The Bill

The Bill
Thursday 13 December 2007 8:00pm – 9:00pm on ITV1.

During an investigation into a series of warehouse robberies, PCs Nate Roberts (Ben Richards) and Emma Keane (Melanie Gutteridge) are sent undercover to check out a second hand store. The pair arrest owner, Bob Hawkins (Sam Kelly), when he brings out a tray of stolen jewellery. Bob co-operates when questioned and reveals the gang behind the recent robberies are due to visit his shop later that day.

DCs Jo Masters (Sally Rogers) and Mickey Webb (Chris Simmons) set up a sting and are terrified when a four wheel drive smashes through the front of the shop and masked robbers demand a certain camcorder from Bob. Bob surprises the officers by later admitting that he gave the robbers the wrong camera and still has the one they were after.

Back at the station, CID is brought to a halt when the tape from the camera shows a couple getting frisky. The team soon discover that the woman on the tape is Charley Myers (Louise Howells), the girlfriend of dangerous gangster, Craig Frances (Daniel Tatarsky). As the man in the tape isn’t Craig, the team realise they must find the passionate pair before Craig does.

Elsewhere, PCs Beth Green (Louisa Lytton) and Diane Noble (Kaye Wragg) investigate conman William Smith (William Ely), who has set up a fake computer repair shop. When the pair find William working on a market stall, he explains that his nephew Nelson Dunne (Andy Rashleigh) is the conman and uses his name to break the law. Later, Diane and Beth feel foolish when William uncovers the truth.

The Bill – Blackmailed
Wednesday 12 December 2007 8:00pm – 9:00pm on ITV1.

DS Stuart Turner (Doug Rao) is horrified to discover that his trusted friend and driver, Trevor Jones (Sid Owen), is the dangerous drug dealer known as ‘The Postman’. Stuart meets up with him and is stunned when Trevor explains he’s slowly been putting money into Stuart’s account and has incriminating photos of him, all of which would implicate the DS in the drug deals. Trevor tells a shell shocked Stuart that he is now his man inside Sun Hill.

Elsewhere, the investigation leads CID to a house they believe is connected to ‘The Postman’. Convinced that a drug deal is about to take place, the officers prepare to capture the mysterious dealer. They’re confused when two men leave the house and drive away.

The house is searched and DI Neil Manson (Andrew Lancel) is furious to learn the drugs have been flushed away and concludes that there must be an informant in the team. He is further angered when PCs Tony Stamp (Graham Cole) and Reg Hollis (Jeff Stuart) tell him that the men were decoys and the van they were driving has been found burnt out.

Already suspicious with Stuart’s mood, DC Jo Masters (Sally Rogers) confronts Stuart and he confesses all to her. Jo is furious with him but agrees to help him arrest Trevor and save his job.

Stuart later heads to Trevor’s office armed with a hidden tape recorder and his hopes are raised when Trevor finally admits to blackmailing him. However, when he knocks Stuart out, it looks as though the detective’s troubles are far from over.

The Bill – Moving Target Part Three
Wednesday 28 November 2007 8:00pm – 9:00pm on ITV1.

Superintendent Heaton (Daniel Flynn) and MP Paul Sagger (Tom Chadbon) are stunned after gunshots are fired at them whilst driving out of the hospital car park. DC Jo Masters (Sally Rogers) and CSE Lorna Hart (Siobhan Redmond) are sent to examine the crime scene while a briefing is held back at the station.

The car Heaton saw speeding away from the hospital is traced to Alfie Ruiz (Daniel Ainsleigh) who is arrested by PC Tony Stamp (Graham Cole). Back at the station, Ruiz is questioned and admits that he is a private investigator, hired by Saggers soon to be ex-wife. He confesses he was watching Sagger at the time of the shooting but swears he wasn’t involved. Ruiz also says that he knows the MP has some kind of deal with Abdul Muntqim, the man Mura (Vic Tablian) mentioned before dying.

The officers are stunned when they eventually track Muntqim down as he breathes his final breath. After discovering Derek Jacobs’ (Colin McFarlane) army badge next to him, he becomes the central suspect for killing Muntqim and the shootings.

Sagger’s partner, Sandra Finch (Carolyn Backhouse), is also questioned and she explains that Jacobs told her the coffin used to bring her son Nathan back from Iraq, was used by Sagger to smuggle back looted goods.

Back at Sun Hill, Sagger is charged for smuggling and as he is led out to the transport vehicle, all hell breaks loose when Jacobs suddenly appears with a gun. Grabbing Sagger, he shows that he is wearing a vest made of explosives and he is ready to push the detonator…

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

Guest starring Tom Chadbon as MP Paul Sagger and
Siobhan Redmond as CSE Lorna Hart

The Bill – Moving Target Part Two
Wednesday 21 November 2007 8:00pm – 9:00pm on ITV1.

Following the double shooting at the Rock against Racism concert, MP Paul Sagger (Tom Chadbon) and Nadim Mura (Vic Tablian) lay in hospital where Mura manages to whisper the name ‘Abdul Muntqim’ to Superintendent Heaton (Daniel Flynn).

The panic button is later pushed in Mura’s room and Heaton is stunned when Mura is found dead. Back at the station, a briefing is held and DC Grace Dasari (Amita Dhiri) suggests the shooting may have something to do with Sagger’s smuggling activities as he owns a dagger which was found to be looted from a Baghdad museum. Mura’s brother, Ahmed Hassar (Hassani Shapi) is questioned and admits that although he resented Mura, he didn’t shoot him.

CID are interested when CCTV footage shows hospital porter Paul Forsyth (Roger Monk) walking past the armed guards and into Mura’s hospital room. DCs Jo Masters (Sally Rogers) and Terry Perkins (Bruce Byron) make their way to Forsyth’s house and are intrigued when they find leaflets from a radical group, The Bulldogs of Patriotism, and photographs of Mura on his wall.

Elsewhere, Grace discovers that Muntqim, the man Mura mentioned, is an antique dealer and when she questions Sagger and Derek Jacobs (Colin McFarlane) about the dagger, they both deny knowing anything about it.

Later, as Grace and DI Neil Manson (Andrew Lancel) realise Heaton was one of the intended targets on the night of the shooting, Neil calls Heaton who is driving Sagger from the hospital back to Sun Hill for questioning. Neil is horrified when, suddenly, there’s a loud explosion and the telephone line goes dead…

This episode was written by Steve Bailie, directed by Paul Wroblewski and produced by Sylvie Boden.

Guest starring Tom Chadbon as MP Paul Sagger and
Siobhan Redmond as CSE Lorna Hart

The Bill – Moving Target: Part One
Wednesday 14 November 2007 8:00pm – 9:00pm on ITV1.

Superintendent Heaton (Daniel Flynn) and Inspector Gina Gold (Roberta Taylor) brief the troops about an attack on Rafi Hassar (Khalid Laith), a young man left for dead next to a pile of ‘Rock Against Racism’ concert flyers. They are concerned that racist gang, The Bulldogs of Patriotism, may have been involved in the attack and are planning to cause trouble at the concert that evening.

DCs Terry Perkins (Bruce Byron) and Jo Masters (Sally Rogers) visit Rafi in hospital and are shocked when the doctors confirm he was tied up and whipped. Rafi’s father, Ahmad (Hassani Shapi), becomes irate when Rafi’s uncle, Nadim Mura (Vic Tablian), visits and accuses Mura of leading Rafi astray. Mura later tells Jo and Terry that Ahmed is hostile towards him as his mosque contributed towards the concert and Rafi was distributing flyers for him when he was attacked.

Elsewhere, Sergeant Stone (Sam Callis) and PC Diane Noble (Kaye Wragg) visit local MP Paul Saggar (Tom Chadbon) who is also a contributor of ‘Rock Against Racism’. They are greeted by his assistant Derek Jacobs (Colin McFarlane) who explains that their offices were broken into but nothing was stolen. Later, at the concert venue, Heaton and Gina are dismayed when they see Sagger saunter in to prepare for a live interview.

Having already crossed swords with Heaton earlier in the day, Saggar pushes him further when he talks publicly to the news presenter, Alex Lovell (Lisa Spence, presenter for BBC South West), about Rafi’s attack. Angry, Heaton steps in and the interview escalates into an argument live on air – leaving Heaton furious that Saggar’s actions may have provoked an already tense racial situation.

After further investigation, Terry and Jo discover that Rafi was whipped by his father when he found out he was helping his uncle with the leafleting. With the concert in full flow, the officers receive an urgent call to say Ahmad is on the warpath and heading to the venue. The tension at the event mounts when Saggar and Mura walk on stage together to address the excited crowds, Ahmad is spotted and the sound of gunshots rings out around the concert hall…

This episode was written by Steve Bailie, directed by Paul Wroblewski and produced by Sylvie Boden.

The Bill
Thursday 25 October 2007 8:00pm – 9:00pm on ITV1.

Sergeant Stone (Sam Callis) and PC Diane Noble (Kaye Wragg) respond to a call from one of Diane’s neighbours. They discover Steve Myatt (Orlando Wells) unconscious and see he has been hit with an iron. Neighbour Alun Thomas (Danny Midwinter), who called the police, informs the officers that Steve’s wife Angela (Emily Beecham) is missing. Later in hospital, Steve admits that he and Angela had been arguing and she lashed out with the iron, but he doesn’t want to press charges.

Elsewhere, PCs Sally Armstrong (Ali Bastian) and Emma Keane (Melanie Gutteridge) are out on patrol when they find a frightened Angela with a burn mark on her arm. Although Angela claims the burn was an accident, Stone and Diane are convinced that Steve has been abusing her. However, after further investigation, the officers discover that Angela is self harming as a result of being blackmailed by neighbour Alun. The officers decide to use Diane’s flat in order to watch Alun and get the evidence they need. Stone, realising how emotionally involved Diane is with the case, promises that he will do whatever he can to get Alun charged…

Elsewhere, Sergeant Smithy (Alex Walkinshaw) and PC Nate Roberts (Ben Richards) are called to a disturbance where they find youth leader, Macca (Abdul Salis) and Mr Chadar (Albert Moses) arguing over a batch of raffle tickets. When Mr Chadar sees Carly Samuels (Marsha Leanne Crosby) with a group of teenagers, he picks her out as the girl who sold him the dud tickets. Smithy and Nate pay her a visit at home and Smithy is surprised when Carly’s mum, Leanne (Lorna Brown) lets them in and explains she is looking after Carly’s baby. As soon as she walks into the house she is taken to the station for questioning. Smithy, believing that Carly has potential and can take responsibility for her baby, tries to talk some sense into her. Can he get her to stay on the right side of the law?

This episode was written by Steph Lloyd Jones, directed by Richard Signy and produced by Sylvie Boden.

The Bill
Wednesday 24 October 2007 8:00pm – 9:00pm on ITV1.

Paranoid schizophrenic Michael Simms (Simon Muller) is persuaded by DI Neil Manson (Andrew Lancel) to put down the knife he is holding to Shelley Cooper’s (Alison Pargeter) throat. As Michael explains that he only wanted to talk to Shelley, her son Jaz (Scott Hazell) rides in on a scooter and amid the confusion, a gun shot rings out and Shelley falls to the floor. A stunned Neil radios for help and chases after Michael who is running away from the scene. They end up at the hospital and Neil sees Michael pushing his physiatrist, Dr Julia Bickham (Emily Hamilton) into her office. Convinced Michael has a gun and that Julia’s life is in danger, he gives CO19 the order to take him down and Michael is fatally shot. Neil is devastated when a furious Julia tells him Michael didn’t have a gun.

The next day Neil and his colleagues are interviewed by the Department of Professional Standards to ensure the correct procedures were followed. Neil becomes irate and insists he acted without prejudice, while Superintendent Heaton (Daniel Flynn) confesses he has doubted Neil’s ability in the past. Later, Shelley’s ex partner Chris Ramsden (Paul McNeilly), is brought in for questioning and he finally admits that he was the suspect who attacked Shelley and another woman on the estate. He also confesses to planting the ski mask and knife in Michael’s house. After further investigation, the team learn that it was Jaz who possessed the gun and accidentally shot Shelley. As the case unravels, Neil realises that he is responsible for the death of an innocent man and that his career could be over…

This episode was written by Steve Trafford, directed by AJ Quinn and produced by Andrea Sapsford.

The Bill
Thursday 18 October 2007 8:00pm – 9:00pm on ITV1.

Out on the beat, PC Reg Hollis (Jeff Stewart) is stabbed by a prowler when attempting to help Shelley Cooper (Alison Pargeter), who has been attacked by the same man. Back at Sun Hill, Sergeant Stone (Sam Callis) discovers that one possible suspect is Shelley’s neighbour, Michael Simms (Simon Muller), a paranoid schizophrenic who abducted a woman at knifepoint four years before. DI Neil Manson (Andrew Lancel) tells Stone that he wants to handle the case as he was Michael’s original arresting officer. When questioned, Michael admits he knows Shelley but swears he had nothing to do with her attack.

Afterwards, Neil remarks to DC Grace Dasari (Amita Dhiri) that he wishes Michael had received professional help sooner. Shelley’s ex partner Chris Ramsden (Paul McNeilly), demands to know what Grace and Neil are going to do about the attack and quickly works out that Michael is a possible suspect. Later, Neil and Grace visit a distressed Michael after a brick is thrown through his window. Neil is angry that since people have discovered Michael lives on the estate, all sorts of crimes have been reported and his name has been leaked as a possible culprit.

Reg later responds to another woman who has been attacked with a knife by someone wearing a ski mask. Stone believes this is a huge development but Neil refuses to bring in Michael yet, believing it could set his mental health back a step. After further investigation, Neil and Grace are shocked to discover that Michael and Shelley have been seeing each other. Chris later comes to the station to tell Stone that Michael has kidnapped Shelley and the hunt is on to find the couple. Neil soon discovers that Michael hasn’t been taking his medication and when the ski mask and knife are found in his home, Neil realises he has made a terrible mistake which leads to deadly, dramatic consequences…

This episode was written by Clive Dawson, directed by A J Quinn and produced by Andrea Sapsford.

The Bill
Wednesday 17 October 2007 8:00pm – 9:00pm on ITV1.

Sergeant Stone (Sam Callis) and PC Diane Noble (Kaye Wragg) attempt to control crowds that have formed outside a crack den that has caught fire. Diane is shocked to learn that one of the junkies, Billy McLoughlin (Jonjo O’Neill) served time with her in the army. Billy’s girlfriend Amy Hardcastle (Emma Noakes) is taken to hospital where she later admits that she and Billy were squatting in the flat, but were asleep when the fire started and didn’t see anything. Sergeant Smithy (Alex Walkinshaw) is amused when watching new recruit and cheeky ladies man, PC Nathaniel Roberts (Ben Richards) flirt with two girls in the crowd, Carly (Marsha Leanne Crosby) and Alisha (Amandla Crichlow). Smithy is interested to hear Carly say that she saw Tam McGuiness (Frank Gilhooley) threaten Billy with a knife the night before.

Later, desperate for some action, Nate is delighted when Tam is spotted running away from the police. Responding immediately, he is frustrated when PC Emma Keane (Melanie Gutteridge) gets to him first. When questioned, Tam insists he spent the night with his brother Ross. Convinced that Tam is lying, Amy and Billy are re-interviewed. The couple finally admit that Tam had suggested Amy could clear her debts if she worked as a prostitute for him. Billy was furious and threatened him with a knife. Events take a dramatic turn when Ross is found stabbed in the boot of his car. Diane receives the call from Stone when she is dropping Billy off at a squat who suddenly grabs her radio and threatens her with the knife…

Elsewhere, DS Phil Hunter (Scott Maslen) is disappointed when his colleagues appear to be too busy to notice it’s his last day at Sun Hill. Packing up his possessions, he feels dejected when CID half heartedly wave him off. However, he is pleased when he and DI Samantha Nixon (Lisa Maxwell) have a heart to heart and admit they will miss each other. As the pair head off to the pub, Phil is thrilled when he turns to look at Sun Hill one last time to see a nice surprise from his colleagues…

This episode was written by Si Spencer, directed by Robert Knights and produced by Tim Key.

Out on the beat, PC Reg Hollis is stabbed by a prowler when attempting to help Shelley Cooper who has been attacked by the same man.

Out on the beat, PC Reg Hollis (Jeff Stewart) is stabbed by a prowler when attempting to help Shelley Cooper (Alison Pargeter), who has been attacked by the same man. Back at Sun Hill, Sergeant Stone (Sam Callis) discovers that one possible suspect is Shelley’s neighbour, Michael Simms (Simon Muller), a paranoid schizophrenic who abducted a woman at knifepoint four years before. DI Neil Manson (Andrew Lancel) tells Stone that he wants to handle the case as he was Michael’s original arresting officer. When questioned, Michael admits he knows Shelley but swears he had nothing to do with her attack.

Afterwards, Neil remarks to DC Grace Dasari (Amita Dhiri) that he wishes Michael had received professional help sooner. Shelley’s ex partner Chris Ramsden (Paul McNeilly), demands to know what Grace and Neil are going to do about the attack and quickly works out that Michael is a possible suspect. Later, Neil and Grace visit a distressed Michael after a brick is thrown through his window. Neil is angry that since people have discovered Michael lives on the estate, all sorts of crimes have been reported and his name has been leaked as a possible culprit.

Reg later responds to another woman who has been attacked with a knife by someone wearing a ski mask. Stone believes this is a huge development but Neil refuses to bring in Michael yet, believing it could set his mental health back a step. After further investigation, Neil and Grace are shocked to discover that Michael and Shelley have been seeing each other. Chris later comes to the station to tell Stone that Michael has kidnapped Shelley and the hunt is on to find the couple. Neil soon discovers that Michael hasn’t been taking his medication and when the ski mask and knife are found in his home, Neil realises he has made a terrible mistake which leads to deadly, dramatic consequences…

This episode was written by Clive Dawson, directed by A J Quinn and produced by Andrea Sapsford.

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