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The Three Sergeants
Episode No.   Series
1449 1999x60
Original Airdate
28 September 1999 FlagIcon UK small
Written By
Rod Lewis
Directed By
Rob Bailey
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The Three Sergeants is the 1449th episode of The Bill

Sgt. Matt Boyden is not looking forward to another night shift in Custody, but a noisy prisoner demanding food turns out to be the least of his worries. Sgt. June Ackland and PC Dale Smith bring in a drunk and disorderly vagrant who they nickname 'Olly'. Chaos sets in as a drink-driver, some cat-fighting prostitutes, an immigration officer with two deportees and two lay visitors conducting a surprise inspection arrive. As the F.M.E. takes a blood test from the drink driver, Boyden has Olly placed in a cell to rest. When the lay visitors inspect his cell, he is dead. Faced with a death in custody, Ch. Supt. Brownlow calls in CIB, and the three Sergeants on duty, Boyden, Ackland and Cryer argue amongst themselves over who was responsible. Ackland manages to find Olly's real identity, and his widow threatens to sue the Met, but June talks her out of it and discovers that his wife blames herself for his death.


  • Tony O'Callaghan as Sgt. Boyden
  • Trudie Goodwin as Sgt. Ackland
  • Eric Richard as Sgt. Cryer
  • Peter Ellis as Ch. Supt. Brownlow
  • Huw Higginson as P.C. Garfield
  • Lisa Geoghan as P.C. Page
  • Alex Walkinshaw as P.C. Smith
  • Samantha Robson as P.C. Hagen
  • Ray Ashcroft as D.S. Daly
  • Gregory Donaldson as D.C. Proctor
  • Jeff Stewart as P.C. Hollis
  • Jane Wall as P.C. Worrell
  • Clive Wedderburn as P.C. McCann
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