- The Bill (series 14)
The Bill Series 14 Country of origin United Kingdom No. of episodes 121 Broadcast Original channel ITV Original run 1 January 1998 –
31 December 1998
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# Title Episode notes Directed by Written by Original air date Prod # 1 "Square Peg, Round Hole" Delyth Thomas Stephen McAteer January 1, 1998 When a raid on a known drug addict goes awry, Boulton is spiked by the desperate criminal's needle, leaving Sun Hill's tough guy frightened and angry - and in need of an HIV test. 2 "You Pays Your Money" James Hawes Jason Sutton January 2, 1998 A family are strangely silent about the death of their landlord. 3 "Hard Cash" Mike Vardy Chris Ould January 6, 1998 Beech and Carver go in search of a haul of £30,000 in banknotes, missing from a six-year-old robbery. 4 "Taking It Easy" Niven Boyd guest stars. Delyth Thomas Kevin Scouler January 8, 1998 When an old man loses his life savings in a mugging, Boyden and Stamp suspect it was something more than coincidence 5 "Villain" Roger Gartland Isabelle Grey January 9, 1998 Boyden deals with a frail old man brought into custody accused of attempted murder. 6 "Forgive and Forget" Mike Vardy Stephen Greenhorn January 13, 1998 A father wants revenge for his murdered son. 7 "Girl Power" Vanessa Cavanagh guest stars. January 15, 1998 When a young girl has to carry a knife to defend herself at school, Keane and Stamp know it is time to step in. 8 "Puppy Walk" Tim Holloway Maxwell Young January 16, 1998 Cynical Stamp feels a woman with a sob story may be playing games, but Ashton is taken in by her charms. 9 "Sprog" Ged Maguire Rod Lewis January 20, 1998 Enthusiastic Ashton single-handedly solves a mystery break-in - despite scepticism from Stamp and Page. 10 "Out on a Limb" Derek Lister Colin Wyatt January 22, 1998 It's a life or death situation for Skase and Proctor when an assassin comes looking for his money. But can they work together to defuse the situation? 11 "Way Out West" Tim Holloway Scott Cherry January 23, 1998 Stamp and Quinnan play a prank on Jarvis - but end up dropping themselves in the drink. 12 "Storyboards" First appearance of PC Eddie Santini Danny Hiller J.C. Wilsher January 29, 1998 New PC Eddie Santini, tall, dark and handsome with a dubious past, causes a stir when he arrives to join the team at Sun Hill. 13 "For Your Love" Marc Bannerman guest stars, Hour-long episode. Brian Farnham Neil Clarke January 30, 1998 Rawton and Skase assist a woman receiving anonymous threats. 14 "Soft in the Head" Chris Lovett Tom Needham February 3, 1998 Ashton goes missing from the scene of an accident. 15 "Friends in High Places" Chris Lovett Patrick Melanaphy February 5, 1998 A car belonging to a rival Chief Superintendent's wife is stolen right from under Santini and Quinnan's noses. 16 "Love's Labours Lost" Robin Sheppard Clive Dawson February 6, 1998 Proctor and Skase investigate the stalking of Proctor's ex-girlfriend. 17 "Opposites" Robin Sheppard Michael Jenner February 12, 1998 A series of muggings on a local estate lead Proctor and Carver to the house of a rather unusual couple. 18 "Solicitous" Mike Vardy Julian Perkins February 13, 1998 Meadows and Skase discover a modern-day Robin Hood robbing the rich in Sun Hill. 19 "A Rainy Night in Sun Hill" Albert Barber Len Collin February 17, 1998 Santini is irritated at being paired with Hollis on a cold, wet night in Canley. 20 "Unwarranted" Mike Vardy Simon Moss February 19, 1998 While in a rush to catch a crook, Ashton trips and falls foul of the law. 21 "A Bit of Respect" Roger Gartland Renny Krupinski February 20, 1998 Ackland sets out to trap a man who wants to take the law into his own hands. 22 "The Parent Trap" Final appearance DC Suzi Croft Gill Wilkinson Ray Brooking February 24, 1998 Croft is puzzled by a couple who want their daughter arrested. 23 "Sudden Death" Mike Vardy Kathrine Smith February 26, 1998 Ackland and Quinnan are on the case when a man falls from his bedroom window. But was it an accident or something more? 24 "Back-Up" Simon Massey Graham Mitchell February 27, 1998 Carver is let down by an unreliable snout, and needs Beech to get him out of a tricky situation. 25 "A Little Help" Blooper: At the end of the episode both Skase and Rawton handle evidence without any gloves on, thus contaminating it for any future prosecution. Tom Cotter Candy Denman March 3, 1998 Rawton and Skase realise they may be onto a serial attacker. 26 "Guiding Hand" Justin Hardy Lyndon Mallet March 5, 1998 Page and McCann investigate what appears to be a straightforward case of attempted child abduction. 27 "Good Faith: Part 1" Special appearance of Hugh Laurie Ian White Chris Ould March 6, 1998 A clever lawyer runs rings around Beech in court in a case involving a notorious robber. 28 "Good Faith: Part 2" Ian White Chris Ould March 10, 1998 The tit-for-tat violence escalates between rival gangs in Sun Hill. 29 "Good Faith: Part 3" Ian White Chris Ould March 12, 1998 Beech's involvement with rival racketeers becomes more complicated. 30 "No Doubt About It" Simon Massey Nigel Baldwin March 13, 1998 Can Garfield's word on the identity of a suspect be trusted? 31 "One of the Gang" N. G. Bristow Stephen Plaice March 17, 1998 Meadows and Daly get a tip-off about a gang of young muggers, but their information comes from an unlikely source. 32 "Without a Prayer" Brian Farnham Nigel Smith March 19, 1998 Garfield and Keane try to discover the cause of death of a woman found dead in a church hall. 33 "Lucky Find" Brian Farnham Jaden Clark March 20, 1998 When a girl goes missing by the river, Deakin sees an opportunity to nail an old adversary. 34 "A Little Bit of Paradise" Dominic Lees Rod Lewis March 24, 1998 McCann is sent in search of a valuable exotic bird. 35 "Daydream Believer" Ged Maguire Ann Coburn March 26, 1998 Rawton and Daly investigate an assault on a resident of an old people's home. 36 "Powder My Nose" Albert Barber Jason Sutton March 27, 1998 Conway is the target of a blackmail attempt following a drunken night out. 37 "Bad Feelings" Dominic Lees Peter J. Hammond March 31, 1998 Boulton is after a villain known to have an eye for the ladies. 38 "Like Family" Derek Lister Bridget Lawless April 2, 1998 Quinnan and Blake search for a missing French au pair who has been moonlighting as a stripper. 39 "Shattered" John Bruce Hugh Ellis April 3, 1998 Cryer tries to save the life of a girl found dying on the common, and gets a complaint filed against him. 40 "Home Movie" Tom Needham April 7, 1998 Boyden uncovers an illicit pornographic video operation. 41 "Racer" John Bruce Ben Cooper April 9, 1998 Ashton tries to help a reformed teenage joyrider. 42 "The Scent of Compassion" Jeremy Silberston Stephen McGann April 10, 1998 Ashton's sense of compassion is crucial in solving a cruel assault case. 43 "Driving Me Crazy" Tom Cotter Matthew Leys April 14, 1998 Quinnan and Ackland pursue a dangerous driver. 44 "Manhunt" April 16, 1998 Deakin and Carver investigate a case of male rape. 45 "Rebel Without a Licence" Delyth Thomas Chris Jury April 17, 1998 A speeding Pontiac and three ageing James Deans give Stamp and McCann a headache. 46 "Sale or Return: Part 1" Chris Lovett Julian Spilsbury April 21, 1998 Boulton and Carver head for the river, chasing a particularly slippery customer. 47 "Sale or Return: Part 2" Chris Lovett Julian Spilsbury April 23, 1998 Boulton and Carver continue their investigation into illegal immigration and find the case complicated by an attractive woman. 48 "Target Man" Tom Cotter Stephen McAteer April 24, 1998 While football fever grips Sun Hill, Deakin hopes to get his man by following a tip-off. With Hollis to help him, how can he fail? 49 "Mixed Feelings" Gill Wilkinson Kumari Salgado April 28, 1998 Page tries to trace the mother of an abandoned baby, while Boulton and Rawton investigate an apparently racially-motivated attack. 50 "Wannabe" Delyth Thomas Wendy Lee April 30, 1998 Skase finds himself the object of the affections of a fourteen-year-old girl who leads him to some unusual drug dealers. 51 "One Small Step" Christopher Hodson Rod Beacham May 5, 1998 Ashton, on his first solo outing, is distracted by a decoy while a nearby shop is burgled. 52 "Big Brother" First appearance of WPC Vicky Hagen Jo Shoop Scott Cherry May 7, 1998 Vicky Hagen arrives at Sun Hill to rumours that she had grassed on a colleague at a previous station. 53 "Volcano" Final appearance of PC Mike Jarvis Jo Shoop Scott Cherry May 8, 1998 Jarvis and Hagen are put in the area car together, and almost come to blows. 54 "Money Talks" Jo Johnson Simon Moss May 12, 1998 Boyden gets friendly with Ashton's mother. 55 "Brighton Rocks: Part 1" Ian White Richard McBrien May 14, 1998 Beech wangles an expenses-paid trip to Brighton with Skase, but his night does not go as planned. 56 "Brighton Rocks: Part 2" Ian White Richard McBrien May 15, 1998 Skase persuades Brighton C.I.D. to help track down the missing Beech. 57 "The Hare and the Tortoise" Roger Gartland Candy Denman May 19, 1998 Stamp and Hagen have different ideas about what makes a good area car driver. 58 "The Better Man" Jo Johnson J.C. Wilsher May 21, 1998 Daly and Carver try to get evidence against a young drug addict suspected of the brutal assault of a police officer. 59 "Red Herrings" Gill Wilkinson Terry Hodgkinson May 22, 1998 Carver and Proctor respond to a tip-off about the theft of some fish. 60 "Under the Grill" Derek Lister Stephen Plaice May 26, 1998 Boulton is less than thrilled to be placed on an interviewing course with Hollis, but gets the chance to exact revenge on an ex-colleague. 61 "The Stork" Danny Hiller Louise Hide May 28, 1998 Keane and Garfield look into allegations that a New Age cult leader is encouraging under-aged girls to engage in sexual activity. 62 "One of Us" Clive Fleury Katharine Way May 29, 1998 Carver is shocked when a woman names his friend from a neighbouring station as a flasher. 63 "Room to Manoeuvre" Steve Shill Patrick Melanaphy June 2, 1998 Boulton and Hollis find themselves in pursuit of the same villain. 64 "Out of Hand" John Bruce Len Collin June 4, 1998 Santini and Keane investigate a mysterious assault. 65 "Watching the Detectives" Bernard Gallagher guest stars, Hour-long episode. Ged Maguire Graham Mitchell June 5, 1998 Rawton and Deakin investigate the mysterious disappearance of a woman who has been campaigning to free her husband from jail. 66 "A People Person" Final appearance of DC Tosh Lines - the actor who played Lines died shortly before broadcast, and the episode ends with the tribute "Kevin Lloyd 1949-1998" ; Elaine Donnelly guest stars. N.G. Bristow J.C. Wilsher June 9, 1998 Lines and Ackland investigate the death of an old acquaintance in the apartment of his mistress. 67 "Spray" Peter Cregeen Nigel Baldwin June 16, 1998 Harker rushes to the aid of a woman in danger, but gets himself into trouble over his use of CS spray. 68 "Three Cheers" Ged Maguire Julian Perkins June 19, 1998 Hollis arrests a notorious cat burglar. 69 "Up for Trouble" Peter Lydon Julian Perkins June 23, 1998 Hollis is due to collect his commendation, but his colleagues know he doesn't deserve one. 70 "The Bus Driver's Prayer" Nicola Stapleton and Martin Kemp guest stars. Clive Fleury Dom Shaw June 25, 1998 Page is shocked by a caller who says that he has shot a man and left him to die. 71 "Loving Memory" John Bruce Dale Overton June 26, 1998 Cryer re-opens an unsolved case in response to an attempted suicide. 72 "Stop" Paul Murton James Astbury July 1, 1998 Boulton suspects that Hollis is involved in a series of burglaries. 73 "Deep Secret" Roy Hudd guest stars. Hour-long episode. Tom Cotter Terry Hodgkinson July 2, 1998 Garfield teams up with an attractive young journalist when the wreckage of a World War II Spitfire is discovered in Sun Hill. 74 "The Whip Hand" Final appearance of WPC Norika Datta, Nina Wadia guest stars Christopher Hodson Manjit Singh July 9, 1998 Datta and Quinnan deal with a case of domestic abuse and uncover a horrifying family secret. 75 "Bang!" Tom Cotter Chris Ould July 10, 1998 Boyden faces a critical situation when Harker and Keane bring in a prisoner with a gun. 76 "Unlicensed" Peter Cregeen Alison Fisher July 14, 1998 Skase and Rawton investigate a woman's claims that she is being harassed by a former lover. 77 "Vacant Possession" Sharon Duce guest stars. Jeremy Silberston David Hoskins July 16, 1998 Boyden and Page investigate a death from asphyxiation and try to establish whether the paving stone placed on his chimney was an act of murder. 78 "Sucking Eggs" Peter Lydon Ray Brooking July 17, 1998 Beech and Carver investigate the theft of a grandfather clock. 79 "Tainted Love: Part 1" Jo Shoop Clive Dawson July 21, 1998 Polly Page has fallen for a new boyfriend, but he has no idea she is a police officer. 80 "Tainted Love: Part 2" Jo Shoop Clive Dawson July 23, 1998 Boulton asks Page to spy on her own boyfriend. 81 "Tainted Love: Part 3" Jo Shoop Clive Dawson July 24, 1998 Feeling she has wrecked Boulton's operation, how can Page continue her relationship with Danny? 82 "Cooking" Final appearance of DS Alistair Greig Sarah Harding John Pollock July 28, 1998 Greig's request for tenure is rejected. 83 "Fighting Chance" Martin Hutchings Kevin Scouler July 30, 1998 Garfield and Quinnan fear for the safety of a boxer who has disappeared, abandoning his young son. 84 "King of the Road" Tom Cotter Ben Cooper August 4, 1998 Hollis suggests using an old caravan as a mobile police station. 85 "Wrong Place, Wrong Time" Martin Hutchings Michael Jenner August 6, 1998 Hagen and Harker have to contend with an unreliable witness. 86 "One Man, Two Faces" Paul Murton Tunde Babalola August 11, 1998 McCann and Santini fall out over a vicious assault on a black youth. 87 "Shoot the Messenger" Roger Gartland Alan Pollock August 13, 1998 Boulton is kidnapped by an aggrieved ex-con. 88 "Too Little, Too Late" Last episode in half-hour format Marcus D. F. White David Hoskins August 20, 1998 Skase and Daly investigate an assault outside a gay club, but a key witness is reluctant to come forward. 89 "Deep End" First regular episode in hour-long format. First appearance of WPC Rosie Fox Ian White Elizabeth-Anne Wheal August 25, 1998 Rookie WPC Fox agrees to help a CID investigation by going undercover as a prostitute. Santini reckons she isn't cut out for such an assignment - does he have an ulterior motive for being so protective toward her? 90 "The Party's Over" Jo Johnson Neil Clarke & Elizabeth-Anne Wheal August 27, 1998 Santini tries to apologise to Fox for going too far against her wishes the night before but she tells him to stay away from her. 91 "Bang, Bang, You're Dead" Paul Murton Elizabeth-Anne Wheal August 28, 1998 Fox takes the day off with a migraine but turns up for the relief's paintball charity challenge, where Santini continues to bully and humiliate her. 92 "Team Spirit" Albert Barber Elizabeth-Anne Wheal September 1, 1998 Fox makes an official complaint about Santini. 93 "Urgent Assistance" Albert Barber Steve Griffiths September 15, 1998 Stamp is involved in a serious accident in which he kills a pedestrian while reversing the area car down a one-way street in response to a call for urgent assistance. 94 "Taking Sides" Final appearance of WPC Debbie Keane Tania Diez Len Collin September 22, 1998 Stamp attends the funeral of the pedestrian he knocked over. He and Quinnan arrest the driver of a cut-and-shut limousine. Ashton is set upon by a gang of under-aged drinkers 95 "Deadly Impact" Ged Maguire Anthony Valentine September 29, 1998 Quinnan is called as a prosecution witness. Ashton is the key defence witness, but suffers an attack of nerves. 96 "Big Day" Marcus White Nicholas McInerny and Carolyn Sally Jones October 6, 1998 Stamp faces a disciplinary hearing following the death of a pedestrian. Beech is anxious to get to the bottom of a C.I.B. investigation. 97 "Making Up" Brian Parker Chris McWaters October 13, 1998 Stamp gets behind the wheel of the area car for the first time since the fatal accident, hoping to put recent events behind him, but the victim's girlfriend isn't about to let him forget the incident. Hagen goes under cover as a prostitute to trap a solicitor who has been selling forged passports to his clients. 98 "The Cross" First appearance of DC Kerry Holmes Ian White Maxwell Young October 20, 1998 New arrival W.D.C. Kerry Holmes is partnered with Boulton, and fails to prevent a pair of villains making a getaway. 99 "Cast No Shadow" Return of DCI Frank Burnside Chris Lovett Steve Griffiths October 27, 1998 Investigating an attempted abduction and protection racket, Boulton and Carver travel up to Manchester on the trail of a suspect. Getting into trouble with a local gang, they find themselves rescued by none other than Frank Burnside, who left Sun Hill in mysterious circumstances five years ago. 100 "Betrayal" Chris Lovett Tony Mulholland October 29, 1998 Boulton and Carver return to Sun Hill with Frank Burnside in handcuffs. Meadows discovers that Burnside has been working under cover, and decides that they must work together to get a result. 101 "All for One" Delyth Thomas Edward Canfor-Dumas October 30, 1998 Santini is first on the scene of a serious car accident, and becomes a bit of a local hero when he bravely dives into the river to secure the car. 102 "Trial Run" Dominic Lees Patrick Melanaphy November 3, 1998 Skase calls in sick so he can moonlight as a bodyguard, but one of his teenage charges does a runner. 103 "Section F" Chris Hodson Richard Stoneman November 6, 1998 When Meadows and Conway are both up for promotion against each other, there are both some comic and some life-threatening repercussions. 104 "Bad Chemistry" Rob Evans Maxwell Young November 10, 1998 Holmes investigates a case of domestic violence and inadvertently jeopardises a major surveillance operation on a major drugs dealer. 105 "Dog Eat Dog" Ben Robertson and Michelle Gomez guest stars. Phillipa Langdale Rod Lewis November 13, 1998 Santini mishandles the stabbing of a prostitute. 106 "Indiscretion" Derek Lister Arthur Ellis November 17, 1998 Rawton investigates a sinister trade in video tapes of child sex abuse victims giving evidence, all copied from originals made by the police. 107 "The Rate for the Job" Lesley Dunlop guest stars. Frank Smith J.C. Wilsher November 20, 1998 Beech is offered £3,000 by an old flame to reveal details of an investigation into her current boyfriend by Daly. 108 "For Interest Only" John Bruce Don Webb November 24, 1998 Brownlow attempts to solve an old jewellery robbery with the help of a criminal on his deathbed and Meadows, although Conway doesn't prove much assistance. 109 "The Fat Lady Sings" First appearance of DC Duncan Lennox Robert Del Maestro Richard Stoneman November 27, 1998 Quinnan and DC Kerry Holmes try to track down a mysterious opera singer connected with a shady criminal. 110 "Too Many Cooks" James Cellan Jones Nigel Baldwin December 1, 1998 111 "Team Play" Debbie Chazen guest stars. Gwennan Sage Anthony Valentine December 4, 1998 Proctor and Lennox compete to take on the case of an assaulted nurse, but Lennox seems doomed to fail as he has to take his safety training course. 112 "Heat and Light" Ged Maguire Gregory Evans December 8, 1998 Holmes and Boulton investigate the latest in a long line of arson attacks. 113 "Ticking Clocks" Barbara Rennie Gregory Evans December 10, 1998 Boulton and Holmes deal with the abduction of a baby from his hospital bed. 114 "Strange Bedfellows" Frank Smith Len Collin December 11, 1998 Burnside uses a convicted paedophile to help find a missing boy. 115 "Live and Ticking" Peter Cregeen Candy Denman December 15, 1998 The officers at Sun Hill search for a batch of volatile home-made bombs. 116 "All the Lonely People" Delyth Thomas Tony Mulholland December 17, 1998 Rawton goes under cover as a lonely heart to find a possible serial killer. 117 "The Personal Touch" Leslie Grantham guest stars. Blooper: A uniformed officer taps away at a computer keyboard despite the fact the monitor is switched off. Ian White Patrick Melanaphy December 18, 1998 Beech is approached by gangster Jimmy Smith for a favour, but Burnside is on the case. 118 "Time Gentlemen Please" Albert Barber Ray Brooking December 21, 1998 Daly and Rawton work undercover in a pub while investigating a protection racket. 119 "Puzzled" Steve Shill Ben Cooper December 22, 1998 Quinnan and Boulton try to track down a young hippy who has crossed some drug dealers, while Hollis organises an inter-station pub quiz. 120 "Christmas Star" Cameo appearance by Emmanuel Petit Tom Cotter Terry Hodgkinson December 24, 1998 Santini boasts that he can make a dream come true for the young victim of a hit-and-run incident. 121 "S.A.D." Chris Hodson Chris Jury December 31, 1998 Ashton and Harker bring an unwelcome visitor to Sun Hill, while Boyden is put off mince pies for life. 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