ITV cancels The Bill

ITV’s police drama The Bill has been axed after 27 years despite last year’s revamp and new time slot, a change which failed to affect the long term ratings decline.

In 2002, The Bill was averaging more than 7 million viewers.  More recently this figure has been closer to half that.

The Bill has a production staff of 90 who will be consulting with the producer of the show, Talkback Thames, about redundancies.

The cost cutting by ITV will free up millions of pounds for new, shorter run dramas including a new medical series from writer Peter Bowker and a new series from Collision and Foyle’s War writer Anthony Horowitz.

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