The Bill (series 2)

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The Bill Series 2
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Series 2 (Australian DVD Cover)
Country of origin United Kingdom
No. of episodes 12
Broadcast
Original channel ITV
Original run 11 November 1985 –
10 February 1986
Series chronology
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The second series of The Bill, a British television drama, consisted of twelve episodes, broadcast between 11 November 1985 and 10 February 1986. The series was released on DVD on 26 October 2005 in the United Kingdom, before being made available as part of a three-season box set on 10 May 2006 in Australia. The series was made available as a separate season in Australia on 3 August 2011. The above DVD artwork is taken from the most recent Australian release. It features an image of PC June Ackland. The British artwork features a collage image featuring PC Reg Hollis, Supt. Charles Brownlow, Sgt. Bob Cryer and DS Ted Roach. The original Australian three-season box set features a sole image of Sgt. Bob Cryer. The initial DVD release of the season in the United Kingdom suffered from technical faults, with the episodes on disc one being replicated on disc three by mistake.

Episodes[edit]

# Title Directed by Written by Episode notes Guest stars Original air date
1 "Snouts and Red Herrings" Peter Cregeen Geoff McQueen First appearance of PC Abe Lytton Sean Blowers 11 November 1985 (1985-11-11)
Amidst renovation chaos at Sun Hill, a new P.C., Abe Lyttleton, arrives a day early. He is Sun Hill's first black police officer, and although he is friendly and popular, his arrival is not appreciated by bigoted cop P.C. Pete Muswell. D.C. Dashwood recognises a man who has brought in his papers for a car. He is using a false name and address. During electrical repairs, the personal radios are out of action and as a result, a CID operation is blown. 
2 "Suspects" Michael Ferguson Barry Appleton First appearance of PC Nick Shaw Edna Doré and Desmond Askew 18 November 1985 (1985-11-18)
Martella arrests a woman who has been 'pregnant' for 13 months, concealing stolen cigarettes in the 'bulge'. A wage snatch, a culprit and Galloway's nose are the three main ingredients used to crack a serious mystery - and the result surprises everyone. Meanwhile, new PC Nick Shaw arrives for duty at Sun Hill, and soon makes an impression amongst the rest of the relief. 
3 "Lost" Christopher Hodson Ginnie Hole Caroline John 25 November 1985 (1985-11-25)
DS Roach and DC Dashwood are on an obbo at a phone box to catch someone making hoax bomb threats to the Town Hall. Another case soon takes precedence, however, when a woman arrives at the station and reports her eight-year-old daughter Samantha missing. When Samantha's friend Theresa tells WPC Ackland that they were approached by a flasher, there is concern that the girl could have been abducted by a child sex offender. CID question suspects in the area while a full-scale search is underway. Ackland notices that Samantha likes boats, so the search is concentrated in the docks area, and a drunken boat owner gives a description of a woman he saw with the girl. With Roach and Dashwood halfway to Brighton to question a paedophile, a call comes in to PC Carver in the incident room from a shop assistant who recognised Samantha and the woman who bought her some colouring books. Finding the woman's identity from credit card slips, DI Galloway and WPC Ackland find Samantha safe and well in the house of a lonely widow. Ackland is horrified, however, when she returns the child to her parents and the mother slaps her daughter, screaming "Where have you been, you stupid bitch?". 
4 "Home Beat" John Michael Phillips Christopher Russell Nick Stringer 2 December 1985 (1985-12-02)
Brownlow wants to start a Neighbourhood watch scheme with the support of Smith and Carver. After a rather heated meeting that got hijacked by interlopers, he discovers his petrol was nicked. The Ahmeds are having problems as racist language has been graffitied upon their house, soon after a protest erupts and their house is later firebombed. CID raid a modern day 'Fagin' who has been using a youth group as cover. 
5 "Hostage" Michael Ferguson Barry Appleton Jamie Foreman 9 December 1985 (1985-12-09)
Sgt. Cryer is taking half the relief out on Sun Hill's annual fishing trip. P.C. Smith and D.C. Dashwood go to serve a warrant on Russell Archer over a non-appearance in court on a poaching charge. Archer manages to escape from Dashwood and Smith, and is later seen menacing a milkman with a sawed-off shotgun. He later holds up a bookies and a greengrocer, until he is spotted by P.C. Carver and P.C. Frank, who give chase. Frank is shot and wounded during the chase, and Archer ends up taking an elderly woman hostage in a retirement village. With the fishing trip cancelled, D.S. Roach takes charge of the siege operation until D.I. Galloway and Ch. Supt. Brownlow arrive. Attempts to contact the increasingly unstable Archer fail, until he asks to speak to Sgt. Cryer whom he saw in the betting shop. Cryer enters the flat, and attempts to talk Archer into giving himself up. With W.P.C. Ackland posing as a Meals-on-Wheels driver, Galloway, Roach and PT17 officers storm the flat and shoot Archer dead just as he is about to surrender. 
6 "This Little Pig" John Woods Christopher Russell Gerard Horan 23 December 1985 (1985-12-23)
P.C. Taffy Edwards corners a pig that was released from the City Farm and gets dropped in it by P.C. Pete Muswell. Muswell has problems with income tax on wages from the miners' strike. P.C. Reg Hollis makes initial inquiries about the Chief Super's clerk's job. Both D.I. Galloway and Sgt. Cryer have problems with an overtime clamp-down and get another lecture from Brownlow about it. Fur protestors are arrested outside a fur shop. Taffy, W.P.C. June Ackland and Muswell arrest a man on his wedding day for non-appearance in court. 
7 "Ringer" John Woods Barry Appleton Greg Powell 6 January 1986 (1986-01-06)
There is a serious road crash involving a Porsche, a motorcycle, a coach, a lorry and a Cortina resulting in six deaths. The Porsche had been tampered with prior to the accident and turns out to have been made of three different cars. Brownlow sets up a temporary morgue at a local school; W.P.C. Martella and P.C. Muswell have the job of informing relatives of the deaths. After following the trail from the Porsche, D.I. Galloway raids a scrapyard only to find D.S. Burnside from the robbery squad undercover as a buyer, about to break the ring, but having forgotten to tell Galloway. 
8 "Public and Confidential" Christopher Hodson Lionel Goldstein Arthur Cox 13 January 1986 (1986-01-13)
A man is throwing tiles off a roof and P.C. Lyttleton, who is suffering from vertigo, is sent up to arrest him. A Polish sailor turns up at the station seeking political asylum. D.S. Roach and D.C. Dashwood catch a man who has been ripping people off posing as a gas board official. Ch. Supt. Brownlow talks to P.C. Edwards about taking a position in the coroner's office. Sgt. Cryer is shocked when Mrs. Penny accuses her husband of beating her up. 
9 "Loan Shark" John Michael Phillips Tim Aspinall Michelle Collins and Harriet Thorpe 20 January 1986 (1986-01-20)
A young mother caught shoplifting at a supermarket confesses to Sgt Cryer that she is in debt to local loan shark 'Aunty' Peg Miller. PC Edwards checks cases of fly tipping in the area and discovers some disaffected Welsh miners may be responsible. A Mrs Taylor makes a complaint about a noisy neighbour, but when WPC Ackland investigates, she finds the neighbour dead. 
10 "With Friends Like That...?" Christopher Hodson Barry Appleton Glen Murphy 27 January 1986 (1986-01-27)
Sgt. Cryer brings in Debbie Lindfield, an assault victim who is reluctant to report a rape. W.P.C. Ackland has problems interviewing the rape victim because of the constant interference of her friend, Sandra. Sandra then tells P.C. Muswell that Debbie got what she deserved from Sandra's boyfriend. D.S. Roach investigates a burglary with the householder claiming more jewellery was taken than has been recovered. The burglars deny taking the extra stuff. 
11 "Whose Side Are You On?" Peter Cregeen Jim Hill Elizabeth Bradley 3 February 1986 (1986-02-03)
D.C. Mike Dashwood has organised a five-a-side indoor football match against a local youth group. Ch. Supt. Brownlow sees it as great publicity, and ropes in D.I. Roy Galloway for photo opportunities, despite his objections. D.S. Ted Roach investigates the murder of an old derelict, known only as 'King Henry'. P.C. Jim Carver injures his ankle chasing some bag-snatchers, and while Sgt. Cryer takes his place on the beat, Dashwood thinks Cryer is too old to take Carver's place on the team. P.C. Abe Lyttleton suggests W.P.C. Viv Martella, as she is good at netball. Dashwood convinces her to join the team, gaining brownie points from Mr. Brownlow for selecting a W.P.C. for the squad. P.C. Pete Muswell arrests an unlicensed trader at the market selling fake designer watches. He chats up a traffic warden, and arranges to meet her for a date, but she stands him up. Muswell turns up at the match, and Cryer has a word with him about his prejudice against Lyttleton. After a shaky start, the Sun Hill team wins the game. 
12 "The Chief Super's Party" Peter Cregeen Barry Appleton Gary Olsen 10 February 1986 (1986-02-10)
P.C. Muswell and P.C. Lyttleton are on the lookout for a lorry full of stolen woollen coats. Ch. Supt. Brownlow is throwing a farewell party for his retiring clerk. D.I. Roy Galloway questions D.S. Burnside when he gatecrashes the party, and Burnside admits that he fancies W.P.C. June Ackland. D.C. Mike Dashwood realises that the scotch being poured at the bar has been stolen, and Galloway asks Ackland to keep the remaining bottles aside as evidence. Despite warnings from the D.I. and the Chief Super, D.S. Ted Roach drives home extremely drunk and crashes his car into a fence. Knowing he'll be sacked if he's found out, Roach sleeps on a friend's boat overnight while he sobers up, but spots the coat thieves on the docks when he awakens, and the men are arrested when they are found stuck in a freezer. Roach also sweet-talks the man whose garden he crashed into by offering to get him into the Special Constabulary. P.C. Reg Hollis grasses on Roach to Brownlow, in the hope of getting the clerk's job. Desperate to save his sergeant's career, Galloway gets Dashwood to trace the stolen scotch to Mr. Brownlow's golf club, and manages to get Roach off the hook.