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The Pact: Episode 5
Episode 5, Season 1

It's brilliant.
Max and Anna have plenty of words, he seems to be happy enough to do anything to get to the truth, Nancy is held in for some gruelling questions.

I have to be honest, Line of Duty apart, I don't think I have genuinely been so intrigued and wrapped up in a mystery series since Broadchurch. My whole family have been captivated by it, we've even had bets on who we think it is, I've opted for Anna, believing something happened with Tamsine ...

The acting once again was through the roof, I loved Rakie Ayola in particular, but Jason Hughes and Laura Fraser genuinely shine through.

It truly is one of the best things I've seen for some time, 9/10.

The Mallorca Files: The Blue Feather
Episode 5, Season 2

006 and three quarters.
Tony Ball is missing somewhere in Mallorca, and what's worse, he's diabetic, and without his insulin, it appears he may have been abducted.

First off, was it my TV, or were chunks of this pretty dark on screen? That gripe apart, I thoroughly enjoyed it.

Clearly capitalising on the good looks of our German Detective, he looks a dashing sight in his tux. We even get 007 jokes.

A clever mystery, and more going on than first meets the eye. The usual quality production values, uplifting music, sun and fun, I adore this show, and genuinely await news of a third series, please don't let this be the penultimate episode.

Being diabetic myself, I understand that there are a few .....flaws shall we say, but it's a drama, bit a documentary.


The Bill: A Friend in Need
Episode 2, Season 8

Sun Hill's a tough place.
Dave Quinnan lands up facing a disciplinary following on from an alleged assault from a few months ago. Tony takes a personal interest in three ladies living together, each suffering mental health issues.

The follow up episode to an earlier story, The Last Laugh, that was pretty good, but as the show often does, you think a story is done and dusted, it pops up again.

I thoroughly enjoyed this one, an excellent, gritty, hard hitting episode, care in the community, or rather lack of, Sun Hill isn't exactly the most friendly place on Earth.

I enjoyed the while Quinnan story, that was interesting, and doesn't feel as if it's over, some conflict looming between Dave and George...

Excellent acting from Carol MacReady, Susan Brown and the wonderful Sandy McDade, she's always great value.


The Bill: The Best Policy
Episode 1, Season 8

A silent feud comes to life.
A major incident causes the powers that be to turn their attentions to CID.

The case here is almost uninteresting, we're not given enough info, or enough characters to make it intriguing. Instead this serves to illustrate the situation between Reid and Burnside. I have been expecting her to tear him off a strip, but she's too smart, instead she's chosen to silently sink him, and absolve herself of any responsibility in this botched case. She didn't get where she was by being a fool.

We recently saw actress Lisa Geoghan who would play Polly, here we see Clive Wedderburn, who would play Gary, nice that the show clearly saw something in the talent.

Cold wat tactics make for an interesting watch, 8/10.

The Bill: Breakout
Episode 105, Season 7

A not so Happy new year.
Sun Hill are put on high alert when a vicious thug en route to Sun Hill from Sheffield, escapes custody.

It's a very good seasonal episode, Christmas didn't seem to happen at Sun Hill, but The New Year is at least being celebrated. Good story this one, there's a bit of grit here, and a particularly nasty thug.

It features one absolutely brilliant twist, one of the best I can remember on The Bill.

1991 was a good year for The Bill, some episodes, and specials on both Christmas Eve and New year's Eve. It was one of those shows that so many people watched.

The thought of travelling from London to anywhere by train on New Year's Eve, shudders.

Yorkie is back at Sun Hill, with some impressive moustaches.

Great to see Caroline Quentin here, a fairly small part, and a very young Sarah Lancashire. Margot Leicester is great here though.

An early appearance from Lisa Geoghan, who would of course return in a little while as show favourite Polly Page, only a small role for her here, good though.


The Bill: Decent People
Episode 104, Season 7

Dave's undercover again.
Dave is sent undercover onto a Building site, to discover who's pinched £60k worth of kitchens.

A pretty light hearted story this one, nothing too heavy here, I'm still waiting for the Reid/Burnside showdown, that needs to happen.

Instead this one sees Quinnan go undercover for CID, the last time he did that he wasn't too successful, would be get a better result this time round?

I did like the duo of Ralph and Betty, an almost comical duo, when the pair were suggesting a dodgy deal to Quinnan, and winking, I had a shiver run down my neck imagining exactly what it was they were offering him.

Poor Dave, he was made to suffer for his act of betrayal.

A few chuckles in this one, a good episode. 7/10.

Inside No. 9: Last Night of the Proms
Episode 6, Season 6

Off the wall, but fun.
This episode rounds the series off nicely, not the funniest, but pretty poignant, one I enjoyed.

Very much a political statement, we have it all here, the conflicts felt in every household around the country are on display here, remainers and leavers, proud Brits, and those ashamed by this great Country's past (Yes, it wasn't all bad.)

It seemed to address one or two things that seem to be happening in Britain right now. It's almost frowned upon these days to be a proud Brit, so many try to scupper that thinking, lots of messages here that you can interpret in different ways.

Great to see Sarah Parish appear on the show, she was excellent as always.

Stacked full of Britishness, Union Jacks, Old Charm Furniture, Royal Doulton figurines. They went to town here.

It's not going to be one that will have a mass appeal, I think it's one that will appeal more so to those with an interest in politics and the state of the nation, for what it's worth I quite liked it.

Surreal fun, 7/10.

The Pact: Episode 4
Episode 4, Season 1

The ultimate betrayal.
Nancy and Richard's situation is revealed, Anna manages to trace the call.

For my money, this was the best episode so far, I thought this was absolutely terrific, superb acting, terrific content, and a real sense of cleverness.

The big scene, the revelation, comes as a big shock, Anna feels the burn from what is pretty much the ultimate betrayal.

I wondered why Ade Edmondson was here as a supernumerary player, he gets his chance to show how good he is here, both he and Hesmondhalgh are terrific here.

Peter McTighe, the writer, I wasn't perhaps the greatest fan of his writing on Dr Who, the pretty good Kerblam, and the very average Praxeus, a shame that both he and Chris Chibnall don't stick to crime dramas, as the pair clearly shine in this genre, the writing her is excellent.

Loved it, 9/10.

The Pact: Episode 3
Episode 3, Season 1

A strong continuation.
Louie's problem comes to life, but she is bailed out by her brother, Arwel. The fact that Anna has taken money from the savings account is noticed.

A few questions are answered here, such as why Louie didn't want the girls inside her house, but as one is answered, several more arise.

I did enjoy it, as with the last episode, there was a lot of fluff among the good stuff, but again, the characters are so well drawn, that it's interesting and watchable.

Once again, there's a twist, and a gathering of pace at the end.

I love the location work, and the filming, The Viaduct looks amazing, no longer wonder it appears so often.

It is so good to have someone like Eddie Marsan in a TV drama, the talent of the man is through the roof, what a presence he is.


The Bill: Vital Statistics
Episode 103, Season 7

The refresh continues, good episode.
A baby and babysitter go missing, Bob Cryer gets involved. Meanwhile A relief are under pressure for being way off B relief for arrest numbers, a disco is arranged by Hollis.

Hi They definitely did a little tinkering about with the show, new credits, and an hour long episode, was that simply because it was transmitted on Christmas Eve, or is this a new trend?

There is some nice story development here, which the new format definitely allows, especially the story about the baby and sitter.

Always great to see Anette Badland, and she is terrific here, what a smashing actress, she adds a real dash of quality, as does Matt Bardock, no wonder he would go on and have sone terrific parts after this, good actor, and very handsome.

Christmas Eve, there's not a lot of jollity here, not a Christmas tree nor a bit of tinsel to speak of, that's a shame.

I spent most of this episode waiting for the inevitable showdown between Reid and Burnside, it's definitely brewing.

Very good, 8/10.

The Bill: A Woman Scorned
Episode 102, Season 7

A body in the Garden.
CID attend a house where a dog has discovered a skeleton in the back yard, meanwhile Kim Reid has lunch with the powers that be, and discusses her issues at Sun Hill.

I enjoyed this one, I really liked the story of the body in the garden, I wonder if such an episode inspired cold case shows such as Waking the Dead and Unforgotten, cold case stories were thinly spread back in the 90's, they seem a lot more on trend these days.

It's so good that UK TV Play has shown the classic series of The Bill, it's been so good Rewatching them, what has struck me is the variety, this one for example is so different to what's come before in recent times.

I have adored DCI Reid, I know she doesn't stick around for too long, but she had a big impact during her time.

Enjoyed this, 8/10.

The Bill: Imposters
Episode 101, Season 7

Not a bad one ...
Marshall and Stamp are chasing a homeless person, Ackland and Garfield attend a pub brawl, a little snooping reveals several Police uniforms in the car boot of one of those arrested.

It's an ok episode, nothing particularly memorable here, it's a little lacking in content, and is just one of those that's a little forgettable. The best element here is the performance from a young Ronan Vibert, not sure why but he really does remind me of Alan Rickman.

The character of Maureen was an absolute shocker, not a finest moment there.

Nice to see Monroe getting in on the interviews, not often we see him doing that.

Some funny moments at least, 6/10.

The Pact: Episode 2
Episode 2, Season 1

A very strong continuation.
Things are made even worse for the group of four friends, when it appears that someone is aware of the events that night.

Not quite the shock factor of the first episode, but still a thoroughly enjoyable watch. Most of the episode is fluff, but the characters are that good, that interesting, the impact of events is so believable in them all, that even the fluff is enjoyable.

The twist, it felt early on like there would be a lot of them, a major one comes at the end, that really will change things.

Very enjoyable, 8/10.

The Pact: Episode 1
Episode 1, Season 1

Loved it.
Jack Evans, has taken over running a brewery from his father, young, drugged up and cocky, on the night of a staff party his actions go too far, and a group of workers play a prank on him.

I have to be honest, I loved it, I was expecting a dark, heavy drama in the style of Hinterland or Hidden, it's not, it's very different, and it is a great start.

Some of Britain's finest here, it's an impressive cast with some fine acting, I have to say I loved Julie Hesmondhalgh here in particular, they all played a part though.

Lots of secrets, lots of mystery and intrigue, I imagine there will be a load of twists and turns here.

Loved it, 9/10.

The Bill: The Sorcerer's Apprentice
Episode 100, Season 7

Poor Jim.
Jim is coerced into doing a favour for Roach, but it leaves him in trouble with Reid, poor Jim then does a favour for Burnside.

DCI Reid seems to have been absent for some time recently, the last few episodes have seen her back with a bang, yes she's a ladder climber, and yes she's sometimes quick not to get her hands dirty, but she's a great character, she's showing some real steel, a very good character.

Burnside great once again, that classic line, Up yours.

Poor Jim, he always seems to be the one in trouble, he cops it from all angles, at least he's getting the support from Burnside.

Enjoyed it, 8/10.

The Bill: Caring
Episode 99, Season 7

I enjoyed it.
Stamp and Quinnan foolishly give a man a lift with his shopping, June is called to a hospital to see a woman, believed to be the victim of domestic abuse.

Sometimes the show is way off tone, the recent episode with the Policeman and his wife, but sometimes it just feels a little naive, somehow innocent, this is such an episode.

The story of Monroe being wound up was funny, I enjoyed that. The core story was pretty good, definitely made all the better by a great performance from Ann Mitchell. A very sad story of care and abuse, some parts of it were sensitively handled I thought.

Pretty good, 8/10.

The Bill: On the Take
Episode 98, Season 7

Excellent. A mini Line of Duty.
A failed stakeout is the latest in a line of failed jobs, Burnside and Roach begin to suspect that someone on the inside is giving out information.

Excellent, a cracking episode, masses of content crammed in to such a short running time, quite exciting to be fair, with a hugely satisfying outcome, it's a little out of left field, but that doesn't matter, overall it worked well.

Line of Duty is now doing what The Bill was doing way back then, without any convoluted fuss, bent coppers always add a little something to an episode.

Meadows and Lovell have been unbearable since joining, talk about smug, was good to see their faces out of joint. Burnside also gets to tell Reid what he thinks.

Excellent, 9/10.

The Bill: Thicker Than Water
Episode 97, Season 7

Not a favourite.
Loxton and Stringer attend a domestic, where a man has apparently assaulted his wife, the issue, he's a serving Officer, and one of PC Loxton's friends.

It would be very easy to massacre this episode, call it diabolical, misogynistic etc, and you'd be right to do so, I will try and judge it fairly.

I've mentioned several times how I feel that time really does change things, but I think I'd have been as outraged back in 1991 as I was here, the covering up is sickening, and the old pals act shown makes you wonder how much of it did go on.

Well made and acted, but the story was unpalatable, 6/10.

The Bill: Profit and Loss
Episode 96, Season 7

A sad story.
Two Bailiffs break into a flat and discover a grizzly scene, a dead Turkish woman, and a flooded place.

Quite a sad story this one, and here we are thirty years on, and the question of illegal immigration is still rumbling on, once again there is someone benefiting from the plight of these poor people.

Have they snuck Jack Meadows in sideways, it was made clear that he was one of Barton Street's finest, now he's here as a regular, with no explanation. Fabulous nineties hair.

A Tom, that phrase is used multiple times here, it tickles me.

Pretty good, 7/10.

The Bill: The Whole Truth
Episode 95, Season 7

Poor Datta is harangued by a clever brief.
Datta is giving evidence against a drink driver, but comes up against an incredibly smart brief. Stringer is assaulted when trying to arrest a car thief.

Jon Cartwright is terrific as Cartwright, The Defence brief, he's wonderfully obnoxious, controlling and ties poor Norika up in knots. He's a smashing actor, if you're a Poirot fan, you'll recognise him from Triangle at Rhodes.

Poor Mr Cope, a nice performance from Bill Gavin, you can't help but feel a lot of sympathy for him. I liked his scene with Norika, it was very natural.

Poor Stringer, that scene where he had a knock on the face, that was realistic. Terry Hopkins made for a good villain, the kind you'd love to lock up, and throw the key away.

Great ending.


The Bill: Chapter and Verse
Episode 94, Season 7

Burnside Vs Maitland.
A young girl is attacked leaving a pub, her description matches someone sitting in one of the cells, a little worse for wear.

A game of rules played primarily by Burnside and Maitland. Burnside keen to bend the rules, to do all he can to get a result, Maitland the new Bob Cryer essentially, more keen on the rules than anyone.

It is a little contradictory this one, as two episodes ago, Maitland was keen enough to break the rules when he had arrested a young woman whilst he was due to be Duty Sergeant.

Not a massive deal going on here, but the conflict between the two charismatic men was great, and made the episode worth watching.


The Bill: Discretion
Episode 93, Season 7

Ron's on the beat.
Ron Smollett is given the job as Home Beat Officer, he's out on his round, and gets suspicious by a young lad on an estate. PC Stringer is on the case of a young lad who's believed to have been sniffing glue.

A decent episode, Ron is going to be a pain for the slags, the cops, and the viewers, there's keen, and there's overbearing, he's just about tipping over the edge here.

I liked the story of the food scam on the estate, that was pretty funny.

Stringer is pretty good here, he's Northern, he's gritty, and he's not afraid to push things to get a result.

First appearance of Donna, I don't remember her, but a decent start for her. Naturally PC Stamp is keen to talk to her.

Glue sniffing, and illegal Flora, 6/10.

The Bill: Turning Back the Clock
Episode 92, Season 7

Somw talent on show here.
Burnside tails a newly released convict, believing there are unanswered questions about his crime. A young, homeless girl walks into Sun Hill and asks for help.

It's a good episode, I thought Selina's story was very interesting, as was CID's case, always good to see Burnside bending the rules somewhat.

The wonderfully brilliant Kelly Marcel was good here as Selina, am probably more used to had work as a writer. Good to see a young Neil Dudgeon, no stranger to crime drama himself, that hair was something else, but some real quality in the acting.

Terrific scenes inside the disused Church, they looked suitably eerie and gothic.

In regards to Carver, why hasn't he mentioned recent events surrounding Datta and Young? He knew the score.


The Bill: The Taste
Episode 91, Season 7

Enjoyed this.
PC Smollett arrests a man driving a beautiful Saab convertible, just believing something is somehow wrong. Maitland makes an arrest, promoting Bob to dig out the rule book.

Does The Taste relate to both Smollett and Cryer, both getting a taste for life back in the thick of things. It's a good episode, it was nice to see Smollett involved in another story, he's recently had a central role, and gets another here, clearly was a good Copper.

Uncle Bob is at it once again, he lives and breathes the rule book, but as he says, rules is rules.

Jason Carter is very good as Jeff Keane, fans of Babylon 5 will recognise him, a very good actor, I have to say I love his shirt, it's wonderfully nineties, but looks terrific on him.


The Bill: Balls in the Air
Episode 90, Season 7

The arrival of Matthew Boyden, at last.
Alec Peters hurts his back, meaning that new Sergeant, Matthew Boyden, is thrown straight into the deep end.

I've given this one a rather high score, purely and simply because it signals the arrival of Sergeant Boyden, he's one of the main characters I remember very very well, I think he was great, bags of charisma, and not afraid to put Monroe in his place.

It's a good episode, there's nothing major happening here, nothing of any real note, events are all in place to facilitate Boyden's arrival. Tony O'Callaghan was perfect for the part, more personality than Sergeant Maitland it's fair to say.

It's a lighter toned episode than most of what we've had in recent times.

Loved it, 9/10.

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