paranoidangel: Sarah Jane Smith, Sarah Walker, Sarah Jackson (Sarahs)

Thanks to one of Network's sales, I have a whole lot of late 80s half hour episodes of The Bill on DVD. And I realised that one of them has Lis Sladen in it. In one scene. But I took screencaps aka photos of the telly. The quality isn't brilliant because it's from 1989 and goes a bit fuzzy when I pause it.

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There are a few things I thought about talking about, but none of them really merit a whole post, so this is a post of little bits.

Diana Rigg is on Doctor Who next week! I am very excited. I might have to get my Avengers DVDs out and work out which episodes I haven't seen. Edit: Her daughter Rachael Stirling is also in it. Which meant nothing to me until Dad pointed out that she was the girl in Boy Meets Girl, and she was really good in that.

After thinking about giving up on Blockbuster they finally sent me The Bill series 2. Of the four episodes on it, it was the end of episode 3 that made me think I'd seen it before and halfway through episode four when I knew I'd seen it before. But I have no idea if I've seen the rest of series 2, so I'll just carry on (if they'll send it to me).

It's really annoying that it was so nice in the week and then the weather's been so crap this weekend.

I have my assignment for Not Prime Time. Not sure what I'm going to write yet, but I'm spending the week percolating it in my brain before I start. I have until Wimbledon to finish, which seems like it's a long way away, but it's really not that far.

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paranoidangel: Mickey Bricks, Mickey Webb, Mickey Smith (Mickeys)

This weekend I was watching some of the publicity The Bill actors did the morning the last episode was shown. By publicity I mean appearing on things like GMTV. But they mentioned that Sean Bean was in episode 4 (back in 1984). It just so happens that I have that one on DVD and thought some of my friends list might be interested. So I have some screencaps.

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paranoidangel: Jack Meadows, Jack O'Neill, Jack Harkness (Jacks)

I had intended to write a post about The Bill the night the last episode aired (in this country) and now I’m looking at a blank input box, I’m not sure what to write. I’m not sad, actually, possibly because the last episode wasn’t as good as some we’ve had recently. Partly that comes of having everyone in it and it having a lot of Jack in a uniform (which I still can’t get used to) and Neil Manson aka Dodgy DI (who seems to have had a personality change from dodgy to bland).

For anyone who hasn’t got a clue what I’m talking about (which the Americans reading won’t), The Bill is a cop show.

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I keep thinking I should update, but then I have nothing to say. I feel like my life has nothing going on it at the moment. Or at least nothing interesting. Which I've just realised is a terrible lead in to this post, which is a summary of what I'm up to...

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The Bill

Apr. 28th, 2010 08:10 pm
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Although The Bill moved to Tuesdays, as far as I’m concerned, it’s actually on at dinnertime on a Wednesday because I’m never in on a Tuesday.

So I’ve just watched last night’s and not far into it I thought to myself that one of the main characters on it looked suspiciously like Lee Ross, who played Kenny in Press Gang. Much as I was tempted to skip to the end, I thought the easiest way to find out would be to look on the website. Except that this episode doesn’t seem to exist! They list the last one as being on 20th April and the next one on the 4th May. Where did the 27th April go, I wonder?

I spent the episode trying to convince myself it wasn’t him – the character he was playing was 10 in 1987 and without looking it up, I know Lee Ross must be older than that. But it was him. I was quite impressed I recognised him, but there’s definitely something in the face that hasn’t changed in twenty years.

I’m amazed at the moment at just how good The Bill is. So many episodes have me on tenterhooks it’s almost like watching early episodes of Spooks, except instead of wondering if everyone’s going to die, you’re wondering if they’re going to work out what happened and whodunnit. I can’t believe they’re cancelling now, when it’s good again.

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Just because PowerDVD and WordPress make it easy – a picspam of The Bill from Sept-Oct 1988 (Volume Two DVD).

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I’ve spent the weekend watching The Bill from 1988 and look who pops up – it’s Robert Glenister. And I can do screencaps now I have PowerDVD!

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I am trying to make more of an effort to post to Twitter and not just reply to people’s comments. And post here too, but that requires fewer words, although not necessarily less effort. The number of drafts I’ve gone through in the past to get down to 140 characters…

Last night’s The Bill was good as usual, and amazingly didn’t make me feel really dizzy halfway through. And I think I’ve learnt the names of two of the PCs and I quite like Sgt Stone. I thought he was going to be dodgy, but perhaps not.

Anyway, last night there was a character on it playing the main character’s brother, and I recognised his voice from somewhere, but couldn’t for the life of me work out where. I thought that maybe he sort of looked familiar too, but couldn’t pin it down and eventually decided I must be imagining it.

Except that then I realised where I recognised the voice – he was Colin in Press Gang. At which point he wasn’t in a scene for absolutely ages, but the next one he was in, someone called his name, he looked up and the expression was pure Colin and I knew I was right, even before checking on the credits.

It was very surreal – out of the last four episodes of The Bill we’ve had Luke from SJA, Ianto from Torchwood and Colin from Press Gang. There is sadly no picture on the official website, and nor is there a video clip with him talking, but I managed to find a clip with him in. It’s in this one at 00.00.48 where. And I have taken a handy screencap and annotated it:

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The Bill

Jan. 8th, 2010 09:26 pm
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I had a really surreal moment at the end of The Bill last night when, in the trailer for next week, I could have sworn I saw Tommy Knight (Luke in SJA, although I was too tired to remember the actor’s name at the time). I contemplated rewinding – I don’t watch live because I refuse to watch adverts. I’ve been on The Bill website a lot recently to try and learn some of the names because I don’t recognise most of the regulars any more, so I know they don’t have credits or tell you about the guest stars (not when they’re not that big, anyway). But what I did find were more trailers and clear evidence that it is Tommy Knight 30 seconds into this video and a photo that tells me he’s playing Greg. Although I am more excited that Terry was in it – I hadn’t seen him yet, so I didn’t quite believe the website when they said he was still in it.

I am enjoying The Bill at the moment, despite its lack of theme tune and pullover, and I am getting used to the incidental music. I can even name some of the new characters. Not that I can necessarily recognise them first off, mind you, even though they have their names on their uniforms these days…

I stopped watching in June 2005, I discovered from looking through my blog. And started again in October 2009. Thanks to the magic of YouTube I’ve been watching some old stuff and I can honestly that what I’ve missed has been utter rubbish, for the most part. And it’s obvious from the synopses too, which consist of a lot of sentences about the character’s personal lives back then. These days it’s a couple of sentences about the crime, which is what I’m watching for. I don’t mind them having personal lives, as long as it’s a background to the crime and isn’t the main focus.

Now I might go and put on an early half hour episode from the Volume Two DVD I got for Christmas and see who I recognise…

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The Bill

Oct. 23rd, 2009 10:15 am
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Last week I went to a quiz and one of the questions was who was Superintendent in The Bill. I was amazed to find it was Jack Meadows, although less so when I found out he took over when they went to once a week because I don’t think they’ll have got to those episodes in Australia yet.

So I thought I’d watch an episode.

I quite enjoyed it, although I was struggling not to fall asleep halfway through, but I think that was mostly due to me being tired. It was, amazingly, all crime. I can’t tell you anything about the personal lives of a single person in it and neither was the case uncannily like something that had happened to one of the coppers. Mum told me it would be like that but I didn’t believe her – I thought she was exaggerating! The only trouble was that it felt like a half hour episode that was stretched out to 50 minutes (I presume that’s how long it is without adverts since they have so many these days and they’re so long).

I had remembered that they’d said at the time that they were getting rid of the music, but I had thought they were replacing it. No. I still miss the days of the pullover, but at least the intro was short, even if it wasn’t at the start (I hate the way British programmes are doing that – it gives you less time to sit down and get yourself sorted before it starts). I don’t quite know why they felt the need to show shots of London where Sun Hull isn’t even vaguely close to. I was a bit paranoid that they’d suddenly moved it to a part of London where they could show the well known landmarks, but they haven’t, so I’m relieved.

My netbook was a big help because I could look up people on thebill.com and work out their names as it went along. Well, I didn’t need to look up Jack, Dodgy DI, Smithy or Roger. I just need to see an episode with Terry and Twiglet in and I’ll have the set.

I wondered what they’d done with the DCI’s office now that they don’t have one. My question was answered when they showed various parts of the station and the only part I recognised was reception. They had a room with coloured tiles on the floor and flatscreen monitors on the wall! Admittedly the last episode of The Bill I watched was from 1985, but I only stopped a few years ago and it’s moved on a lot from then. Their radios look a lot like my first mobile phone, which confused me at first.

I disliked the incidental music, which I knew was going to be there. It was only in a couple of places but I felt like they were trying to make me feel sympathy, which I already did, but I didn’t need it hammered into me with the background notes that made it hard to hear what they were saying.

Overall, I think I’ll watch some more. There’s been a bit lack of crime drama in my viewing schedule recently, although I really ought to get some Old Bill on DVD.

In other crime related news, the episode of Midsomer Murders that’s on next Wednesday had some scenes filmed outside my office featuring Jesse Birdsall dressed as Neptune(?) who had a dinghy covered in fish and lobster etc. Although my TV guide answers the question that bugged us as to what on earth was going on.

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