Stars of The Bill in lockdown! Leading stars of hit TV series The Bill took part in a virtual reunion during lockdown to mark the iconic police series coming to free video-on-demand service UKTV Play from the first episode.

Fan favourites Trudie Goodwin (WPC June Ackland), Chris Ellison (DI Frank Burnside), Eric Richard (Sgt Bob Cryer), Mark Wingett (PC Jim Carver) and Graham Cole (PC Tony Stamp) joined the video call ‘from the slammer’ to answer questions from fans and remembering their favourite moments.

Stars of The Bill (Picture: UKTV Play)

The Bill was originally conceived as a one-off drama by television writer Geoff McQueen, who had originally titled the production Old Bill. It was picked up by Michael Chapman for ITV franchise holder Thames Television, who retitled it Woodentop as part of Thames’s “Storyboard” series of one-off dramas and was broadcast on ITV under the title Woodentop on 16 August 1983. Woodentop starred Mark Wingett as PC Jim Carver and Trudie Goodwin as WPC June Ackland of London’s Metropolitan Police, both attached to the fictional Sun Hill police station.

Trudie Goodwin as June Ackland (Picture: UKTV Play)

The Bill: The Early Years – Series 1-5 is available to stream exclusively on UKTV Play from 1st May, with series 6-9 scheduled to join the service, one series a month from 1st June.

Mark Wingett as PC Jim Carver who was part of the original cast (Picture: UKTV Play)

Drama currently airs The Bill daily at 9am and 12 noon.