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The Bill - The Complete First Series
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From its launch in 1984 as a weekly Brittish cop drama to its currant serialized format this show has remained a top-rated series. The Bill follows the daily lives of the men and women at Sun Hill Police Station as they fight crime on the streets of London. From bomb threats to armed robbery and drug raids to the routine demands of policing this ground-breaking series focuses as much on crime as it does on the personal lives of its characters. This 4 DVD set includes 11 episodes. Extras include pilot episode series overview featurette and photo galleries. John Salthouse Eric Richard Mark Wingett Gary Olsen Jeff Stewart Trudie Goodwin and Tony Scannell star.System Requirements:Running Time: 550 minsFormat: DVD MOVIE Genre: TELEVISION/SERIES & SEQUELS UPC: 787364778690
- All 11 episodes + the two-hour pilot from the 1984-85 season
- Behind the creation of The Bill
- The London Beat featurette
- Photo galleries
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It is excellently acted, directed and filmed. Scenes tend to be longish and uncut. The camera follows actors around, with a handheld camera, even down long corridors, through warrens of offices and, in one episode, on an extremely realistic, well-choreographed, chase of a sprinter/robber through dangerous-looking rubble -- which the camera lovingly notes as each man's footsteps fall on it.
The actors are seamless, completely real. There is none of this American-style pounds of make-up. The only notable make-up trick is wigs on the men and a heavy amount of hairspray on everybody.
Plots are subtly compelling and each one wraps up with a sense of justice -- and seems original. It shows what you can do with a bit of imagination in a cop show.
Kids' caveat: the third (I think it is) episode includes an unnecessarily dark scene of a reclusive grown son taking a strap off his waist and getting ready to beat his psychotic mother. It ends with a scene of the son lying dead, hands all bloody, while mother sits stonily in the living room. It's possible this man was also a sought-after child molester, but it ended confusingly.
Another episode not for children is episode 5, in which a runaway teenager is found dead by suicide, which is then traced to pornographers who had gotten her hooked on heroin and forced her to perform n their films. In the course of catching the pornographers we suddenly get shots of two hugely implanted buxom women being told to wash each other in a bathtub. As they do this ineptly, it does tend to demystify any erotic value these films have for young blokes, rather than turn them on. Full body bare-naked ladies.
The episode does a good job of showing how two cops, a woman and her male boss, cope with the deeply stirring emotions evoked in each by first displacing a lot of it as anger on everybody around them, then resolving their ptsd by the hard work of solving the case.
I haven't got beyond the fifth yet, so can't comment further. Just came back to order the second season. Unfortunately I don't see one.
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not a big fan of the handheld camera shooting