Real Crime
Episode No.   Series
1572 2001x012
Original Airdate
13 February 2001 FlagIcon UK small
Written By
Philip Gladwin
Directed By
Graeme Harper
Episode Chronology:
Real Crime is the 1572 episode of The Bill.

PCs Klein and Harker have found a naked woman, Lisa Hayes, in a garden. She says that her husband, Neil, hit her and locked her out. At Sun Hill, DC Spears takes a particular interest in the case as Supt Chandler has asked her to compile a paper on domestic violence. Meanwhile DC Webb is investigating an attack on a driver whose van was loaded with booze after a trip to France. Having talked to Customs, Webb informs DI Cullen that they believe someone's spotting drivers abroad and following them. When Neil is later caught on video trying to break into where Lisa is staying, Webb notices crates of French booze in the back of his van. Webb is convinced Neil will lead them to the gang, and requests he be bailed so he can lead them to the gang. However, his confidence is dented by Chandler's bias towards Spears. Spears's sympathy for the victim, Lisa Hayes, starts to wear thin when she refuses to press charges, harasses Spears at work, and is then discovered to be having an affair with Hayes's boss.[Source:] Harker and Klein make facetious comments when filming Neil Hayes trying to break into the house with a baseball bat, but when Cullen is shown the video back at the station, their "director's commentary" is missing from the soundtrack, although the sound of Neil shouting can still be heard.

  • Tania Emery as DC Kate Spears
  • Chris Simmons as DC Mickey Webb
  • George Rossi as DC Duncan Lennox
  • Karl Collins as DC Danny Glaze
  • Rene Zagger as PC Nick Klein
  • Matthew Crompton as PC Sam Harker
  • Steven Hartley as Supt Tom Chandler
  • Ged Simmons as DI Alex Cullen
  • Natalie Roles as DS Debbie McAllister
  • Andrew Paul as PC Dave Quinnan
  • Graham Cole as PC Tony Stamp
  • Tony O'Callaghan as Sgt Matthew Boyden
  • Jane Wall as PC Di Worrell
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