Magazine article Metro Magazine

Just Send Me the Bill

Magazine article Metro Magazine

Just Send Me the Bill

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Someone reminded me the other day that it is nearly twenty years since I left school. This means that I have been watching The Bill (albeit on and off, but for the last ten or so mostly on) for about the same, interrupted by some time in the States where, in the early nineties The Bill was not shown. Alternatively, on my forays to the UK, I am always overcome with a sense of being at the cutting edge, not only in terms of the episodes being light years ahead of Australia, but also that the real sound of those UK police sirens can make me break into a rendition of the theme song (these days not quite the daggy, catchy tune it once was).

I love The Bill, and was greatly distressed to have my week's TV pleasure disrupted recently by the so-called spin-off but not really, called Murder Investigation Team (MIT). MIT used The Bill in a despicable way, stealing the investigation of much loved and reviled Matt Boyden's murder out from under the crew at Sunhill, and then leaving them for dead (no further reference to Sunhill was made beyond the first episode) with its high production values and posh accents.

I hope the ABC puts The Bill back on Tuesday nights and things can return to normal.

That said, I am avowedly a Bill addict, not really respecting or enjoying my addiction but partaking nonetheless. Certainly of late the tangled web of plots contained in an episode can lead to a straying of the attention to such things as washing-up, thank-you letters, painting toenails. This I think says much about the state of things at Sunhill.

There is and has been for a while, much discussion among Bill watchers and detractors alike about the changed format. …

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