Heartbeat (series 6–10)

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The following is a list of episodes for the British ITV period police drama Heartbeat. The programme first aired on Friday 10 April 1992 and 18 series have so far been aired. The first series broadcast on a Friday.

372 episodes of Heartbeat have aired, which includes 9 Christmas episodes.

Series Six (1996)[edit]

No. Title Airdate Overview
62 "Kids" 1 September 1996 (UK)

The police arrest a lout who beat up three officers at the pub. He manages to escape, and when his girlfriend is attacked in their home, he is the immediate suspect. But all isn't as it seems. Meanwhile, Greengrass angers a man who has friends in high places, and Nick's admiration for the local schoolteacher grows.

Guest Stars: Andrew Abrahams (2) as Chairman, Maureen Lunt as Sister Green, Ken Kitson as Waiter Pettigrew, Jeni McKain as Lizzy McGowan, Sean Scanlan as Arnold McGowan, Ian Michie as Derek Ramsey, Julie Graham as Dorothy McGowan, Mary Healey as Mrs. Watkins

63 "Old Colonials" 8 September 1996 (UK)

The police try to get to the bottom of a spate of burglaries. Nick would like to see more of schoolteacher Jo, but their timing always seems to be off. Meanwhile, Greengrass' shady nephew comes visiting, along with an American 'business associate'. Greengrass can't resist the temptation to make a bit of money, but things soon go wrong.

Guest Stars: Rosie Chambers as Annie Ruane, Victoria Williams as Sue Shepherd, Tim Woodward as Walter Gillies, Ron Berglas as Jeb. C. Faulkner, Niven Boyd as Bill Ruane, Mark Addy as Norman Greengrass, David Williams (4) as feed man

64 "Forget Me Not" 15 September 1996 (UK)

A taciturn, brooding stranger moves into the village. Soon afterwards, his neighbour is the victim of a campaign of harassment that escalates into something sinister.

Guest Stars: Shend as Brian, Philippa Howell as Margaret Bracewell, Neil Boorman as Edward Bracewell, Arthur Kelly as Terry Hunt, Simon Day as Fenwick, Peter Washington as Anton, John Biggins as Alan Davies, David Bamber as Adrian Shaw

65 "A Long Shot" 22 September 1996 (UK)

Schoolteacher Jo suspects child abuse when one of her pupils begins misbehaving, and turning up with bruises. Greengrass' latest moneymaking scheme involves "borrowing" a stud horse, without its owner's permission. Meanwhile, PC Ventress has a run of bad luck while gambling, and finds himself short of money.

Guest Stars: Steven Townsley as Billy, Lorraine Peters as shopkeeper, Mark Carmel as Chapman, Kenneth Cranham as Charlie Wallace, Christopher Maffei as Len Schofield, Malcolm Storry as Harry Schofield, Eric Allan (1) as Clark, Rupert Vansittart as Lord Ashfordly, Mary Healey as Mrs. Watkins, Gary Waldhorn as Joss Harrop

66 "Something of Value" 29 September 1996 (UK)

Ventress' gambling debts land him in serious trouble, when one of his associates is the prime suspect in the robbery of expensive wines. Lord Ashfordly catches Greengrass red-handed, with a sack full of poached game.

Guest Stars: Kenneth Cranham as Charlie Wallace, Andrew Milner as Colin, Alan Hulse as Dennis Cox, Alan Partington as Mr. Loftus, Anthony Holt as Jimmy, Rupert Vansittart as Lord Ashfordly

67 "Frail Mortality" 6 October 1996 (UK)

A love triangle leads to tragic consequences for the young lady caught in the middle.

Guest Stars: Steven Townsley as Billy, Oliver Peace as Constantin, Carl McGuinness as Stefan, Geoffrey Wilkinson as antiques dealer, Gary Oliver as Mihail, Kathleen Worth as Ida Forrest, Gideon Turner as Ronnie Harvey, Michael Jayston as Michael Harvey, Gillian Kearne as Susan Watkins, Mary Healey as Mrs. Watkins

68 "Snapped" 13 October 1996 (UK)

A fashion photographer brings a touch of glamour to Aidensfield, while the police officers have to deal with a hostage situation. Meanwhile, the path of true love is not running smoothly for Nick and Jo.

Guest Stars: Frances Cox as Mrs. Wardle, Bill Fellows as taxi driver, Prunella Ransome as Mrs. McInver, Marji Campi as Avis Rogers, Yolande Davis as Sylvie, Sean McKenzie as Brian Rogers, Keeley Hawes as Michelle, Eamon Boland as Ralph Webster, Mark Arden as Jansson

69 "Catch Us If You Can" 20 October 1996 (UK)

Two thugs are terrorising pubs and cafes around the district. Nick suspects that the vicious attacks might have something to do with rivalries in the jukebox provision business. The Aidensfield Arms lease a new jukebox and are soon a victim of the vandalism.

Guest Stars: Irene Skillington as Bertha, Alex Whetham as Derek Barnby-Ross, David Marsden as Joss Wrigley, Kevin Hand as 2nd Student, Jim Marsh as Peter Parkinson, Mitch Barber as Goodway, Nick Bartlett (1) as Grieves, George Jackos as Andy Farley, Chris Sanders as Dino, Jim Millea as Harry Platt, Roger Sloman as Inspector Les Hackett, Jane How as Anita Setters, Roger Lloyd-Pack as Reggie Rawlins

70 "Giving the Game Away" 27 October 1996 (UK)

A black man turns up in Aidensfield and is immediately suspected when a local farmer is assaulted and robbed. Meanwhile, Greengrass finds himself mixed up in the illegal sale of banned and dangerous pesticides. Nick's mother turns up unexpectedly, and is determined to get to the bottom of what went wrong between Nick and Jo.

Guest Stars: Roger Bingham (1) as Whitby Captain, Gordon Duffy as Phil Cunningham, Shaun Parkes as Errol Jones, Diane Langton as Ruby Rowan, Leslie Schofield as Jed Hunter, Francis Magee as Stannard, Geoffrey Leesley as Frank Beckshaw, Tim Stedman as Martin Beckshaw, Kathryn Pogson as Liz Beckshaw, Brian Hogg as bus driver, Harry Beety as Joseph

71 "The Championship" 3 November 1996 (UK) Nick meets Jo's parents, but their evening is interrupted when Nick is called out in an emergency.

Guest Stars: Leigh Harris as David Smethwick, Charlotte Estelle as Marlene, Bryn Ellis as Bill, Norman Rossington as Bertie Mould, Kerrie Taylor as Jean Abbott, Cliff Howells as Donald Smethwick, Diane Langton as Ruby Rowan, Wanda Ventham as Fiona Weston, Fiona Bruce as Dr Wilby, Stuart Laing as Jack Abbott, Jacqueline Naylor as Annie Smethwick

72 "Who Needs Enemies?" 10 November 1996 (UK)

A young boy is assaulted, and Nick's investigation leads him to step on some very influential toes. Blaketon is worried that his job might be on the line due to a shakeup in the district police force. Meanwhile, Greengrass has a very bad day.

Guest Stars: Angela Catherall as Mrs. Gower, Willie Ross (5) as Jonty Walsh, Peter Maz as Big Bernard, Steven Townsley as Billy Burke, Mark Whiteley as Del Sharkley, Gordon Alcock as Duggie Harper, Catherine Carter as Nurse Grey, Cherith Mellor as Sister Mercer, Jonathan Weir as Constable Barry, Paul Alexander as Les Langley, Helen Kay as Sister Reed, Adam Musson as Timmy Gower, Stephen Yardley as Arnold Sampson, Ian Thompson as Harry Fell, Philip Bird as Inspector Burton

73 "Thanks to Alfred" 17 November 1996 (UK)

The police investigate when a woman estranged from her husband and children turns up dead. Greengrass lends his services to a boxing promoter.

Guest Stars: Vanessa Knox-Mawer as Sylvia Phillips, Norman Gregory as Jim Phillips, Rebecca Fenwick as Vicki Phillips, Sean Casey (3) as wrestler, Dave Hipkiss as wrestler, Malcolm Ardley as wrestler, Steve Green as wrestler, Adam Fogerty as Ken Fairbrother, Pip Miller as Mike Scott, Pat Roach as The Masked Marvel, Brian Hogg as bus driver, Anne Stallybrass as Eileen, Terry Gilligan as Detective Supt. Adams, Bobby Knutt as Pat Starr, Benedict Sandiford as Tony Phillips, Susanna Dawson as Anne Fowles

74 "Obsessions" 1 December 1996 (UK)

Nick saves an attractive young woman from a fire, but she soon develops an unhealthy and dangerous obsession for him. Greengrass tries his hand at the tourism business, but things do not go according to plan.

Guest Stars: Tom Entwhistle as Michael, Alison Lloyd as Neighbour, Andrew Westfield as joiner, Tim Wylton as Colin Flintoff, Alison Fielding as Sandra Croft, Owen Aaronovitch as Clive Kenway, Judi Lamb as Madge Flintoff

75 "The Best Laid Plans" 8 December 1996 (UK)

An ex-convict returns to Aidensfield and tries to get her life back on track. However, she is soon visited by an unwelcome part of her prison past. Greengrass tries to turn a fast buck on some items he bought from a deceased old war hero. Nick and Jo take their relationship to the next level, but she is worried that Eileen doesn't approve.

Guest Stars: Clare Higgins as Maureen Bristow, Rosemary Martin as Miss Spicer, Seamus Gubbins as Jed, Kevin McMonagle as Trevor, Robin Bowerman as Anderson, Andrew Milner as Colin, Anthony Holt as Jimmy, Jenny Agutter as Susannah Temple-Richards

76 "Bygones Be Bygones" 15 December 1996 (UK)

A suave businessman tries to convince several Ashfordly residents to invest their money with him, but Nick smells a rat. Several people receive anonymous letters revealing embarrassing secrets from their past.

Guest Stars: Pavel Douglas as Nigel Wheeler, Glenn Cunningham (1) as Jim Riley, Robin Bowerman as auctioneer, Nicola Weatherell as telephone girl, Vicki Stevens as waitress, Maynard Williams as Mr. Gibson, Philip Rowlands as Mr. Sims, Clare Webzell as Mrs. Sims, Elizabeth Bennett as Joyce Jowett, Maggie Tagney as Mrs. Mason

77 "Old Friends" 22 December 1996 (UK)

PC Rowan & PC Bellamy go undercover to catch an escaped prisoner. An old friend of Eileen shows up to bring happy memories. Greengrass runs into problems with his fish suppliers.

Guest Stars: Ruth Kettlewell as May, Lesley Duff as Mrs. Smith, Keith Ladd as Mr. Smith, Tony Nyland as fishmonger, Rachel Peirman as barmaid, Gordon Kane as Penrice, Ava Hunt as Anne Thompson, Ian Blower as Bill Thompson, Laura Cox as Brenda Savage, Nick Wyatt as Ronnie Savage, Robert Langdon Lloyd (1) as Antonin Clarion, Kenneth MacDonald as Inspector Jennings

78 "Charity Begins at Home" 25 December 1996 (UK) Heavy snow threatens Ventress's debut as Father Christmas. Meanwhile, Nick and Jo witness a plane crash, but when they investigate, the pilot has gone.

Guest Stars: Sarah Thomas as Doris, Jacki Webb as Mave, John Michie as Hugh, Biddy Hodson as Sophie, Mary Healey as Mrs. Watkins, Katie Ferguson as narrator

Series Seven (1997–1998)[edit]

No. Title Airdate Overview
79 "Bad Apple" 31 August 1997 (UK) Nick and Jo announce their engagement and Greengrass enrages Sergeant Blaketon by standing bail for a notorious burglar.

Guest Stars: Brian Hogg as Eric, Olive Pendleton as Mrs Franklin, Kathleen Worth as Ida Forrest, Norman Mills as Mr Kettley, Mary Tamm as Marilyn, Christopher Wilkinson as Mr Black, David Kangas as Derek Rosser, Ian Redford as Mr Sellars, Wanda Ventham as Fiona Weston, Ann Aris as Chairwoman of Magistrates, Mark Womack as Keith Megson, Michelle Chadwick as Linda

80 "Pig in the Middle" 7 September 1997 (UK) Macabre rumours circulate around Aidensfield when a constable disappears after a row with a pig farmer.

Guest Stars: Julie T. Wallace as Betty Sutch, Russell Dixon as Hector Cowley, Una Stubbs as Anthea Cowley, Hugh Lloyd as Archie Birley, James Hooton as Simon Sutch, Zena Walker as Ellen Birley

81 "Small Beer" 14 September 1997 (UK) Jo's concern about an absentee schoolboy leads to a shocking discovery.

Guest Stars: Julie Riley as Robert's Mother, John Elmes as Mr Sangers, Patrick McGuire as Robert Chalk, Paul Slack as Tony Mowbray, Rowena Cooper as Mrs Cross, Adam Scourfield as Dennis Cross, Frank Mills as Albert Potter, Maggie Tagney as Woman At Door, Jim Millea as Harry Platt

82 "Closing Ranks" 21 September 1997 (UK) A series of violent muggings frustrates the force and poses an ethical dilemma for Nick.

Guest Stars: Ellie Haddington as Joan Braithwaite, Ruth Holden as Great Aunt Lil, Stephen Petcher as Cousin Cyril, Ros Simmons as Mrs Jackson, Stephen Finegold as Snaith, Pearce Quigley as Red Broadbent, Paul Brennen (1) as Duster Murray, Charlotte Mitchell as Granny Bellamy, Andrew Abrahams (2) as Chairman, Maggie Ollerenshaw as Norma Braithwaite, Martin Aylett as Benson, Wanda Ventham as Fiona Weston

83 "Leaving Home" 28 September 1997 (UK) Wartime memories are stirred when an ex-soldier comes to the area for a holiday.

Guest Stars: Graham Walker (2) as Mickey, Anthony Milner as Bill Walker, Sally Watts as Mary Walker, Julian Kerridge as Stephen Walker, Christine Tremarco as Cathy Thompson, Martin Walsh as Pete, Wanda Ventham as Fiona Weston, Martin Cochrane as Clive Thompson, Carrie Davies as Sister, Bryan Pringle as Ned

84 "Fool for Love" 5 October 1997 (UK) Nick discovers the complicated history behind a well-dressed woman and her romance with a member of the community. Greengrass tries to help an Australian couple.

Guest Stars: Robin Colvill as Antiques Dealer, Fiona Wass as Waitress, Patrick Toomey as Len Wilcox, Carole Nimmons as Jean Lightfoot, Sarah Badel as Susan Williamson, Michael Cochrane as Derek Lightfoot, Richard Franklin as Doctor

85 "The Family Way" 12 October 1997 (UK) The repercussions of a car accident leave Nick struggling to keep the peace.

Guest Stars: Samuel Pollen as Justin Wood, Steven Osborne as Faulds, Kate Farrah as Claire Wood, Paddy Navin as Frankie Winders, Tina Jones (1) as Lisa Cooper, Tenniel Evans as Alec Oxley, Stratford Johns as Cyril Isaiah Greengrass, Maggie Jones as Edith Greengrass, Nicholas Ball as Charlie Fenton, Dominic Rickhards as Steve Adams

86 "Friendly Fire" 19 October 1997 (UK) Nick suspects foul play when a lay preacher is injured in a shooting posse.

Guest Stars: Verity Rushworth as Lucy Keen, Lesley Staples as Matron, Jonathan Barlow as Jeff Keen, Carol Harvey (1) as Sheila Keen, Andy Rashleigh as Cliff Dyson, Dominic Rickhards as Steve Adams, Walter Sparrow as Tom, Richard Mayes as Bill Dyson, Paul Kember as Frank Dyson, Anne Stallybrass as Eileen Reynolds, John Salthouse as Richard Ealham

87 "Sons and Lovers" 26 October 1997 (UK) Nick is plagued by an alcoholic aristocrat and Greengrass has plans for Ashfordly Hall.

Guest Stars: Robert Garrett as Sporting Gent, Gordon Langford Rowe as Meadows, Stephen Hackett as Graham Potter, Oliver Cotton as Harry Adams, Carol Royle as Patricia Brewster, Trevor Ray as Terry Bell, Dominic Rickhards as Steve Adams, Rupert Vansittart as Lord Ashfordly

88 "Playing with Trains" 2 November 1997 (UK) The police investigate thefts from a fur factory and trespassers on a railway line.

Guest Stars: Veronica Lang as Mrs Dobson, Jack Smethurst as John Jenkins, Michael Strobel as Ticket Collector, Bruce McGregor as Train Driver, Steve Drayton as Dennis Black, Steve Garti as 'Five Holes', James Smith (1) as Mr Dobson, Oliver Peace as Terry Ainsworth, Tracey Wilkinson as Molly Ainsworth, Dominic Rickhards as Steve Adams, David Frederickson as John Avery, John Henshaw as Guard, Jeff Hordley as Mark Mullins, James Gaddas as Eddie Ainsworth, Marji Campi as Joyce Elcott

89 "What the Butler Saw" 9 November 1997 (UK) A schoolgirl witness a shooting on the moor and Greengrass sets up a pool competition.

Guest Stars: Denton Brown as Sammy Maxton, Sophie Sigston as Linda Walker, Jenny Brown as Suzy Rooksby, Robin Colvill as Fetter, Clare Kelly (2) as Alice Jessop, Owen Brenman as Lester, Wayne Foskett as Barry Rooksby, Alice Jones as Katie Rowan, Timothy Carlton as Colonel Hepworth, Dominic Rickhards as Steve Adams, Jim Millea as Harry Platt

90 "Affairs of the Heart" 16 November 1997 (UK) Nick and Jo's Wedding day finally arrives, but the groom is stranded on the moors. Sergeant Blaketon's day of retirement is approaching, but he applies for a years extension of service.

Guest Stars: Kim MacDonald as Brian, Phil Croft as Policeman, Edwin Newlyn as Vicar, Tony Vasco as Photographer, Robert Swann as Superintendent, Shaun McGowan (1) as Thompson, Kate Lonergan as Gwen Harding, Ian Keith as Ray Coombs, Anne Reid as Aunt Alison, Diane Langton as Ruby Rowan, John Bardon as Grandad Rowan

91 "Peace and Quiet" 23 November 1997 (UK) A new constable arrives, and Greengrass & Gina get caught up in an armed raid. Sergeant Blaketon struggles to come to terms with his impending retirement and receives bad news from his medical exam. He goes into hospital for more tests but has to wait another week for the results. Meanwhile PCs Bradley, Bellamy and Ventress deal with the robbery at the pipeline compound, with the latter calling in support from Division after being unable to contact Blaketon. Once back in the loop, Blaketon intercepts the armed robbers, whose car crashes down an embankment and sets on fire. Greengrass is only seconds behind, and comes to his aid when he collapses and is rushed to hospital.

Guest Stars: Eva Pope as Sharma, Robert Blythe as Godfrey, Harrison Phillips as Worker, Andrew Burt as Corbett, Richard Albrecht as Johnson, Richard Dillane as Terry, Alice Jones as Katie Rowan, Simon Molloy as DI Shiner

This is Jason Durr's (Mike Bradley's) first episode

92 "Substitute" 30 November 1997 (UK) Ventress faces up to some old enemies. Blaketon is recovering in hospital when Dr. Bolton informs him his days on the police force are over due to the risk of another heart attack.

Guest Stars: Amanda Walker as Jean Clarke, Richard Stevens as Sebastian Stokes, Niamh Daly as Rosa, Elaine Cupples as Maria, Alan Faulkner as Auctioneer, Abigail Milner as Hannah, Emma Williams as Lucy, Rebecca Lord as Kathy, Tracie Bennett as Lieutenant, Peter Harkness as Vinnie, David Kelly as Pa Deighton, Frank Grimes as Dermot O'Kane, Samia Ghadie as Maddy

Director: Gerry Mill (1)

93 "In on the Act" 7 December 1997 (UK) A motorbike stunt rider becomes a target of sabotage, and Greengrass vows revenge when his beloved dog Alfred is dosed with rat poison.

Guest Stars: Alan Meadows as Ted Legge, Clare Beck as Fortune Teller, Pat Connell (1) as Vet, Tom Lloyd-Roberts as Stonemason, Geoffrey Andrews as Mouse Show Judge, Anthony Dutton as Len Tippler, Daniel Caltagirone as Liam, David Groves (1) as Dirk, Keeley Fawcett as Belinda Knight, Simon Slater as Sid Knight, David Michael (1) as Dr. Neil Bolton, Doug Fisher as Trevor Lammas, Lindsey Fawcett as Tracey Knight

94 "The Queen's Message" 21 December 1997 (UK) When a TV repair man is beaten up, Nick finds no shortage of suspects.

Guest Stars: Steve Whyment as Lorry Driver, Toni Lloyd as Customer 2, Gloria Appleton as Customer 1, Richard Heap as Lol, Helen Ryan as Betty Hawkins, Con O’Neill as Rex Hawkins, Fionnuala Ellwood as Sylvia, Katharine Rogers as Miriam, Chris Larner as Neville, John Flanagan as Brodie

95 "Brainstorm" 4 January 1998 (UK) A death in custody puts Mike's career on the line. Meanwhile, Greengrass and Bernie move into the taxi business.

Guest Stars: Douglas Bevons as Auctioneer, Penny Capper as Ann Marie, Larry Waller as Jim Carter, Margo Stanley as Mrs Ada Stonehouse, Eric Carte as Lawyer, Paul Basson as Alan Stilgoe, Charles Cartmell (2) as Russell Palmer, Matthew Marsh as Keith Hibbert, Simon Molloy as DI Shiner

96 "Bad Penny" 11 January 1998 (UK) An old flame of Mike's turns up in Aidensfield, and Greengrass loses his heart to an aristocratic lady poacher.

Guest Stars: Frances de la Tour as Tessa, Kim Gillespie as Martin, Robert Curbishley as Garage Attendant, Kieron Forsyth as Linden, Natasha Dahlberg as Penny, Simon Molloy as DI Shiner, Joe Simpson (2) as Gamekeeper

97 "Appearances" 18 January 1998 (UK) A spate of burglaries results in a young woman being hospitalised. Meanwhile, Greengrass and Bernie try their hand at modern art.

Guest Stars: Maurice Thorogood as Adrian Chiltern, Lyndon Hellewell as Removal Man 2, Steven Hillman (1) as Removal Man 1, Lawrence Mullin (1) as Colin Gibbs, Adam Waddington as Harry Somers, Eve Matheson as Moira Hamilton, Zoë Hart as Ruth Upton, Belinda Sinclair as Mrs Laura Upton, Terrence Hardiman as John Upton, Patsy Byrne as Martha Coutts

98 "Local Knowledge" 25 January 1998 (UK) The return of a notorious felon has Blaketon longing for his old job. Nick, Jo and Katie leave Aidensfield and go to Canada.

Guest Stars: Katherine Stark as Investigator 1, Jill Halfpenny as Mitzi Wyler, Fred Pearson as Jimmy Turpin, Shelagh Fraser as Sarah Thorpe, Tom Higgins as Fred Pearson, Alec Newman as Johnny Wyler, Maggie Tagney as Gladys Smethurst, Gareth Thomas as Nathaniel Clegghorn, Nigel Lambert as Investigator 2

This is Nick Berry's (Nick Rowan's), Juliette Gruber's (Jo Rowan's) and Alice Jones's (Katie Rowan's) last ever episode

99 "The Enemy Within" 1 February 1998 (UK) An old army friend of Blaketon causes havoc in the village and Greengrass gets into trouble when he innocently buys some stolen sheep.

Guest Stars: Nicholas Palliser as Petersen, Rebecca Bridle as Jill, David Maybrick as Ted Blunkett, John Alderton as Jim Ryan, Paul Broughton as Charlie Blunkett, Sara Stephens as Kathy

100 "Unconsidered Trifles" 8 February 1998 (UK) Blaketon finds himself at the wrong end of the law. Greengrass tries to cash in with some scrap motorcycles.

Guest Stars: Steven Chapman (1) as Sergeant Watson, Kevin Dyer as CID Officer, Martin Hainstock as Dave Sharp, Hayley Fairclough as Lizzie Tyler, Adam Woods as Frank Collins, Dean Harris as Jack Fowles, Helena McCarthy (1) as Ma Lines, Kenneth Hadley as Sid Lines, Sarah Churm as Babs, Maggie Tagney as Gladys Smethurst, Christine Anderson as Mrs. Tyler, Richard Burke (2) as Joey Sharpe, Mandy More (1) as Jean Ashdale

101 "Heroes and Villains" 15 February 1998 (UK) A dog taking balls from a golf course for two boys leads onto worse things. A home birth makes Maggie and Neil reconcile their differences.

Guest Stars: Alex Cooke (2) as Friend, Aubrey Philips as Randall, Lesley Clare O'Neill as Doreen Chivers, Angela Saville as Joan Sayers, Stefan Podolchuk as Stuart Chivers, Frederick Treves as Gerald Sefton, Alan Halsall as Trevor Chivers, Robert Hudson as Mal Shanks

102 "Love Me Do" 22 February 1998 (UK)

A teenage girl goes missing after the local village dance.

Guest Stars: Carl Proctor as Pete, Adam Johnson as Sam, Jonathan Le Billon as Rickie, Nina Warhurst as Linda, Anna Keaveney as Kitty Dodds, Phillip Joseph (1) as John Dodds, Jessica Harris as Maureen Dodds, Sarah Churm as Babs, Phil McKee (1) as Andy, Sandra Hunt as Mrs Caswell

This is Philip Franks's (Sgt Raymond Craddock's) first episode

Series Eight (1998–1999)[edit]

No. Title Airdate Overview
103 "Snake in the Grass" 6 September 1998 (UK) Gina returns to Aidensfield after her Uncle George's funeral. PC Mike Bradley investigates a mysterious case of food poisoning after a neighbourly dispute. Greengrass recovers a debt and finds himself the owner of a python. Gina's Aunt Mary arrives and tells Gina that George's last wish was for Gina to not be alone in the pub.

Guest Stars: Arbel Jones as Mary Ward, Paul Walker as Laslo Riles, Ray Blake as John Nixon, Heather Ramsay as Pat Nixon, Taya McNeil as Frances Parsons, Brigit Forsyth as Elsie Harris, Kenneth Colley as Clive Harris, Tom Chadbon as Stuart Parsons, Judi Jones (1) as Bellamy's Landlady

This is Arbel Jones's (Mary Ward's) first episode

104 "Fall Out" 13 September 1998 (UK) Mike has to make a dramatic rescue after a dangerous radioactive isotope goes missing. Greengrass turns babysitter — for a champion greyhound.

Guest Stars: David Parrish as Alec Formby, Susie Hawthorne as Sonia Harding, Andy Wear as Harry Healey, Nicola Bolton as Betty Spalding, David Nicholls (2) as Pete Anderton, Adam Colclough as Chuck Fawsley, Stefan Podolchuk as Stuart Chivers, Stratford Johns as Cyril Isaiah Greengrass, Andrew Knott as Billy Frawley, Rick Avery as George Farrington, Alan Halsall as Trevor Chivers, Arbel Jones as Mary Ward, Charlotte Mitchell as Granny Bellamy

105 "For Better or Worse" 20 September 1998 (UK) The Aidensfield police investigate a car accident that is not as simple as it seems. Neil and Maggie make a commitment.

Guest Stars: Marcus Romer as Mr Hodges, Graham Padden (1) as Mr Ellis, Adam Shaw (1) as Salesman, Richard Cadman as Jez Lloyd, Robert Peers as Alan, Neil Firth as Dave, Meriel Schofield as Sally Owen, Bruce M. Byron as Vic Owen, Arbel Jones as Mary Ward, Philip Jackson as Brian Simpson, Rosalind Ayres as Ann Marsden, Gabrielle Lloyd as Jean Ryder, Garry Crystal as Brian Rider, Elizabeth Kelly as Ethel Simcox

106 "Past Crimes" 27 September 1998 (UK) Respectable bank manager Tim McDonald mysteriously finds all the clocks in his home wound back by two hours (such that he was late for work by two hours). The Police find it was Carl Southall, but Carl's campaign of harassment against Tim escalates, and culminates in a bank robbery and an astonishing admission from Tim, from many years ago. Greengrass wants membership of the local golf club, and he gets in after a battle of wills with the Secretary about having "standards". But he regrets it less than a minute after being admitted.

Guest Stars: Nick Cochrane as Barry Scripps, Joan Campion as Mrs Robinson, Paul Wyett as Tim McDonald, Ian Thompson as Snape, Tara Moran as Jenny McDonald, Tony Pitts as Carl Southall, Mark Brignal as Smythson, Nicholas Blane as Mr Handley, Justine Adams as Miss Lewisham, Robin Polley as Announcer, Arbel Jones as Aunty Mary

107 "Spellbound" 4 October 1998 (UK) The Aidensfield police investigate a series of mysterious events that appear to be a result of witchcraft.

Guest Stars: Gregory Chisholm as Simon Harper, Sue Warhurst as Chemist Shop Assistant, David Westbrook as Reverend Foyle, Scot Williams as Bob Hall, Polly York as Sally Harper, Geoffrey Bayldon as Follett, Philip Whitchurch as Derek Harper, Arbel Jones as Mary Ward, Carmen du Sautoy as Dorothea Cliveden

108 "Baby Love" 11 October 1998 (UK) Emotions run high as the police investigate the kidnap of a baby. Greengrass turns to inexperienced hands to help him concrete a drive.

Guest Stars: Cathy Purcell as Debbie, Elianne Byrne as Jennifer, Karen Harvey as Mrs Fraser, Joanne Sidwell as Fraser's Neighbour, Helen Ashworth as Penny Middleton, Craig Wilson as Penny's Boyfriend, Ann Haydn-Edwards as Edie Hollernshaw, Kate Cross as Paula, Lee Oakes as Gary, Arbel Jones as Mary Ward, Maggie Tagney as Gladys Smethurst, Don Crann as Mr Waterstone, Judy Holt as Hazel Mansfield, Eric Deacon as Alan Mansfield, Diana Davies as Martha Collins

109 "Give a Dog a Bad Name" 18 October 1998 (UK) A new addition to the Police station leaves Bellamy feeling lovesick.

Guest Stars: Martin Pearson as Groom, Heather Phoenix as Sheila Jackson, John Phythian as Len Jackson, Andrew Greenough as Paul Roberts, Martin Troakes as Jim Cullimore, Bryan Marshall as Josh Roberts, Rupert Vansittart as Lord Ashfordly, Keeley Forsyth as Sue, Arbel Jones as Mary Ward

110 "Hello, Goodbye" 25 October 1998 (UK) Mike uncovers a complex blackmail case.

Guest Stars: Fred Feast as Wilson, Eric Carte as Hanscombe, Brenda Elder as Agnes, David Whittington as Hibbert, Abida Haq as Arinda Rall, Steve Evets as Steve, Karen Mayze as Nora Lennon, Paul Bazely as Dr Deepak Rall, Keeley Forsyth as Sue, Phillippa Wilson as Penny Craddock, Joe Simpson (2) as Tanner, Arbel Jones as Mary Ward, Antony Audenshaw as Ian Lennon, David Prosho as Baldwin

111 "Pat-a-Cake" 1 November 1998 (UK) A secret obsession is uncovered as the police investigate the kidnapping of a teenage girl which has an unexpected result.

Guest Stars: Elaine Donnelly as Mrs Drinkwater, Frederick Warder as Mr Drinkwater, Stephanie Putson as Karen, Judith Barker as Mrs Leacock, Daniel Jackson (1) as Keith Merchant, Vaughan Sivell as Michael Davies, Nick Malinowski as Terry Matthews, Kenny Doughty as Barry Hadfield, Pauline Turner as Mel Drinkwater, Keeley Forsyth as Sue

112 "Easy Rider" 8 November 1998 (UK) UFO sightings are linked to the mysterious death of a cyclist on the moors.

Guest Stars: Sarah Parks as Lizzie Ermini, Howard Crossley as Phil Robinson, Anthony Bessick as Derek Spicer, Stephen Tomlin as Pathologist, Keith Hukin as Post Office Driver, Caroline Sugden as Esta Somersby, Stephen MacKenna as Ned Hall, Sharon Power as Millie Watson, John Tearney as Paolo Ermini, David Tarkenter as Tony Eccles, Bill Rodgers (4) as Barry Watson, Keeley Forsyth as Sue

113 "Hot Rocks" 15 November 1998 (UK) A series of jewellery robberies coincide with the return of Lord Ashfordly's sister and her new fiancé.

Guest Stars: Carol Royle as Patricia Brewster, Keeley Forsyth as Sue

114 "Shadows and Substances" 22 November 1998 (UK) Greengrass hatches a plan to save the village from nuclear annihilation.

Guest Stars: Jay Marcus as Motorist, Barry Conway as Security Guard, Diana Flacks (1) as Mrs Conroy, Diana Johnson as Mrs West, Alex Cooke as Bennie Shaw, Steven Wickham as Joe Clegg, Richard Cole as Mr Powell, Lesley Clare O'Neill as Doreen Chivers, Charlotte Mitchell as Granny Bellamy, Arbel Jones as Mary Ward, Alan Halsall as Trevor Chivers, Stefan Podolchuk as Stuart Chivers, Jonathan Coy as Harry Horton

115 "Forbidden Fruit" 29 November 1998 (UK) Mike finds himself compromised by a romantic liaison.

Guest Stars: Sarah Nixon as Nurse, Fanny Carby as Aunty Ida, Freddie Boardley as Lenny, Greg Hicks as David, Emma Davies as Rachel, Fleur Bennett as Kirsty Williams, David Roper as D.I. Randall, Arbel Jones as Mary Ward

116 "Where There's a Will" 6 December 1998 (UK) Mike meets his match in feisty new solicitor Jackie Lambert, and Greengrass becomes a landlord.

Guest Stars: Linda Glover as Receptionist, Nicola Bolton as Betty Spalding, Nick Brimble as Baz, Conrad Nelson as Kenny Galloway, Peter Jeffrey as Mr Ryle, Ben Price as John Fraser, Sylvia Syms as Peggy Tatton, John Challis as Stan Fraser

This is Fiona Dolman's (Jackie Lambert's) first episode

117 "Taking Sides" 13 December 1998 (UK) Maggie questions her marriage when Neil is accused of indecent conduct. Meanwhile, Greengrass organises a Civil War battle.

Guest Stars: Lyndon Hellewell as Barry Hawkins, Justin Ellery as Steward, Ian East as Galbraith, Michael Jowett as Frank Shallcross, Stephen Critchlow as Adrian Pym, Isla Blair as Elaine Aubrey, Arbel Jones as Mary Ward

118 "Echoes of the Past" 24 December 1998 (UK) A pregnant woman fears for her baby after a series of events lead her to believe that her house is haunted.

Guest Stars: Sheila Burrell as Mrs Hutton, Matyelok Gibbs as Miss Barker, Roger Allam as Graham Hayes, Danny Seward as Steven Lorimer, Phillippa Wilson as Penny Craddock, Keeley Forsyth as Sue, Arbel Jones as Mary Ward, Caroline Langrishe as Caroline

119 "Twist of Fate" 10 January 1999 (UK) Accusations fly as Maggie is revealed to be the main beneficiary of a patient's will, and Greengrass has a talented visitor who can predict horse race results in his sleep.

Guest Stars: Marlene Sidaway as Nursing Officer, Nick Lucas (1) as Mr Winstanley, David Telfer as Joe Sturton, Kelly Greenwood as Julie Hepponstall, Hilary Tones as Mrs Hepponstall, John McGlynn as Roy Thornton, Colette O'Neil as Mildred Crosby, Don Crann as Doctor, Arbel Jones as Mary Ward, James Greene as Seamus O'Toole, Nicky Croydon as Sylvia Thornton

120 "The Angry Brigade" 17 January 1999 (UK) Lord Ashfordly underestimates the strength of local feeling about access to a footpath across his land.

Guest Stars: David Barrass as Judd, Peter Lorenzelli as Kelly, Jean Stevens as Molly Dixon, Stephen Casey as Denzil, Geoff Oldham as Mr Welford, Arbel Jones as Mary Ward, Shaun Prendergast as Ron Tidy, Jackie Lye as Doreen Tidy, Joe Simpson (2) as Cooper, Rupert Vansittart as Lord Ashfordly, Dorian Lough as Barry Dixon, Paul Hawkyard as Ed Baxter

121 "Fire and Ashes" 24 January 1999 (UK) Tragedy strikes Aidensfield following a series of arson attacks. Meanwhile, Greengrass goes into the leisure business. Gina and Maggie take a short break away from Aidensfield, but Maggie gets a devastating shock when she returns.

Guest Stars: Kirsty Doyle as Neighbour, Kevin Foster as Fireman, Stefan Podolchuk as Stuart Chivers, Alan Halsall as Trevor Chivers, Lesley Clare O'Neill as Doreen Chivers, Ralf Little as Julian, Elizabeth Rider as Stella, Cameron Stewart as Archie, Arbel Jones as Mary Ward

This is David Michael's (Dr. Neil Bolton's) last ever episode

122 "All in the Mind" 31 January 1999 (UK) An eccentric old woman reports an abduction, and Greengrass meets an old friend with an unusual proposal.

Guest Stars: Tony Peers as M. C., Vin Welch as Mr. Longman, Jason Furnival as Mr. Draper, Steve Jackson (1) as Jimmy Weston, Esther Martin as Julie Arlott, Jon Strickland as Mr. Arlott, Mark McKenna as Doug Bullen, Tom Watson as George Seago, Margery Mason as Mrs. Challis

123 "Friends Like You" 7 February 1999 (UK) Gina finds herself accused of taking drugs as she attempts to rekindle her singing career.

Guest Stars: John Vernon (2) as Rory Shaw, Michael Burns as Martin Featherstone, Joshua Richards as D.I. Haggerty, Phillip King as D. C. Thomason, Anthony Watson as Terry Connelly, John Axon as Bert Farrimond

124 "Old Ties" 14 February 1999 (UK) A new restaurant is the target of sabotage and an old friend of Gina's comes to stay. Meanwhile, Greengrass thinks he has unearthed his fortune.

Guest Stars: Richard Conway as Basil, Alan French as Gavin, Paul McEwan as Col, John Graham Davies as Sid Wainwright, Jeremy Nicholas as Prof Talbot Booth, Steven Elder as Dennis, John Bennett as Terence Young, Tom Butcher as Alan, Arbel Jones as Mary Ward, Phillippa Wilson as Penny Craddock, Stewart Howson as Jimmy, Michelle Butterly as Debbie

125 "David Stockwell's Ghost" 21 February 1999 (UK) A snobbish couple recently returned from Africa find it hard to settle in the village, and David sees a car that appears to be driving by itself with no one at the wheel.

Guest Stars: Elizabeth Steele as Penny, Stephen Anderson as Julian, Ben Spencer as Tom Wilson, Luke McGann as Sam Wilson, Oliver Hamilton as Peter Palmer, Hermione Norris as Diane Palmer, Michael Maloney as Cecil Palmer, Christine Moore (1) as Annie Stockwell, Harry MacDonald as Jack Sharpe, Arbel Jones as Mary Ward

126 "Testament" 28 February 1999 (UK) Mike and Jackie's future looks uncertain when Jackie's Uncle becomes a suspect in a hit-and-run accident.

Guest Stars: Richard Baglow as Boy, Oliver Ford Davies as Henry Tomkinson, Geraldine Newman as Joyce Tomkinson, Sean Blowers as Rodney Marshall, Helen Cotterill as Betty Kirk, Jean Rimmer as May Hawkins, Arbel Jones as Mary Ward, David Westbrook as Vicar

Series Nine (1999–2000)[edit]

No. Title Airdate Overview
127 "Manoeuvres in the Dark" 26 September 1999 (UK) An army deserter goes on the run in Aidensfield and takes a hostage. Claude organises a dinner party which goes disastrously wrong and Oscar buys the Aidensfield Arms.

Guest Stars: Arbel Jones as Mary Ward, Rupert Vansittart as Lord Ashfordly, Gavin Abbott as Terry Noble, Paul Rider as Roger, Geoffrey Chater as Hal Clifford.

128 "Tricks of the Trade" 3 October 1999 (UK) A flu epidemic causes havoc in Aidensfield, and Maggie has to make tough decisions when her baby Sam is put at risk.

Guest Stars: Ruth Mitchell as Jan Hollis, Graham McTavish as Derek Flowers, Stan Stennett as Cyril Fuller, Andrew Readman as Dr. Halliday, Gillian Waugh as Ellen Charlton, Buster Reeves as Tanner, Ian Burfield as Kendal, Olivia Jardith as Mrs Tomkins, Maggie Tagney as Gladys, Arbel Jones as Mary Ward.

129 "Intuition" 10 October 1999 (UK) A mysterious house becomes the setting for a murder enquiry when an old woman is found dead. Mary decides to leave Aidensfield for a job as a hotel manager in Sidmouth.

Guest Stars: Grace Mitchell as Mrs Bower, David Beckford as Barman, Carol Kaye as Joy Powell, Edward Hardwicke as Tommy Bayne, Will Tacey (2) as Doctor, Jonathan Hackett (2) as Bill, Steve Palfreman as Jimmy, Nicholas Moss (1) as Danny, Ann Bell as Celia Gilmour and Phillippa Wilson as Penny Craddock

This is Arbel Jones's (Mary Ward's) last ever episode

130 "Puppet on a String" 17 October 1999 (UK) Maggie worries that a young girl is about to have an illegal abortion, and Greengrass makes a promise to a dying friend.

Guest Stars: Chris Goulding as Deliveryman, Rachel Leskovac as Record Shop Assistant, Samantha Hurst as Clothes Shop Assistant, Hugh Walters as Arthur, Margaret Johnson as Mrs Tattersall, Ian Ralph as Depot Manager, Glyn Grain as Tom Lowson, Frances Cox as Faith Trueman, Sally Sheridan as Mrs Wharton, Clare Kerrigan (2) as Alison Hartley, Janet Dale as Vera Hartley, Albert Welling as Harold Hartley, Katy Landis as Mandy Lowson, Leanne Burrows as Sandra Lowson

131 "Honour Among Thieves" 24 October 1999 (UK) Tom Drabble and Oscar Blaketon face off in a council election. But Tom is a friend of Greengrass, and Oscar has an old score to settle with Tom. Honor Gable moves in to write a book, but she has her sights set on Mike Bradley. A group of criminals on Community Service is ordered to clean up the river, but one of them keeps going missing.

Guest Stars: Brian Baines as Returning Officer, Georgina Lamb as Housewife, Chris Hoyle as Varley, David Troughton as Blenkiron, Ingrid Lacey as Honor Gable, Martin Oldfield as Tom Drabble, Peter Jonfield as Johnny Dyson.

132 "Shotgun Wedding" 31 October 1999 (UK)

Mike Bradley and Jackie Lambert get married, but one of the robbers from a train robbery almost scuttles the wedding ceremony. Greengrass's sister visits unexpectedly after her famous cricketer husband passes away.

133 "Always a Copper" 7 November 1999 (UK) Greengrass rewrites local history in a bid to turn Aidensfield into a tourist mecca.
134 "Negative Vibes" 14 November 1999 (UK) Greengrass arranges an unusual funeral, while a revelation about Jackie forces Mike Bradley to question his marriage.
135 "Kindness of Strangers" 21 November 1999 (UK)

A lonely old man is visited by a couple who have recently moved in locally, staying in a caravan Guest Stars: Charlotte Mitchell as Granny Bellamy, Judy Flynn as Jenny, Miranda Raison as Lucy.

136 "Hollywood or Bust" 28 November 1999 (UK)

A famous film director & colleague visit Aidensfield, wishing to make a film at Ashfordly Hall and stay at the Aidensfield Arms. Local farmer Nathaniel Clegghorn defends his territory with his shotgun

Guest Stars: Rupert Vansittart as Lord Ashfordly, Mark Powley as Harry Carey, Matthew Lewis as Alan Quigley

137 "Flesh and Blood" 5 December 1999 (UK)

A local butcher's wife dies, and shortly after, a baby's skeleton is found in the attic.

138 "No Surrender" 12 December 1999 (UK)

Two farmers suffer vandalism. Gloria asks Claude and David to move some of her belongings.

139 "Stag at Bay" 19 December 1999 (UK) Someone is slaughtering game from Lord Ashfordly's estate. At first, the motive is unclear (they do not seem to be selling venison on the black market), but it turns out to be a much more sinister motive. A recently divorced headmistress receives harassing (silent) telephone calls.

Guest Stars: Charlotte Church as Katie Kendall, Phyllis Logan as Julia Kendall, Rupert Frazer as Frank Kendall, Marc Finn as Newton, David Simons as David, Joe Simpson as Gamekeeper.

140 "Full Circle" 26 December 1999 (UK)

A mother wants to find her daughter she adopted out. Claude deliberately drops a note in the Aidensfield Arms to send the police off in the wrong direction.

Guest Stars: Gerard Murphy as Billy Trotter

141 "The Seven Year Itch" 2 January 2000 (UK)

Ray Nixon comes back to Aidensfield sometime after serving a 7-year jail sentence – Oscar Blaketon (the sergeant at the time) apologises for the heavy sentence handed out by the (unidentified) judge, despite Ray's evidence that implicated the other criminals. But then undesirable things happen at the Aidensfield Arms. Sergeant Jennifer Nokes takes over temporarily at Ashfordly Police Station.

142 "Weight of Evidence" 9 January 2000 (UK) Sian Horrocks is raped after running out of petrol in an isolated area – Ben Ealham is the main suspect but the Police have trouble making the charge stick. Greengrass wins in a sheep racing contest, but finds he's fallen for a swindler.

Guest Stars: Andrew Abrahams as Magistrate (as Andy Abrahams), Michael Elwyn as Giles Ealham, Samia Ghadie as Sian Horrocks.

143 "For Art's Sake" 16 January 2000 (UK) Artist Joe Vaughan moves into Aidensfield, but is threatened by various hoodlums including some from his old town, Liverpool. When his house is burned down, the Liverpudlians jokingly say that he needs a lesson in how to use his barbecue. Blaketon discovers the real truth behind Andy Ryan.

Guest Stars: Joe McGann as Joe Vaughan, Helen Cotterill as Betty Kirk, Andrew Abrahams as Magistrate (as Andy Abrahams).

144 "A Shot in the Dark" 23 January 2000 (UK) Gary secretly visits Lyn at Ashfordly Hall, but gets shot while leaving.

Sheridan Smith as Lyn.

145 "The Good Doctor" 30 January 2000 (UK)

Dr Ian Peters checks an accident victim, Sue, after a hit-run accident. Maggie Bolton gets fooled, but Andy Ryan knows the real truth behind the doctor. Greengrass tries to hire out "borrowed" bikes during a local race. David Stockwell reports an anonymous tip-off ... by turning up to the Police station in person!

Benedict Cumberbatch guest stars as Charles

146 "Against the Odds" 6 February 2000 (UK)

Charlie Weller is found dead, and to everyone's surprise, Peggy Turner (and her daughter, Lottie, who are boarders in Charlie's house) is the beneficiary of his will – changed only one week before. Charlie's nephew – the previous beneficiary – Martin, is incensed. A council planning officer drums up support from Blaketon and others for an industrial estate near Aidensfield, but Blaketon isn't sure.

147 "Desperate Measures" 13 February 2000 (UK)

Lord Ashfordly has a horse stolen, and suspicion falls on Roy Brooks who was handed a suspended sentence for horse theft earlier that day. Bernie Scripps tells a phone caller ... "I'm no longer in that line of business", and when Greengrass pries, Bernie tells him he used to be a psychic. Greengrass persuades Bernie to use this skill to locate some share certificates for a widow.

148 "With this Ring" 20 February 2000 (UK)

Police investigate when the week's payroll for the Ashfordly Estate workers goes missing. Julie confronts her husband, Frank McCready, about his gambling, and it escalates to a catastrophic event. Greengrass employs a rather creative interpretation of maritime law.

149 "Wise Guys" 27 February 2000 (UK)

Bernie Scripps persuades Greengrass to go into the mobile Fish 'n' Chips business – but comes up against stiff competition. A widow is being burgled and robbed repeatedly and Alf Ventress is sympathetic, but Oscar Blaketon wises up.

150 "The Son-In-Law" 5 March 2000 (UK) Jackie Bradley's parents make a somewhat unexpected appearance, and they try persuading her to move to South Africa, as they don't approve of her marriage to Mike. A car, stolen off the Amsterdam Ferry, is driven into the river. Andy finally realises that he and Gina are not meant for each other and leaves Aidensfield. Meanwhile, a singer called Michael arrives helps Greengrass grows some orchids... not knowing what they really are.

Gary Barlow guest stars as Michael Shannon

This is Martin Ledwith's (Andy Ryan's) last ever episode

Series Ten (2000–2001)[edit]

Permanent/Frequent actors for Series Ten

Episode summaries

No. Title Airdate Overview
151 "Chalk and Cheese" 22 October 2000 (UK) Celia Hanson moves in to the farming village, but has trouble with her car, and her neighbour. Greengrass tries to make money from rubbish disposal, but is nearly killed himself.

Guest Stars: Andrew Abrahams as Magistrate (as Andy Abrahams), Angela Thorne as Celia Hanson, Duncan Preston as Don Foster, Steve Garti as Len, Jeff Merchant as Frank Jarvis, Derren Litten as Skinner

152 "Smile for the Camera" 29 October 2000 (UK) Anthony Smythe is comforted by Jackie Bradley (Lambert) after his father's death – but then Jackie (and Mike) start getting suspicious calls, and a prowler with a camera. The Smythe family engage Bernie Scripps and Greengrass for the funeral.

Guest Stars: Patti Gold as Florist, Ian Champion as John Eames, Andree Evans as Mrs. Smythe, Adrian Scarborough as Martin Padmore, Judi Jones (1) as Secretary, Nicholas Pritchard as Anthony Smythe

153 "Dog Collar" 5 November 2000 (UK) Edith Benton leaves her poodle, Harvey, in Greengrass's care, and instructs him to enter it into the dog show. But then it gets away from David Stockwell, so they enter Alfred instead. Candlesticks and other items go missing from several churches, and when Alf Ventress runs a church errand for "Mrs Ventress", he gets knocked out stone cold. The Reverend's daughter is in love with the handyman, but the parents don't approve.

Guest Stars: Michelle Totton as Karen Gibbs, Don Crann as Doctor, David Beames (1) as Rev Thomas Gibbs, Lesley Nightingale as Ruth Gibbs, Trevor Cooper as John Oakes, Jeannie Crowther as Mary Stevens, Rosalind Knight as Edith Benton, Stuart Farrell as Antique Shop Owner, Mary Dale as Judge 1, Henry Moxon as Judge 2, Joel Parry as Simon Cutler, Martyn Hainstock as Joe Cutler.

154 "Gabriel's Last Stand" 12 November 2000 (UK) Aristocrat Gabriel Firth sacks Judd Holdsworth. He also puts the whole village off-side by barring access to the Heath (a public right-of-way on his land), because he has organised a private party on the same date as the annual village bonfire party. But then his house is vandalised and his car tampered with. Greengrass tries to make money off selling firecrackers. Phil Bellamy and Gina Ward warm to each other.

Guest Stars: Joanna David as Diana Firth, Colin Campbell as Judd Holdsworth, Steve Money as Donald Snellgrove, Diana Kent as Jennifer Bennet, Anthony Schaeffer as Mr Hudson, William Russell as Gabriel Firth.

155 "War Stories" 19 November 2000 (UK) A bunch of noisy old men descend on the Aidensfield Arms, which upsets a neighbour who complains of noise, and later accuses PC Phil Bellamy of 'collusion'. Even Sergeant Nokes thinks the complaint is overrated. To everyone's surprise/disbelief, it turns out that Alf Ventress was a commando during the war, and the noisy old men were in his unit, in town for a reunion. Greengrass organises for the men to go game shooting on Ashfordly Estate, but they hear a gunshot, and Matty Lovell is found dead in the forest. Mike Bradley had earlier found a half-burned letter from Lovell to Charlie Penwarden apparently confessing to fraud, but soon works out that letters can be burned in a deceptive manner. Greengrass gives his views on dying, which helps Maggie decide how to handle Graham's dying mother, Molly Rysinski (who wishes to leave hospital to die elsewhere, against Graham's wishes). Gina Ward "teaches" Phil Bellamy what 'collusion' means.

Guest Stars: David Daker as Matty Lovell, Paul Opacic as Graham Rysinski, Andy Greenhalgh as Finton Blain, Georgie Glen as Sergeant Nokes, Kathleen Byron as Molly Rysinski, Peter Geddis as Jim Healey, David Blair (1) as Charlie Penwarden, Steve Owen as Ralph Drake, Sonia Beinroth as Nurse Cathy, Simon Molloy as DI Shiner from CID, Joe Simpson as Gamekeeper

156 "The Fool on the Hill" 26 November 2000 (UK) Enid is in Aidensfield to visit her son for his birthday, and visit her friend, Greengrass, who relays a bet for her. Enid witnesses an assault (while walking on a hill) and reports it at the Police station ... only Craddock is reluctant to take the report – as it turns out, Enid is his mother, who has a habit of making things up! But the assault is confirmed when a woman matching the description collapses at the Aidensfield Arms and is admitted to hospital. The perpetrator is a lot closer to home than you would think. Enid's bet was a winning one, but Greengrass can't find the ticket, and he (with David Stockwell) spends a night in the cells while trying to find the ticket.

Guest Stars: Joanne Heywood as Rachel Osborne, Julia Ford as Sandra Wilson, James Allen (3) as Dave Wilson, Murray McArthur as Charlie Osborne, Hayley Elliott as Lucy Osborne, Gwenllian Davies (1) as Enid Blunkett-Forbes, Sarah Thurston as Vet.

157 "The Traveller" 3 December 2000 (UK) Nat Cooper and Peter Corcoran are two bumbling robbers. After a failed robbery, Peter accidentally shoots Nat in the foot, and they split. Peter hitches a ride with "The Traveller" Johnny Lee, but is soon picked up by the Police. Johnny is not amused when Nat breaks into the Aidensfield Arms. Claude Greengrass helps organise an illegal trap-racing meeting in the streets of Aidensfield.

Guest Stars: David Essex as Johnny Lee, Bernard Wrigley as Brown, Anthony McGuinness as Peter Corcoran, Christine Parle as Fiona Egan, Peter Christian as Derek Egan, Damian Zuk as Nat Cooper

158 "Child's Play" 10 December 2000 (UK) Edna Bostwick sees a light go out in Mrs Carlton's unoccupied house, and has a "terrible feeling", which she reports to the Police. They check the house, finding nothing, and are not further interested, until nurse Maggie Bolton comes across an intruder (a young boy) in that house while running an errand. But this is no ordinary burglary, when PC Mike Bradley checks a school jacket left behind. It's from a boarding school some distance away, where the boy's name is given as Tom Bamber. There's a further twist with John Monks, a House Master (teacher) from the school, who is hunting Tom down. Bernie Scripps meets an old friend, Stanley Leroy, who says he can run tours to meet various singers and stars. The arrival of Phil Bellamy's former flame, Sue Driscoll, complicates his romance with Gina Ward. A romance starts up between Maggie Bolton and Graham Rysinksi (from "War Stories").

Guest Stars: Gloria Appleton as Tour Bus Passenger, Russ Abbot as Stanley Leroy, Michael N. Harbour as Headmaster, Keeley Forsyth as Sue Driscoll, Paul Opacic as Graham Rysinski, Martin Fisk as John Monks/Wilson, Stan Robinson (1) as Older Boy, Tom Hudson as Tom Carlton-Bamber, Jane Lowe as Mrs Edna Bostwick

159 "Fallen Heroes" 17 December 2000 (UK) Danny Reese is hospitalised after a car accident, but when he gets out of hospital and claims his belongings from the Police station, a suitcase containing £18,000 is missing. It appears someone is playing Robin Hood, as anonymous envelopes containing money, with detailed letters, start arriving for people like Henry Todd (to pay an overdue fine/penalties), a young mother (restitution for shoplifting, to avoid jail), and Hetty Roberts (travel fares to visit her husband's grave at The Somme). But Blaketon has suspicions about the money when he realises that Danny works at a casino in Leeds, with David Stockwell eventually being led into a trap. Phil Bellamy is led into a different kind of trap while romancing Gina Ward.

Guest Stars: Paula Bacon as Jenny Preston, Paul Opacic as Graham Rysinski, June Broughton as Hetty Roberts, Tony Broughton as Henry Todd, Ken Drury as James Fraser, Mike Kremastoules as Lomax, Gary Sefton as Danny Reese, Charlie Dickinson as Harold Carter, Joe O'Byrne as Roger

160 "Cold Turkey" 24 December 2000 (UK) Gordon Stringer, the new manager of the local bank, is unpopular with the community, and Greengrass. His unpopularity centres around clamping down harshly on overdue loans, such as with Mr Dugdale, and cutting back benefits for bank employees. But he's also refusing to pay Greengrass for a paving job, claiming poor workmanship. When Mr Stringer's son goes missing, and a ransom note appears, the Police quietly investigates, and David Stockwell winds up in the thick of the action. But the perpetrator demanding the ransom turns out to be an opportunistic criminal. Phil Bellamy plays Father Christmas at the drawing of the pub raffle.

Guest Stars: Johnny Caesar as Drunk in Cell, Crackerjack as Singing Quartet, David Beckett as Jack Dugdale, Emma Cleasby as Linda, Scott Taylor as Noel Stringer, Michael Begley as Chris Draycott, Lorraine Sass as Brenda Dugdale, Julie Corrigan as Wendy, Richard Walsh as Gordon Stringer, Alwyne Taylor as Molly Stringer, Jody Latham as Paula Dugdale

This is Bill Maynard's (Claude Greengrass's) last ever episode

161 "Sylvia's Mother" 7 January 2001 (UK) This episode is a bit different in that no lovable rogues appear, and also two completely unrelated crimes occur during the show. A Smith 'n' Chip (Fish 'n' Chip shop owned by Tony Smith) is burned down in an arson attack. Suspicion initially falls on Jack Hall, fiancé of Sylvia Smith (Tony's sister). Jack Hall is resentful against Tony Smith because he has never helped look after Sylvia's mother, who requires constant care. But then when Police delve into some electricity bills, a very interesting story emerges. An old flame of Oscar Blaketon, Ursula Donne, makes an appearance, but she goes for Lord Ashfordly (another old flame). She invites Lord Ashfordly into her consortium, Oscar works out that she cannot be trusted, but not quickly enough to save Lord Ashfordly. Maggie Bolton accepts a job at a hospital, so everyone throws a surprise leaving party.

Guest Stars: Andrina Carroll as Gladys Smith, Paul Viragh as Tony Smith, Terence Beesley as Jack Hall, Janie Dee as Sylvia Smith, Sharon Maughan as Ursula Donne/Winterbottom, Jacqueline Pilton as Landlady, Margaret Jackman as Freda Smith, Amy Rhiannon Worth as Paula Smith, Keith Ladd as Hotel Manager.

This is Kazia Pelka's (Nurse Maggie Bolton) last ever episode

162 "Safe House" 14 January 2001 (UK) Jackie explains to David that Greengrass has gone to be with his sister, and has left Alfred, his property and his truck to David. Mike is asked to provide a safe house for mentally ill man who is due to give evidence in court in 3 days, but some men are out to kill him before the court day comes. Meanwhile, Bernard's step brother Vernon Scripps arrives in Aidensfield, having not seen his brother in 15 years.

Guest Stars: James Lauren (1) as Frost, Simon Coury as Prosecution Barrister, James Laurenson as Det. Ch. Supt. Tatton, Judi Jones (1) as Gwen, Georgie Glen as Sergeant Nokes, Huw Higginson as Barry Ross

This is Clare Calbraith's (Dr Tricia Summerbee) and Geoffrey Hughes' (Vernon Scripps) first appearance. It is also explained, by dialog, that Claude Greengrass has moved to the West Indies to be with his sister, implying that he won't appear again.

163 "Blind Justice" 21 January 2001 (UK) A young hoon (Richard Finlay) runs Lord Ashfordly off the road, and is picked up for speeding shortly after. But he is reluctantly released by Sgt Craddock when it emerges that his mother is Craddock's dance tutor, whom he fancies. But when Richard clips a bicycle in a hit-and-run, the police are forced to act. When Richard is brought before the court, he is found not guilty, by judge James Green. But there's more to the judge than meets the eye. Lord Ashfordly had managed to drive off again, but his petrol tank was punctured, so he organises the mechanics at Scripps Garage to fix it. But the trusted Bernie Scripps is out of town, and he needs his Bentley repaired for a wedding in two days' time.

Guest Stars: Richard Roach as Richard Finlay, Caroline Payne as Susan Finlay, Mary Pickin as Sally Fenwick, James Masters as Jim Fenwick, Robert Pollard as Nicholas Fenwick, Lyn Roden as Pearl, Nicholas Fry as James Green, Esther Ruth Elliott as Miranda, Jon Oxendale as Haynes, Eugine Levine as DJ

164 "Home Truths" 28 January 2001 (UK) A collapse at a quarry mine puts a worker (Jacob Fairbrother) in hospital and starts a war of words between him and the mine's boss (Joe Henderson) about unpaid wages (four weeks' worth) and compensation. And then Joe's wife is found bludgeoned to death. Jackie Bradley (Lambert) agrees to act for Jacob Fairbrother but that puts her offside with Edwina, her mother – who is good friends with the Henderson's. Vernon Scripps' attempt to go into the catering business causes a power blackout in Ashfordly, and PC Phil Bellamy's relationship with Gina Ward raises a few eyebrows, and he is warned that a Police officer is not permitted to marry a pub licensee.

Guest Stars: Susan Jameson as Edwina Lambert, Morag Hood as Shona Henderson, Andrew Dunn as Jacob Fairbrother, Michelle Holmes as Pamela Fairbrother, Mark Jameson as Quarry Worker, Robin Ellis as Joe Henderson, Liam Tobin as Mickey Willis, Aidan Trimble as Bouncer

165 "Not So Special" 4 February 2001 (UK) Mrs. Barton is having trouble maintaining her farm despite having Jed Harrison to help. She's also complained about a prowler late at night. Mrs Barton's niece, Glenda Marriot, is trying to make her sell the farm and move into an old people's home (there's also a war of words about Mrs Barton letting the farm get into such disrepair). David Stockwell volunteers to drive her horse to the auctions (because Jed is not available), but when David crashes, the Police are mystified. There's a new Special Constable (Harold Emney) in town, but he turns out to be a loose cannon. Alf Ventress sees Gina Ward leaving the Maternity Ward of the hospital, and everyone except Gina and romantic suitor Phil Bellamy finds out that she's "pregnant". But it's much simpler than that, unlike the prowler/motor crash mystery. There's an illegal Hot Rod race in town, and like anything that looks like money, Vernon Scripps is involved.

Guest Stars: Jean Alexander as Mrs. Barton, Ray L. Nicholas as Ted, Timothy Bateson as Jed Harrison, Geoffrey Wilkinson as Auctioneer, Eileen Davies as Glenda Marriot, Lee Chapman (1) as Harold Emney

166 "The Long Weekend" 11 February 2001 (UK) Vernon Scripps goes into the bodyguard business, and his first customer is Lord Ashfordly who wants him to protect a Russian guest, Prince Nikolas. The Bradley's also have guests, Mike's teenage niece Anne, and her friend Louise, who turn out to be hippies. There's lots of drugs and booze in this episode, and Louise nearly dies for it, only saved by Dr Summerbee who has moved into Dr Neil Bolton's old practice. Phil Bellamy tries to organise a romantic proposal to Gina Ward, and even resigns from the Police force in preparation, but a series of mix-ups doesn't help.

Guest Stars: Julian Fellowes as Prince Nikolas, Peggy Lee Brennan as Tim, Chris Coghill as Des, Jim Sturgess as Robert, Sophie Carlton as Anne, Matthew Lewney as Kenny, Robert Jones (3) as Len, Amber Noble as Louise, Joe Simpson (2) as Reed.

167 "Who's Who?" 18 February 2001 (UK) Lord Ashfordly has guests Andrew Parkin (the High Sheriff) and wife Sonia for a dinner, but Andrew makes a very unwelcome advance to young Susie Cope, one of the Lordship's servants, and she knees him. After the dinner, a farmer, Colin Taylor is run down. It appears that Sonia Parkin was driving, but PC Mike Bradley discovers Sonia isn't insured (which is illegal in England) and Andrew was visibly drunk. Susan Cope is asked to be a witness, until hired Private Investigator Oscar Blaketon is told she was sacked (not for kneeing Andrew). Vernon Scripps re-enters the match-making business, which gets unwelcome results. Phil's proposes to Gina, but she is silent.

Guest Stars: Emma Williams (1) as Susie Cope, Angela Douglas as Sonia Parkin, Iain Rogerson as Jim Cope, Trevor Heath as Colin Taylor, Donald Pickering as Andrew Parkin, David Nicholls (2) as Big Bo, Tina Gray as Alice.

168 "Gin a Body, Meet a Body" 25 February 2001 (UK) David Stockwell finally gets a telephone installed, but finds he's on a two-party line with Edith Fairley who has recently moved in nearby and always using the line. This means he and Vernon can't get any bookings for a start-up Taxi business. And then ex-husband Jack Fairley turns up, hunting Edith down. Local hooligan Harry North, with his mate and girlfriend, causes trouble in Aidensfield/Ashfordly, including an attempted armed robbery. PC Mike Bradley has to use some imagination to nail them, and Vernon Scripps also uses imagination (and a dead body, courtesy of his brother's funeral business) to deal with Jack. It turns out that Gina rejected Phil's proposal, so Phil rejoins the police force, and lands straight into an accusation he beat up Harry.

Guest Stars: Vicky Ogden as Edith Fairley, Matt Kennard as Gareth North, Jamie Cymbal as Telephone Engineer, Tom Walker as Vince Mitchell, Mark Lewis (1) as Jack Fairley, Frankie Jordan as Vera Read, Georgine Anderson as Minnie Bateson, Richard Moore as Harry North, Steve Whyment as Record Shop Owner, Vanessa Hehir as Gail Smethurst

169 "Killing Me Softly" 4 March 2001 (UK)
8 October 2011 (Australia)
Police are mystified when counterfeit money keeps turning up, with no apparent links between the unwitting business victims, until ex-casino barman John Garrick is arrested for passing some counterfeit notes at the Aidensfield Arms. At first he is uncooperative, but he strikes a deal with Police to trap the real villains, Renalto Pisconi, his father-in-law Reginald White (owner of the casino), and third partner Denise, before they can branch out across the country and abroad with their counterfeit money distribution. Oscar Blaketon investigates an illicit affair. Given that Oscar's car is beyond repair from last episode (#168), and his dream of owning a sports car, Vernon Scripps sells him a red hot MG A, but detectives from Middlesbrough come looking.

Guest Stars: Jan Graveson as Sheila Garrick, John Hartley as Max, David Hounslow as Garrick, Helen Grace as Denise, Christopher Bowen as Renalto, Michael Brogan as Dennis, Jeremy Clyde as Reggie, Josefina Gabrielle as Veronica.

170 "Unchained Melody" 11 March 2001 (UK)
10 October 2011 (Australia)
Patricia Brewster and her "partner" Hal Tadcaster are staying at Ashfordly Estate (although Patricia wishes that he would just buzz off). The Police suspect Hal Tadcaster of drug trafficking, but the Chief Constable won't allow a phone tapping permit. The Postal Service (Royal Mail) goes on strike so Vernon Scripps goes into the courier business. "Anything, anywhere, anytime" is his motto, but "anything" includes live animals, and as for "anywhere", Hal Tadcaster wants a courier delivery to London! Jackie Bradley's friend, Caroline, visits (and Jackie is surprised to learn she's had a baby). But it soon becomes apparent that she's not coping with looking after the baby. She leaves the baby with Jackie & Mike, but it disappears, sparking a big search. The mystery is only solved when Patricia collapses at Ashfordly Hall.

Guest Stars: Pete Ivatts as Farmer, Carol Royle as Lady Patricia Brewster, Victoria Scarborough as Caroline, Andrew Woodall as Lord Hal Tadcaster.

171 "Truth Games" 18 March 2001 (UK)
12 October 2011 (Australia)
Adrian Miller is giving lectures all over the country, but when he is accused of brutally raping Lisa Preston in a hotel room, he is arrested overnight. His bail conditions means he cannot travel far from Aidensfield (London is definitely out of the question), which is rather inconvenient. He doesn't like the solicitor he's been "given", namely Jackie Bradley. But Mike becomes suspicious about the case when he finds Lisa has given him a wrong telephone number. And he sees several similar cases around Yorkshire. And then there's a demand for hush money: "£500 to drop the case". David Stockwell and Vernon Scripps take on a ploughing job for George Walker, but David's bumbling efforts lead him to discover a "body" in a hidden car in the barn – which only turns out to be a bust (statue), which leads Vernon onto a case of insurance fraud of more than one kind. After the dust has settled, Adrian starts fancying Jackie.

Guest Stars: John Griffin as Humphrey Lettington, William Tapley as Adrian Miller, Stephen Chapman as Russell, Roger Grainger as George Walker, John Draycott as Andrew Bryant, Sara Markland as Lisa Preston.

172 "Consequences" 25 March 2001 (UK)
15 October 2011 (Australia)
Two explosions rock Aidensfield, and a Ford Transit was seen leaving the scene of each of the explosions. Police investigate, and learn that in the days prior to each blast, each victim had received a ransom-style note (a warning, but no demands), and anonymous (silent) phone calls, so they treat both cases as attempted murder. Then they learn from Forensics that the villain has used PE4 explosive devices stolen from a nearby Army base. Rev. Ronald Meeks meets Lord Ashfordly to investigate the structural integrity of St Judes, a disused church, and subsequently engages Vernon Scripps and David Stockwell to remove all the heavy material inside the church. And he wants to find a valuable font that he knows is (or rather, was) in the church. But David remembers that Greengrass got it earlier, so they get it, expecting a big reward. But then can anyone trust the Reverend? Oscar starts getting silent phone calls, but when Gina gets a ransom-style note, she gets worried. But then she remembers the connection between her and the other two victims. Jackie is hard at work on a divorce case, as it happens, for the assumed villain.

Guest Stars: Glynn Mills as Frank Metcalfe, James Faulkner as Ronald Meeks, Carl Cieka as Brian Tranter, Stephen Hartford as Major Forbes, Richard Graham as Pete Atkins.

173 "The Buxton Defence" 1 April 2001 (UK)
17 October 2011 (Australia)
Lord Ashfordly is expecting a visit from Russian chess champion Leonid Vorodin, and asks the Police for a permanent presence. However Sgt Craddock is not impressed when some valuable/antique chess sets go missing, with no sign of forced entry into Ashfordly Estate, despite PCs Ventress and Bellamy watching (admittedly there was extremely thick fog). PC Mike Bradley remembers a string of similar cases of burglaries with no sign of forced entry over the past six months. A ransom note for the missing chess pieces turns up, so Mike starts recording all incoming telephone calls to Lord Ashfordly, which eventually leads Mike to thwart an attempted kidnapping. Vernon Scripps spreads rumours about ghosts, dry rot, and explains the awful stench "from the neighbour's piggery" amongst potential purchasers when Claude Greengrass arranges to sell his place (where Vernon and David are living). Mike has trouble getting hold of his wife Jackie, which makes him a bit puzzled.

Guest Stars: Peter Czajowski as Sychen, Carol Alexander as Mrs. Brown, Ben Towell as Alan Buxton, Billy Pearce as Arthur Buxton, Pauline Moriarty as Mrs Rogers, Philip Rowson as Ned Foy, Jalaal Hartley as Leonid Vorodin, Richard Hannant as Mr. Tomlinson, John Finn as Zaikov, Stephen Hawksby as Mr Rogers, Jo Joyner as Anna Young

174 "Still Water" 8 April 2001 (UK)
19 October 2011 (Australia)
Vernon has an old friend, Dilys Powell, drop in on him, and gets an idea to sell bottled water from a spring on her property, as it seems to promote longevity. But there are a few obstacles to his plan, including a shotgun, an unfavourable analyst's report, and even the issue of who the water belongs to. Bill Dyer confronts the local auctioneer, Giles Sutton, accusing him of rigging the livestock market (organising, or permitting, the four dominant buyers of livestock to take turns at bidding, leading to low prices). In frustration, he smashes two car windscreens, and during his arrest, he explains the rigged market to Mike Bradley (as above). Fortunately, the two car owners do not press charges (one preferring compensation). And Mike decides to investigate the auction process. This leads to Mike being accused of "accepting" a bribe from Mr Sutton, and CID getting involved. Jackie guns for Mike with his superiors, but on the way home she reveals that she has been seeing Adrian Miller (from episode #171), and leaves Mike (saying that she felt suffocated in Aidensfield).

Guest Stars: Paul Slack as Bill Dyer, Justine Adams as Cashier, Jacqueline Clarke as Dilys Powell, Glen Kinch as Waiter, Keith Marsh as Wilf, Judi Jones as Gwen, Simon Molloy as DI Shiner from CID, John Nettles as Giles Sutton, William Tapley as Adrian Miller.

This is Fiona Dolman's (Jackie Bradley's) last ever episode

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