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Burnside (ITV Crime Drama, Chris Ellison, Zoe Eeles)

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Crime drama series Burnside was a spin off from The Bill which saw one of that shows most popular characters Frank Burnside (Chris Ellison) take over as head of a new police unit, part of the National Crime Squad.

Burnside was equipped with two new partners the black and homosexual Dave Summers (Justin Pierre) and the attractive action girl Sam Phillips (Zoe Eeles) (whom Burnside had a frisson of sexual chemistry with despite the big age difference). Each story was carried over two episodes.

Making prominent guest appearances were the likes of Paul Nicholas, Shane Richie and Tony Selby.

Cast: Christopher Ellison as Frank Burnside; Zoë Eeles as Det. Const. Sam Phillips; Justin Pierre as Dave Summers; Andrew Readman as Supt. Brian Lee; Paul Gilmore as Chris Gibson; John White as Detective Constable Pete Moss; Shane Richie as Tony Shotton; Tony Selby as Jim Summers; Paul Nicholas as Ronnie Buchan; Charles Dale as Billy Holden; Roderic Culver as John Renfrew; Sean Gleeson as Mark Evans; Mark Letheren as Jerry Forbes; Kate Gartside as Dr. Anna Grantham

Producer: Jamie Nuttgens / Music: Stanley Nuttgens, Mike Scott / Script Editor: Karen Askar / Design: Ian Russell / Executive Producer: Richard Handford

UK / ITV Network – Thames – Pearson / 6×60 minute episode / 6 July – 10 August 2000 Thursdays 9.00pm