Episode No.   Series
91 1989x008
Original Airdate
26 January 1989 FlagIcon UK small
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Steamers is the 91st episode of The Bill.

D.S. Roach goes to the hospital to talk to a young man who was slashed in the face with a knife - the fifth in a series of "steamer" attacks, where knife-wielding youths have held up restaurant patrons. D.C. Dashwood receives a tip-off about the steamers' next target, and the restuarant is filled with undercover police officers. P.C. Edwards is jealous that he and Carver didn't get a free meal paid for by the Met, and the steamers are caught when they raid the restuarant. P.C. Melvin investigates a strange smell from a flat used by junkies, and finds the body of an elderly man who suffered a heart attack. Melvin can't believe the old man was a junkie.

Steamers wave knives around to scare people into handing over credit cards and/or jewellery.

  • Tony Scannell as D.S. Roach
  • Jon Iles as D.C. Dashwood
  • Christopher Ellison as D.I. Burnside
  • Mark Powley as P.C. Melvin
  • Roger Leach as Sgt. Penny
  • Mark Wingett as D.C. Carver
  • Trudie Goodwin as W.P.C. Ackland
  • Eamonn Walker as P.C. Haynes
  • Nula Conwell as W.P.C. Martella
  • Colin Blumenau as P.C. Edwards
  • Graham Cole as P.C. Stamp
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