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Last ever episode of The Bill tonight...

I think The Bill is the world's longest running police series, though I could be wrong.

'Last of the Summer Wine', which went out with barely a wimper on Sunday evening, was the world's longest running sitcom.

What next?

I'm half-expecting to turn on the news and find that Sir Patrick Moore has died.

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wellinghall
Aug. 31st, 2010 01:52 pm (UTC)
Dreamliner crashing onto Ambridge?
clarienne
Aug. 31st, 2010 02:30 pm (UTC)
LotSW was still going?!?!

I had no idea.
philmophlegm
Aug. 31st, 2010 02:50 pm (UTC)
Still with Peter Sallis too (just about). They sort of rotated the older characters into supporting roles and replaced them with Russ Abbott, Burt Kwouk (who is a stunningly bad actor) and the bloke who used to play George in George & Mildred.

The last episode was dismally unfunny. The earlier stuff was much, much better.
parrot_knight
Aug. 31st, 2010 04:14 pm (UTC)
The early series even had some claims to social realism, if that's your sort of thing. I am not sure how Hobbo, Entwistle and whatever Brian Murphy's characters were called were meant to be leads, as Hobbo was too exaggerated a character to engage the viewer's sympathy (whereas first Blamire, then Foggy, were recognisable as frustrated retired career soldiers) and the other two didn't do very much. It's lost focus - I've seen comments elsewhere that Trevor Bannister, Christopher Beeny and Mike Grady's characters should have been the focal points, and on the basis of Sunday's episode there is a case there.
philmophlegm
Aug. 31st, 2010 05:20 pm (UTC)
I haven't seen enough of the other new characters to say. You're right about the realism thing though. The earlier series had realistic characters (not just the main characters but the supporting characters like Sid and Wally). In later series, these gave way to one-dimensional, one joke caricatures. Howard & Marina should have been a plot for one episode, not a quarter of a century!
the_marquis
Aug. 31st, 2010 08:10 pm (UTC)
You mean there were 3 blokes before Compo, Foggy & Clegg?
parrot_knight
Aug. 31st, 2010 08:51 pm (UTC)
Foggy was a replacement (from series 3, I think) for Blamire (played by Michael Bates, better remembered as Ranji Ram from It Ain't Half Hot Mum).
philmophlegm
Aug. 31st, 2010 10:44 pm (UTC)
For anyone who didn't watch it, I can report that the final two-part story* that finished The Bill was superb television, as good as anything The Bill has done in years. Seems a shame to finish it now, especially as ITV isn't exactly drowning in quality drama.




* They resisted the temptation to finish with a sensational plot, opting instead for a routine story about a gangland stabbing.
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