The Bill Is Axed After 27 Years

Nee nor nee nor no more – The Bill has been axed after 27 years.

The long-running police drama is to be pulled in the autumn following a gradual decline in viewing figures.

ITV’s director of programming Peter Fincham said: “Times change, and so do the tastes of our audience.â€?

Producers Talkback Thames fear the closure of Sun Hill cop shop “may result in a significant number of redundanciesâ€? for the company.

Last year the show’s regular two prime-time sixty-minute slots were ditched for a single hour after the watershed.

The Bill began in 1983 with a one-off drama about a police officer called Woodentop. It spurned 12 hour-long episodes that proved massively popular with viewers.

By 1988 there were three half-hour shows a week. In 1998 the programme went out in two one-hour episodes a week.

Audiences have numbered four million in recent months compared with seven million five years ago.

ITV said the decision was solely a creative one and not to cut costs.

Fincham said: “Whilst The Bill will come to an end in 2010, we will continue to invest more in drama programming than any other commercial broadcaster in the UK.”

So long Sun Hill!