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The Bill Set To Return To TV With Original Cast Members 'In Talks'

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The Bill Set To Return To TV With Original Cast Members 'In Talks'

One of the UK's most infamous TV theme tunes could be on its way back, as it looks like The Bill is getting a revival.

Even better, OG cast members Graham Cole, Trudie Goodwin and Mark Wingett are rumoured to be in talks to join the return.

According to The Sun, the new series will be titled Sun Hill after the police station in the original show.

The head of the project, writer Simon Sansome, is reportedly ready with a script and is in advanced negotiations with channels who are interested in airing the show.

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Apparently, Tony McHale - EastEnders writer and Holby City creator - is also in discussions about adjusting the new version of the show.

An unnamed source told the publication: "The project started picking up pace last year after the cast got together to mark ten years since the show last aired.

"Simon started investigating the rights and managed to acquire them. Three of the best known stars are in talks and he's hopeful he can get them on board. Tony has seen the script and they hope they can get him signed up too.

"They're in constant contact and the project has begun to move on quickly. There's a couple of channels interested in bringing back what is such a well-loved story."

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Credit: UKTV
Credit: UKTV

The source added that 60-year-old Mark, 69-year-old Graham and 69-year-old Trudie - who played DC Jim Carver, PC Tony Stamp and Sgt June Ackland respectively - may star in the adaptation as consultants who help a new group of police officers.

"The idea in the early script is that it's some new cast mixed with some of the legends of the original," added the source.

"The new, green, coppers need a helping hand after murder and suicide rates go sky-high in Sun Hill so they bring back the legends as consultants to help with their investigations.

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"They think, like the original, it'll be hard-hitting but also with a nice tone the family could enjoy."

Credit: UKTV
Credit: UKTV

The long-running cop drama aired for 26 years, from 1984 to 2010, before it was axed by ITV - it was a beloved show, so it only makes sense for producers to want to give it a modern update.

Not only was it a huge success, but The Bill also helped to catapult the careers of some major celebrities, including Keira Knightley, Sean Bean, Russell Brand and David Tennant, to name a few.

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Will it be the same for Sun Hill? Time will tell...

LADbible has contacted the show's former production company Fremantle for comment. ITV advised that it was not scheduled to be involved.

Topics: Drama, TV Series, Entertainment, ITV

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