A reboot for classic ITV cop drama The Bill is in the works, RadioTimes.com has confirmed, following reports in The Sun that Sun Hill could be returning to our screens.
The series is still in early development and has not yet been greenlit, but should it get the go-ahead it is expected to feature three former stars of the original show.
Graham Cole, Trudie Goodwin, and Mark Wingett are all in line for a return, reprising their respective roles as PC Tony Stamp, Sgt June Ackland and DC Jim Carver.
It’s reported that the project – which is being written by Simon Sansome – will be titled Sun Hill, after the police station from the original run.
According to The Sun’s report, the project began to pick up pace last year when members of the original cast met to celebrate the 10-year anniversary of the show’s final episode.
Their source is quoted as saying, “Simon started investigating the rights and managed to acquire them. Three of the best-known stars are in talks and he’s hopeful he can get them on board. Tony [McHale, EastEnders writer and Holby City creator] has seen the script and they hope they can get him signed up too.
“They’re in constant contact and the project has begun to move on quickly. There’s a couple of channels interested in bringing back what is such a well-loved story.”
The plan is for the established cast members to be joined by some fresh faces, with the plot seeing the old hands acting as consultants for the new Sun Hill recruits.
The long-running series originally aired for 27-years between 1983 and 2010, with ITV citing “changing tastes” of viewers as the reason for its cancellation a decade ago.
Throughout its run, the show picked up an array of awards including two BAFTAs, two NTAs and seven Inside Soap Awards.