Mention The Bill to anyone of our generation and I guarantee most of us have a nostalgic story about watching the OG British crime drama with our parents. Which is why we were thrilled when news broke over the weekend that a reboot was in the works, and that Sun Hill police station would be returning to our screens.
The Sun exclusively revealed that the The Bill’s original writers had acquired the rights to the show and already had two seasons ready to go. They also shared that three cast members – Graham Cole, Trudie Goodwin and Mark Wingett – were in talks to return for the updated series.
It’s been eleven years since the police drama was last on our screens – the final episode aired back in 2010, following 27 years (!!!) of broadcast on ITV.
There’s no news yet as to whether the show will return to the same channel, although it is rumoured that it will have a new name, and The Bill will in fact be becoming Sun Hill – named after the police station located in the fictional East London borough of Canley in the original show.
There’s also no news as to how the format of the new episodes will be. During The Bill’s lifetime, episodes have shifted between half an hour to an hour, and have aired between once a week and three times a week – blurring the line between traditional TV drama and soaps.
Whatever the updated show looks like, we’re excited to delve into more police television. The Bill paved the way for some of our favourite crime shows: Line Of Duty, Luther, Unforgotten etc, and we can’t wait to see what the writers have in-store for us.
And, if you fancy a trip down memory lane, there’s a selection of old The Bill episodes on UKTV Play. Enjoy!