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The Bill returns amid rumours of a reboot

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All episodes of The Bill are to be made available to watch for free on UKTV Play, amid rumours that the show could be rebooted.

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Fans will be able to enjoy every series with episodes available on the free streaming service.

The hit police drama last aired on ITV in 2010 having run for more than 2,400 episodes since 1983.

It could now be on its way back to screens with The Sun newspaper previously reporting that a rebooted series is in the works at UKTV.

A source said: “In the minds of many producers and execs, The Bill is a drama which is just sitting, waiting, to be rebooted.

“It’s a simple format but one which attracted a loyal army of followers who would be delighted to see it return.”

The insider added that any new series would be “tweaked” in order to attract “a whole new generation” to tune in.

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The latest report follows other rumours that writer Simon Sansome was working on a spin-off project after acquiring the rights to the show, with EastEnders writer and Holby City co-creator Tony McHale also attached.

Classic cast members including Graham Cole (PC Tony Stamp), Trudie Goodwin (Sgt June Ackland) and Mark Wingett (DC Jim Carver) have been tipped to return.

The new series is set to be called Sun Hill, the fictional Police Station where the original series was set.

For now, watch this space!

Following the lives of policemen and women working in East London, The Bill was renowned for giving stars who are now successful their first break.

Familiar faces including actress Keira Knightley, entertainer and author David Walliams, actor Sean Bean, singer Emma Bunton and comedian Russell Brand all appeared as extras on the show.

The Bill first started as a one off drama originally titled Old Bill and then Woodentop, starring Mark Wingett as PC Jim Carver and Trudie Goodwin as WPC June Ackland of London’s Metropolitan Police.

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After proving an instant hit, it was turned into an ongoing series that ran for 26 years following its first broadcast on 16 October 1984.

Episodes of The Bill currently air on UKTV’s Drama channel and are available to watch online via the UKTV Player here.

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