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Axe fears as Bill shelved for Celebrity; TELEVISION.

Byline: MARK JEFFERIES

THE Bill stars and fans fear the ITV1 drama may be axed after it was pulled for a month for the reality show I'm A Celebrity.

Viewers tuned in for last Thursday's episode to find the cop show -- which has been running for 25 years - had also been shelved for the drama Collision.

One source said: "Morale among the cast and crew is at an all-time low.

"We changed slots from 8pm to 9pm so we'd have a permanent home but it hasn't taken much to pull us. Some fear this could be the beginning of the end."

The show had attracted five million viewers but lost a million on moving to the later slot.

The break comes after ITV boss Peter Fincham axed other top dramas Kingdom and Heartbeat.

An ITV spokesman said: "The Bill will take a very short break whilst I'm A Celebrity is on air. It will return on December 10 and into the New Year."

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