Watched the first ever episode of The Bill from 1984

@Asylum (47319)
Manchester, England
August 15, 2017 7:42am CST
The old series is now being rerun on television, beginning with the very first episode. This was quite a strange experience for me because I knew many of the characters from much later in the storyline. Several of the characters looked familiar, but it took quite some time to actually place them. The Bill ran for about 23 years and gradually grew in popularity, so it was probably during the 1990s that I watched it most. Despite many characters remaining for many seasons, the ones that I saw were very young, whereas I probably knew them some 10 or even 15 years later. Recognising someone that you knew in their 30s can be quite deceptive when they are around 19 or so. Have you ever had a similar experience with old television shows?
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@rebelann (32438)
• El Paso, Texas
15 Aug
I have watched some really old TV series, like Gunsmoke, and got to see actors that have passed when they were still fairly young. Usually I watch shows provided by streaming services like Netflix, Hulu or Amazon,
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@Asylum (47319)
• Manchester, England
15 Aug
I remember Gunsmoke very well.
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@rebelann (32438)
• El Paso, Texas
15 Aug
I finally got to see the first 4 seasons when it was only a half hour show @Asylum but I still want to see seasons 6 through 20. To think I don't even like westerns but this one I do.
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@Asylum (47319)
• Manchester, England
15 Aug
@rebelann I am not even sure which seasons I have watched.
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@LadyDuck (122389)
• Switzerland
15 Aug
I do not watch television shows, I noticed big changes in the characters when I visit my Mother. She is always looking a TV Show, but I do not even know what she is looking.
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@Asylum (47319)
• Manchester, England
15 Aug
I found myself trying to recognise characters from several years prior to when I first knew them.
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@LadyDuck (122389)
• Switzerland
16 Aug
@Asylum Many US series go on for years, it is impossible to keep the same actors.
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@Asylum (47319)
• Manchester, England
16 Aug
@LadyDuck Not entirely impossible. Consider William Roaches, who has played Ken Barlow in the British soap opera Coronation Street for over 50 years.
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• Lakewood, Colorado
15 Aug
Yes I have but do not recall exactly which one, but you are so right the difference in age and how they look is quite remarkable. I remember that show The Bill. What did you watch it on just telly or YouTube or something else?
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@Asylum (47319)
• Manchester, England
15 Aug
It is currently being rerun on television.
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• Lakewood, Colorado
15 Aug
@Asylum Oh thats good then my friend.Hope you okay today.
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@Asylum (47319)
• Manchester, England
15 Aug
@TiarasOceanView Yes, I am fine today thank you.
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• United States
16 Aug
Yes, when watching old TV series, they have guest stars that look familiar and but are hard to identify. Also, I love reading the credits at the end. I often see names I know but never recognized them while watching the show. I'll go back and look for them and sure enough, I see the resemblance now that I know. It's fun!
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@Asylum (47319)
• Manchester, England
16 Aug
I have also seen familiar names on the credits that I never noticed in the film or show.
@Asylum (47319)
• Manchester, England
16 Aug
@Jeanniemaries Yes because you miss what you are looking for.
• United States
16 Aug
@Asylum Credits are there to give credit for all those who worked on the show. I don't think it is right for them to make it so tiny and speed it up. I don't think we had The Bill over here, even though we do have a lot of programs from the UK.
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@garymarsh6 (12184)
• United Kingdom
19 Aug
I get little time to watch television but back in the day the Bill was quite a good programme. Many of the actors went on to other roles!
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@Asylum (47319)
• Manchester, England
19 Aug
Yes they did, but many also enjoyed a long career with The Bill.
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@garymarsh6 (12184)
• United Kingdom
19 Aug
@Asylum I have met one of the actors in real life. Sgt Bob Cryer. He is an absolute perfect gent! Mad on biking. His bike had a bigger engine than my car did at the time!
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@Asylum (47319)
• Manchester, England
19 Aug
@garymarsh6 He is almost synonymous with The Bill because he was in the first episode and remained for many years.
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@just4him (92365)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
18 Aug
It can be fun watching actors grow up on a series, or seeing them in older films when they were younger.
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@Asylum (47319)
• Manchester, England
18 Aug
It almost became a competition for me trying to decide which character was which.
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@just4him (92365)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
18 Aug
@Asylum Sounds like a fun competition.
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@Asylum (47319)
• Manchester, England
18 Aug
@just4him It was.
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@AmbiePam (46228)
• United States
16 Aug
I don't think I have heard of that. Was it like a soap opera? Like Coronation Street?
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@Asylum (47319)
• Manchester, England
16 Aug
No, it was a Police drama, although the background story did drift towards that genre.
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@AmbiePam (46228)
• United States
16 Aug
@Asylum Oh, really? Cool. It sounds like it was longer running than even Law and Order.
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@Asylum (47319)
• Manchester, England
16 Aug
@AmbiePam It ran for about 25 years.
@JudyEv (101135)
• Bunbury, Australia
24 Aug
We used to watch The Bill religiously. It was a great show I thought. It can be quite strange seeing an actor in a show which was produced quite some years ago. It is hard to believe it is the same person.
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@Asylum (47319)
• Manchester, England
24 Aug
This is especially so when they are playing the same role some 20 years different.
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• China
17 Aug
The Bill must be the longest-running TV series there.I know what you meant.Some of the characters were surely out of all recognition in the space of 23 years.
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@Asylum (47319)
• Manchester, England
17 Aug
Yes, they changed vastly over that period.
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@Jackalyn (6669)
• Oxford, England
16 Aug
When I do watch a shout out I tend to watch every bit of the series so YouTube etc is a really good place for me. Lately I watched the first episode of Gavin and Stacey and then the whole thing made more sense.
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@Asylum (47319)
• Manchester, England
16 Aug
These days I usually try to watch shows from episode one onwards, but this was a show that I recall from decades ago.
@Platespinner (18566)
• Winston Salem, North Carolina
15 Aug
I've done the same thing a time or two...it's amazing how much people change over time. Some improve with age, others....not so much.
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@Asylum (47319)
• Manchester, England
15 Aug
The features are always there, but not always easy to notice.
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@Corbin5 (81921)
• United States
15 Aug
We have so many TV stations here that run those old TV shows. I do love watching them. Yes, seeing the actors in their younger days brings a startle when seen as their older selves today.
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@Asylum (47319)
• Manchester, England
15 Aug
The contrast can be quite significant.
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