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Old 17-07-2013, 12:38
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Very strong episode today.

Loved Deakin/Rod Skase today. Nice to see Sam Harker as we haven't seen him recently. And good to finally get some closure on the Tony Stamp/Jane Douglas/Simon Attwell hit and run story. It sort of dragged on a bit but good to see it's been rounded off today.

Boyden's excellent. Witty character along with Conway.

My rating: 9/10.
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Old 17-07-2013, 13:08
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I think one thing they did well with the Stamp storyline was to slowly fade it in to the background - for today's and yesterday's episode there was another storyline which dominated it.

In many ways I guess it's been mainly uniform so far what with 1 big storyline looking at Santini/Fox and the next looking at Stamp - that's all we've had so far basically. I believe the next few episodes are CID which could be interesting; I do generally prefer uniform stories but I think this CID was largely excellent. I've not seen a number of episodes from this point until Tinderbox (the point where Alibi started in 09) so I'm looking forward to watching them again - Section F is one of my all-time favourites!
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Old 17-07-2013, 13:11
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Burnside returns in a couple of episodes time
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Old 17-07-2013, 13:21
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Out of interest how many are watching these particular episodes - or even the show full stop - for the first time? And how many have seen them before?
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Old 17-07-2013, 13:45
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first time for me
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Old 17-07-2013, 16:55
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@UKTV: NEWS: Brand new @Drama_channel is moving up to Sky channel 166 from Wednesday July 24. It will remain on Freeview 20 http://t.co/zWcjCrTa6W
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Old 17-07-2013, 17:13
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First time for me although i think caught a few on UK Gold years ago
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Old 17-07-2013, 18:21
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OK I think I'm gonna cry!! Does drama have a place on virgin?
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Old 17-07-2013, 18:40
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I remember these episode first time round, in fact I remember recording the episodes on VHS! I sold me video collection of The Bill for 200+, on eBay, a few years ago!

Only just started watching the episodes on Drama (since Monday). I'm gutted I missed the recent Santini/Rosie storyline!
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Old 18-07-2013, 14:36
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It was good to see Kerry Holmes today although it felt a bit of a filler episode - I generally prefer either/both uniform episodes or episodes with a compilation of the whole cast. You only really saw Boulton and Holmes (and sometimes Meadows) doing anything significant in this one - a lot of the cast didn't even speak! I'd say this was probably the weakest episode so far although it wasn't awful.

I'd say 5/10 by the standard of the past fortnight. (I don't think we've had a 10/10 yet, though Bang Bang You're dead and Making Up would both get 9/10.)
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Old 18-07-2013, 15:23
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The only issue I had with the ending of the Tony Stamp/Simon Attwell storyline is that surely Jane Douglas would/should be done for withholding evidence. She said nothing in her statement or in court of knowing Simon had just walking out into the path of the car. Tony was convicted of dangerous driving and has that on his record, yet he's quite happy to let her get away with being a miserable sow with a half arsed taste for revenge.

Also, why would that solicitor leave his car at a station and get the train to his flat?
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Old 18-07-2013, 19:06
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I guess Tony was the only one who knew and having finally reached some kind of compromise with her it would have been unwise to arrest her for that (didn't he say that 'I wouldn't blame you' if she had lied?)

I suppose editorially it might not have been the most desirable outcome either (although maybe for some people!) The way they did it at least drew a line under it all.

Interested to see the two Burnside episodes - it's been a while since I've seen them.
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Old 18-07-2013, 19:20
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Decent episode.

Self-contained episode containing two CID officers, Boulton and Holmes, as the investigating officers, very much like the half-hour era. Had the feel of a half-hour era episode but with more storyline development. I was half expecting the episode to end when everyone got arrested at the nightclub to realise there was still half an hour left of the episode.

Enjoyed the episode - it was different to the multi-episode storylines we've had of late. Nice to see Boulton, although he does come across as self-righteous and willing to bend the rules.

The crime plot was a little contrived but entertaining.

6/10.
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Old 18-07-2013, 19:50
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Upon reflection maybe 5 was a bit harsh - I might push it up to a 6. It was around average but ok. I get the sense this might have worked better as a half hour episode. It felt like an hour was a bit long for just that 1 storyline to me - I think you make a good point about the time format. Have you watched these before allthingsuk?
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Old 18-07-2013, 19:58
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Not long watched an episode called "Search Me" now wait till you get to that there's some brilliant chemistry between Brownlow, Conway and the Relief.

I see Drama are still cutting stuff out, not really very respectful to viewers is it?

It's like there saying oh here's 1998 episodes of The Bill which were last shown in 2002, but your not getting them in full we'll cut 5 minutes out of each episode.
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Old 18-07-2013, 19:59
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Upon reflection maybe 5 was a bit harsh - I might push it up to a 6. It was around average but ok. I get the sense this might have worked better as a half hour episode. It felt like an hour was a bit long for just that 1 storyline to me - I think you make a good point about the time format. Have you watched these before allthingsuk?
Apart from the Tony Stamp/Jane Attwell story arc, these episodes are all new to me up until some late 1999 episodes.

This would have made a great half-hour episode, Maybe the writers were still getting used to writing for an hour hence the patchy nature of the episode.

Not long watched an episode called "Search Me" now wait till you get to that there's some brilliant chemistry between Brownlow, Conway and the Relief.
Seen it. Very political episode, well-written and very developed. Loved seeing Brownlow and Conway - so underused at times. I think it was based around the Macpherson Report so very topical episode at the time.

And btw, weren't 1998 episodes last shown on UK Gold in summer 2004, not 2002/03?
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Old 18-07-2013, 20:05
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Apart from the Tony Stamp/Jane Attwell story arc, these episodes are all new to me up until some late 1999 episodes.

This would have made a great half-hour episode, Maybe the writers were still getting used to writing for an hour hence the patchy nature of the episode.



Seen it. Very political episode, well-written and very developed. Loved seeing Brownlow and Conway - so underused at times. I think it was based around the Macpherson Report so very topical episode at the time.

And btw, weren't 1998 episodes last shown on UK Gold in summer 2004, not 2002/03?
Nope they started from the beginning of 1999, so these haven't been shown since December 2002.
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Old 18-07-2013, 20:07
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Nope they started from the beginning of 1999, so these haven't been shown since December 2002.
I'm pretty sure they showed the Eddie Santini/Rosie Fox episodes starting August 2004, as I remember watching them.

But I don't think the 1998 half-hour eps (apart from a few) have been repeated since 2002.
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Old 18-07-2013, 20:08
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Nope they started from the beginning of 1999, so these haven't been shown since December 2002.
These episodes were definitely shown on Gold (or whatever it was then! ) in August 2004. And I agree that Search Me is a great episode - Section F is the one I'm really looking forward to in the near future.
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Old 18-07-2013, 20:10
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These episodes were definitely shown on Gold (or whatever it was then! ) in August 2004. And I agree that Search Me is a great episode - Section F is the one I'm really looking forward to in the near future.
Never seen Section F but looks good.
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Old 18-07-2013, 20:17
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Im sorry my mistake then I was told a few years ago that they started from January 1999, my mistake though.
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Old 18-07-2013, 20:22
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Im sorry my mistake then I was told a few years ago that they started from January 1999, my mistake though.
Someone may have mixed it up with two things:
[LIST=1][*]January 1999 may have been the point UK Gold rewound back to 1993 since they were doing early 1998 episodes in and around this time.[*]The point at which Alibi started The Bill repeats, which was from 1999 eps.[/LIST]
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Old 18-07-2013, 20:26
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Not long watched an episode called "Search Me" now wait till you get to that there's some brilliant chemistry between Brownlow, Conway and the Relief.

I see Drama are still cutting stuff out, not really very respectful to viewers is it?

It's like there saying oh here's 1998 episodes of The Bill which were last shown in 2002, but your not getting them in full we'll cut 5 minutes out of each episode.

Agreed it's not respectful - it's not even as if it's every now and again! As I've said before (and now emailed to UKTV) they really should at the very least just ditch the 8am repeat and have an uncut 70 minute episode or whatever from 8-9.10 or something.

I've tried to provide links to the missing parts of episodes when I've been able to find them online - unfortunately The Cross doesn't seem to be available. If anyone knows where the missing scenes could be found then that would be great!
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Old 18-07-2013, 20:30
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I'm a few episodes behind everyone else (i'm recording this on series link) the episode I last watched was Stamp's day in court where he was found 'not guilty'. I loved this episode and the fact that the entire episode was set inside the court and was focused on the whole court case. Ashton and Quinnan were both wrestling with their consciences over giving evidence for and against Stamp - there was nothing sensational about the whole court case - the human drama and emotion all came out naturally. Fantastic episode. I'm loving this era completely. I've never seen the Fox/Santini or Stamp court case episodes. I've only watched 1999 episodes onwards, so it's great to see these for the first time.

I'm going to keep my favourite episodes on my Freeview box, so I can go back and rewatch them whenever I want
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Old 18-07-2013, 20:35
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Yep wires have been crossed somewhere along the way, I've got the uncut version of The Cross on my hardrive from a torrent. so i'll check it off the 12am showing tonight and see what scenes are missing.

Have you two either seen the episode All Fall Down Part 1 and 2, anyone agree that the episode really did live up too it's name and did fall down after this?
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