The Bill - Complete Series 17
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Part One was set to air on 11 September 2001 however was delayed for 3 days by the ITV Network Centre. EPG listings still stated this was to be transmitted on 9/11.
First appearance of Sgt. Joseph Corrie, final regular appearance of Sgt. Tom Penny, Stephen Churchett guest stars
First appearance of DS Danny Pearce, Anne Reid, Matilda Ziegler, Tim Wylton and David Sibley guest star Part One: When Lennox is accused of planting evidence in an armed robbery case, Meadows is determined to prove his innocence, and to find evidence to charge the suspect's accomplice, Phil Brown. Unfortunately, Brown claims to have been an informant for former Sun Hill alumni Don Beech, which makes Chandler determined to drop the case at all costs. When an old friend of Meadows' reveals that George Stubbs had previously bribed Chandler's DS at Park Rise, Meadows realises he has some ammunition against Chandler, and uses it to gain the leverage he requires on Brown. Meanwhile, Boyden and Hagen help Clarke recover her ASP when it is stolen during the pursuit of a robbery suspect. On temporary assignment to the Serious Crime Group, DC Lennox is surprised to find Liz Rawton is Acting DI at SCG. The body of a young girl, later identified as Hayley Mills, is found in a concrete slab in a cement works. Rawton and Lennox question the new owner of the cement works, Digby Leake, and Rawton tells Lennox off for his aggressive approach to the case. Hayley's ex-boyfriend tells them of a modelling agency which doubled as an escort service where Hayley worked and that Hayley was pregnant, and the owner Leon Walsh is certainly suspiscious, especially when the police find a car of his containing Hayley's blood. Forensics reveals that Hayley died of an ectopic pregnancy, and was not murdered, Leake admits that he was the father and that his assistant Harry Rawlings dumped the body when Hayley died from the complications. Lennox forms a bond with Hayley's friend Karen, who confides to him that Rawlings and Leon are involved in smuggling heroin from Hong Kong, and the pair are
First appearance of DCI Kim Reid, final appearance of DCI Gordon Wray, Robert Wisdom and Morgan Deare guest star Webb and Riley wait outside a cafe, whilst inside McAllister is conducting a rather clumsy undercover sting on a suspected drug dealer. Cullen is furious when the suspect is released without charge following McAllister's poor handling of the case. Resentful of Singh's success in recruiting local informants, McAllister manages to coax some information from solicitor's clerk Jamie Ross, which eventually leads to a successful arrest when information from Ross blows apart a stabbing suspect's alibi. Pleased with her success, McAllister is determined to convince Ross to work as an informant for her. Meanwhile, Riley meets up with his brother Joe, who seems to be in some trouble with the Nottinghamshire Police.Part Two - Angel Rooms: Hayward and Klein arrange to get their stories straight over the missing bag of heroin. Stacy insists her pimp forced her to deal drugs and have sex with "Red". Clarke ends up sleeping with "Phil the Pill", and is surprised when he turns up at Sun Hill the next day and announces himself as DC Phil Raven from the Drugs Squad. Raven arrests Benji Pullinger for intent to supply, but inevitably the missing bag is mentioned in the interview. Station gossip starts to point towards Klein, and Hayward confesses to Gilmore what really happened. Whilst out at a nightclub with his new girlfriend, Fiona, Hayward sees Raven selling drugs, and discovers that he and Fiona are former acquaintances.
Final regular appearance of Bob Cryer as Sgt, departure of Dale Smith as PC, Ray Lonnen guest starsWhen a man matching the description of a local paedophile is found outside a school, Hollis witnesses an apparent abduction. The abducted boy is found at his mother's house, but Boyden's curiosity is piqued when he discovers the mother is in a relationship with local villain Shane Weller. The witness who tried to stop the 'abduction' is revealed as the boy's biological father Marek Gocek. When the boy goes missing again, they go in search of Marek, not realising Weller's thugs are also in pursuit. Meanwhile, Hagen is mortified when she first has a minor PolAcc trying to stop a suspect in the abduction, and her career as a driver is plunged into doubt when she has another hours later. On temporary assignment to the Serious Crime Group, Lennox is surprised to find Liz Rawton is now an Acting DI at SCG. The body of a young girl, later identified as Hayley Spence, is found in a concrete slab in a cement works. Rawton and Lennox question the new owner of the cement works, Digby Leake, and Rawton tells Lennox off for his aggressive approach to the case. Hayley's ex-boyfriend tells them of a modelling agency, which doubled as an escort service, where Hayley worked. He also reveals that Hayley was pregnant, and the owner of the agency, Leon Walsh, may be the father. When Lennox finds a car containing Hayley's blood, forensics drop a major bombshell that blows the inquiry wide open. Whilst on a week's secondment to Scotland Yard's Art and Antiques Squad, Lennox is tasked with investigating a young woman, Tessa Gannon, who tried to sell a forged painting to a gallery. Lennox soon finds a receipt from a gallery owned by an art dealer named Ivor Gregory, who has form for deception. Lennox befriends an artist named Richard Townes, who charges into Gregory's gallery as Lennox peruses the paintings. In the hope of getting a closer look at one of the paintings, Lennox arranges for his wife Shona to buy one of them. He gets it verified, and is disappointed when it is an original. When the painting is returned for re-framing, Lennox realises Gregory has swapped it for a fake. First appearances of Insp Christine Frazer, PC Malcolm Haynes and SRO Marion Layland, PC Jim Carver is promoted to DC, first credited appearance of PC Tony Stamp
Taviner and Hollis attend when a gang of masked girls armed with baseball bats raid gifts at a wedding. The gang's violence intensifies and the bride's sister, Debbie Pike, is found badly beaten after an altercation with a mother and her baby on the high street. Chandler sends Spears to visit the local schools, ostensibly to encourage students to join the Met's Volunteer Cadet Corps, but secretly to obtain information on the gang and its members. As rumours about her and Chandler fly around the station, Spears pushes an eager schoolboy informant too far.First appearance of Insp. Andrew Monroe, final appearances of PC Francis 'Taffy' Edwards and Insp. Christine Frazer