The Bill (series 2)

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The Bill (series 2)
Series 2 (Australian DVD Cover)
Country of origin United Kingdom
No. of episodes 12
Original network ITV
Original release 11 November 1985 –
10 February 1986
Series chronology
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Series 1
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Series 3

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.

Cast changes[edit]



  • PC Abe Lyttleton
  • PC Pete Muswell


# 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 Lyttleton and PC Pete Muswell Sean Blowers, John Ainley and Jean Trend 11 November 1985 (1985-11-11)
Amidst renovation chaos at Sun Hill a new PC, 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 PC Pete Muswell. DC 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, Desmond Askew, Roy Heather, Anthony Bailey, Edward Evans, Timothy Block, Frank Coda and Bhasker Patel 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 on the rest of the relief.
3 "Lost" Christopher Hodson Ginnie Hole TBA Caroline John, Ivor Roberts, Keith Hodiak and Norman Lovett 25 November 1985 (1985-11-25)
DS Roach and DC Dashwood are on "obbo" (observation) 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 sex offender. CID question suspects in the area while a full-scale search is under way. 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 TBA Nick Stringer, Shay Gorman, Peter Czajowski, Alan Ford and John Lyons 2 December 1985 (1985-12-02)
Brownlow wants to start a Neighbourhood Watch scheme with the support of Smith and Carver. After a heated meeting that gets hijacked by interlopers he discovers that his petrol has been stolen. 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 Fagin who has been using a youth group as cover.
5 "Hostage" Michael Ferguson Barry Appleton TBA Jamie Foreman, Peter Czajowski, David J. Grahame, Alec Wallis and Haydn Wood 9 December 1985 (1985-12-09)
Sgt. Cryer is taking half the relief out on Sun Hill's annual fishing trip. PC Smith and DC 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 sawn-off shotgun. He later holds up a bookie's and a greengrocer's, but is spotted by PCs Carver and Frank, who give chase. Frank is shot and wounded, and Archer ends up taking an elderly woman hostage in a retirement village. With the fishing trip cancelled, DS Roach takes charge of the siege operation until DI 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 WPC Ackland posing as a Meals on Wheels driver, Galloway, Roach and PT17 officers storm the flat, and Archer is shot dead just as he is about to surrender.
6 "This Little Pig" John Woods Christopher Russell TBA Gerard Horan, Mark Monero and Steve Morley 23 December 1985 (1985-12-23)
PC Edwards corners a pig that was released from the City Farm and gets dropped in it by PC Muswell. Muswell has problems with income tax on wages from the miners' strike. PC Hollis makes initial inquiries about the Chief Super's clerk's job. Both DI Galloway and Sgt Cryer have problems with an overtime clamp-down and get another lecture from Brownlow about it. Fur protesters are arrested outside a fur shop. Edwards, WPC June Ackland and Muswell arrest a man on his wedding day for non-appearance in court.
7 "Ringer" John Woods Barry Appleton TBA Greg Powell, Michael Melia and Arthur Blake 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; WPC Martella and PC Muswell have the job of informing relatives of the deaths. After following the trail from the Porsche DI Galloway raids a scrapyard, only to find DS Burnside from the robbery squad under cover as a buyer, about to break the ring, but having forgotten to tell Galloway.
8 "Public and Confidential" Christopher Hodson Lionel Goldstein TBA Arthur Cox, Dean Harris, Tariq Yunus, David Kincaid, Tomasz Borkowy and Bill McGuirk 13 January 1986 (1986-01-13)
A man is throwing tiles off a roof and PC Lyttleton, who has vertigo, is sent up to arrest him. A Polish sailor turns up at the station seeking political asylum. DS Roach and DC Dashwood catch a man who has been posing as a gas board official. Ch. Supt Brownlow talks to PC 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 TBA Michelle Collins, Harriet Thorpe, Duncan Preston, Jimmy Gardner, Steve Emerson and Brenda Kempner 20 January 1986 (1986-01-20)
A young mother caught shoplifting at a supermarket confesses to Sgt Cryer that she is in debt to a loanshark, "Aunty" Peg Miller. PC Edwards checks cases of fly-tipping 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 TBA Glen Murphy and David Weston 27 January 1986 (1986-01-27)
Sgt Cryer brings in Debbie Lindfield, who is reluctant to report a rape. WPC Ackland has problems interviewing the rape victim because of the constant interference of the victim's friend, Sandra. Sandra then tells PC Muswell that Debbie got what she deserved from Sandra's boyfriend. DS Roach investigates a burglary with the householder claiming more jewellery was taken than has been recovered.
11 "Whose Side Are You On?" Peter Cregeen Jim Hill TBA Elizabeth Bradley 3 February 1986 (1986-02-03)
DC 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 DI Roy Galloway for photo opportunities despite his objections. DS Ted Roach investigates the murder of an old derelict known only as King Henry. PC Carver injures his ankle chasing some bag-snatchers and Sgt Cryer takes his place on the team, though Dashwood thinks that Cryer is too old to do so. PC Lyttleton suggests WPC Martella, as she is good at netball. Dashwood convinces her to join the team, gaining brownie points from Mr Brownlow for selecting a WPC for the squad. PC 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.
12 "The Chief Super's Party" Peter Cregeen Barry Appleton Final appearances of PC Abe Lyttleton and PC Pete Muswell Gary Olsen, David Arlen, Brian Croucher, Sidney Kean and Tommy Wright 10 February 1986 (1986-02-10)
PCs Muswell and 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. DI Galloway questions DS Burnside when he gatecrashes the party, and Burnside admits that he fancies WPC Ackland. DC 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 DI and the Chief Super, DS Roach drives home drunk and crashes his car into a fence. Knowing that 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. 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. PC 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 Brownlow's golf club, and manages to get Roach off the hook.