ITV is to finish up long running police drama The Bill this autumn after 27 years and a steady decline in viewers.
Up until recently The Bill was a glorified soap but was redesigned last year for a later time slot and fewer episodes. From what I saw the results were impressive with more time spent on the shows appearance and an all round higher quality show. Sadly the experiment failed as viewing figures didn’t rise and so Sun Hill police station will be closing its doors.
In the 9pm slots left vacant ITV will produce more of its short drama series which are on the whole not very good. ITV is quickly becoming a channel ruled by reality TV and magazine shows. Coronation Street is one of the few long running shows to remain after Heartbeat was also axed a few years ago, let’s not even talk about Emmerdale.
I look forward to lots of The Bill actors suddenly popping up on Eastenders and Casualty even more frequently than they do already.