The Bill: Suffer in Silence

Tuesday, 27 April 2010, 9:00PM – 10:00PM on ITV1

Suffer in Silence

P.C. Benjamin Gayle (Micah Balfour) and P.C. Mel Ryder (Rhea Bailey) are called to a disturbance at the home of John Morris. They arrest Paul Rayner (Lee Ross) who has assaulted Morris.

When questioned back at the station Paul Rayner claims that he was abused by John Morris when he was a child at the local boxing club. John Morris claims never to have met Paul and the team soon realise there has been a case of mistaken identity. After further investigation the John Morris (Jimmy Flint) that allegedly abused Paul Rayner is tracked down, however they cannot charge him just on Paul’s allegation alone. Paul reveals that he was not the only boy abused by Morris at the boxing club and tells them about Martin Wendell (Robbie Gee) another victim. D.C Jacob ‘Banksy’ Banks (Patrick Robinson) goes to Martin Wendell’s home to discuss the abuse but is disappointed when Wendell admits he was a victim of Morris’ abuse but refuses to testify as he is worried about the effect of the case would have on his young family.

D.I Neil Manson (Andrew Lancel) continues to be distracted and distant from the team as his son Jake (Lloyd Howells) is diagnosed with Leukaemia. He is unwilling to talk and instead puts on his professional face but eventually confides in Banksy.

Paul Rayner is distraught when he learns that Martin Wendell won’t give evidence against John Morris but D.I. Manson doesn’t give up and speaks to Wendell telling him that Morris is still working with children. He seems to have got through to him when Wendell turns up at Sun Hill wanting to speak to the team. Paul Rayner is not coping well with the investigation, will Martin’s change of heart be too late?

THE BILL is a talkbackTHAMES production and a direct commission by ITV. This episode was written by David Lawrence, directed by Gary Love and produced by Ciara McIlvenny.

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