ITV has confirmed that after 27 years service The Bill is being taken off frontline duties and replaced by a new drama following Community Support Officers as they go about their important work of smiling and nodding at people in the street.
‘CSO: Sun Hill will look very similar to The Bill,’ said Peter Fincham, ‘but it won’t have the same dramatic power, meaning viewers can only be detained for a short time until another programme comes along to help.’
Despite a Tory campaign to get ‘bobbies back on our screens’, Home Secretary Alan Johnson has defended the move. ‘CSO: Sun Hill will provide essential back-up and support to the hard work done by real police dramas such as Waking the Dead and A Touch of Frost.’
CSO: Sun Hill begins next Monday, although for a probationary period all episodes will go out accompanied by repeats featuring experienced officer, DCI Burnside.