Wild Bill (TV series)
|Country of origin||United Kingdom|
|No. of seasons||1|
|No. of episodes||6 (list of episodes)|
|Running time||45 minutes approx.|
|Original release||12 June 2019 –|
Wild Bill is a British television comedy-drama series which premiered on ITV on 12 June 2019. Wild Bill stars Rob Lowe as Bill Hixon, a former US police chief who moves from Miami to Boston, Lincolnshire with his fourteen-year-old daughter Kesley, after being sacked from the American police force for assaulting a boy who had uploaded sexual images of his daugher. Although he makes an immediate impact on his colleagues, none appear too pleased to have an American officer around, aside from eager young trainee detective Muriel Yeardsley (Bronwyn James), with whom Bill forms an affinity after a slightly rocky initial start.
A series of six episodes was commissioned in October 2018, with Lowe signing on as executive producer. Filming began in November 2018, with Anjli Mohindra, Rachael Stirling and Angela Griffin confirmed to be among the cast. Aloreia Spencer, who plays Hixon's fourteen-year-old daughter Kesley, makes her on-screen debut in the series.
The series is due for release on DVD on 29 July 2019.
The series has received mixed reviews, with Lucy Mangan of the The Guardian awarding the series' premiere episode three stars, writing:
"There’s a segment in John Mulaney’s 2018 comedy special Kid Gorgeous in Radio City in which the American stand-up attempts to grapple with the phenomenon of Donald Trump’s presidency via a prolonged analogy – delivered in increasingly incredulous tones – of there being “a horse loose in a hospital. Wild Bill is ITV’s new drama and it stars Rob Lowe as the new chief constable of East Lincolnshire police. There’s a horse loose in the hospital."
- Rob Lowe as Chief Constable Bill Hixon; head of the East Lincolnshire Police Force.
- Bronwyn James as DC Muriel Yeardsley; a trainee CID detective whom Bill takes a particular shine to.
- Rachael Stirling as Lady Mary Harborough; a local crown court judge with whom Bill enjoys a brief affair.
- Anjli Mohindra as Assistant Chief Constable Lydia Price; Bill's second in command.
- Tony Pitts as Crime Commissioner Keith Metcalfe; Bill's manager.
- Anthony Flanagan as PC Sean Cobley; a disillusioned beat cop determined not to accept Bill's new regime.
- Divian Ladwa as PC Troy Drakes; PC Cobley's bumbling beat partner.
- Aloreia Spencer as Kelsey Hixon; Bill's teenage daughter.
- Angela Griffin as Lisa Cranston; a local journalist assigned to oversee Bill's tenure as Chief Constable.
- Vicki Pepperdine as Broadbent; the force's resident pathologist.
- Steffan Rhodri as DS Alex Blair; DC Yeardsley's immediate superior, who is found to be involved in a series of unsolved armed robberies.
- Aleksandar Jovanovic as Oleg Kraznov; a dangerous Russian businessman attempting to build a criminal empire on Bill's turf.
|No.||Title||Directed by||Written by||Original air date ||Prod.|
|1||"Episode 1"||Charles Martin||Dudi Appleton & Jim Keeble||12 June 2019||TBA||5.41|
|Bill Hixon arrives in Boston to take up the position of Chief Constable with East Lincolnshire police – but his first day is far from routine when the head of a teenage girl who disappeared several years previously is found in the freezer of a local nut job. Bill seizes the chance to take on one of the force's most notorious unsolved cases, and befriends the girl's mother, Angie (Susan Lynch), as the investigation into her death gets underway.|
|2||"Episode 2"||Charles Martin||Dudi Appleton & Jim Keeble||19 June 2019||TBA||N/A|
|'Piano Man', (Craig Parkinson), an amnesiac arrested after an altercation at a local train station, is implicated in series of unsolved armed robberies committed by an offender known only as the 'Boston Bandit'. Although CID are keen to wrap the case up, Bill suspects that 'Piano Man' may have been framed and sets about discovering the truth. Lydia comes under fire when a personal connection to one of the victims in the case is uncovered.|
|3||"Episode 3"||John Hardwick||Tom Farrelly||26 June 2019||TBA||TBD|
|When Boston's pensioners find themselves under attack from a seasoned burglar who has seemingly resurfaced after fifteen years away, Bill interviews local librarian Alma Smith (Emma D'Arcy), whose DNA is partial match to the burglar. Alma's father, Jonjo Ryan, disappeared when she was just a baby, but as Bill comes under further scrutiny from the press, he discovers that Alma's connection to the case may not be as innocent as he first suspected.|
|4||"Episode 4"||John Hardwick||Tom Moran||3 July 2019||TBA||TBD|
|A sparring rivalry between two local farming families is reignited when the body of labourer Will Mowbray is found in a secluded area of woodland known locally as 'Dead Man's Wood'. Bill initially suspects the fiery Audrey Merrick (Lisa Palfrey) of being responsible for Will's murder, but Muriel is convinced that rival farmhand Ray Gilchrist (Con O'Neill) had a part to play. Meanwhile, Kesley's first day at her new school results in an unexpected friendship.|
|5||"Episode 5"||Annie Griffin||Melissa Bubnic||10 July 2019||TBA||TBD|
|6||"Episode 6"||Annie Griffin||Dudi Appleton & Jim Keeble||17 July 2019||TBA||TBD|
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