Filming on ITV’s cop-drama The Bill, which has been on-air for 27 years, finished yesterday following the broadcasters decision to cancel the series.
Yesterday marked the final scenes being filmed on ITV’s cop-drama The Bill. After 27 years on-air the series wrapped filming yesterday on its final episode which will air in the Autumn. ITV announced it had cancelled The Bill earlier this year after ratings for the series fell following a disastrous revamp. Bosses at ITV ordered the revamp last year as The Bill was moved to a 9pm slot and the number of episodes per year were halved – the cop-drama took on a grittier look and axed its theme tune and several members of cast including Graham Cole who played PC Tony Stamp. The revamp was not a success with audiences though and ratings dropped to below 4 million.
“It’s been a highly emotional day for all cast and crew.” – Executive Producer Jonathan Young quoted in The Sun.
Fan of The Bill launched a campaign to save the series hoping another broadcaster would step in and acquire the series. However, the BBC and Five both told ATV News they had no plans to save the series. Five was a particular hope among fans because its owners are the parent company who also own Talkback Thames, the producers of The Bill. The cancellation has been widely criticised by drama producers who claim it’ll have a long-term impact on drama production in the UK. ITV have pledged to re-invest the money spent on The Bill in new original drama.