Breakout is the 396th episode of The Bill.

It's New Year's Eve. A learner driver backs into a prison van, allowing a dangerous prisoner to escape from custody. It's believed he may go after a witness, so WPC Ackland stays with her, but all is not what it seems.

PCs Hollis and Stringer arrest a man on behalf of South Yorkshire Police. DC Carver has to accompany the man on the train to Sheffield.


This was a one-hour New Year special.

Robert Hudson reprises the role of Tony 'Yorkie' Smith, who was a Sun Hill regular 1984-1989.

Daniel Hill guest stars as Jeremy Baynes in this episode.

Lisa Geoghan, who plays Beverley Tomlin, would later appear as WPC Polly Page.

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