The Bill

Thursday 15 May 2008 8:00pm – 9:00pm

After taking some time out to mourn the loss of PC Emma Keane (Melanie Gutteridge), Sergeant Stone (Sam Callis) throws himself back into work where he assures PCs Sally Armstrong (Ali Bastian), Ben Gayle (Micah Balfour) and Will Fletcher (Gary Lucy) that he will find the bomber. However, Sun Hill are soon horrified when they receive another message telling them that another bomb is going to explode in three hours time.

Desperately trying to piece together the evidence, DC Grace Dasari (Amita Dhiri) interviews Carl Adams (Mark Bagnall) and Jeff Bowman (Mark Moraghan), who were targeted in the previous bombs. She also talks to James Marfield (Henry Miller), who’s flatmate was killed in the blasts. After further investigation, the Sun Hill officers are shocked to the core when they discover that Emma’s murderer has been in the station throughout the entire investigation and has now disappeared.

All the stops are pulled out in order to find the killer and the ticking bomb is finally traced to Mrs Waverley (Joanna Bending) who is doing the school run and unaware of the devastation ahead of her. Rushing to the school and with only seconds to spare until the bomb explodes, Stone and DC Mickey Webb (Chris Simmons) locate Mrs Waverley and Stone shouts to Mickey to get Mrs Waverley to safety while he is left struggling to get her baby out. Mickey can only stand back and watch with a distraught Mrs Waverley as the car suddenly explodes, with no sign of Stone or the baby in sight.

Later, at Emma’s funeral, Sun Hill officers bid a farewell salute to her as her coffin is carried into the church. Inside, Sally struggles with her speech, but the sight of Stone gives her the strength to go on. After a demanding and arduous day, Stone, Sally, Will and Ben stand together to pay their final respects to their colleague and friend by her graveside.

Thursday 8 May 2008 8:00pm – 9:00pm

The morning after the explosions that rocked London, shocked Sun Hill officers attempt to come to terms with the sudden death of their colleague, PC Emma Keane (Melanie Gutteridge). As they wait to be briefed, Superintendent Heaton (Daniel Flynn) and DCI Jack Meadows (Simon Rouse) introduce the officers to DI Karen Lacy (Liz May Brice) from the Counter Terrorism Unit, who informs them that this is her investigation.

Later the team receive cryptic emails about the bombs apparently sent by main suspect, Carl Adams (Mark Bagnall). Sergeant Stone (Sam Callis) and PC Sally Armstrong (Ali Bastian) work together to find Carl and, for the first time since Emma’s death, Stone begins to reveal how guilty he feels about it. His confession is cut short when they spot Carl who tries to escape on his motorbike. After an intense chase, Sally’s emotions catch up with her and after she arrests Carl, she falls into Stones arms, sobbing.

Back at the station, a paranoid Carl is interviewed. He insists he didn’t send any emails but eventfully admits that packages containing bomb components have been sent to his house, but swears he had no idea who they came from. DC Mickey Webb (Chris Simmons) and Trainee DC Kezia Walker (Cat Simmons) are sent to Carl’s house to investigate and are horrified when they realise Kezia has triggered the switch to a bomb and is unable to move from the spot.

Back at the station, Sergeant Smith (Alex Walkinshaw) talks to Stone whose pent up emotions take over. Fuelled with rage and guilt over Emma’s death, he grabs Smithy by his uniform and the two Sergeants are eventually torn apart by a furious Inspector Gina Gold (Roberta Taylor).

Thursday 1 May 2008 8:00pm – 9:00pm

PCs Emma Keane (Melanie Gutteridge) and Sally Armstrong (Ali Bastian) are out on patrol when two explosions are heard and the officers watch horrified as a thick black smoke spreads across the sky. With multiple casualties to deal with, Sergeant Stone (Sam Callis) takes charge of aftermath along with officers from Sun Hill and Barton Street police stations. Sally, Emma and PC Will Fletcher (Gary Lucy) deal with the rising hysteria with Inspector Gina Gold (Roberta Taylor) and Superintendent John Heaton (Daniel Flynn) back at the station – the footage on the news stuns them all.

Working hard and fast the police officers deal with continual challenges and dramas that unfold. Terrified people desperate for information, wives terrified when they can’t get hold of their husbands, exploitative thieves riding off the back of a London suddenly gripped by panic. The day is made even more unbearable when Emma and Stone realise a man has been pretending to be a doctor in order to molest injured women. Stone reaches boiling point and a chase ensues and on catching the guy it becomes rapidly clear to Emma that Stone is not planning an arrest. As Stone goes to grab the man by the throat, Emma yells at him to stop – this wasn’t the kind of policing she wanted in on. Rejecting his ways, Emma leaves Stone to vent his anger on the guy.

As Emma makes her way back to the station, she notices fire coming through a window of a building. She calls through to the station and speaks to Jack who tells her that they have been informed of another bomb which is due to go off and back up is on the way. With Stone nowhere to be seen, Emma rushes in determined to save as many lives as she can. Minutes later, a sense of dread and guilt take hold as Stone arrives and desperately searches the crowd for Emma. Stone sprints towards the building but it is too late; he is forced to stop as the entire front of the building comes crashing down. Desperate to save Emma’s life, Stone finally enters the crumbling building and frantically attempts CPR as a tearful Sally holds Emma’s hand.

Ep 589

Wednesday 23 April 2008 8:00pm – 9:00pm on ITV1.

**Patrick Robinson’s first episode as new regular, DC Jacob Banks. Guest starring Gordon Kennedy as Jim Lawson and Carol Starks as Jenny Curtis**

A hungover DC Mickey Webb (Chris Simmons) is introduced to new recruit, DC Jacob Banks (Patrick Robinson) at a crime scene, where private detective Harry Burroughs has been found murdered.

Elsewhere, PC Emma Keane (Melanie Gutteridge) and Sergeant Stone (Sam Callis) continue to clash when Stone gives her the grim task of informing Harry’s wife about his death. Knowing that Stone has a special relationship with his other PCs, Emma feels frustrated and takes it out on PC Sally Armstrong (Ali Bastian) who is left feeling guilty.

Back at the station, the investigation offers a long list of suspects. Jenny Curtis (Carol Starks) is interviewed about her ex-husband’s hatred towards Harry after he uncovered a huge secret which tore his family apart, but she is adamant he wouldn’t harm anyone.

Later, Jim Lawson (Gordon Kennedy) is tracked down as Harry’s most recent client and he tells the officers that the detective had recently been investigating the disappearance of his daughter. When the culprit is finally uncovered, the officers are shocked but pleased to get a result and, at the end of day, Jacob bonds with his new colleagues, Stone and PC Nate Roberts (Ben Richards).

Thursday 24 April 2008 9:00pm – 10:00pm

Dressed in a sharp suit and killer heels PC Sally Armstrong (Ali Bastian) walks through the busy foyer of a city trading house and doesn’t fail to turn a few heads. As Sally emerges onto the street to get lunch, DCI Jack Meadows (Simon Rouse) pulls up in his car and she fills him in on how her first week undercover has gone.

Jack is pleased when she admits she has managed to get in with one of the suspects Andrew Shield (Laurence Hobbs) in the case of missing twenty-one year old, Geraldine. Back at the nick, Jack fills Geraldine’s worried father, Jim (Gordon Kennedy) in on the case and says there are three main suspects who were all at the bar the night his daughter went missing and they are getting closer to tracking down her last movements.

Elsewhere, Sergeant Stone (Sam Callis) feels vindicated his suggestion of using Sally is paying off and he can’t help letting PC Emma Keane (Melanie Gutteridge) know this as he gives the frustrated PC a routine task to perform. Emma demands to know what his problem is and why he insists on keeping her on the outside of his little gang. She says she thinks he wants someone he can control and she’s too much for him to handle. Emma moves in closer and whispers that maybe he’d like to handle her but he just doesn’t have the balls and before he can react, Emma walks away leaving the Sergeant hot under the collar.

Later, Sally is delighted when she is invited to a boozy night out with the traders. She tells Jack all of the suspects will be there and they’ve
told her to bring a friend along and Sally believes Emma is perfect.

During the evening, Emma starts to connect with Shield – he is clearly carrying around a lot of secrets and she seems like the sort of person he wants to off-load to. Emma boldly goes back to his place knowing she’s close to being taken into his confidence but how far will she go to get the truth out of him?

Thursday 17 April 2008 8:00pm – 9:00pm

Stuck in traffic, DS Max Carter (Christopher Fox) and DC Terry Perkins (Bruce Byron) antagonise each other until the atmosphere in the car is thick with tension. Becoming more and more frustrated by the traffic jam and each other, they are suddenly alerted to the frantic screams of a female driver ahead of them.

Jumping out of their car, they witness two men, later identified as brothers Stefan (Rad Kaim) and Feliks Adamski (Laurentiu Possa) dragging a woman out of her car in an attempt to steal it. In the midst of the confusion, one of the brothers stabs the woman to death and after helplessly watching the suspects get away, Max and Terry fuel their anger by arguing over who was holding the knife.

Back at the station, the officers soon realise that the tragic incident is linked to a huge international car theft racket. The investigation leads to further conflict between Max and Terry which eventually results in a scuffle between the two, only broken up when a furious DI Samantha Nixon (Lisa Maxwell) walks in on them.

Attempting to put aside their differences in order to get a result, the officers set up a sting using Stefan’s fiancé and their main witness, Halina Lesnik (Ania Wendzikowska). They are horrified when the operation goes dangerously wrong and Halina is mowed down by the Adamski brothers.

Wednesday 16 April 2008 8:00pm – 9:00pm

After nicking Anthony Howell (Chris Brazier), committing armed robbery with a sawn-off shot gun, DCI Jack Meadows (Simon Rouse) volunteers to go undercover to nail the dealer selling the bent gear. After interviewing Howell, Jack and DS Stuart Turner (Doug Rao) are eventually given the name of the shop where the stolen goods came from.

DC Mickey Webb (Chris Simmons) and PC Tony Stamp (Graham Cole) are tasked to find out more about shop owner Phil Agombar (David Barnaby), who reluctantly admits to being forced to sell the goods out of his shop for a couple of men higher up the chain. Jack is particularly keen to arrest one of the men Roy Summers (Michael N Harbour), who killed a colleague of his some years ago but walked away from court on a technicality.

Later, after a briefing from DI Sam Nixon (Lisa Maxwell) and a lesson in antiquities from DS Mayhew (Rufus Wright), Jack prepares to meet the dealers under the pretence of wanting to buy some antiques. Sam, Stuart and Mayhew watch from a safe distance as Jack meets Arran Palmer (Alex Palmer). Impressed and convinced that Jack is above board, Palmer escorts Jack to a warehouse to meet Sun Hill’s main target: Summers. But while following them in an unmarked car, the CID officers are frustrated when they lose Jack at the lights.

Nervous, all alone and without back up, Jack is thrown when Summers interrogates him at gun-point about the antiques in the room – can Jack pass the test?

Thursday 10 April 2008 8:00pm – 9:00pm

After the shocking murder of Jacko Jackson (Sam Woodward), the grandson of infamous gangster Johnnie (Edward Woodward), Sergeant Smith (Alex Walkinshaw) and DS Max Carter (Christopher Fox) examine the scene of the crime. The officers eventually find Johnnie who is covered in blood and admits he argued with Jacko but can’t remember all the details due to the onset of Alzheimer’s.

The investigation soon focuses on Roger Hutton (Tim Woodward), Johnnie’s illegitimate son, who has a motive after Jacko confessed all to the police about Hutton’s drug and prostitution racquet. Smithy and Max later talk to Hutton’s mother and Johnnie’s long term lover, Doreen Fallon (Ann Mitchell) who claims that Johnnie was with her the time Jacko died.

After Hutton continues to deny knowing anything about the murder, Jacko’s girlfriend and illegal immigrant, Anya Herdlitska (Simona Armstrong) is brought in for questioning. She finally admits that she and Jacko had a physical fight but protests to killing him. Max and Smithy are stunned when she finally confesses that she later returned to the flat to find a distraught Johnnie cradling Jacko, both covered in blood. Max and Smithy are frustrated when the list of suspects grows and a third set of prints are found at the murder scene.

Wednesday 9 April 2008 8:00pm – 9:00pm

Sergeant Smith (Alex Walkinshaw) and PC Will Fletcher (Gary Lucy) respond to a call where they discover a bloodied elderly man, later identified as Johnnie Jackson (Edward Woodward), once a notorious East End gangster. Will spots nearby teenager Disa Mirandello (Victoria Leung) who refuses to talk, but throws him her mobile phone which reveals footage of Johnnie being thrown out of a car and beaten up.

After checking himself out of St Hugh’s, DS Max Turner (Christopher Fox) is paired up with Smithy to visit Johnnie at home and the officers are surprised when his grandson, Jacko (Sam Woodward) bursts in. A furious Johnnie admits to the officers that Jacko deals drugs for someone who has connections to a dangerous man called Roger Hutton (Tim Woodward).

Later, Smithy and Max accompany Johnnie to a local cemetery to visit a family grave and when Johnnie becomes disorientated, Smithy is shocked by Max’s lack of sympathy. The case takes a surprising turn when officers discover that Hutton is Johnnie’s illegitimate son, to whom Jacko owes a favour.

Johnnie tells Hutton that Jacko isn’t cut out for a life of crime and begs Hutton to leave his grandson out of his dodgy dealings but Hutton refuses. Hutton is eventually arrested in connection to a drug and prostitution racquet, but Sun Hill’s celebrations are cut short when Smithy and Max respond to a call from Johnnie’s house where they discover Jacko’s body in a pool of blood.

Amongst the panic and confusion, an intense investigation gets underway to discover who is behind the attacks. It’s a trying time for the officers on the streets, as they operate in a climate of rumour and fear. But when it becomes clear the danger is not over, one Sun Hill PC takes a heroic step – with devastating consequences.

Looking at the challenges facing police officers in today’s social climate, The Bill takes the viewer into the heart of the police operation, exploring the aftermath of incidents from the police perspective. As the drama unfolds, it becomes clear that the actions of one police officer can have far-reaching effects on the rest of the team. It’s hard to imagine how life at Sun Hill can ever get back to normal.

Inspector Gina Gold (Roberta Taylor) is tasked – once again – to keep her team strong and lead them back into action. But the challenges at the top are tough, and whilst Gina is looking after the troops, who is keeping an eye on her?

Sergeant Dale Smith (Alex Walkinshaw) finds himself at the heart of a dangerous undercover operation to eradicate guns from the streets. He faces the toughest test of his career as tensions run high on match day, endangering thousands of football fans. Posing at Smithy’s girlfriend, DC Stevie Moss (Lucy Speed) runs the risk of getting too close to him – and sparks are set to fly.

CID welcomes some new faces when DC Jacob Banks (Patrick Robinson) transfers to Sun Hill and PC Will Fletcher (Gary Lucy) moves across from uniform. But Will finds CID much tougher than he’d imagined, and the rest of the team to enjoy making life as hard as possible for him. And uniform are joined by no-nonsense copper PC Mel Ryder (Rhea Bailey). She couldn’t have signed up at a more dramatic time.

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