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Arresting end for Bill.

IT'S the end of an era as Sun Hill's finest take to the beat for one final time.

It's rather sad to see the end of The Bill after 27 years, especially as this drama goes out on such a high.

It concludes with the second episode of a gritty two-parter, centering on a young female gang member who is viciously turned on by her 'friends' when she talks to the police.

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As the police close in on the gang, Sergeant Stone finds himself wounded and bleeding in a burned-out flat, with a gun being pointed at his head.

It's an emotional episode, as Superintendent Jack Meadows (played by Simon Rouse, pictured) makes an impassioned speech about respect. Simon is the longest-serving member of the remaining cast, having joined the ranks back in 1989.

He feels it's time to say goodbye to the role, and can look back and laugh at some of Jack's more ludicrous storylines.

Simon remembers: "They had me chasing after Debbie McCallister which culminated in the funniest, most outrageous scene I've ever done in my life.

"She was giving birth under my desk and Chief Superintendent Chandler was sitting on another desk, threatening to kill himself, and she was screaming, 'It's coming Jack. It's coming!' I've never laughed so much."

The 2,400 episodes have got through around 19,000 actors, including some famous faces.

The documentary Farewell The Bill, screened after the fi-nal episode, features archive footage of the likes of Hugh Laurie, David Walliams, Keira Knightley, James McAvoy and Roger Daltrey.

The programme also talks to the final cast as they film the last episodes, plus two of the show's longest-serving former cast members, Graham Cole (PC Tony Stamp) and Trudie Goodwin (Sgt June Ackland). They take a nostalgic final look around the set as they remember their favourite storylines.

The Bill, ITV1, Tuesday, 9pm
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Publication:Sunday Mercury (Birmingham, England)
Date:Aug 29, 2010
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