UK TV: ITV AXES THE BILL

This is sad news. I’ve always liked this show.

It’s the end of an era.  

Via Digital Spy

ITV has confirmed that it is dropping police drama The Bill after 27 years on air.

According to The Guardian, the decision comes after last year’s revamp and move to a 9pm slot failed to alter sliding ratings.

The show, which is based in fictional station Sun Hill, switched from two weekly shows at 8pm to a single 9pm episode last July. It was the first time that the programme had aired in a post-watershed slot, which encouraged “darker, grittier and more hard-hitting” storylines.

However, ratings fell to an average of 3.5 million, a significant drop from the 7 million who tuned in in 2002. It currently employs 19 main cast members, including Simon Rouse (DI Jack Meadows), Alex Walkinshaw (Inspector Dale ‘Smithy’ Smith) and DS Stevie Moss (Lucy Speed). Continue Reading….

ITV executives ruined The Bill when they attempted to turn it in to a cross between CSI and Law & Order.

Stupid, just stupid!

The Bill has employed EVERY struggling actor/actress in Britain. What will they do now???

….Well I suppose there is always BBC shows Casualty and Holby City to fall back on…..

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4 replies »

  1. The Bill will forever be, to me, the show, where the copper could have just stretched his hand to catch the suspect/culprit, who he’s been chasing for a good 20 minutes.

  2. Damn…I can’t believe it. I used to love The Bill back in the day. A lot of Black actors passed through that show.
    I did fall off the Bill when the time slots changed though. I think they’ve made the wrong decision. Let’s see what the replacement will be…

  3. Best show on Australian TV. Will miss it very much. Hope it is picked up by another network. It is my weekly must show.

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