The Bill (series 26)

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The Bill (series 26)
Country of origin United Kingdom
No. of episodes 31
Release
Original network ITV
Original release 7 January –
31 August 2010
Series chronology
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The 26th and final series of The Bill, a British television drama, was the last series of the programme. Nearly two years after the final episode, Supt. Jack Meadows was featured in an episode of SOKO Leipzig, which involved him investigating a suspected murderer who has been living in London. In the episode it is revealed that at some point during the year and a half following the events of Respect, Meadows has retired.

On 30 April 2014, The Bill Series 26 Part 1 & 2 DVD set was released in Australia.

Cast changes[edit]

Arrivals[edit]

Departures[edit]

  • Commander Lisa Kennedy (Great Responsibility - Part 2)
  • Superintendent Jack Meadows (Respect - Part 2)
  • Inspector Dale "Smithy" Smith (Respect - Part 2)
  • DI Neil Manson (Respect - Part 2)
  • DS Stevie Moss (Respect - Part 2)
  • DS Max Carter (Respect - Part 2)
  • Sgt Jo Masters (Respect - Part 2)
  • Sgt Callum Stone (Respect - Part 2)
  • DC Mickey Webb (Respect - Part 2)
  • DC Terry Perkins (Respect - Part 2)
  • DC Grace Dasari (Respect - Part 2)
  • DC Jacob "Banksy" Banks (Respect - Part 2)
  • DC Will Fletcher (Be a Man)
  • PC Roger Valentine (Respect - Part 2)
  • PC Kirsty Knight (Respect - Part 2)
  • PC Nate Roberts (Death Knock)
  • PC Leon Taylor (Respect - Part 2)
  • PC Benjamin Gayle (Respect - Part 2)
  • PC Mel Ryder (Respect - Part 2)
  • CSE Eddie Olosunje (Respect - Part 2)

Episodes[edit]

# Title Episode notes Directed by Written by Original air date Prod #
1 "Be a Man" Final appearance of DC Will Fletcher,[1] Amelda Brown guest stars. Tim Leandro[1] Matthew Bardsley[1] 7 January 2010 (2010-01-07)[1] 024[1]
Stone begins to question his judgement when his harsh words to a mentally unstable father causes him to abduct his baby son. When the car crash, Stone pulls the father from the wreckage, but the car explodes before he can look for the child. He is relieved when forensics confirm the child was not in the car during the explosion. Mickey becomes suspicious when Will tells him that Stone can be blunt, and it has resulted in disastrous consequences. Will works on the search for the missing baby, with Max & Mickey on his last day before transferring to Westminster.
2 "Held Responsible"[2] Colin Wells, Chloe Howman and Tommy Knight guest star. Karl Neilson[2] Maxwell Young 14 January 2010 (2010-01-14)[2] 025
Terry is assigned to a rape refuge when a girl reports a rape. However, when the pieces don't fit, she admits there was more than one rapist. Stone leads a series of raids to arrest the suspects, but there is a lack of evidence for prosecution. When the girl receives an abusive and threatening phone call and the girl's mother identifies the mother of one of the boys arrested for the rape. When video footage appears, can they finally piece it together in interview.
3 "Duty Calls" Barry Sloane, Gareth David-Lloyd and Kara Tointon guest star. Reza Moradi Patrick Homes 21 January 2010 (2010-01-21) 027
Stone is put on a double shift when a man is found is a young woman's home. Meadows notices friction between Stone and Jo, but it doesn't stop the Super discussing a transfer to uniform with Manson and Smithy. When it appears the burglar is a security guard in the office block, Jo believes he wasn't there to burgle her. After discovering the burglar attacked a man the woman met in a bar the night of the burglary, and that he had been spying on her through cameras at the office, Jo believes he is obsessed with the woman. When Meadows puts promotion forward to Jo, she accepts.
4 "New Beginnings" DC Jo Masters is promoted to Sergeant, Gabrielle Glaister guest stars. Reza Moradi[3] Tom Needham[3] 28 January 2010 (2010-01-28)[3] 028[3]
On her first case as Sergeant, Jo responds to a suspected burglary with Leon, Ben & Nate. On arrival, they find a man with a serious head injury, who dies in hospital. Grace believes the man's wife is responsible, and when Grace brings up the woman's religion, Max angers Grace by claiming the religion means he can't say anything against the woman. Jo leads the search for evidence, while CID look into the family. CID believe the son is hiding something, and it's revealed the victim was leaving his wife for another woman.
5 "Time Bomb" Paul Reynolds and Daniel Coonan guest stars. Karl Neilson[4] Steve Bailie[4] 4 February 2010 (2010-02-04)[4] 026[4]
Stone & Gayle are the first on scene when a PA in an office block finds a suspicious package in a pile of letters. When the device goes off, Stone has to assure the woman whilst sealed in the office. The HAZMAT crew determine the device was a sugar bomb, and the woman is freed from the office. CID are tasked with investigating why the device was sent, and who it was sent to.
6 "Keep Her Talking" TBA Gary Love Julie Dixon 11 February 2010 (2010-02-11) 031
When a former DS reports he has been locked out of his house by his ex with his deaf son inside, a gun is discharged. It is revealed she is a manic depressive with a drug charge in her history, it is left to Jo to negotiate. She had dealt with the woman before over child custody, and sets up a webcam through her older son's laptop. When Jo thinks she's convinced the woman to come out, with the evidence of child neglect against her ex, Max forbids her from joining CO19 to get the woman out of the house. The operation goes pear-shaped and the woman retreats into the house. Terry, using an ex-colleague of the DS, claims he was the owner of the drugs the mother was charged for. Just when it seems like they have it all, CO19 are forced to raid the house when a gunshot is heard, and Jo blames Max for the whole fiasco.
7 "Crossing the Line" First appearance of PC Kirsty Knight, Anthony Green guest stars. Declan O'Dwyer Clive Dawson 18 February 2010 (2010-02-18) 029
Stone is assaulted defending a woman from her abusive boyfriend, but lack of evidence makes him fight fire with fire.
8 "Red Tape" First appearance of Commander Lisa Kennedy, and Temporary Suspension of Sgt. Callum Stone Paul Wroblewski Steve Trafford 25 February 2010 (2010-02-25) 033
A pub brawl becomes a robbery investigation. Commander Kennedy suspends Stone when he is filmed allegedly assaulting a passer-by.
9 "Protect and Serve" Jamie Glover guest stars. Paul Wroblewski Jeff Dodds 4 March 2010 (2010-03-04) 034
Nate and Ben's IRV comes under attack from gunfire and the team spring into action to find the culprit.
10 "Ricochet: Part 1" TBA Karl Neilson Chris Ould 11 March 2010 (2010-03-11) 035
A hit and run changes when the victim who fled is discovered to have been shot and killed.
11 "Impact: Part 2" TBA Karl Neilson Maxwell Young 18 March 2010 (2010-03-18) 036
Max and Jo clash over arresting the shooting suspect, as the maverick DS is determined to crack it first.
12 "The Truth Will Out" Return of Sgt. Callum Stone, Joel Beckett guest stars. Reza Moradi Sarah-Louise Hawkins 25 March 2010 (2010-03-25) 041
A four-year-old boy goes missing. Smithy gains respect when he rescues a trapped Mel from a storm drain.
13 "Great Power: Part 1" TBA Alex Pillai David Lawrence 1 April 2010 (2010-04-01) 039
Sun Hill are accused of kettling when a riot breaks out at a football match.
14 "Great Responsibility: Part 2" Final appearance of Commander Lisa Kennedy Alex Pillai David Lawrence 8 April 2010 (2010-04-08) 044
Meadows has to deal with press criticism that claims that poor crowd control measures led to the riot and death the day before.
15 "Bad Blood" Michael McKell guest stars. Declan O'Dwyer Emma Goodwin 13 April 2010 (2010-04-13) 030
Mickey investigates the death of an informant, the brother of a dealer who claims it was no accident.
16 "Paying the Price" Charles De'Ath guest stars. Richard Signy Michael Crompton 20 April 2010 (2010-04-20) 038
Jo and Ben are called to a disturbance at a hotel, where they discover a badly-beaten man in a room.
17 "Suffer in Silence" TBA Gary Love David Lawrence 27 April 2010 (2010-04-27) 032
Banksy and Manson try to build a case against a child abuser, but Manson is distracted because his son Jake is in hospital.
18 "That Type of Cop" TBA Richard Signy Julie Dixon 4 May 2010 (2010-05-04) 037
Terry and Max deal with a traumatised 15-year-old girl, who has surfaced after disappearing two years earlier.
19 "Deadly Consequences: Part 1" Emily Joyce guest stars. Reza Moradi Emma Goodwin 11 May 2010 (2010-05-11) 040
Manson oversees the investigation into the murder of an eleven-year-old boy.
20 "Walk on My Grave: Part 2" TBA Robert Del Mastro Steve Trafford 18 May 2010 (2010-05-18) 042
Max and Terry investigate the stepfather of the murdered eleven-year-old, and uncover a hijacking operation.
21 "Ultimatum" TBA Robert Del Mastro Tom Needham 25 May 2010 (2010-05-25) 043
Max leads an investigation into a paedophile who is grooming young girls on the internet.
22 "Intervention" DS Max Carter takes leave Paul Wroblewski Steve Bailie 22 June 2010 (2010-06-22) 045
CID investigate a suspected kidnapping.
23 "Solace" TBA Paul Wroblewski Gregory Evans 29 June 2010 (2010-06-29) 046
Kirsty and Leon are alerted to the discovery of a young woman's body on a rubbish tip.
24 "The Calling" TBA Richard Signy Julie Dixon 13 July 2010 (2010-07-13) 047
A pregnant woman is involved in a hit-and-run with her own car; Leon attempts to track down the culprit responsible.
25 "Taking a Stand" TBA Richard Signy Emma Goodwin 20 July 2010 (2010-07-20) 048
Stone and Kirsty attend a report of a disturbance where an elderly widow claims to have been burgled.
26 "Who Dares Wins" DS Max Carter returns from leave, Paul Copley and Nicola Stapleton guest star. Gary Love Chris Ould 27 July 2010 (2010-07-27) 049
Max leads the investigation into the murder of a man whose body is found badly beaten on a footpath.
27 "Balance of Power" Michael Cochrane and Sally Faulkner guest star Alex Pillai Emma Goodwin 3 August 2010 (2010-08-03) 052
Kirsty and Leon are called out to the home of a couple who have been reported missing and discover that the house has been burgled.
28 "Death Knock" Final appearance of PC Nate Roberts, Roderic Culver guest stars. Gary Love Tom Needham 10 August 2010 (2010-08-10) 050
Kirsty and Nate are called to a disturbance and attend to a young woman who has apparently fallen from a first floor window.
29 "Tombstone[5]" Lesley Vickerage and David Schofield guest star. Alex Pillai[5] Maxwell Young[5] 17 August 2010 (2010-08-17)[5] 051
Stone is determined to prove to his estranged mother that his late father was guilty of raping a probationer twenty years before.
30 "Respect: Part 1" TBA Reza Moradi David Lawrence 24 August 2010 (2010-08-24) 053
Uniform and CID find themselves investigating a stabbing death.
31 "Respect: Part 2" Series finale Reza Moradi David Lawrence 31 August 2010 (2010-08-31) 054

Uniform and CID pursue Gary Wilson for the death of Liam Martin and the gang rape of Jasmine Harris. Stone is held hostage by the gangster.

Final Appearances of DI Neil Manson, Insp. Dale Smith, Sgt Callum Stone, Sgt Jo Masters, DS Max Carter, DS Stevie Moss, DC Mickey Webb, DC Terry Perkins, DC Grace Dasari, DC Jacob Banks, PC Roger Valentine, PC Benjamin Gayle, PC Leon Taylor, PC Mel Ryder, PC Kirsty Knight and CSE Eddie Olosunje
31a "Farewell, The Bill" Documentary Reza Moradi David Lawrence 31 August 2010 (2010-08-31) 055
Documentary looking back at twenty-seven years of The Bill. Includes interviews with present and past cast members, clips of episodes from throughout the series run, various bloopers, out-takes and previously unseen footage, and a tour of the Sun Hill set. Recorded to air in conjunction with the last-ever episode.
- "The Black Widow" Ninety-minute special, crossover with SOKO Leipzig, final appearance of Supt. Jack Meadows Robert Del Maestro Markus Hoffmann & Uwe Kossmann 9 January 2012 (2012-01-09) TBA
SOKO chief Hajo Trautzschke pays a visit to his old friend and colleague, retired British Superintendent Jack Meadows. After the two solved a case of national boundaries, they began to share a friendship. Now their friendship is reunited when they become determined to each crack their own cases, with the help of the other. While Jack is in London after Karen Bishop, a suspected murderer, Jan Maybach and Ina Zimmermann are tasked with investigating a suspicious death when a man is thrown out the window of his apartment in Leipzig.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e "The Bill Wk01 Ep024" (Press release). ITV Press Centre. 10 December 2009. Retrieved 10 December 2009. 
  2. ^ a b c "The Bill Wk02 Held Responsible" (Press release). ITV Press Centre. 17 December 2009. Retrieved 17 December 2009. 
  3. ^ a b c d "The Bill Wk04 Ep028" (Press release). ITV Press Centre. 12 January 2010. Retrieved 15 January 2010. 
  4. ^ a b c d "The Bill Wk05 Ep026" (Press release). ITV Press Centre. 19 January 2010. Retrieved 21 January 2010. 
  5. ^ a b c d "The Bill Week 33" (Press release). ITV Press Centre. 2 August 2010. Retrieved 2 August 2010.