The Bill stars look almost unrecognisable as they gather for show reunion 13 years after police drama was axed from screens
The cast of The Bill looked almost unrecognisable as they reunited at an event, 13 years after the police drama was axed from screens.
Leading the way were PC Tony Stamp star Graham Cole and Sgt Bob Cryer actor Eric Richard, who beamed for snaps as they attended The Bill Reunion 8 at London’s The Cinema Museum over the weekend.
The popular ITV police procedural television series aired from August 1983 to August 2010, racking up an astonishing 2,425 episodes.
The show followed the lives of the employees working at the fictional Sun Hill station in East London.
And years after the show ended, the show is still as popular as ever as some of the cast gathered for the sold-out event, including Kim Tiddy (PC Honey Harman), Andrea Mason (.P.C. Debbie Keane) and Carol Royle (Jennifer Salter).
Back together: The cast of The Bill including PC Tony Stamp star Graham Cole and Sgt Bob Cryer actor Eric Richard reunited at an event, 13 years after the police drama was axed from screens
All together: Some of the cast beamed for snaps as they attended The Bill Reunion 8 at London’s The Cinema Museum over the weekend [Kim Tiddy (second left), Carol Royle (front), Andrea Mason (middle), Graham Cole (second right) and Eric Richard (far right) pose alongside event organisers Stuart Morris (third right) and Jenn Morris (far left)]
They were joined by event organisers Stuart Morris and Jenn Morris as they took to the stage for a catch-up with fans, who were no doubt pleased to take a trip down memory lane.
Writer Stuart Morris also shared snaps on Facebook alongside a caption which read: ‘Mrs Moon and I are so proud after last night’s sold out The Bill Reunion 8….”
‘It was just like a informal chat in the Sun Hill canteen…. The audience loved every minute of it and bless them when I announced that the next one will be on the 20th January 2024 the look of happy but sad faces because they were going to have to wait nine months.
‘SO we are going to do The Bill reunion 9 in late Autumn 2023 (date to be confirmed) and The Bill Reunion 10 on the 20th January 2024.’
It comes as it was reported last year that The Bill was on track for a mammoth return to television screens over a decade since it last aired.
Fans of the highly-acclaimed show could be in for a double whammy, as The Sun claimed there were not one, but two reboots in the pipeline.
In July 2021, it was understood that cast members from the original show, Graham Cole, Trudie Goodwin and Mark Wingett, were approached by writer Simon Sansome who had allegedly acquired the rights to the original series.
Mark, 62, played DC Jim Carver while Graham, 71, was PC Tony Stamp on the show and Trudie, 71, had the role of Sgt June Ackland.
Gathering: years after the show ended, the show is still as popular as ever as some of the cast gathered for the sold-out event
On stage: They were joined by event organisers Stuart Morriss and Jenn Morriss as they took to the stage for a catch-up with fans, who were no doubt pleased to take a trip down memory lane
Big hit: The cast of the show captivated fans as they took to the stage at the reunion event
Nice to meet you; The cast including Graham Cole signed autographs for the Bill fans
An insider has since told the publication that UKTV is in the early stages of developing a new version of the show, which could air as soon as 2023.
They said: ‘In the minds of many producers and execs, The Bill is a drama which is just sitting, waiting, to be rebooted.
‘It’s a simple format but one which attracted a loyal army of followers who would be delighted to see it return.
‘No doubt any new incarnation would be tweaked to make it attract a whole new generation to the show.’
MailOnline reached out to UKTV for comment at the time.
Throughout its 26-year run, The Bill also saw a host of famous faces guest star with many appearing on the series before their big Hollywood breaks.
Among those who have appeared on the show are Emma Bunton, James McAvoy, Russell Brand and Downton Abbey star Joanne Froggatt.
Throwback: Graham Cole portrayed PC Tony Stamp on the long-running show
Catch-up: PC Honey Harman actress Kim Tiddy spoke on stage at the event
Good to be back: Andrea Mason (.P.C. Debbie Keane) was all smiles as she took to the stage
Look who it is: Eric Richard was well known for his role as tough talking Sgt Bob Cryer
In April 2020, Trudie, Mark and Graham joined Eric Richard and Chris Ellison on a virtual reunion from COVID-19 lockdown.
The cast started the call ‘in the slammer’ with prison bars as their backgrounds before changing to pictures of Sun Hill and images of themselves from back in the day as they reminisced.
Chris, who played DI Frank Burnside, recalled shooting car scenes ‘with our trousers off, not because we were too hot, just bored,’ while Mark remembered the ‘belly laughing’.
Graham joked that Keira Knightley ‘never phoned’ after he worked with her on one of her first-ever TV episodes.
She appeared on the show in 1995 when she was just 10 years old.
THE CAST OF THE BILL: WHAT THEY DID NEXT
Graham Cole – Tony Stamp
Stalwart star Graham played PC Stamp for over 20 years.
He was written out the year before the show was axed, when he became a driving instructor instead.
He was written out because The Bill was being regenerated with a younger cast. This, however, led to its downfall.
Graham did return to acting, however, and was seen in the likes of Law & Order: UK, Doctors and Holby City.
He was also awarded an OBE for his continuing work with charities.
Mark Wingett – Jim Carver
Mark appeared as Carver 720 of The Bill’s 2425 episodes of The Bill.
He was already a known actor, featuring in the likes of Quadrophenia and The Professionals.
He had a two-year hiatus from The Bill but returned for the final episodes when the show ended in 2010.
He has since cropped up in the likes of Doctors and Hollyoaks and appeared in 2015’s big screen adaptation of Far From The Madding Crowd, opposite Carey Mulligan, Juno Temple and Michael Sheen.
Chris Ellison – Frank Burnside
Chris played the volatile Burnside for 15 years on The Bill and proved so popular that he got a spin-off in 2000.
Titled Burnside, it saw him work for the National Crime Squad.
It only ran for one season, and aired six episodes.
He has since appeared in EastEnders, an audio play for Doctor Who, as a contestant on Pointless Celebrities and found himself on Celebrity Big Brother in 2015 alongside Janice Dickinson, Jenna Jameson and Daniel Baldwin.
Jeff Stewart – Reg Hollis
Jeff is best known for his role as PC Reg Hollis in The Bill. The actor played the much-loved character for 24 years before the character was axed in 2008
Jeff ‘felt badly let down’ by the shock axing and later tried to take his own life.
But he overcame his mental health problems and has continued to act in roles in Crossroads, Doctor Who and Hi-De-Hi! He also appeared in killer crocodile sequel Lake Placid: The Final Chapter.
Trudie Goodwin – June Ackland
Ackland was the longest -standing female character on The Bill with Trudie fronting the role for 24 years from its 1983 pilot to 2007.
The character left the series when her relationship with Jim Carver came to an end.
From 2011 to 2015, she starred in Emmerdale as Georgia.
She also made headlines when it was revealed her daughter is the pop star La Roux.
Eric Richard – Bob Cryer
Appearing in 670 of The Bill’s episodes, Eric eventually said goodbye to the cop drama in 2004.
He appeared in Holby City afterwards and even cropped up in 2017’s Christopher Nolan epic Dunkirk, which starred the likes of Kenneth Branagh, Tom Hardy and Cillian Murphy.
Off-screen, he suffered personal tragedy when his grandson Charlie was revealed to have been the youngest victim of the Indian Ocean Tsunami in 2004.
Diane Parish – Eva Sharpe
Diane played DC Eva Sharpe – the extrovert, out-spoken constable who was beloved by many and irritated by some.
She left The Bill after a short stint and joined the cast of EastEnders in 2006, where she has been a mainstay ever since, playing tough cookie Denise Fox.
She took time off the soap after having a baby but returned 18 months later.
She won the Royal Television Society award for Best Actress in 2001.
Roberta Taylor – Gina Gold
The character of Gold featured between 2002 and 2008, deciding to resign from the force after another character was held hostage. Before landing a role on The Bill, Roberta Taylor had roles on shows such as Inspector Morse, Minder, and The Knock, to name a few.
Prior to this, she was a regular face on EastEnders, playing Irene Raymond from 1997–2000. She went on to appear in Father Brown and Casualty, and cropped up in Luther last year.
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