The Bill

Tuesday, 18 May 2010, 9:00PM – 10:00PM on ITV1

D.C. Grace Dasari (Amita Dhiri) and D.I. Neil Manson (Andrew Lancel) attend the funeral of eleven year old Matty Wallace along with Matty’s grandmother Ruth Pearce (Diana Kent) and step father Craig Gant (Jai Armstrong). Neil is unaware that D.S. Max Carter (Christopher Fox) has ordered an ‘obbo’ on Craig Gant and his associates at the funeral. Whilst looking into the murder of Craig’s stepson Matty, Max discovers that Craig has a criminal record for handling stolen goods but believes there is more to it. Suspicious of Craig, he wants delve deeper into his background and along with D.C. Terry Perkins (Bruce Byron) attends the funeral to observe Gant and fellow mourners.

D.C. Grace Dasari (Amita Dhiri) and D.I. Neil Manson (Andrew Lancel) attend the funeral of eleven year old Matty Wallace along with Matty’s grandmother Ruth Pearce (Diana Kent) and step father Craig Gant (Jai Armstrong). Neil is unaware that D.S. Max Carter (Christopher Fox) has ordered an ‘obbo’ on Craig Gant and his associates at the funeral.

Whilst looking into the murder of Craig’s stepson Matty, Max discovers that Craig has a criminal record for handling stolen goods but believes there is more to it. Suspicious of Craig, he wants delve deeper into his background and along with D.C. Terry Perkins (Bruce Byron) attends the funeral to observe Gant and fellow mourners. Neil is furious when he realises what Max is doing and, out of respect to the grieving family, orders him to stop immediately. But Max is insistent that they continue to investigate Craig’s background, convinced that he is involved in a recent lorry hijacking in which the driver was badly beaten. Terry recognises one of the mourners as Alan Ferguson who is known to the team for GBH and robbery.

Grace is offended when Neil summons her to his office ��” he’s angry that she didn’t inform him about the ‘obbo’ and warns her not to jeopardise her position as the Family Liaison Officer. Max later puts Grace in an awkward position when he tells her to find out from the dead boy’s grandmother, Ruth Pearce, if she knows what Craig’s been up to.

The team soon discover that a Peter Hampton (Chris Corrigan) who attended the funeral with Alan Ferguson has recently been released from prison and is currently working at Stanbeck International Containers under his brother’s name. Max is convinced that Peter Hampton is informing Alan Ferguson and Craig Gant of the contents and locations of the lorries in order for them to be hijacked. Along with D.C. Mickey Webb (Chris Simmons), Max confronts Peter Hampton and threatens to inform the company of his real identity unless he calls Crime Stoppers with information on the next planned hijacking. As they leave Mickey tells Max that he was too harsh on Peter Hampton and that he’s had enough with his threatening tactics. Mickey later discusses Max’s attitude with Banksy and Terry. Max’s behaviour is explained when he snorts cocaine at work.

Neil continues to be distant from the team as his son Jake (Lloyd Howells) continues his chemotherapy for leukaemia. Banksy tries to persuade him to tell the team what is going on with Jake but Neil refuses insisting that he will deal with it alone.

Mickey isn’t surprised when information comes in from Crime Stoppers regarding a lorry hijack scheduled for later that day, Max briefs the team and surveillance operation is planned. Will Max’s suspicions about Craig be confirmed?

THE BILL is a talkbackTHAMES production and a direct commission by ITV. This episode was written by Steve Trafford, directed by Robbie Del Maestro and produced by Ciara McIlvenny.

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