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.
Mirrored from my blog.