Is 'Wild Bill' A True Story? The Show Takes Inspiration From A Very Specific Place In The UK

As the hype for new Rob Lowe-starring ITV show Wild Bill reaches
overdrive, it’s about time that you ask what you’re really getting
yourself in for. Because, by the sounds of things, we’re all going
to be hooked. A bit of info about the show has already circulated
like how it’ll see Lowe as a Chief Police Officer leading a team of
Bostonian coppers around East Lincolnshire’s crime circuit but

is Wild Bill based on a true story?
Because, well, Rob Lowe? In
Lincolnshire? Surely, you just can’t make that sort of stuff
up.

Well, apparently someone did, and those people just so happen to
be Jim Keeble and Dudi Appleton, with the show’s location Boston,
Lincolnshire providing them with much of the inspiration for it.
Following ITV’s commissioning of Wild Bill, Keeble and Dudi
revealed in a statement:

Wild Bill gives us an chance to write about modern
Britain and modern crime
through unique eyes
. We wrote this for Rob Lowe, for his
smart-talking, anarchic, soulful voice. Displacing Rob in Brexit
Britain and specifically in Boston, Lincolnshire allows us to tell
stories that are leftfield and unexpected. We wanted to write
something that couldnt take place anywhere else, or at any other
time.

It’s a Brexit drama, perhaps in context,
but not in content.
As the show’s executive producer Tim Carter
confirmed to iNews: “Obviously the Brexit statistic was
a point of inspiration, but we havent set out to make a Brexit
drama.” The writers chose the show’s setting of Boston,
Lincolnshire, as a topical lens into Brexit Britain, outside of the
London-centric metropolis, which so many crimes shows of this sort
seem to take place.

What he’s referring to is Boston being described as the most
pro-Brexit
town in Britain
,” with the BBC reporting that Boston was the
most in favour of Brexit
out of all British towns
, as 76% of its residents had
reportedly voted to leave the EU.

Now, with the UK’s politics in shambles, and the government
falling into disarray, the out-there decision to pop Hollywood
actor Rob Lowe into a small town British cop drama, is a pretty apt
reflection of the surreal state of what’s currently going down in
this country. In other words, Keeble and Appleton are right on the
money with this one. Like, how could you create another standard,
predictable cop show in a climate such as this? They’ve made all
the right, ever-so-slightly strange choices.

So, make sure you don’t miss out on the show everyone will soon
be talking about, as Wild Bill premieres on ITV1 at 9 p.m. on
Wednesday, June 12. I’m hoping it’ll start a trend of Hollywood
actors finding themselves cooped up in small British towns. Let’s
make Viola Davis come to Slough, shall we? TV commissioners, please
take note. Now that the screen currently has the drama and
absurdity of the world to compete with, it may just seed some more
very, very good TV shows. I, for one, am totally onboard.

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Is 'Wild Bill' A True Story? The Show Takes Inspiration From A Very Specific Place In The UK