The cast of The Bill have teased the police show's return - here's what they've said

Friday, 26th March 2021, 10:27 am
Updated Friday, 26th March 2021, 10:27 am
Actors Eric Richard as 'Sergeant Bob Cryer' and Trudie Goodwin as 'Sergeant June Ackland' in British police procedural television series The Bill in 1984 (Photo: ITV)

One of the famous faces from ITV's hit crime drama The Bill has said he “hope it does come back” after 11 years off screen.

Mark Wingett, aka DC Jim Carver, described the cop programme as “extraordinary” when Good Morning Britain presenter Kate Garraway asked him what the chances are of a reunion.

He said: “I think we are a bit old now aren’t we, to tell you the truth.

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"I hope it does come back, it's true, it was an extraordinary programme, not only just as a drama but it was a fantastic training ground for other branches of the business, so I would love to see it come back.

"I would probably not take part in it but it would be great if it did come back.”

Joining Mark on the early-morning interview was Trudie Goodwin who once played no-nonsense Sergeant June Ackland.

The pair are reuniting the cast of The Bill on Saturday (March 27) for a virtual live fundraiser – with over 30 people from The Bill appearing who will take part in quizzes and talks.

The ‘Legends Under House Arrest’ event is in aid of the Centrepoint charity, which provides accommodation and support to homeless people aged 16–25, with ticket prices costing £15.

She said: “The show was fantastically popular, and we used to get viewing figures that you’d die for now. But it was a great show.”

When did The Bill first air?

The legendary TV cop drama first aired on UK television in 1983 on ITV.

Fans of the show will remember the men and women in blue from Sun Hill Police Station who enforced law and order on the beat in East London.

The show ran for more than 25 years, until ratings began to drop in the run up to 2010, making it the worlds longest-running TV police soap.

In 2003, the show marked it’s twentieth year on screen with a live episode, which the likes of Corrie and Eastenders have since copied.