ITV’s cancelled police-drama series The Bill has been short-listed for the Best Continuing Drama award at this year’s Bafta’s. The axed drama is up against BBC One’s EastEnders and Casualty and Coronation Street.
ITV cop-drama The Bill has been short-listed for a Bafta even though the broadcaster has cancelled the series following low ratings. The Bill is up for the Best Continuing Drama award along with BBC One’s EastEnders and Casualty and ITV soap Coronation Street. ITV announced earlier this year that the police drama was being cancelled after 27 years on-air to the anger of fans who quickly launched a Facebook campaign to save the series. The Bafta nomination probably won’t be welcomed by ITV seeing as The Bill will finish filming in just a few weeks time.
Interesting The Bill won the same category last year after ITV cut back on the number of episodes of the series per year and shunted it to a 9pm slot – so if The Bill were to win again not only would it be a fitting tribute to the series as it draws to a close but also an embarrassment to ITV. The broadcaster will be hoping that Coronation Street, which celebrates its 50th anniversary later this year, will take home the gong but the soap has been disappointed before with Casualty piping them to the post before. The BBC meanwhile will be hoping for a repeat success of this weekend’s British Soap Awards which saw EastEnders sweep the categories.
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