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TV. Famous British Police Television Series

Updated on October 21, 2013

TV. British Television

TV. One of my all time British Televison shows is The Bill.

The Bill is a long running British police procedural television series, unusual among police dramas in that its focus is on the lives and work of one shift of police officers, rather than on any particular aspect of police work.

The series, is produced by Talk-back Thames, its name originating from "Old Bill", a slang term for the police and Geoff McQueen original title for the series. It originated as a one-off drama, entitled Wooden-top in August 1983. However, ITV were impressed to the extent that they commissioned a series, which commenced in October 1984.

The Bill causes occasional controversy, particularly with its story lines. For example, a 2008 episode that featured a fictional treatment for multiple sclerosis, and another in May of the same year that resulted in litigation by MP George Galloway for defamation. The series has also faced more general criticism concerning the levels of violence it portrays, particularly prior to 2009, when it occupied a pre watershed slot.

The Bill has been broadcast in over 55 different countries

  • In Australia, the series is very popular where it is shown on ABC1
  • On satellite and cable in Australia and New Zealand, older episodes are broadcast on UKTV.
  • In Belgium the series is broadcast on één
  • In Denmark the series was retitled "Lov og Uorden" (Law and Disorder).
  • The filming of the Bill came to an end in 2010.

Coronation Street

TV. British television series Coronation Street is now the longest running television series in the world. Coronation Street is a British prime-time soap opera set in the fictional town of Weatherfield, four miles in either direction from and a suburb of the city of Manchester, England. Created by Tony Warren Coronation Street is the longest running and most watched British soap opera. Coronation Street was first broadcast on 9 December 1960 The series began on 9 December 1960 and was not initially a critical success. Granada Television commissioned only 13 episodes and some inside the company doubted the show would last its planned production run. Now 50 years on the series continues the format remains pretty much the same. Characters such as Ken Barlow remained part of the cast for decades. The show continues to be filmed.

TV. Dr Who

This programme was one of my most favourites as a child living in England. Dr Who is another famous British television series that has been running since Doctor Who first appeared on BBC television at 17:15 GMT on 23 November 1963,following discussions and plans that had been in progress for a year. The Head of Drama, Sydney Newman, was mainly responsible for developing the programme. This show has become a really cult following series. Many fan clubs have been set up around the world. Toys are memorabilia from the show continue to be collected.

Dixon of Dock Green

Jack Warner from Dixon of Dock Green
Jack Warner from Dixon of Dock Green

TV. Dixon of Dock Green

Dixon of Dock Green was a police television series starring Jack Warner which ran from 1956 to 1974 Beginning in 1955 and finally ending in 1976, Dixon of Dock Green was a popular series although its homeliness would later become a benchmark to measure the "realism" of police series such as Z Cars and The Bill. The series was set in a suburban police station in the East End of London and concerned uniformed police engaged with routine tasks and low-level crime

Dixon of Dock Green

Blue Peter Programme themes

Blue Peter

Blue Peter is the world's longest-running children's television show, having first aired in 1958. It is still running more than 4,000 programmes later.  I used to watch the shoe religiously as a child whilst growing up in England.

Callan

Not so famous as the other but one of my all time favourites is Callan

Callan is the title of a British television series set in the murky world of espionage. Originally produced by ABC Weekend Television and later Thames Television, it was aired on the ITV network over four seasons spread out between 1967 and 1972. The series starred British actor Edward Woodward as David Callan, a reluctant professional killer for a shadowy branch of the British Government's intelligence services known as 'the Section'.

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      lisa munn 

      7 years ago

      hi there sally is in love with kevin friend i agree i think she is they are very good couples lisa munn

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      BJBenson 

      8 years ago from USA

      I saw the Dr.Who on our PBS. I don't think they showed those shows?

    • barryrutherford profile imageAUTHOR

      Barry Rutherford 

      8 years ago from Queensland Australia

      If you can get hold of Callan videos or Dixon of Dock Green: they are a real eye opener

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      BkCreative 

      8 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City

      My local NYC library is now stocking all these British Tv series - and my favorite librarian is now watching The Bill this weekend so she can give me the DVDs next week.

      Well this is great to have a recommendation. I will let you know what I think! Thanks!

    • barryrutherford profile imageAUTHOR

      Barry Rutherford 

      8 years ago from Queensland Australia

      me too the soundtrack really brings back childhood memories..

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      billyaustindillon 

      8 years ago

      Yes with Edward Woodward - I remember the reruns - he had a huge presence on film

    • barryrutherford profile imageAUTHOR

      Barry Rutherford 

      8 years ago from Queensland Australia

      you remember Callan though Right ?

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      billyaustindillon 

      8 years ago

      Not familiar with Dixon of Dock Green- The Bill has just come to an end hasn't it?

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      Lecie 

      8 years ago

      i really enjoyed this hub. i've never heard of these shows but i will look into them some more. thanks for posting.

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      Ethel Smith 

      8 years ago from Kingston-Upon-Hull

      Dr Who has had such longevity. I know it broke for a while but is now more popular than ever

    • barryrutherford profile imageAUTHOR

      Barry Rutherford 

      8 years ago from Queensland Australia

      mmm Do you remember Dixon of Dock Green ?

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      BJBenson 

      8 years ago from USA

      When I was a young girl watching the Doctor here in America. The other kids at school just didn't get it. Now my kids and husband fight over the best seat in our living room to watch.Things change.

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