Perhaps one of the most infamous TV theme tunes is coming back. Certainly, the most infamous police station is returning to our screens.

Seven years since we saw the back of Sun Hill Police Station, The Bill will be returning to the UK as all 2,421 episodes are to be aired.

If you want a trip down memory lane, this is how it all ended, seven long years ago.

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UKTV's drama channel will show each episode, and to celebrate, six of the cop shop's most famous faces reunited to share their memories - there was even a return for a 1990 Vauxhall Vectra police car.

The show ran for 26 years from 1984-2010 until it was axed by ITV, winning a BAFTA in 2009.

It helped catapult the careers of Keira Knightley, Sean Bean, Russell Brand and David Tennant.

Mark Wingett, who appeared in around one-third of the shows, played DS Jim Carver, debuting in the very first episode in October 1984.


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"It was a tough job because we'd be working six days a week, involving 12-hour days after which I'd go home and learn my lines for the following day - so you had to get by on about six hours sleep a night," he said.

"But it was a wonderful thing to be part of, particularly because we were custodians of our characters, who we knew so well, and if we disagreed with the script we could make suggestions that would be used."

Sergeant Bob Cryer was played by 77-year-old Eric Richard. He explained he forced producers and writers to change his character's allegiance from West Ham to Arsenal.

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But he also praised the camera work, saying: "Many of the cameraman we used had previously only worked covering football, horse racing or other sports, so they provided a whole new energy.

"It meant we were one of the first drama series here or in the US to be shot on the streets in a deliberately 'wobbly hand', single-camera style.

"Now it's become an established production norm across TV and film, and it's fantastic to recall how we helped set the precedent."

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The longest serving character, from 1984-2007, was Sgt June Ackland, played by Trudie Goodwin. She explained how proud she was of holding the record for the longest serving police-portraying actor.

She said: "If the Drama channel re-run is going to take another 26 years to show, let's hope we're all still here so we can come back again in 2043 and celebrate The Bill once more."

UKTV's Drama channel general manager, Adrian Wills, said: "The Bill is one of the most loved and recognisable TV dramas of the last 30 years, so we are delighted to bring back this iconic show from the beginning in 2017 for our viewers to enjoy all over again."

The re-runs begin on August 14 at 12 noon, with catch-up on demand also available.

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