Having spent years showing the hunt for dangerous criminals, The Bill is now at the centre of a different kind of chase.
Ross Kemp admits he was very ‘vain’ on EastEnders despite being ‘follicly challenged’A man, who claims to be the programme’s ‘number one fan’, has been busy collecting each episode of the ITV police drama and has amassed an impressive 2,399 episodes.
But, frustratingly, Russell Highsmith is still missing one episode which he needs to complete his collection.
Highsmith, from Abingdon, Oxfordshire, has trawled charity shops, online stores and has even contacted distributors to try and find the final episode.
The episode in question, which is on one DVD Highsmith doesn’t have, is part of series 19 from the show’s 26 seasons.
He’s aiming to have his collection complete for the 40th anniversary of the first ever episode which will be celebrated in 2024.
Speaking to the Oxford Mail, Highsmith, who has cerebral palsy and learning difficulties, said: ‘I have been slowly building up a collection of DVDs of my favourite TV series’ and have come to an abrupt end with The Bill. I like to watch them in order of the year they came out.
‘I have tried lot of outlets online but with no luck. Even the companies who have produced them in the past are no longer doing so.’
Set in the fictional Sun Hill police station in East London, The Bill ran for 26 years from 1984 until 2010.
The ITV show introduced us to iconic characters such as Reg Hollis, played by Jeff Stewart, June Ackland, played by Trudie Goodwin and PC Tony Stamp, played by Graham Cole.
The long-running series also saw performances from stars such as a young Keira Knightley, James McAvoy, Denise Van Outen and Ray Winstone.
So if you’re a fellow fan of The Bill, Highsmith needs the DVD for series 19, parts one, two and three.
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