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Blue Murder
Episode No.   Series
274 1990x087
Original Airdate
30th October 1990 FlagIcon UK small
Written By
Directed By
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Blue Murder is the 274th episode of The Bill

The police are out on the streets of Sun Hill enforcing a crackdown on prostitution. P.C. Stamp nicks an underage tom named Suzanne, and W.P.C. Ackland cautions a would-be punter who mistakes her for a prostitute. An armed robbery at a local building society soon takes precedence. A security guard has been shot and wounded, and Ch. Supt. Brownlow, pending the arrival of PT17, authorises AFOs (Authorised Firearms Officers) Sgt. Cryer and P.C. Stamp to attend. P.C. Quinnan and W.P.C. Marshall locate the fleeing suspects and pursue them into a building site, but they come under fire from the shotgun wielding bandit. Cryer and Stamp arrive, and Cryer shouts a warning, but is forced to shoot and kill the robber (Skene) when he points the shotgun at Quinnan. It it later discovered by the S.O.C.O. that the shotgun was empty. Cryer's colleagues, including the police investigating the shooting are sympathetic and supportive of him, but Cryer seems deeply affected by the fact that he has taken a man's life.

This is the second of three major incidents involving Sgt. Cryer and guns. The first was the killing of Russell Archer by D.I. Galloway and D.S. Roach back in Hostage. In Return of the Hunter, Cryer is accidentally shot by SO19 officer and former Sun Hill colleague, P.C. Dale Smith, leading to his enforced retirement.


  • Eric Richard as Sgt. Cryer
  • Graham Cole as P.C. Stamp
  • Vikki Gee-Dare as W.P.C. Ford
  • Jeff Stewart as P.C. Hollis
  • Larry Dann as Sgt. Peters
  • Colin Alldridge as P.C. Young
  • Trudie Goodwin as W.P.C. Ackland
  • Tom Butcher as P.C. Loxton
  • Russell Brook as P.C. Bradley
  • Seeta Indrani as W.P.C. Datta
  • Roger Leach as Sgt. Penny
  • Jonathan Dow as P.C. Stringer
  • Lynne Miller as W.P.C. Marshall
  • Andrew Paul as P.C. Quinnan
  • Natasha Williams as W.P.C. French
  • Peter Ellis as Ch. Supt. Brownlow
  • Colin Tarrant as Insp. Monroe
  • Ben Roberts as Ch. Insp. Conway
  • Kevin Lloyd as D.C. Lines
  • Clive Wood as D.C.I. Wray
  • Christopher Ellison as D.I. Burnside
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