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Discuss the appeal of TV police drama with particular reference to The Bill and In Deep.

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Discuss the appeal of TV police drama with particular reference to The Bill and In Deep 'The Bill', shown on ITV1 at around 8.00, and 'In Deep' shown on BBC1 at around 9.00, and after the news, are both police dramas. Therefore, they both are targeted to police drama fans. However, there are differences between two. In 'The Bill', there are lots of different codes and conventions found in typical police dramas. For example, there is a police station, panda cars, uniformed and plain clothed police, who carry out everyday tasks, such as dealing with burglary, assault, and racial abuse. ...read more.


In 'The Bill', the narrative structure is very different to that in 'In Deep'. It has very quick scene changes, and lots of intertwining storylines, very like a soap opera, in that there are many storylines going on throughout the episode. This is probably the reason that it is put onto our screens at a primetime slot, and therefore appeals to audiences who prefer the soap genre. Because the episodes are on every week, the budget is lower, so that's why the mainly the same locations are used, and that's why it develops more of a soap formula, as they cannot do really big scenes. ...read more.


These enigma codes keep up the audience interest in watching to the end of the episode. There is also a fair representation of policemen in both. In 'The Bill', you get to see more of the policemen's personal life, and the question on how much personal life should be brought into the work place. In 'In Deep', the question is whether them acting as criminals is any better then the actually criminals themselves. All these points keep the watcher interested, and keeps audiences coming back to watch other episodes. Chris Pilkington ...read more.

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