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The Bill - Press Release for Britain's The Bill, Coming from BCI and Fremantle

The Bobbies Are On The Beat in June

Posted by David Lambert
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"Cuff 'em and Stuff 'em"


Series One Goes On Duty June 5th

Los Angeles, CA – BCI, a Navarre Corporation Company, and FremantleMedia Enterprises are proud to announce the DVD release of Series One of "The Bill," the longest running and most successful police drama program on British television. The complete first season of this award-winning series will be released under the International Voyage brand and will be available on a four-DVD set for an SRP of $34.98. The announcement was made by Jeff Hayne, Director of Acquisitions, BCI.

"The Bill" continues to garner worldwide praise and we are excited to bring this compelling British program to our American audience," Hayne said. "This is just a taste of what we've been missing."

"The Bill," which has proven a big hit with audiences the world over, has held the British viewing public in its grip for over 20 years. Additionally, the series won a BAFTA, a National Television Award and a Royal Television Society Award. It's now time that we 'pay' attention to "The Bill"!

"The Bill" follows the daily lives of the men and women at Sun Hill Police Station as they fight against crime on the streets of London. Its ensemble of characters receive equal time, their stories interweaving to create each memorable episode. With high risks at work and high drama at home, "The Bill" is tough, fast-paced and brutally realistic.

Taking its name from the 'billhooks' policemen used to carry, "The Bill" is famous for its authenticity: the series keeps track of changes within the Metropolitan Police Force; even the police uniforms are genuine and are locked away for security reasons when not in use.

"The Bill" won't be caught flat-footed with these extras:
  • 1 Hour Pilot Episode – "Woodentop"
  • Behind The Creation Of The Bill – An insightful overview of the development and legacy of this groundbreaking series
  • The London Beat Featurette – A look at the success of various U.K. crime/drama television series including "The Bill," "The Sweeney" and "Callan"
  • Photo Galleries

This release will be supported with a national television campaign and internet exposure including viral video and targeted advertising.

For more information, please visit

About Navarre Corporation
Navarre Corporation is a publisher and distributor of physical and digital home entertainment and multimedia products, including PC software, CD audio, DVD video, video games and accessories. Since its founding in 1983, the Company has established distribution relationships with customers across a wide spectrum of retail channels which includes mass merchants, discount, wholesale club, office and music superstores, military and e-tailers nationwide. The Company currently provides its products to over 19,000 retail and distribution center locations throughout the United States and Canada. Navarre has expanded its business to include the licensing and publishing of home entertainment and multimedia content, primarily through the acquisitions of Encore, BCI, and FUNimation. For more information, please visit the Company's web site at

About BCI
BCI, a wholly owned subsidiary of the Navarre Corporation, is a leading independent entertainment DVD and audio publisher and distributor. Working with licensors from around the world, BCI has acquired an extensive library including animation, action, sports, horror, drama and special interest programming. The BCI brand is committed to bringing the most original product to the marketplace with its innovative marketing programs, bonus features and collectible packaging. The diversity of product has led to the creation of BCI's labels – Ink & Paint (animation), International Voyage (international programming), Ronin Entertainment (film and television programming from Japan) and Deimos Entertainment (horror, cult and sci-fi films). BCI is uniquely qualified to represent a vast array of content for North American DVD distribution. For more information, please visit

About FremantleMedia
FremantleMedia Enterprises (FME) is the commercial arm of FremantleMedia and comprises of Fremantle International Distribution (FID), FremantleMedia Licensing Worldwide (FLW) and Fremantle Home Entertainment (FHE).

FID has a network of international sales offices and licenses over 19,000 hours of programmes to 150 countries worldwide. FID's programming comes from in-house UK producer, talkbackTHAMES and from an increasing number of independent producers in the UK and internationally. Recent international successes include US ratings-toppers The Apprentice: Donald Trump and The Apprentice: Martha Stewart, hugely successful fashion reality series, Project Runway starring Heidi Klum, exquisite Brook Lapping production Catherine the Great and the music event special, Britney Spears: In the Zone.

FLW is the licensing division of FremantleMedia and exploits the company's many strong brands including the award winning international format, Idols and the cult children's classics, Rainbow and DangerMouse, across multiple off-screen platforms including merchandising campaigns, interactive and wireless support and music publishing. FHE is the home entertainment arm of FremantleMedia.

FremantleMedia is one of the largest international creators and producers of programme brands in the world, with leading prime time entertainment, drama, serial drama and factual entertainment programming produced in over 25 territories. International drama programmes include Germany's top rated serial drama, Gute Zeiten, Schlechte Zeiten (Good Times Bad Times), the UK's most successful police drama, The Bill, and Australia's top serial drama, Neighbours. The company's entertainment and factual entertainment hits range from the award winning international format, Idols, broadcast as the prime time show, American Idol, on FOX in the US, to the grime-busting format, How Clean is Your House? and factual entertainment series starring celebrity chef, Jamie Oliver, Jamie's Kitchen, as well as long-running gameshows like The Price Is Right. FremantleMedia is the production business of the RTL Group, Europe's largest television and radio broadcast company.

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