ITV’s London-based cop drama The Bill is moving to a new 9pm slot and is set to become “the heart of the ITV1 schedule”. Producers talkackThames say the long running series is to be re-launched later this year as “a grittier, action filled series” in the post watershed slot .
The move will also see the show reduced to a single weekly hour-long episode, the format the show originally launched in back in 1983.
Peter Fincham, ITV’s Director of Television said “I’m delighted to announce The Bill’s transition to weekly 9pm drama on ITV1. It’s a fantastic opportunity to take the series to another level, marking a new era for one of the most established brands on British television.”
talkackThames CEO Lorraine Heggessey has described the change of slot as “a huge vote of confidence from ITV in the show”.