The Bill (series 6)

The Bill Series 6
Country of origin United Kingdom
No. of episodes 104
Broadcast
Original channel ITV
Original run 2 January 1990 –
27 December 1990
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The 6th series of The Bill, a British television drama, consisted of 104 episodes.

Episodes

# Title Episode notes Directed by Written by Original air date Prod #
1 "By The Skin of Our Teeth" Nigel Le Vaillant guest stars. Bren Simson 2 January 1990 (1990-01-02)
Brownlow must fight for Sun Hill's future at a candidate board. 
2 "Officers and Gentlemen" Diana Patrick 4 January 1990 (1990-01-04)
An unsolved case threatens to destroy Carver's career. 
3 "Carry Your Bags, Sir?" Phil Nice guest stars. Simon Cellan Jones 9 January 1990 (1990-01-09)
German Officers sweep into Sun Hill, much to the anger of Brownlow. 
4 "I Thought You'd Gone" First appearance of Insp. Andrew Monroe, Final appearance of PC Francis 'Taffy' Edwards, Final appearance of Insp. Christine Frazer, Ben Onwukwe guest stars. Nick Laughland 11 January 1990 (1990-01-11)
Frazer and Edwards discover life after Sun Hill. 
5 "C.A.D." Chris Hodson 16 January 1990 (1990-01-16)
Carver investigates when Brownlow's car is stolen. 
6 "A Day Lost" Phillip Casson 18 January 1990 (1990-01-18)
Monroe's first case at Sun Hill is investigating the kidnapping of a young boy. 
7 "A Clean Division" Derek Lister 23 January 1990 (1990-01-23)
Burnside returns to Sun Hill and quickly gets back to work trying to prove Carver's innocence, but he is accused of assault. 
8 "Roger And Out" David Giles 25 January 1990 (1990-01-25)
Roach suspects Lines is moonlighting. 
9 "Addresses" Chris Lovett 30 January 1990 (1990-01-30)
When an old man is pushed off a roof, Cryer, Tony Quinniab, and Hollis go undercover on the Larkwood estate to find out the truth. 
10 "Michael Runs The Family Show" John Michael Phillips 1 February 1990 (1990-02-01)
A robbery on a video shop leads Burnside to Micheal Lovett, the son of a villain Burside arrested 20 years previously. 
11 "Against The Odds" Keith Washington 6 February 1990 (1990-02-06)
Burnside finds himself in the middle of a gang war. 
12 "Blood Sucker" Chris Hodson 8 February 1990 (1990-02-08)
A charity box is stolen from Sun Hill, forcing Brownlow to investigate his own officers. 
13 "Workers in Uniform" Colm Villa 13 February 1990 (1990-02-13)
Brownlow is determined not to let anything ruin the Sun Hill street festival. 
14 "Something To Hide" John Michael Phillips 15 February 1990 (1990-02-15)
Sun Hill are forced to deal with arson, theft, and fights all in one day. 
15 "The Old Men's Run" David Hayman 20 February 1990 (1990-02-20)
Tony attends a sporting competition and witnesses an assault on a wheelchair user. 
16 "Legacies" Chris Hodson 22 February 1990 (1990-02-22)
Tony investigates a spate of break-ins. 
17 "Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow" Colm Villa 27 February 1990 (1990-02-27)
When one of Burnside's informants is murdered, Brownlow is shocked to discover one of his officers who has been in the force for a long time could be the killer. 
18 "Something Special" Final Appearance of PC Timothy Able, Lorraine Ashbourne guest stars. David Giles 1 March 1990 (1990-03-01)
The new Superintendent causes trouble for CID. 
19 "Enemies" Alan Wareing 6 March 1990 (1990-03-06)
Datta prepares to give up her post as superintendent, but a gang of Asian robbers forces her to stick in Sun Hill. 
20 "Safe Place" Tom Cotter 8 March 1990 (1990-03-08)
What connection does a bank robbery have to a bank robbery that happened 17 years earlier? 
21 "Burnside Knew My Father" Rudolph Walker guest stars. Tom Cotter 13 March 1990 (1990-03-13)
An old friend of Burnside's reveals his plans to kill his mentally ill wife. 
22 "Watching" Chris Lovett 15 March 1990 (1990-03-15)
Tony and Quinnan investigate when two schools are robbed. 
23 "University Challenge" Derek Lister 20 March 1990 (1990-03-20)
Tony is taken hostage during a robbery of a supermarket. 
24 "Growing Pains" Phillip Casson 22 March 1990 (1990-03-22)
Carver is found badly beaten. Burnside and Roach race to find the attacker before another officer is struck. 
25 "One Of The Boys" Alan Wareing 27 March 1990 (1990-03-27)
Viv struggles to find an alibi to an assault on a prostitute. 
26 "Beggars and Choosers" Bob Hird 29 March 1990 (1990-03-29)
A riot breaks out when civilians and homeless clash. 
27 "Citadel" Bob Hird 3 April 1990 (1990-04-03)
Brownlow is back at Sun Hill and is determined to make some changes. 
28 "Blue Eyed Boy" Nick Laughland 5 April 1990 (1990-04-05)
Burnside takes matters into his own hands when a murderer walks free. 
29 "Full House" Final Appearance of PC Richard Turnham Julian Aymes 10 April 1990 (1990-04-10)
Burnside and Monroe clash over a child genius who has turned to crime. 
30 "Big Fish, Little Fish" Nick Laughland 12 April 1990 (1990-04-12)
Burnside goes undercover to rid Sun Hill of guns. 
31 "Information Received" Michael Simpson 17 April 1990 (1990-04-17)
Burnside enlists Roach's help to catch a safecracker. 
32 "Close Co-operation" Michael Simpson 19 April 1990 (1990-04-19)
A drug dealer's girlfriend is revealed to be someone from Burnside's past. 
33 "Middleman" Michael Simpson 24 April 1990 (1990-04-24)
Burnside joins the flying squad, but he soon gets on the wrong side of DI Wray. 
34 "Corkscrew" Michael Simpson 26 April 1990 (1990-04-26)
Burnside is shocked when D. I. Wray arrives at Sun Hill. 
35 "Obsessions" Julain Aymes 1 May 1990 (1990-05-01)
Tony investigates when a solicitor's wife is murdered. 
36 "Small Hours" Mike Vardy 3 May 1990 (1990-05-03)
Tony and Quinnian investigate an accusation of harassment. 
37 "Victims" Derek Lister 8 May 1990 (1990-05-08)
Two enemies, Burnside and Wray, unite to capture a gang leader. 
38 "Somebody's Husband" Derek Lister 10 May 1990 (1990-05-10)
Ackland puts himself in danger when a man tries to kill his wife. 
39 "Canley Fields" Clive Wood guest stars. Mike Vardy 15 May 1990 (1990-05-15)
The kidnapping of a child is revealed to be a hoax, and Roach is determined to discover who was the instigator. 
40 "The Night Watch" Graham Theakston 17 May 1990 (1990-05-17)
Drug dealers beat up Garfield. 
41 "Trojan Horse" Final appearance of PC Ken Melvin Graham Theakston 22 May 1990 (1990-05-22)
Tragedy strikes when a prisoner goes on the run. 
42 "Rites" First appearance of PC Barry Stringer Derek Lister 24 May 1990 (1990-05-24)
The funeral of Ken Melvin gets off to a tricky start. 
43 "Answers" Chris Hodson 29 May 1990 (1990-05-29)
A body, dead since 1976, forcing the officers to relive old haunts. 
44 "A Fresh Start" Mmoloki Chrystie guest stars. Guest appearance by Detective Superintendent Jack Meadows. Derek Lister 31 May 1990 (1990-05-31)
Brownlow must face the consequences of his actions when he loses his temper with the press. 
45 "A Case To Answer" First appearance of DCI Gordon Wray Stuart Burge 5 June 1990 (1990-06-05)
Burnside and Carver go on night watch in a bid to catch a gang of drug dealers. 
46 "Line-up" Stuart Burge 7 June 1990 (1990-06-07)
Tony doubts his role as a police officer when he lets a thief get away. 
47 "Police Powers" First appearance of PC Steve Loxton Gordon Flemyng 12 June 1990 (1990-06-12)
A new officer, Steve Luxton, investigates an assault on a soccer player. 
48 "Action Book" Michael Garner guest stars. Graham Theakston 14 June 1990 (1990-06-14)
A pedophile is roaming the streets of Sun Hill. 
49 "Tactics" Graham Theakston 19 June 1990 (1990-06-19)
A Sheffield CID team arrives, and they must work with Sun Hill in a bid to bring down five villains. 
50 "Scores" First appearance of PC Ron Smollett Gordon Flemyng 21 June 1990 (1990-06-21)
Burnsides teams up with new officer Ron Smollett to bring down the killer of a porn dealer. 
51 "Witch Hunt" Derek Lister 26 June 1990 (1990-06-26)
Wray takes over Burnside's investigation into the shooting of the porn dealer. 
52 "Close To Home" Nick Laughland 28 June 1990 (1990-06-28)
Cryer's son reports an allegation of child abuse. 
53 "Breaking Point" Peter Barber-Fleming 3 July 1990 (1990-07-03)
Burnside and Dashwood witness a young girl being knocked off her bike. 
54 "Jumping The Gun" Peter Barber-Fleming 5 July 1990 (1990-07-05)
A known criminal is framed for the murder of his sister-in-law. 
55 "What Kind of Man" Chris Lovett 10 July 1990 (1990-07-10)
Quinnan investigated the robbery of a school that could be connected to a murder investigation. 
56 "Beat Crime" John Alford guest stars. Nick Laughland 12 July 1990 (1990-07-12)
Ackland's romance with Wray blossoms until a face from her past reappears. 
57 "Unsocial Hours" Derek Lister 17 July 1990 (1990-07-17)
Wray's and Ackland's lives are put at risk when they reinvestigate a murder. 
58 "Interpretations" Julian Aymes 19 July 1990 (1990-07-19)
Roach's investigations into the Asian community result in disaster. 
59 "Angles" Roger Tucker 24 July 1990 (1990-07-24)
Burnside and Monroe's feud threatens to send a convict free. 
60 "Watch My Lips" Patrick Harkins 26 July 1990 (1990-07-26)
Carver is assaulted by a mystery man but refuses to press charges. 
61 "Feeling Brave" Richard Holthouse 31 July 1990 (1990-07-31)
Carver is kidnapped whilst investigating a robbery. 
62 "Come Fly With Me" Michael Kerrigan 2 August 1990 (1990-08-02)
Hollis finds himself confronting a murderer while taking an around-the-world cruise. 
63 "Attitudes" Richard Holthouse 7 August 1990 (1990-08-07)
Tony is accused of being a gambling addict. 
64 "Robbo" Chris Lovett 9 August 1990 (1990-08-09)
A gang of kids decide to teach a rich kid a lesson. 
65 "Ground Rules" Michael Kerrigan 14 August 1990 (1990-08-14)
Brownlow nervously awaits the visit of the inspector with the future of Sun Hill at stake. 
66 "Once a Copper" Frank W Smith 16 August 1990 (1990-08-16)
Burnside makes a deal with a convict. 
67 "Vendetta" Amanda Mealing guest stars. Graham Theakston 21 August 1990 (1990-08-21)
An old enemy turns up asking for Burnsides help. 
68 "My Favourite Things" Roger Tucker 23 August 1990 (1990-08-23)
Quinnan's ways as a police officer gets him into trouble with Monroe. 
69 "Win Some Lose Some" Jeremy Ancock 28 August 1990 (1990-08-28)
The closure of a local nightclub pits Burnside against his closest friends and his boss 
70 "Up The Steps" Jeremy Ancock 30 August 1990 (1990-08-30)
Loxton and Peters attend court to see the sentence of a local gangster 
71 "Where There's a Will" Bernard Gallagher guest stars. Garth Tucker 4 September 1990 (1990-09-04)
Cryer finds himself up against a solicitor who is the key to stopping his career from ending forever 
72 "Near The Knuckle" Dorothy Tutin guest stars. Nick Hamm 6 September 1990 (1990-09-06)
Tony investigates when a man starts getting beaten up by his wife 
73 "Body Language" Ian Redford guest stars. Nick Hamm 11 September 1990 (1990-09-11)
Tony is put in charge of catching a gang of black youths who have become known thieves 
74 "When Did You Last See Your Father?" Billy Murray guest stars. Bob Gabriel 13 September 1990 (1990-09-13)
Hollis is sent undercover at a primary school to protect one of the children from their criminal father 
75 "Eye-Witness" Graham Theakston 18 September 1990 (1990-09-18)
Cryer witnesses the stabbing of a footballer and sets out to catch the killer 
76 "Sufficient Evidence" Garth Tucker 20 September 1990 (1990-09-20)
Quinnan frames a prisoner for drug dealing. a decision that he will later regret 
77 "Forget-Me-Not" Frank W Smith 25 September 1990 (1990-09-25)
Marshall's ex-husband arrives at Sun Hill looking for Wray 
78 "Something to Remember" Laura Sims 27 September 1990 (1990-09-27)
Tony and Quinnan must find an escaped prisoner who is responsible for the deaths of his entire family 
79 "Off The Leash" First appearance of PC Delia French Not Credited 2 October 1990 (1990-10-02)
Brownlow takes over CID but then gets caught in a shootout between two gangs 
80 "Family Ties" Chris Lovett 4 October 1990 (1990-10-04)
Burnside is forced to bring a mentally ill prisoner to Sun Hill 
81 "Old Friends" Michael Kerrigan 9 October 1990 (1990-10-09)
Roach investigates when an ex police officer attacks his mother 
82 "Pride and Prejudice" Laura Sims 11 October 1990 (1990-10-11)
Sun Hill must find a vengeful arsonist before he strikes again 
83 "Housey Housey" Sian Thomas and Paul Copley guest stars. Bill Brayne 16 October 1990 (1990-10-16)
Conway's relationship with a local MP causes many problems at Sun Hill 
84 "Connelly's Kids" Chris Lovett 18 October 1990 (1990-10-18)
Carver arrests a child who is stealing to keep his abusive father happy 
85 "One of Those Days" Nick Laughland 23 October 1990 (1990-10-23)
Brownlow's niece is involed in a hit and run accident 
86 "Jack-The-Lad" Bill Hays 25 October 1990 (1990-10-25)
Tony and Carver discover a family of criminals are plotting to take the streets of Sun Hill by force 
87 "Blue Murder" Stuart Urban 30 October 1990 (1990-10-30)
Sun Hill's hopes of stopping prostitution puts many of the officers in danger 
88 "Effective Persuaders" Nick Laughland 1 November 1990 (1990-11-01)
Burnside, Carver, Ackland and Quinnan attend a training course 
89 "A Sense of Duty" Bill Hays 6 November 1990 (1990-11-06)
Roach developes a close relationship with the son of a drunk 
90 "Lying-In-Wait" Bill Brayne 8 November 1990 (1990-11-08)
Tony witnesses a child being drowned by his school friends 
91 "Plato For Policemen" Chris Hodson 13 November 1990 (1990-11-13)
Hollis investigates when an old people's home is targeted by a serial killer 
92 "Testimony" Chris Hodson 15 November 1990 (1990-11-15)
Roach teams up with a rape victim in order to find a murderer 
93 "Decisions" Tom Cotter 20 November 1990 (1990-11-20)
Cryer returns to Sun Hill and is dragged into a gun running investigation 
94 "Know Your Enemy" Moria Armstrong 22 November 1990 (1990-11-22)
Roach is placed in witness protection when his girlfriend's husband is released from prison 
95 "Lies" Roger Tucker 27 November 1990 (1990-11-27)
Quinnan takes care of a baby who has been neglected by his parents 
96 "Old Wounds" Roger Tucker 29 November 1990 (1990-11-29)
Tony investigates when an American crashes his car into Sun Hill 
97 "Just For A Moment" Tom Cotter 4 December 1990 (1990-12-04)
Carver is taken hostage by one of his informants when he fails to protect them 
98 "Market Forces" Sarah Pia Anderson 6 December 1990 (1990-12-06)
Garfield discovers a teenage boy is stealing from Sun Hill 
99 "One For The Road" Philip Whitchurch guest stars. John Strickland 11 December 1990 (1990-12-11)
Cryer celebrates 20 years of being in the force but then he is convicted of drink driving 
100 "Start With The Whistle" First appearance of Sgt. Joseph Corrie, Final appearance of Sgt. Tom Penny John Strickland 13 December 1990 (1990-12-13)
Sgt Penny decides to leave Sun Hill forever when he is accused of stealing the charity money 
101 "Out of The Blue" Moria Armstrong 18 December 1990 (1990-12-18)
Wray's last day at Sun Hill sees him come up against some of his closest friends whilst investigating a robbery 
102 "Street Smart" First appearance of DCI Kim Reid, Final appearance of DCI Gordon Wray Sarah Pia Anderson 20 December 1990 (1990-12-20)
Wray's replacement arrives at Sun Hill and quickly gets on the wrong side of Burnside 
103 "Safe As Houses" Ken Hutchison guest stars. Tom Cotter 26 December 1990 (1990-12-26)
Carver and Lines look after a witness to a murder but soon they find themselves in grave danger 
104 "Friends and Neighbours" Brian Croucher guest stars. Mike Dormer 27 December 1990 (1990-12-27)
It's Christmas Day, and Burnside and Carver are called out to investigate a murder 



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