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Jim Carver

Detective Sergeant James Carver

Birth Name: James
Full Name: James Michael Carver
Nickname(s): Jim, Jimmy, Jim-Jim, Jimbo
IC: GenderAge
1Male   Male45 as of Episode 489
Marital Status: Divorced
Occupation: Police Officer
Affiliation: Greater Manchester Police
Curr. Posting: Greater Manchester CID
Curr. Rank: Detective Sergeant
Curr. Call Sign: Sierra Oscar 600
Occ. Status
●  Service Record  ●
Portrayed by:Mark Wingett
 ● First Appearance: Woodentop
 ● Last Appearance: Episode: 489
List of Appearances

Jim Carver was a character in The Bill from 1983 until 2005, returning briefly in 2007.


Earnest, intense and scrupulously honest, Jim Carver had all the makings of a first class sergeant in the Bob Cryer mould. He arrived at Sun Hill as a probationer, originally wanting to be a traditional copper, wearing a uniform and, becoming a D.C. in 1988. His antipathy towards some of Burnside's more dubious working practices was offset by Frank's charisma but after his mentor left Sun Hill, Carver's career stagnated. He never won promotion and the policy of tenure forced him to go back into uniform after almost ten years in C.I.D. Jim chose to jump before he was pushed in order to stay at Sun Hill. His inability to adjust led to a serious drink problem, which nearly cost him his job. Initially met with some reservations from his colleagues upon returning from Rehab, Carver managed to overcome his demons and become a respected member of the team.

He had other faults though. A quick temper sometimes lead him into inappropriate physical action - he was unafraid of confrontation and picked up more than his share of knocks and bruises in the line of duty. On his first idealistic day on the Sun Hill beat, the greenest of new bobbies, he spoiled everything by giving an insolent young yobbo a clip round the ear. He went for Burnside when he thought Frank was being callous about Viv Martella's death, and the two men had to be pulled apart. But most people understood when Jim threatened to kill Phil Young for a sexual attack on WP.C. Norika Datta. Jim had carried a torch for her for years, but she didn't want to know.

Carver was an intuitive operator, but his hunches were often sound because he had an interest in, and awareness of, people. However, he was always a man who took things to heart and was often upset by the occasionally, moral grey areas in which he found himself working. Injustice angered him and occasionally he found his colleagues' coldness shocking. Jim's love life had never been much to speak of (his girlfriends tended to be the 'lame duck' type and usually let him down), but after working for almost two decades he found the ideal partner in June Ackland, his sergeant. But the course of true love never runs smoothly and when Jim found himself staring down the barrel of a loaded pint glass he realised it was time to do some soul searching. With June away on holiday, Jim woke up in the loving arms of a woman he was helping out in his role as Family Liaison Officer. One wedding later - Jim had a new wife - and a very unhappy colleague in June Ackland. After heartache following his split with June, Jim had high hopes for his marriage to Marie and struggled to come to terms with the fact that she was an alcoholic with a violent temper. They divorced, and before long Jim found himself back with June. This coincided with a happy time for the Sun Hill officer - he was glad when he moved again from uniformed work into C.I.D., because life was more interesting for him there.

Unfortunately, Jim's happiness was short-lived and when he began to run up massive gambling debts, his marriage was dealt a severe blow. In the end, he decided to leave [[Sun Hill Police Station|Sun Hill] and June to head for pastures new, knowing that he would only make the same mistakes again if he stayed. He returned as a D.S. to the station in March 2007 in order to catch a drug deal who had escaped from Manchester.

Service RecordEdit

Main article: Service Record
  • 1983 - First Posting: Sun Hill as a probationer
  • 1988 - Transferred: C.I.D. (Sun Hill)
  • 1999 - Transferred: Uniform (Sun Hill)
  • 1999 - Accused of Murder (Sun Hill)
  • 2002 - Transferred: C.S.U. (Sun Hill)
  • 2003 - Seconded to Uniform Episodes 160 and 161
  • 2004 - Transferred: C.I.D. (Sun Hill)
  • 2005 - Transferred: Greater Manchester Police
  • Sometime between 2005-2007 - Promotion: Detective Sergeant

Family and RelationshipsEdit

Major StorylinesEdit

1983- Joins Sun Hill

1988-1989: Joins C.I.D. as D.S.

1999: Returns to Uniform 

1999: Alcoholism 

2002: Transferred to C.S.U. 

2004: Joins C.I.D. again 

2004: Gambling habit 

2005: Jim leaves Sun Hill.

2007: Brief return as a D.S. now serving with Greater Manchester Police. 

Preceded by:
Sun Hill P.C.
Succeeded by:
P.C. Pete Ramsey

Preceded by:
Sun Hill D.C.
Succeeded by:
D.C. Danny Glaze

Preceded by:
Sun Hill P.C.
Succeeded by:
P.C. Sheelagh Murphy

Preceded by:
D.C. Brandon Kane
Sun Hill D.C.
Succeeded by:

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