Axe The New Bill and bring back The Old Bill on television sign now

We the undersigned request that the New Bill be abolished completely and that the Old Bill be brought back on television.

How much worse is The Bill going to get. The storylines are utter crap and the characters are so unbelievable its untrue. Ever since the Don Beech corruption scandal in October 2000 the programme has been full of bent coppers, psyco coppers, coppers with dark secrets from the past not to mention the number of hunks and babes who can't act their way out of a paper bag. The programme has never been right since DS/DI/DCI Frank Burnside left the show, it started to go off then and by the end of 1999 it had gone completely stale and something needed to be done to get it back on track. Unfortunately this is not the right way of going about it and by axing Chief Superintendent Charles Brownlow, Chief Inspector Derek Conway, Inspector Andrew Monroe and everybodies favourite Sergeant Bob Cryer its made matters worse. Instead of axing these four from the show all they needed to do was bring Frank Burnside back alongside them all and make better storylines for everybody who was present and correct at the Don Beech corruption scandal before deciding to change the whole format of the show and introduce what is nearly a clean sweep of new characters. DC Mickey Webb was another great character in fact in my opinion the best character to come to Sun Hill since Frank Burnside departed and should never have left the programme. He was one of the few better characters left in the show but sadly departed and rumour has it, it was because actor Chris Simmons who played Mickey Webb was sick of the soap storylines he was getting. I only wish he'd got promoted from DC to DS during his time in The Bill and after nailing Supt Tom Chandler who I for one couldn't stand the bloody sight of, he deserved promotion. At this moment in time DCI Jack Meadows is the best and not only the best but really the only real copper left in Sun Hill police station. Jack and Mickey made a great team and it isn't the same without these two together.

The only way to get the programme back on track properly is to:

1) Reduce the number of episodes they do a year. The Bill should be like it was from 1984-1987 when the programme was on once a week for 60 minutes and it was only on for so many weeks on the trot. It wasn't on all year round to start with and this is the biggest problem with The Bill it is on far too much.

2) The show must go back to its old style.

3) Bring back Peter Creegan and Michael Chapman. These two were the second and third Executive Producers and they were Executive Producers of the old school.

4) Bring back the old scriptwriters who wrote the scripts from the start on 16th October 1984 - 20th August 1998. The old scriptwriters would once again write quality scripts providing and only providing they are given plenty of time to plan things out thoroughly. No scriptwriter is capable of writing a decent script if they have to keep churning material out at the rate at which they have been churning it out, their brains aren't focused properly and its a wonder they haven't all got writers cramp. Since returning to the hour format on 25th August 1998 right up until the present day, two episodes a week have being going out on the air both of which are 60 minutes long which is the equivalent of doing four episodes a week each of which is 30 minutes long. Its all rushed and things need to slow down.

5) Bring some of the old characters back e.g. Chief Superintendent Charles Brownlow, Sergeant Bob Cryer, DCI Frank Burnside, PC/DC Jim Carver and DC Mickey Webb to name but a few.

If The Bill is not careful it will be another long running programme taken off the air for good, agreed folks.

Please take this petition very seriously.



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