I’m not sure if I’m normal amongst police officers or not.
The thing is, I’ve never seen the Bill. Not once, ever. It occurred to me last night watching the BBC’s Children in Need. The cast of the Bill did a musical routine in the form of a tribute to the Blues Brothers – one of my favouritist filmsÃ‚Â with about the best car chase in movie history. Apparently, the Bill has been going for 25 years & I’ve not seen a single episode.
It’s not that I don’t enjoy police programmes, I used to watch Morse religiously. I still say the pinnacle of all TV cop shows was Hill Street Blues. It was truly cutting-edge in its time & sowed the seeds for all the great modern cops shows that came after it. NYPD Blue, Law & Order, CSI, etc can all trace their roots back to Hill Street Blues.
I saw an episode only last week on one of the cable channels. Fantastic, but dated. It’s one of the few tv programmes I’ve bought the soundtrack to. Mike Post, genius.
There were lots of Bill actors I recognised last night, sadly, none of which for being in the Bill (except that tall guy who has served almost as long in the fictional show as I have in real-life, can’t recall his name though). I’m sure I saw 2 ex-Eastenders, someone from Casualty & someone else from Waking the Dead.
I suppose the Bill is ingrained in the collective psyche of this country. I know a few years ago people would often ask me if being a copper was anything like the Bill. I always replied that I hadn’t a clue, but I bet whatever it is like it is a bloody site more exciting than real-life.