The cast of The Bill had no time to hold a big party to celebrate their historic Bafta win, the first in the ITV1 police show’s 25-year history.

At Sunday’s ceremony, The Bill fought off stiff competition from EastEnders, Emmerdale and Casualty to pick up the award for best continuing drama.

But series producer Tim Key told us the cast have gone straight back to filming.

“We’re busy because we’re working on our nine o’clock episodes,” he said. “Everyone’s very happy and the award has done a tour of the building with lots of people having their photo taken with it.

“The show’s been waiting for this – we’ve really wanted it for a long time, so to get it after 25 years is wonderful.”

Press stories have focused on The Bill being cut back from two episodes a week at 8pm, to one a week at 9pm from later this year.

But Tim sees the later time slot as an opportunity.

“We’re digging deeper into characters and just telling grittier stories,” he explained. “So, it’s been very exciting for us, very liberating.”

And loyal fans of the show will also be delighted to hear that the 9pm episodes are being shot in HD.

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