The Bill

Thursday, 23 July 2009, 9:00PM – 10:00PM

Sergeant Stone (Sam Callis) and P.C. Ben Gayle (Micah Balfour) are out on patrol when they discover teenager Danny Sissoulu (Tunji Lucas) has been beaten unconscious, while his distraught younger brother, Kip (Mohammed Mansaray) and friend Mo Campbell (Lanre Malaolu) are covered in blood. CID are called to the scene and as they begin to question potential witnesses, Stone confronts a suspicious looking teenager, Ollie Readshaw (Jazz Litott), who runs as soon as he see’s Stone, who chases after him while the rest of his team follow. On a busy roadside, Stone attempts to reason with Ollie, but just as Ben catches up with his Sergeant, he sees the teenager turn away from Stone and run into the road, only to be hit and killed by a lorry. Did Stone chase him to his death?

D.I. Neil Manson (Andrew Lancel) is tasked with questioning Ollie’s mother, Debbie (Julia Ford), about his whereabouts the night Danny was attacked. The grieving mother insists that Ollie was with her all night, but Neil is convinced she’s hiding something. Debbie, although consumed with grief and anger seems to make a connection with the D.C. so when Neil is forced to return to her house later with a team to search her flat for evidence, she angrily attacks him. Can Neil console a mother and lay her son’s memory to rest, or will Debbie have to live with the fact that her son died after brutally attacking another teenager?

Elsewhere, D.C. Jacob Banks (Patrick Robinson) is assigned the role of Family Liaison Officer for the Sissoulu family, keeping them informed as any new evidence comes to light. The D.C. is reluctant when Neil and D.C. Grace Dasari (Amita Dhiri) turn up at the house and tell him they need to interview younger brother Kip, but escorts the Sissoulu’s to the station. In the soft interview room, a distraught Kip is gently questioned. He eventually breaks down and reveals that he, Danny and Mo were confronted by a man with a baby in the park where Danny was attacked. The man is quickly identified as Craig Middleton (Andrew Tiernan), a witness who was previously questioned. When they arrest him, he is horribly drunk and mumbling that it was self defence.

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

The Bill moves to new 9pm time slot with double-episode special

Top crime drama, The Bill, is to move to its new weekly 9pm time slot at the heart of the ITV1 schedule from Thursday 23rd July, as the BAFTA award-winning series is repositioned as a post-watershed drama for the first time in its 25 year history.  As a one-off special to herald the start of the ‘new’ show, a second episode will be screened at 9pm on Friday 24th July.

The new-look continuing series will be shot in high definition, with a musical score and new title credits and theme music.  Subtle echoes of the original theme music will remain, but the entire show has been given a new lease of life.

“We haven’t sought to totally reinvent The Bill,” commented executive producer Johnathan Young, “but we have wanted to create a more immersive experience for our viewers.  We’re digging deeper into characters to tell stronger and more challenging stories which really examine the true causes and effects of crime.  The later timeslot allows us to produce darker, grittier and more hard-hitting drama, through the eyes of our existing characters.  The heart of the show will remain the same, but it will look very fresh.”

Sergeant Callum Stone (Sam Callis) and P.C. Ben Gayle (Micah Balfour) will be the first characters to tread Sun Hill streets in the new timeslot, so leading the action into the first big storyline, ‘Live by the Sword’.  When a 15 year old boy is critically injured – ultimately, fatally – following a knife attack on an estate, investigations begin into identifying the killer.  Featuring guest actors Julia Ford and Andrew Tiernan, the episode kicks off with high-octane energy, and sets the pace for the series. The second-part of the storyline – ‘Die by the Sword’ – airs on the consecutive night.

Viewers will get the first taster of the new-look show through a national ITV marketing campaign – including billboard posters and on-air trails – in coming weeks.

Wednesday, 24 June 2009, 8:00PM – 9:00PM

PC Leon Taylor (Dominic Power) and his colleagues respond to a call regarding Petal Ford (Claire Lams), who has been knocked unconscious outside a known drugs den. As Leon approaches Petal, he sees an unidentified man tending to her, who runs away when he sees Leon. Inside the flat, officers are shocked to discover not only are drugs being dealt there, but also manufactured.

Later, DC Mickey Webb (Chris Simmons) heads to St Hugh’s hospital to speak to Petal, who tells him she was walking past the flat when two men ran out of the door and pushed her over. She says that she didn’t know the man who was helping her, but Mickey is unconvinced by her story. As Mickey leaves the hospital, he sees the man that tried to help Petal and chases him through the hospital. The DC finally catches up with him and is stunned to see that it’s Ben Meadows (Jamie Belman), DCI Jack Meadows (Simon Rouse) son, who’s just been released from prison. Ben admits that he’s Petal’s boyfriend and begs Mickey not to tell Jack he’s out.

Back at the station, Mickey quietly tells DS Stuart Turner (Doug Rao) about Ben, who tells him to keep it quiet for the time being. Jack briefs the team and explains that dangerous drug dealer Danny Travis (Clive Russell) is central to the drug-making operation. Travis is in prison, but the officers believe that he has Linton Barry (Oris Erhuero) working for him on the outside. Elsewhere, Mickey pushes Petal for answers and she finally admits she has a younger brother in the same prison with Travis. Linton blackmailed Petal and forced her to put her name on the flat’s tenancy agreement, in order to keep her brother safe.

As the investigation continues, Mickey and Stuart discover there is a drug turf war raging between Linton and another dealer, Franco Osmond. Stuart reaches the conclusion that Ben is selling the drugs that Linton is making and when they discover a handover has been arranged, a sting is set up. During the observation, Mickey and Stuart see Ben turn up and collect a package from one of Linton’s cronies. The sting takes a further twist when Jack suddenly joins the officers, looks through the binoculars and is stunned to see his son. Running out to Ben, the furious DCI is forced to arrest him.

Back at the station, Jack and Ben have a heated argument. Ben eventually admits that he was recently released from the same prison as Travis, who forced him to set up a deal which will end up in Linton making a big sale that night. Stuart arranges a sting which Ben agrees to help with, but Jack is convinced that he will double cross the police. Later that night, while waiting for the big deal to take place, Jack and his officers are shocked when they hear an exchange of gunfire and discover that Ben is missing.

Thursday, 23 April 2009, 8:00PM on ITV1

PC Nate Roberts (Ben Richards) wakes up after an uncomfortable night in a hospital chair, watching over teacher Becky James (Naomi Ryan). Once awake, Nate tells her that the man who attacked her, Marcus Bentley (Jack Morris), has confessed that he was paid by someone to break in and steal Becky’s laptop. Becky is overwhelmed and can’t think why anyone would want her computer. 

Nate later pays a visit to Deansgate pupil, Kim Patterson (Ruby Bentall) who surprises Nate by telling him the first relationship her father Russell (Charles Daish) had after her mother died was with Becky, but that she abruptly ended it six months ago. As the investigation continues, Nate is stunned to discover that it was Russell who paid Marcus to steal Becky’s laptop. What could be on there that he wanted so urgently? 

Nate and DC Jacob Banks (Patrick Robinson) head to Russell’s house to bring him in for questioning, but the case takes a sudden turn when Russell says that Kim has gone missing. Nate speaks to Kim’s friend Jimmy Ryan (Nathanael Baring) who swears he doesn’t know where she is. 

Back at the station, officers discover an email that was sent from Kim to Becky’s laptop, saying that she would like to talk to a counsellor about her father. Nate gently questions Becky, who admits she broke up with Russell as she had strong suspicions that he might be sexually abusing Kim. Determined to find the teenager, Nate begs Jimmy to tell him where Kim is and reluctantly Jimmy leads him to a derelict classroom. Kim is horrified to see Nate and the officer is stumped when she defends her father. Is this a straightforward case of abuse, or something more? 

As the case reaches its conclusion, Nate collects Becky from hospital and takes her home. Grateful for all he has done to help her, Becky moves closer to the officer and the two of them lean in for a kiss…

 

Wednesday, 22 April 2009, 8:00PM on ITV1

PCs Nate Roberts (Ben Richards) and Mel Ryder (Rhea Bailey) are called into Deansgate School to investigate a suspected burglary in teacher Becky James’s (Naomi Ryan) classroom. 

The PCs are confused when they realise nothing has been stolen, but the suspects have broken in and left behind a huge painted canvas. After further investigation, Nate discovers that one of the suspects is pupil Kim Patterson (Ruby Bentall) whose father, Russell (Charles Daish), is a school governor. A meeting is called and Nate questions Kim in front of Becky, Russell and the Headteacher. Kim admits that she and Jimmy Ryan (Nathanael Baring) broke into the school for a dare but insists they didn’t do anything wrong. Russell is furious and declares that Kim’s behaviour is out of the ordinary and as a result, he will be taking his daughter out of the school. 

After the meeting, Nate is concerned that Becky still hasn’t turned up for work and goes to her house with Mel, where he is horrified to find Becky badly beaten and unconscious on the kitchen floor… 

Becky’s housemate is later questioned and he admits Becky told him she was getting grief from Jimmy. Nate tracks Jimmy down and is gutted when he finds Becky’s stolen camera on him. Jimmy eventually confesses to falling out with Becky as he was angry about ending up in care after listening to both Nate and his teacher. He reluctantly tells the officer that he found the camera at his old address, where his brother, Baxter (Joel Fry) lives. Nate and D.C. Jacob Banks (Patrick Robinson) work together and as the case develops, they discover that an old prison-mate of Baxter’s, Marcus Bentley (Jack Morris) had been paid by someone to break into Becky’s house and steal her laptop. Marcus swears he doesn’t know the person that approached him and says that Becky was never meant to be at the house. What could be on Becky’s laptop that someone wants so desperately?

 

Thursday, 16 April 2009, 8:00PM on ITV1

PC Nate Roberts (Ben Richards) walks into Deansgate School with a spring in his step, due to the two attractive teachers by his side: Becky James (Naomi Ryan) and Laura (Sam Loggin). His flirting is interrupted when he sees parent Jermaine Brooker (Andy Seaman) squaring up to Matt Gilbert (Liam Evans-Ford), while Jermaine’s mortified son Carlton (Dion Laughton) watches on in horror. 

Nate manages to break them up and after the two men walk away, Carlton runs into school. Later that morning, Laura calls Nate for his help when a fight between Carlton and another pupil erupts in her classroom. Nate takes Carlton out into the corridor, but he refuses to say why he started the fight. Intrigued by Carlton and his family life, Nate does some digging and is interested to learn that Jermaine was present at the rape of Stacey Hayes (Jessica Ellerby) 18 months before and, whilst totally innocent of any involvement, has become the victim of a slanderous campaign. Before Nate gets the chance to speak to Jermaine about what’s been happening, officers are called to a disturbance at Jermaine’s house where he is found badly beaten. 

At St Hugh’s hospital, DC Jo Masters (Sally Rogers) and Trainee DC Will Fletcher (Gary Lucy) speak to Carlton and Jemaine’s wife, Liz (Phillipa Peak). A clearly frustrated Carlton accuses Matt, the man Jermaine was fighting with earlier that day, of beating up his dad. Clearly angry with Stacey and the way his family’s lives have changed since the court case surrounding her rape, he storms out. 

Will and Jo continue to investigate and discover that that Matt is Stacey’s boyfriend. Could he be the suspect they’re after? The two officers go to Stacey’s and are shocked to find Carlton there, screaming and shouting at her. After Carlton is arrested, Stacey tells the officers that she told Matt about her past the night before and is genuinely stunned to hear about Jermaine’s attack. 

While Nate takes on the responsibility of looking after Carlton’s welfare, CID investigate who attacked Jermaine and uncover why there is such a hateful campaign against an innocent man. They are stunned when they finally uncover the suspect.

 

Wednesday, 15 April 2009, 8:00PM on ITV1

PC Nate Roberts (Ben Richards), continuing in his role as Safer Schools Officer, receives a call to say that the home of one of the pupils, Rhys Tanner’s (Adam Bell), has been broken into. Nate heads out of his office along with teacher Becky James (Naomi Ryan) to alert Rhys. 

The pair find him in the playground where fellow student, Adam Ogden appears to be protecting his sister Lucy (Claudia Lander-Duke) from Rhys and his friend Misti Clements’ (Montana Thompson) bullying. After Becky breaks them up, Nate tells Rhys about the burglary and the teenager tells him he didn’t see anyone suspicious when he left home that morning. As the case continues, Nate discovers that Adam may be linked to the burglary and goes to find him, but is horrified to find Adam badly beaten, with Lucy standing over him. As Adam is put into an ambulance, PC Millie Brown (Clare Foster) tries to talk to Lucy but she remains silent. 

Later at the hospital, Adam confesses to breaking into Rhys’s house and smashing it up. He tells a stunned DC Jo Masters (Sally Rogers) he did it because Rhys raped his sister at a party. A quiet and withdrawn Lucy is taken out of class by Millie, who brings her back to the station and gently questions her about Rhys. 

Lucy tells Millie she was delighted when popular student Misti invited her to a party. There, Rhys led her upstairs and although happy to assume he liked her, Rhys forced the terrified teenaged to have sex with him. Back at school, Nate talks to Misti who insists that Lucy invited herself to the party, drank too much and threw herself at Rhys. She claims that Lucy is lying if she‘s now claiming Rhys raped her. 

Elsewhere, PC Ben Gayle (Micah Balfour) finally catches up with Rhys and arrests him for the rape of Lucy, in front of his stunned mother. After Nate and Millie question all teenagers involved, a world of peer pressure, bullying and underage sex transpires, leading Nate to wonder if he will ever be able to help.

 

Wednesday, 15 April 2009, 8:00PM on ITV1

PC Nate Roberts (Ben Richards), continuing in his role as Safer Schools Officer, receives a call to say that the home of one of the pupils, Rhys Tanner’s (Adam Bell), has been broken into. Nate heads out of his office along with teacher Becky James (Naomi Ryan) to alert Rhys.

The pair find him in the playground where fellow student, Adam Ogden appears to be protecting his sister Lucy (Claudia Lander-Duke) from Rhys and his friend Misti Clements’ (Montana Thompson) bullying. After Becky breaks them up, Nate tells Rhys about the burglary and the teenager tells him he didn’t see anyone suspicious when he left home that morning. As the case continues, Nate discovers that Adam may be linked to the burglary and goes to find him, but is horrified to find Adam badly beaten, with Lucy standing over him. As Adam is put into an ambulance, PC Millie Brown (Clare Foster) tries to talk to Lucy but she remains silent.

Later at the hospital, Adam confesses to breaking into Rhys’s house and smashing it up. He tells a stunned DC Jo Masters (Sally Rogers) he did it because Rhys raped his sister at a party. A quiet and withdrawn Lucy is taken out of class by Millie, who brings her back to the station and gently questions her about Rhys.

Lucy tells Millie she was delighted when popular student Misti invited her to a party. There, Rhys led her upstairs and although happy to assume he liked her, Rhys forced the terrified teenaged to have sex with him. Back at school, Nate talks to Misti who insists that Lucy invited herself to the party, drank too much and threw herself at Rhys. She claims that Lucy is lying if she‘s now claiming Rhys raped her.

Elsewhere, PC Ben Gayle (Micah Balfour) finally catches up with Rhys and arrests him for the rape of Lucy, in front of his stunned mother. After Nate and Millie question all teenagers involved, a world of peer pressure, bullying and underage sex transpires, leading Nate to wonder if he will ever be able to help.

 

Thursday, 9 April 2009, 8:00PM on ITV1

Students pour through the gates of Deansgate School and newly appointed Safer Schools Officer, PC Nate Roberts (Ben Richards), takes the opportunity to talk to art teacher, Becky James (Naomi Ryan). Becky, busy trying to hurry everyone into class, leaves Nate to greet pupils Jimmy Ryan (Nathanael Baring), Kadisha Watts (Naomi J Lewis) and Kevin Jackson (David Barseghian). After making himself comfortable in his new office, Nate is interrupted by a terrified Kadisha who has found Kevin, collapsed in a corridor.

With Becky’s help, Nate attempts to bring him round and Becky is stunned by his suggestion that Kevin may have taken drugs. Nate is proved right when he finds ecstasy in Kevin’s pocket. After Kevin is taken to hospital, the headteacher gives permission for all pupils and their lockers to be searched and Nate is horrified when he finds a huge bag of ecstasy on Jimmy.

At Sun Hill, Jimmy is questioned, with his older brother Baxter (Joel Fry) as his appropriate adult. Jimmy tells DC Jo Masters (Sally Rogers) that he and Kevin found the bag of drugs while they were messing about near school. Jo, unconvinced by the story and suspicious of Baxter, checks his history and discovers that he is fresh out of prison for drug possession. Is Baxter forcing Jimmy to sell drugs at school?

Nate, having built up a relationship with him, talks to Jimmy and the teenager finally admits that Baxter owed local dealer, Chris Neame (Russell Anderson) money before he went to prison. As alternative payment, Neame asked Jimmy to stash his drugs and desperate to keep his family together, Jimmy agreed. He swears that Baxter has nothing to do with drug dealing anymore. As the investigation continues, it leads to Jimmy being taken into care and the teenager is inconsolable, blaming Nate for not keeping his promises. Nate starts to realise that many of the children at the school are facing huge problems each day and suddenly the enormity of his new role hits him.

 

Wednesday, 8 April 2009, 8:00PM on ITV

PC Nate Roberts (Ben Richards) reluctantly heads to Deansgate School after a fire is started deliberately in one of the classrooms. Attractive art teacher Becky James (Naomi Ryan) catches his eye, but she is horrified to learn that her classroom was set ablaze on purpose and pupil Jimmy Ryan (Nathanael Baring) is devastated that his coursework has been destroyed.

Later that day, Nate is dismayed when Inspector Rachel Weston (Claire Goose) appoints him Safer School’s Officer, to keep an eye on things. While Nate looks for his new office, a fight breaks out in the playground between Jimmy’s girlfriend, Kadisha Watts (Naomi J Lewis) and Jasmin Clark (La-Charne Jolly). Becky and Nate eventually break up the fight and the girls are hauled into a classroom where they are questioned. The girls reveal nothing but as Kadisha leaves, she puts Jasmin in the frame for the fire.

That afternoon, Nate is sent an anonymous text that reveals Kadisha and Jasmin are planning another fight in the local park. Sergeant Smith (Alex Walkinshaw) and Nate head to the scene, but they are confused when they see Michael Clark (Malachi Kirby) and Karl Peters (Kyle Summercorn) beating Kadisha up. Nate chases after Michael, who manages to get away, while Smithy runs after Karl. The Sergeant manages to apprehend him, but Karl pulls out a knife and viciously stabs Smithy in the chest. Stunned, Karl eventually pulls the knife out, leaving Smithy terrified, alone and fighting for breath.

At St Hugh’s hospital, Smithy is tended to immediately, while a shaken Nate waits outside the emergency room, wracked with guilt. Rachel gently questions Nate and tells him he can’t blame himself, but the PC is determined to find Smithy’s attacker. Once Smithy regains consciousness, he talks to Rachel, recalling the painful memories of what happened.

Emotional but determined, he goes through the list of suspects, adamant the attacker will be caught. As the case progresses, Michael is eventually brought into custody, where he argues and struggles. Nate catches sight of him and seeing red, uses unnecessary force to restrain him. As the case unravels and the truth over the fire and Kadisha’s attack is revealed, Nate realises there is a lot of work that needs to be done at Deansgate and offers to stay on as the Safer School’s officer. But has he got what it takes?

 

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