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The Sweet Smell of Failure
Episode No.   Series
11 1985x003
Original Airdate
22nd January 1985 FlagIcon UK small
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The Sweet Smell of Failure is the 11th episode of The Bill. An elderly couple found thieving from residential houses puts Ackland and Carver on the trail of a bogus perfume factory.


A tip in a counterfeit perfume case pulls in two very old aged pensioners who appear to have been pinching things since WWII. But after leading Carver and Ackland in a merry chase it turns out they aren't the real culprits.


(Episode Cast: in credits order)

Goofs, Bloopers & Continuity ErrorsEdit

  • Despite selling his Ford and replacing it with a green Vauxhall two episodes earlier, D.I. Galloway is once again driving a gold Ford. Perhaps it was filmed out of sequence?



  • The episode was also released on the Series 1 DVD Boxset released by Network in the UK in 2005.
  • The Series 1 DVD Boxset was released in North America in 2007.
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