Russell Highsmith wants to put pressure on companies to keep producing DVDs of The Bill because his collection has come to an abrupt end after they stopped issuing the DVDs. He only needs series 19 to complete his collection! We are hoping to find someone to send it to him.n
Russell Highsmith has 2,399 episodes of The Bill and needs just one more (Picture: SWNS)

Having spent years showing the hunt for dangerous criminals, The Bill is now at the centre of a different kind of chase.

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But, frustratingly, Russell Highsmith is still missing one episode which he needs to complete his collection.

EDITORIAL USE ONLY / NO MERCHANDISING / NO BOOK PUBLISHING Mandatory Credit: Photo by FremantleMedia Ltd/REX/Shutterstock (1206956jj) The 'mob' surrounds D.C. Stevie Moss and Jason Devlin in the car and are smashing at the windows and doors to get to Jason. Sergeant Smith The Sun Hill cops give an impressive show of force until the rioters disperse. Sergeant Smith (Alex Walkinshaw), PC Sally Armstrong (Ali Bastian) PC Millie Brown (Clare Foster), Sergeant Stone (Sam Callis) 'The Bill' TV Programme. - 2009
Sergeant Smith in a 2009 episode of The Bill (Picture: FremantleMedia Ltd/REX/Shutterstock)

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.

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The Bill was set in a fictional constabulary called Sun Hill Picture: FremantleMedia Ltd/REX/Shutterstock)

‘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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