The Bill has launched an official YouTube site.

Videos will include previews of upcoming episodes, guest stars and coverage of new cast members at work.

The new site will feature updates from PC Reg Hollis’ podcast Regflections. Other characters will also soon make podcasts for the site at www.youtube.com/thebill.

It comes in time for a planned television-online tie-in with three special interactive episodes in November.

Viewers will be able to get involved in the story with clues, unseen CCTV and mobile phone footage at the YouTube site and www.itv.com/thebill.

Spokeswoman Sarah-Jane King said: "Increasing the show’s online presence, the site features exclusive sneak previews of upcoming episodes and guest stars, and viewers can log on to see the new regular characters at work on their first days at Sun Hill."