The Bill

Tuesday, 31 August 2010, 10:35PM – 11:35PM on ITV1

Farewell The Bill says goodbye to TV’s longest running police drama.

As ITV1’s The Bill draws to a close this summer after 27 years on air, Farewell The Bill looks back over the lifetime of the show and goes behind the scenes of TV’s longest running police drama as it follows the final weeks of filming.

With exclusive access to the series’ final shoot this May and June, this touching one-off documentary captures the emotion, tears and laughter as both cast and crew say farewell to the show and film the final ever two-parter of The Bill which transmits on ITV1 this month. Cast including Alex Walkinshaw (Smithy), Simon Rouse (Spt Jack Meadows) and Chris Simmons (DC Mickey Webb) and crew talk exclusively about their experiences of working on the series and what it was like to be filming it’s last ever scenes.

Series Producer, Tim Key speaks about the final storyline called ‘Respect’ which follows the harrowing storyline of a young female gang member torn between her loyalty to the gang and her broken trust of the police, ‘we wanted to do something that celebrated what The Bill has always been about, ordinary people wearing a uniform and taking responsibility for society, this is what The Bill has always done.’

From the making of the last ever episode to the first, the documentary shows footage of the debut episode which broadcast in 1983, of Jim Carver’s first day as a rookie at fictional police headquarters Sun Hill. The programme looks back at highlights over the years, of the numerous chase scenes synonymous to The Bill to the many stunts, explosions and arrests.

Two of the show’s longest running ex-cast members, Graham Cole (PC Tony Stamp) and Trudie Goodwin (Sgt June Ackland) pay one final visit to the set and take a nostalgic look around as they reminisce about some of their characters’ most memorable storylines – how Stamp once ran over Ackland, their one on-screen kiss and how Ackland ended up in a disastrous marriage to Carver.

Farewell The Bill features archive footage of some of the famous faces who’ve appeared over the years as guest artistes, including Roger Daltrey, Ray Winstone, Hugh Laurie, Alex Kingston, David Walliams and John Hannah. As well as actors such as Keira Knightley and James McAvoy who cut their teeth on the series before going on to become big screen leading talent.

Executive Producer is John Comerford. Producer/Director is Kim Duke.

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Tuesday, 31 August 2010, 9:00PM – 10:00PM on ITV1

THE FINAL EVER EPISODE OF THE BILL

Respect [part 2 of 2]

Following Liam Martin’s murder and Jasmine Harris’ subsequent gang rape, Smithy and Stone try to track down the gang members responsible. Stone finally proves himself to Smithy and Jack breaks free of his shackles to come up trumps for the team.

Superintendent Jack Meadows (Simon Rouse) continues questioning Carlos Miller (Lewis Chase) trying to get him to admit that Gary Wilson (Darragh Mortell) is leading the Parkway Crew, the gang responsible for the murder of Liam Martin and the gang rape of Jasmine Harris (Faye Daveney). DI Neil Manson (Andrew Lancel) and the team watch CCTV footage which shows Gary Wilson and Colin Simmons (Jumayn Hunter) amongst others at the scene of Jasmine’s rape. Both men are quickly arrested.

Inspector Dale Smith (Alex Walkinshaw) visits Jasmine in hospital where she is being treated after her rape and attempts to get her to open up about the attack. Smithy takes Jasmine back to Sun Hill to pick up her mobile phone found at the rape scene and, with DC Grace Dasari (Amita Dhiri), he tries again to persuade her to talk but, feeling let down by the Police, Jasmine refuses to press charges. With a lack of DNA evidence and without a statement from Jasmine, the team have no option but to release Gary Wilson and Colin Simmons from custody. As Jasmine leaves the station, she is met by Gary and two other gang members ��” the very men accused of raping her. Smithy, Grace and DC Mickey Webb (Chris Simmons) watch in bewilderment as Jasmine gets in their car and drives off.

Despite a lack of co-operation from Jasmine, the team are determined to find evidence linking the cases of Liam’s murder and Jasmine’s rape together. They continue to search for Derek Bailey (Femi Wilhelm) who has gone into hiding – Derek had called the ambulance following Liam’s stabbing and is a key witness but the team believe he’s now hiding from Gary Wilson and the rest of the Parkway crew. Meanwhile, CSE Eddie Olosunje (Jason Barnett) assesses the forensics at the scene of Jasmine’s rape, and finds evidence of a gun having been fired. Smithy and Sergeant Callum Stone (Sam Callis) surmise that someone within the gang had fired the shot as a warning to break up the situation in defence of Jasmine. But who pulled the trigger?

Still angered that Jasmine had been allowed to return to the estate after her initial questioning about Liam’s murder (leading to her subsequent rape), Mickey is determined to achieve justice for her. Jasmine was a previous informant who trusted Mickey, until she felt let down by him and the system. Anxious to make amends and re-gain her trust in the Police, Mickey pushes ahead in the search for Derek Bailey and has an informal chat with Ruby Collier (Shahnequa Duprey), a 13 year-old ‘mule’ used by the Parkway crew. He manages to persuade Ruby to tell him where Derek is hiding out.

Following Ruby’s tip-off, Stone eventually finds Derek Bailey in a derelict flat, with gun-shot wounds. As he goes to help Derek, Stone comes face to face with Gary Wilson who points a gun at his head. Stone activates his panic button and an armed response unit is called to the scene, but will he be able to persuade Gary Wilson to put the gun down before he pulls the trigger? Will Mickey finally be able to regain Jasmine’s respect and persuade her to make a statement? And what length will Meadows go in order to secure a confession for Liam’s murder?

THE BILL is a talkbackTHAMES production and a direct commission by ITV. This episode was written by David Lawrence, directed by Reza Moradi and produced by James Hall. Series Producer is Tim Key and Executive Producer is Johnathan Young.

Tuesday, 24 August 2010, 9:00PM – 10:00PM on ITV1

This is part one (of two) of the final two episodes of The Bill.

Journalists who require episodic details for part two (the final ever episode of The Bill) must contact lucy.shanahan@talkbackthames.tv

In the wake of a suspected gang-related murder of a teenager on the Parkway Estate, the team clash over the involvement of a previous police-informant, Jasmine Harris. After questioning Jasmine, ultimately the decision whether to send her back out onto the streets is Smithy’s call.

Inspector Dale Smith (Alex Walkinshaw) is called to the Parkway estate to attend to the stabbing of 14 year-old Liam Martin. Liam’s wounds prove fatal and he dies in Smithy’s arms. When Sergeant Callum Stone (Sam Callis) and the troops fail to catch the suspect running from the scene, a murder investigation begins. DI Neil Manson (Andrew Lancel) and DC Grace Dasari (Amita Dhiri) break the bad news to Liam’s mother, Pat Martin (Lucy Black), and learn that he was a member of a gang. CCTV footage further confirms Liam was acting as a ‘mule’ in a gang. Gary Wilson (Darragh Mortell) and Carlos Miller (Lewis Chase) are identified as key players of the Parkway Crew, the gang in which Liam was involved. Further investigations reveal another gang member, Derek Bailey (Femi Wilhelm), was the one to call the ambulance to come to Liam’s aid – did Derek have an attack of conscience?

Evidence soon comes to light that Jasmine Harris (Faye Daveney) – a previous informant of DC Mickey Webb (Chris Simmons) – was spotted near the murder scene. Mickey tracks Jasmine down and attempts to get information from her informally, but she is resistant, feeling betrayed by Mickey from their past dealings. But when further investigations reveal that the last call Liam made was to Jasmine, there is proof she knows more than she is letting on. Jasmine is arrested and brought in for formal questioning by Superintendent Jack Meadows (Simon Rouse) and DS Max Carter (Christopher Fox).

A voicemail message found on Liam’s mobile proves that Jasmine asked Liam to meet her at the scene of his stabbing. The team believe Jasmine was used by the gang as a ‘link’ to lure Liam to his eventual fate. Grace takes over the questioning and gets Jasmine to admit that Carlos Miller is a key member of the gang, and that she was forced to make the call by him, as Liam ‘disrespected’ Carlos by sleeping with his girlfriend. Smithy and the team visit Carlos’ house in search of trainers, as forensics found a footprint in Liam’s blood at the murder scene. Their search leads them to the local launderette where a witness, Linda Wright (Elizabeth Bower), confirms that Carlos had put clothing and trainers through the wash following the time of the stabbing. With enough evidence to arrest Carlos, Smithy and Stone bring him into Sun Hill for questioning. But will he come clean about what really took place?

Meanwhile, Jasmine is released on bail by Smithy, against the advice of Mickey who fears for her safety. She returns to the estate, without protection, into the arms of the gang who take savage revenge on her for talking to the police and punish her for disrespecting the gang…

Tuesday, 17 August 2010, 9:00PM – 10:00PM on ITV1

Tombstone

After his father’s funeral, Sergeant Callum Stone (Sam Callis) fights to show his mother the truth about his dad. But, in trying to protect a vulnerable family, will he prove himself to be just like his father to get a result in the case?

Sergeant Stone attends his father’s funeral, much to the disapproval of his estranged mother, Bridget (Margot Leicester). As mourners pay their last respects at the graveside of the former police officer, Stone approaches his mother to try and reconcile their differences. But, still refusing to believe her husband was a rapist, Bridget isn’t interested in re-building a relationship with her son. Ken (David Schofield), a friend of his father, comes to Bridget’s defence and berates Stone for trashing his dad’s reputation. Determined to prove his father’s guilt, Stone returns to work, assuring a sceptical Inspector Smith (Alex Walkinshaw) that he’s fit for duty.

Elsewhere, P.C.’s Benjamin Gayle (Micah Balfour) and Kirsty Knight (Sarah Manners) are called to a local primary school to speak to seven year-old Amir (Rocco Powell) who has been threatened in the street with a knife. They discover that Amir was with his mother, Claire Iqbal (Hannah Kew), at the time of the attack so Ben and Kirsty pay her a visit at home to find out why she is so reluctant to report the incident that traumatised her son. After much persuasion from Kirsty, Claire agrees to come to the station to look at mug shots to try and identity the attacker. When it’s discovered that Claire has previously made allegations of domestic violence and not pursued them, Stone is convinced the investigation will be a waste of time. As Claire looks through the mug shots, Stone doesn’t hide his annoyance when she claims not to recognise anyone ��” he knows she’s lying. Afterwards, Kirsty and Stone clash when she confronts him about his attitude towards a vulnerable woman. Fired up, Stone storms back to his office and calls up records management to request the file on Kelly Ryan ��” the young police officer his father was accused of raping 20 years earlier.

Determined to discover the truth, Stone tracks Kelly Ryan (Lesley Vickerage) down to the hairdressers’ she now owns. When Kelly realises Stone is there about the rape, she demands he leaves. Undeterred, Stone waits outside the shop and eventually Kelly comes out to tell him that she wasn’t raped by his father, she was just drunk and they had sex. It’s a devastating blow to Stone who has been estranged from his parents for 20 years because of the alleged rape. But is Kelly telling the truth? Troubled by her revelation, Stone races back to Sun Hill to examine Kelly’s file and find out the truth for himself.

Meanwhile, Claire Iqbal has been attacked again while out with her son. Claire finally admits that she is being blackmailed by Jamal Carr (Ashley Chin) who is threatening to tell her violent ex where she and Amir are living. Despite claiming to have an alibi, Jamal is arrested but is later released through lack of evidence. Determined to get justice for Claire, Stone takes the law into his own hands and plants drugs in Jamal’s car. He then tips off Kirsty and Ben telling them to follow Jamal when he leaves the station and search his car. Has the maverick cop gone too far this time?

Still reeling from what’s he’s discovered earlier in Kelly’s file, Stone heads out of the station determined to set the record straight with Kelly and his mother. While Stone has gone AWOL, Smithy discovers Kelly Ryan’s file sitting on his desk and is angry that his Sergeant has abused his position to get hold of it. Already suspicious of Stone’s actions in the case against Jamal Carr, it dawns on Smithy what’s been going on – Stone is planning to dish out his own form of justice. As Stone returns to the station, a furious Smithy is ready and waiting to confront him…

THE BILL is a talkbackTHAMES production and a direct commission by ITV. This episode was written by Maxwell Young, directed by Alex Pillai and produced by Sylvie Boden.

Tuesday, 10 August 2010, 9:00PM – 10:00PM on ITV1

Death Knock:

Sergeant Callum Stone (Sam Callis) has a tough day at work when he learns of his father’s death. Deciding to keep the information to himself, it’s Inspector Dale Smith (Alex Walkinshaw) who has to deal with the fall-out and his Sergeant’s unpredictable behaviour. During the investigation involving a young prostitute, P.C. Kirsty Knight (Sarah Manners) bears the brunt of Stone’s anger when he loses it with her, just as Smithy enters the room…

Sergeant Callum Stone (Sam Callis) has a tough day at work when he learns of his father’s death. But, deciding to keep the information to himself, Inspector Dale Smith (Alex Walkinshaw) has to deal with the fall-out and his Sergeant’s unpredictable behaviour.

Alone and lost in his thoughts, Sergeant Stone, ignores his ringing phone and a radio message for assistance at a disturbance. Eventually, he responds to the call and joins P.C.’s Kirsty Knight (Sarah Manners) and Nate Roberts (Ben Richards) at a house where a young woman, Zoe Williams (Leila Mimmack) has been found unconscious and with multiple injuries below an open window. While they speculate about how Zoe fell, Denise Jones (Sharon D Clarke), who also lives at the house, returns home. Denise tells Stone that Zoe and another lodger, Selina Morris (Reanne Opia), are both students. But, following a search of the house, it soon becomes evident that Denise is running a brothel and the girls are prostitutes. While Zoe is being rushed in an ambulance to St. Hugh’s, Kirsty discovers a text on Zoe’s mobile from Selina warning her “he knows”.

Later, at St. Hugh’s, Stone and Kirsty are at Zoe’s bedside when she regains consciousness but Zoe says she can’t remember what happened. Dylan Prest (William Ellis), a known drug dealer and pimp, turns up to see Zoe and claims he is her boyfriend. When Stone asks him where he was at the time Zoe fell, he tells them he has an alibi and that he was with Selina. Suspicions about Dylan are well-founded when it is discovered that he owns the house where Denise and the girls live. It is clear that Selina is a key witness to the investigation and she has to be found.

Under persuasion from D.C. Terry Perkins (Bruce Byron), Denise eventually tells the officers where Selina is and Stone and Kirsty track her down. With his history of intimidation it’s clear that Selina is scared of Dylan so she will only admit, off the record, that she was helping Zoe to skim punters so she could save up enough money to escape from Dylan. Selina had been burned by Dylan as punishment for her involvement. Zoe was next.

Despite arresting Dylan, the team are unable to keep him in custody due to lack of evidence and the case is over. Stone and Kirsty return to St.Hugh’s to break the news to Zoe and her dad, Martin Richards (Alastair Galbraith), that Dylan has been released. Martin goes ballistic and storms out, followed by Stone. Kirsty witnesses Stone having a quiet word with him and when Martin is later arrested for seriously assaulting Dylan, Kirsty is convinced Stone is behind the attack. Back at the station, having borne the brunt of Stone’s bad mood all day, Kirsty confronts him about what he said to Martin. Stone is livid and loses it with Kirsty just as Inspector Smith enters the room…

Who was responsible for pushing Zoe out of the window? Was it Dylan? Frustrated by the case against Dylan, did Stone goad Martin into taking the law into his own hands? How will Stone explain to Smithy his threatening behaviour towards Kirsty? Will he finally admit to Smithy that he’s been carrying the burden of his father’s death around with him all day?..

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

Tuesday, 3 August 2010, 9:00PM – 10:00PM on ITV1

P.C. Leon Taylor (Dominic Power) and P.C. Kirsty Knight (Sarah Manners) are called to the home of Fiona (Sally Faulkner) and Howard Walsh (Michael Cochrane) by a neighbour who hasn’t seen them for days. When they get inside it is clear that the Walsh’s have been burgled and their dog has been brutally killed.

The Walsh’s car is missing and their mobile phones are switched off. It initially appears to be an opportunistic break in but when C.S.E. Eddie Olosunje (Jason Barnett) reveals that the house alarm had been disabled and the safe opened it seems there may be more to the case. D.C. Grace Dasari (Amita Dhiri) and D.S. Stevie Moss (Lucy Speed) visit the Walsh’s son Rory Walsh (Stuart Laing). He claims not to have seen his parents for weeks but informs them that his parents flew out to Italy a few days ago. The case takes a further twist when Fiona and Howard Walsh’s car is found set alight and further investigation reveals that they didn’t show up for their flight.

On the estate where the car has been found a local resident shows P.C. Benjamin Gayle (Micah Balfour) mobile phone footage of the car on fire surrounded by a group of teenagers. P.C. Mel Ryder (Rhea Bailey) recognises the ringleader as Anthony Williams (Tom Kane) who is known to the police. Sergeant Callum Stone (Sam Callis) and P.C. Mel Ryder visit Anthony at home, but he denies any involvement.

Evidence from the safe suggests that Rory has seen his parents more recently than he claimed. The team also learn that his father shopped him to the police for possession and supply of a class ‘A’ drug which had led to him serving a lengthy jail sentence. When confronted with this, he admits to being in the house a few days earlier and that he did take money from the safe but still denies any involvement in his parent’s disappearance. D.C. Terry Perkins (Bruce Byron) and D.C. Grace Dasari don’t believe Rory and he is taken to the station for questioning.

D.S. Max Carter (Christopher Fox) finds the Walsh’s bank statements and discovers that someone has been taking money out of their account everyday at the same time from cash machines in and around Piccadilly Circus.

D.S. Stevie Moss briefs the team at Piccadilly Circus while the rest of CID watches CCTV back at base. An alert comes through that the Walsh’s account is being used and the team are thrown into confusion when the person withdrawing money turns out to be Howard Walsh. When P.C. Benjamin Gayle approaches him he seems scared and refuses any help.

Is someone forcing the Walsh’s to withdraw money? What does Rory Walsh really know about his parent’s disappearance? And what does Anthony Williams know about the arson of the Walsh’s car?

THE BILL is a talkbackTHAMES production and a direct commission by ITV. This episode was written by Gert Thomas, directed by Alex Pillai and produced by Sylvie Boden.

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

Who Dares Wins

*Featuring Nicola Stapleton as Louise Gates*

D.S. Max Carter (Christopher Fox) returns to work having requested some time off following his run in with D.C. Terry Perkins (Bruce Byron) over his cocaine habit. D.S. Max Carter appears calm and is keen to tackle his first case, a murder. The badly beaten body of Liam Powell has been discovered on a footpath, the team rule out a mugging as he still has all of his belongings on him. D.S. Max Carter orders P.C. Kristy Knight (Sarah Manners) to leave the cordon and speak to staff at a nearby pub to see if anyone witnessed anything. Pub landlord Nick Willis (Lee Whitlock) and his girlfriend Louisa Gates (Nicola Stapleton) inform her that Liam Powell was a regular and had been drinking in there the night before. Frustratingly they claim the CCTV in the pub doesn’t work and they have no images from the previous evening.

D.S. Max Carter puts D.C. Grace Dasari (Amita Dhiri) on edge when he spreads rumours amongst the team about her relationship with D.I. Neil Manson (Andrew Lancel)

D.C Terry Perkins, D.S. Max Carter and P.C. Kirsty Knight go to Liam Powell’s home where they discover his two young children Archie (Otto Farrant) and Rose (Ruby Love) living in squalor, they are both filthy and starving. After further investigation the team discover that Liam’s wife died a year ago and he has been struggling to care for them, spending a lot of time drinking all night in his local pub.

Liam Powell’s sister Sarah Truman (Therese Bradley) arrives at the police station and tells the officers that she has become increasingly worried about the children’s welfare due to Liam’s drinking. She reveals that Otto had called her from neighbour Dave Walton’s (Paul Copley) home. Dave had looked after the children in the past when Liam had left them alone but had stopped recently as Liam had accused him of being inappropriate with the children.

The team discover CCTV from the footpath which shows Liam arguing with Louisa Gates outside the pub. When confronted, Louisa claims she had argued with Liam because he had been helping himself to drinks but she insists that after their row he simply walked away and as far as she was aware he was fine.

The case takes a dramatic turn when a voicemail on Liam’s phone from Louisa reveals that they had been having an affair and she is heard pleading with Liam not to tell Nick. Louisa is taken to the station for questioning where she admits that she has been sleeping with Liam and that they were arguing because he had been blackmailing her. However she maintains that after the argument Liam had simply walked away.

D.S. Max Carter’s erratic behaviour around the case leads D.C. Terry Perkins to confront him again about his drug habit.

There is a breakthrough in the case when the team discover the CCTV in the pub was actually working. Who is really behind Liam Powell’s murder?

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

Tuesday, 20 July 2010, 9:00PM – 10:00PM on ITV1

Taking A Stand

Sergeant Callum Stone (Sam Callis) and P.C. Kirsty Knight (Sarah Manners) are called to the home of elderly widow Jill Peters (Claire Bloom). Her neighbour David Townsend (Robert Morgan) has reported a disturbance. When Sergeant Callum Stone and P.C. Kirsty Knight arrive Mrs Peters is extremely anxious and is reluctant to let them in. She eventually opens the door and claims to have been the victim of a burglary. Having looked around the house and spoken to Mrs Peters P.C. Kirsty Knight believes that there is more to this case than just a burglary and gently pushes her about what has occurred.

Mrs Peters admits she was raped and is persuaded by P.C. Kirsty Knight to accompany them back to the station to give evidence. D.C.Terry Perkins (Bruce Byron) interviews Mrs Peters about the attack but she only seems comfortable to talk about it with P.C. Kirsty Knight at her side. Mrs Peters is adamant that she doesn’t want to be examined by a doctor for DNA samples leaving the team struggling to build a case.

CID take on the case and the team focus on witness statements and interview a woman, Carol Hill (Sara Stephens), who claims she saw a man near Mrs Peters house on the night of the attack. Her description of the man matches the appearance of Mrs Peters’ neighbour David Townsend, leading them to believe that Mr Townsend may have had more to do with it then he’s letting on. D.C. Terry Perkins feels that Mrs Peters is holding back and they decide to bring P.C. Kirsty Knight back on to the case, although she is uncomfortable and does not feel equipped to deal it. However she is given little choice by Sergeant Callum Stone and convinces Mrs Peters to persevere suggesting that they work their way through it together.

As the investigation continues, it soon becomes apparent that Carol Hill hasn’t been completely honest about what she saw the night Jill was attacked. What did she really see? What exactly was David Townsend’s involvement? And will Mrs Peters finally agree to give DNA evidence?

Away from the case, Sergeant Callum Stone is struggling at work. He finally calls his mother who has been trying to get hold of him. She breaks some bad news about his father. Will Stone decide to reconcile with his estranged father before it’s too late?

THE BILL is a talkbackTHAMES production and a direct commission by ITV. This episode was written by Emma Goodwin, directed by Richard Signy and produced by James Hall.

Tuesday, 13 July 2010, 9:00PM – 10:00PM on ITV1

The Calling

It’s the morning after the night before and P.C. Kirsty Knight (Sarah Manners) and P.C. Leon Taylor (Dominic Power) wake up in bed together. After the harrowing events of the previous day P.C. Leon Taylor is still suffering from flashbacks. They both decide to put it down to a drunken mates one night stand after a traumatic day. Inspector Smith (Alex Walkinshaw) tells Sergeant Stone (Sam Callis) to keep an eye on P.C’s Kirsty Knight and Leon Taylor after their shocking day. P.C. Leon Taylor and P.C. Nate Roberts (Ben Richards) are sent out on a call for a missing woman who is seven months pregnant.

P.C. Leon Taylor and P.C Nate Roberts discover an abandoned car and find the pregnant woman, Jane Connor (Leah Muller), badly injured on the side of a road next to it. C.S.E. Eddie Olusunje’s (Jason Barnett) examination reveals an apparent carjacking and he tells the team that one of the carjackers is likely to have head injuries.

The team scour hospital records to check for anyone recently admitted with head injuries that would be consistent with a car crash. They track down Jodie Knox (Georgia Brown) who they suspect of being the passenger in the carjacking and arrest her. Under questioning, Jodie admits she was in the car and reluctantly gives the name of Ashley Johnson (Joshua Osei) as the driver. She claims he made her take part in the carjacking by telling her to run out in front of the car to make the driver stop.

Jodie’s story is confirmed when Ashley’s home is searched and Jane Connor’s credit cards are found. P.C Leon Taylor and Sergeant Stone find Ashley on the estate and arrest him. But P.C. Leon Taylor, still wound up from what he witnessed the day before, is gunning for a fight and Sergeant Stone has to stop him hitting Ashley in the interview room. Due to lack of evidence, Ashley is released from custody and P.C Leon Taylor drives him home, only to find that Ashley’s mother has packed his bag and kicked him out. The tension between P.C Leon Taylor and Ashley comes to a head and Ashley hits P.C Leon Taylor is the face and runs off.

Back at the station, Sergeant Stone provides support for an upset P.C. Leon Taylor, who is clearly struggling to deal with the horrific case from the day before. Inspector Smith sends P.C. Leon Taylor home but, determined to resolve the case, P.C. Leon Taylor ignores Inspector Smith’s orders and heads to Ashley’s mother’s house where she reveals that Jodie had been to visit her earlier that day. Things begin to fall into place for P.C. Leon Taylor. Was Ashley really involved in the carjacking? Has Jodie set him up in order to cover for someone else?

THE BILL is a talkbackTHAMES production and a direct commission by ITV. This episode was written by Julie Dixon, directed by Richard Signy and produced by James Hall.

Tuesday, 29 June 2010, 9:00PM – 10:00PM on ITV1

Solace

P.C. Kirsty Knight (Sarah Manners) and P.C. Leon Taylor (Dominic Power) discover the body of a young woman in a holdall on a rubbish dump. The body is that of Luisa Dias (Deborah Pucci) a 28 year old Venezuelan woman. Tests reveal that she had been drowned the night before.

P.C. Kirsty Knight and P.C. Leon Taylor visit the flat Luisa shared with her boyfriend Dominic Fisher and their son Paulo (Rudy Talboys).They find the door open and there are signs in the bathroom that this is where Luisa was killed, however there is no sign of either Dominic or Paulo.

Whilst the team are searching Dominic Fisher’s home a young man turns up trying to gain access to the flat but flees when confronted by P.C. Leon Taylor. The man turns out to be Luisa’s brother, Roberto Dias (Carlos Moreno). Roberto is unaware that Luisa is dead. When the team tell him the news he is distraught, he claims that he was waiting outside Dominic Fisher’s flat for Luisa the night before as she had planned to leave Fisher but was worried about his reaction. Roberto waited for two hours but when Luisa called him to assure him she was fine, he left.

P.C. Leon Taylor (Dominic Power) and P.C. Kirsty Knight (Sarah Manners) believe Roberto’s account of events and know that they need to find Paulo as soon as possible. A fixer on Dominic Fisher’s phone tracks him down to somewhere on the Larkmead Estate, however the estate is massive and finding Fisher’s exact whereabouts proves to be difficult. D.I. Neil Manson (Andrew Lancel) eventually gets through to Fisher on the phone but is extremely concerned when Fisher admits to killing Luisa and although Paulo is alive and with him, Fisher sounds on the edge.

There’s a breakthrough in the case when P.C. Kirsty Knight and P.C. Leon Taylor speak to Fisher’s grandmother (June Bailey) who gives them the address of her former home on the Larkmead Estate where she raised Dominic Fisher. P.C Kirsty Knight and P.C. Leon Taylor rush to the address to be faced with a traumatic scene.

At the end of a truly harrowing day P.C. Kirsty Knight and P.C. Leon Taylor find solace in one another and head off in a taxi after spending the evening drinking together.

THE BILL is a talkbackTHAMES production and a direct commission by ITV. This episode was written by Greg Evans, directed by Paul Wroblewski and produced by Sylvie Boden.

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