-talks the man whose garden he crashed into by offering to get him into the Special Constabulary. P.C. Reg Hollis grasses on Roach to Brownlow, in the hope of getting the clerk's job.Watch Now:AmazoniTunes
Nikki coaxes a potential suicide victim, Josh Carey down from a factory building and urges him to give information on the child pornography ring he has been invited to join. Reg and Phil are called to a funeral home where a valuable necklace has been taken from a corpse in a sealed coffin. Terry approaches Manson for permission to mount an undercover operation to expose the child-pornography ring that Josh Carey is involved in.Watch Now:Amazon
Lewis's girlfriend nurse Tash Niles is attacked in the hospital car park, raising the terrifying prospect that Ray Moore is targeting people who could testify against him. Diane encounters a pensioner who turns out to be a fan of Reg's podiatry Regflections – and clearly has other guilty secrets to hide – including what appears to be a series of robberies from the homes of other pensioners. Heaton directs a search for further evidence into Ray Moore's activities.Watch Now:Amazon
Gang member Wesley Meeks is shot, and his dying words in the ambulance are the name of corrupt ex-policeman Ray Moore. Heaton struggles to find evidence linking the victim with his arch enemy, but Lewis's contacts reveal the red scorpion tag sprayed on all of Moore's properties was Wesley's handiwork. Phil's first day back in plain clothes gets off to a bad start, after he and Stuart interview a young joyrider, and follow up a report that he plans to take part in an armed robbery. Manson tells the warring DSs about a temporary switch with a Specialist Crime Directorate, and Phil can't help but gloat when he gets the secondment.Watch Now:Amazon
Will and Dan attend to a woman who claims to have been raped – but her plight prompts Jack to reopen a cold case from twenty years previously, with help from an old colleague, DCI Roy Atherton. Emma reveals a maverick streak and puts her career on the line to help a reformed drug addict stay out of jail. Beth and Roger call to enforce an injunction in a domestic dispute and uncover a case of credit card cloning.Watch Now:Amazon
Sleeplessness and a taxing workload catch up with Jack, who is lucky to escape from a road accident so bizarre his colleagues begin to suspect he is losing the plot. His protégé Mickey sets out to rescue his boss's reputation and save his career. An explosion in a lock-up on an industrial estate alerts Neil to possible terrorist activity in the manor. Stuart and Grace investigate a possible connection with religious extremism.Watch Now:Amazon
Leela and Tony discover the body of a supermodel who had recently fronted an anti-fur campaign despite her lack of real conviction. Lorna notes that the crime scene has been arranged to resemble a shot from the film, suggesting animal rights activists may have resented her hypocrisy. Subsequent investigations reveal a host of rival male admirers with reason to kill her and Terry digs up evidence of a more sinister side to the woman's life – a porn film discovers a porn film, with footage of a missing 15-year-old runaway, at the dead woman's house. Jack prepares to testify against Zain. Stuart makes a move on a forensic examiner.Watch Now:Amazon
Known stalker Larry Franks emerges as prime suspect in the Cindy Statham murder case – until CCTV footage reveals the model had a furious row in a restaurant with her half-brother on the day she died. Leela reports an attack by an intruder but she is put in a compromising situation when her colleagues turn up and discover a bag of heroin in her flat. Tony tracks down a man who had been stalking the dead woman, while Jo and Stuart interview the victim's half-brother.Watch Now:Amazon
Terry goes undercover, hoping to arrest a supplier of illegally imported goods, but gets caught up in a pub brawl between rival football fans in which a fellow officer, Sgt. Doug Wright, is stabbed. Lewis's inside knowledge is called upon when another spate of gang violence breaks out and the new leader of the Skens appears to be settling old scores. Sam and Kezia investigate an assault victim discovered by Tony and Lewis.
Probationary PCs Sally Armstrong and Billy Rowan arrive at Sun Hill, where the team are anxious to find the man who stabbed Sgt. Doug Wright. The new recruits are puppy-walked by Nikki and Emma, and the foursome get a call to attend a disturbance at a jewellery shop. After a successful result, they are later called on to deal with a report of stone-throwing at an abandoned factory – where Billy Rowan's first day ends up turning into his last.Watch Now:Amazon
Fired up by the attack on her husband and the murder of Billy Rowan, Nikki is determined to nail the killer. However, the identity parade proves a disappointment when she fails to pick out Greg Farnham and has to watch as he is set free to pursue his vendetta against the police. Undeterred, Nikki and Sally trail him to a friend's house, where she learns he is in an agitated state of mind – and armed with a knife, and Wright finds herself held hostage by the killer, but ends up going all out to save his life when he locks himself in his deceased daughter's home.Watch Now:Amazon
Lewis sinks deeper into trouble as his undercover operation spins out of control. Following a shoot-out with the East Street gang, he is ordered to act as courier when a hostage is exchanged for a gun the Skens are eager to get their hands on – and finds he is in danger from both sides. Back at the station, Mickey and Kezia work on a case in which explosives have gone missing from a contractor's depot. Roger voices his concern about his partner, but Heaton is too busy preparing for a sting where the Skens are due to buy explosives.Watch Now:Amazon
CID officers attend the funeral of murdered supermodel Cindy Statham, only to learn that killer Larry Franks has been transferred to hospital following a suicide bid. When he makes a break for freedom, a frantic search of the building ensues and Beth is first to pick up the trail of blood. Smithy's first day as Acting Inspector goes from bad to worse when he calls in the Firearms Command to sort out a building society robbery by two bungling ex-employees.Watch Now:Amazon
Zain gets a frosty reception at the station when Heaton secures his release from prison to help Meadows with the recapture of escaped killer Jason Forbes, and Will can't help taking a swing at the man who callously disposed of Honey's body in a bid to save his own skin. Unsurprisingly, Zain encounters hostility from several of his former colleagues. The pursuit leads to a gunpoint showdown, giving Zain a clear choice between escape and doing the right thing.
Sam, Nikki and Diane deal with a young woman who was pushed from a walkway on the Cole Lane Estate. Sam, Nikki and Smithy are then called to deal with the attempted suicide of the woman's husband. Nikki and Diane are called to a disturbance at her flat the next day, but she has disappeared without trace. Mickey deals with an assault, while Terry, Tony and Dan go undercover to trap a confidence trickster. This episode originally supposed to be broadcast in December 2006, but was cancelled when a mastertape was stolen from the filming studios in November 2006.Watch Now:Amazon
After a residents' meeting complaining about the drug problem on their estate, DI Galloway mentions that he had heard that an old illegal club has reopened in an abandoned theatre complex - this time dealing drugs. He asks a parent, Tombo Robinson, who used to be involved in the club, if he will infiltrate it to confirm Galloway's suspicions. Tombo reluctantly agrees, and meets with Galloway to tell him that a huge drug deal is going down that afternoon. Galloway quickly arranges a warrant, and sets about organising a huge raid on the club. The raid runs according to plan, but Tombo is stabbed by a dealer as he tries to let the police into the building. PC Edwards and Carver give chase to the dealer, but are alarmed when the suspect speeds off in a car bearing diplomatic plates. Galloway checks up on Tombo in hospital, and is shocked to discover that he has died and was a heroin addict. Returning to the station, Galloway is furious when Ch. Supt. Brownlow, a Home Office representative, and a diplomat from a small African nation request he relinquish the case to the government on diplomatic grounds.
Amidst renovation chaos at Sun Hill, a new P.C., Abe Lyttleton, arrives a day early. He is Sun Hill's first black police officer, and although he is friendly and popular, his arrival is not appreciated by bigoted cop P.C. Pete Muswell. D.C. Dashwood recognises a man who has brought in his papers for a car (licence, M.O.T. form and insurance). He is using a false name and address. During electrical repairs, the personal radios are out of action and as a result, a CID operation is blown.
A man is throwing tiles off a roof and PC Lyttleton, who is suffering from vertigo, is sent up to arrest him. A Polish sailor turns up at the station seeking political asylum. DS Roach and DC Dashwood catch a man who has been ripping people off posing as a gas board official. Ch. Supt. Brownlow talks to PC Edwards about taking a position in the coroner's office. Sgt. Cryer is shocked when Mrs. Penny accuses her husband of beating her up.
A young mother caught shoplifting at a supermarket confesses to Sgt Cryer that she is in debt to local loan shark 'Aunty' Peg Miller. PC Edwards checks cases of fly tipping (unauthorised dumping of rubble) in the area and discovers some disaffected Welsh miners may be responsible. A Mrs Taylor makes a complaint about a noisy neighbour, but when WPC Ackland investigates, she finds the neighbour dead.
D.C. Mike Dashwood has organised a five-a-side indoor football match against a local youth group. Ch. Supt. Brownlow sees it as great publicity, and ropes in D.I. Roy Galloway for photo opportunities, despite his objections. D.S. Ted Roach investigates the murder of an old derelict.