List of Heartbeat episodes

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Heartbeat is a British period drama television series which was first broadcast on ITV between 10 April 1992 and 12 September 2010. Set in the fictional town of Ashfordly and the village of Aidensfield in the North Riding of Yorkshire during the 1960s, the programme is based on the "Constable" series of novels written by ex-policeman Peter N. Walker, under the pseudonym Nicholas Rhea. During the course of the programme, 372 episodes of Heartbeat aired, including nine specials over eighteen series.

Series overview[edit]

SeriesEpisodesOriginally aired
First airedLast aired
11010 April 1992 (1992-04-10)12 June 1992 (1992-06-12)
21018 April 1993 (1993-04-18)20 June 1993 (1993-06-20)
3103 October 1993 (1993-10-03)5 December 1993 (1993-12-05)
4164 September 1994 (1994-09-04)25 December 1994 (1994-12-25)
5153 September 1995 (1995-09-03)10 December 1995 (1995-12-10)
6171 September 1996 (1996-09-01)25 December 1996 (1996-12-25)
72431 August 1997 (1997-08-31)22 February 1998 (1998-02-22)
8246 September 1998 (1998-09-06)28 February 1999 (1999-02-28)
92426 September 1999 (1999-09-26)5 March 2000 (2000-03-05)
102422 October 2000 (2000-10-22)8 April 2001 (2001-04-08)
112428 October 2001 (2001-10-28)14 April 2002 (2002-04-14)
12256 October 2002 (2002-10-06)18 May 2003 (2003-05-18)
13257 September 2003 (2003-09-07)6 June 2004 (2004-06-06)
14265 September 2004 (2004-09-05)5 June 2005 (2005-06-05)
152611 September 2005 (2005-09-11)2 July 2006 (2006-07-02)
162429 October 2006 (2006-10-29)5 August 2007 (2007-08-05)
172411 November 2007 (2007-11-11)28 September 2008 (2008-09-28)
182412 October 2008 (2008-10-12)12 September 2010 (2010-09-12)

Episodes[edit]

Series 1 (1992)[edit]

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11"Changing Places"Roger CheveleyJohnny Byrne10 April 1992 (1992-04-10)
Police constable Nick Rowan and his wife Kate, a doctor, move up from London to begin a new life in Aidensfield. After meeting his new colleagues, PC Phil Bellamy and PC Alf Ventress, and his superior, Sgt. Oscar Blaketon, Nick deals with issues concerning local trouble-maker Claude Greengrass, a malicious accusation against a visiting Australian, and trouble aimed at local boy Alan Maskell. Meanwhile, Kate attempts to find work from village doctor Alex Ferrenby, and soon aids Alan's mother with a premature birth.
22"Fruits Of The Earth"Tim DowdJohnny Byrne17 April 1992 (1992-04-17)
Nick finds himself investigating reports of drunken hikers and a flasher on the moors, but while these are soon solved easily enough, he finds it hard to locate a missing man whose wife has been having an affair. Kate seeks to help the Maskell family out as Alan's father stubbornly refuses to let his wife use contraception pills for the sake of her health, following her recent labour. Blaketon hires a strict cleaner to prepare Ashfordly police station for inspection, much to Ventress and Bellamy's dislike.
33"Rumours"Ken HornDavid Lane24 April 1992 (1992-04-24)
Nick and Kate become concerned for the well-being of a local shopkeeper in the village, when rumours spread of him being improper to a group of young boys he is friends with. As locals boycott his store, Nick is convinced something is not right, especially when someone breaks in and steals the shopkeeper's masonic items. Greengrass decides to offer his services to two elderly women, but soon regrets it when he thinks he can make money from his arrangement.
44"Playing With Fire"Eric WendellRob Gittins1 May 1992 (1992-05-01)
Nick tries to deal with a wayward horse that its owner won't keep under control, faces problems from a magistrate who resents him giving her a ticket, and investigates a case of arson at a local farm. Kate decides to help Alan's girlfriend, Sandra Murray, with concerns about having an unwanted pregnancy, but finds Ferrenby disapproves of her action. Greengrass offers information on a gang of salmon poachers, but Blaketon is suspicious of his good deed.
55"Nowt But A Prank"James OrmerodBarry Woodward8 May 1992 (1992-05-08)
Nick finds himself dealing with dispute between local farmer Dick Radcliffe and his new neighbour Matthew Chapman over the public right of way across Radcliffe's farm. Chapman is adamant no one will use the road that passes through his land, despite Radcliffe needing access to his farm. The situation is soon made worse when three troublesome local boys pull a prank on Chapman, that soon leaves Blaketon and Kate to diffuse a dangerous situation that Nick lands himself in.
66"Old, New, Borrowed And Blue"Tim DowdAlan Whiting15 May 1992 (1992-05-15)
Blaketon orders his officers to investigate why a burglar responsible for breaking into people's homes, would tidying them up before stealing their valuables. Nick is suspicions about the charitable nature of a church organist that regularly helps elderly people. Kate receives a job offer from Ferrenby, after he begins reconsidering his views about her ethics as a doctor. Alan's wedding day finally arrives, but two troublemakers soon spoil his wedding reception.
77"Face Value"Terry IlandDavid Lane22 May 1992 (1992-05-22)
As Ashfordly police prepare for a peaceful demonstration at a military facility, Nick finds himself accused of assault by Paul Melthorn, the demonstrator's leader and a charismatic politician. Kate begins her first day of surgery with Ferrenby, but despite being happy, she soon receives unwanted suggestions from her husband about their relationship. Greengrass gets involved with two wannabe robbers who soon pay him back for trying to take advantage of them.
88"Outsiders"Tim DowdPeter Barwood29 May 1992 (1992-05-29)
Former circus man Joseph Lazlos arrives in Aidensfield with his family to see his birthplace before his eventual death, but their arrival soon brings problems. His son Milos sparks up a friendship with the local vicar's daughter, much to the chagrin of her father and her future fiancée. Nick and Kate find themselves risking their reputations to help Lazlos' family out, especially when the village church is broken into and money is stolen.
99"Primal Instinct"Ken HornBrian Finch5 June 1992 (1992-06-05)
Retired Scotland Yard detective Andrew Gerrard is found murdered by his wife and mother-in-law, prompting Ashfordly police to assist in the matter, though when Nick becomes involved he soon begins to question the alibis of the two women. Kate feels uneasy when one of the visiting detectives begins flirting with her. Greengrass comes to the aid of Alan, after he inadvertently causes him to handle stolen cars with his new business.
1010"Keep On Running"Gavan TheoditisJohnny Byrne12 June 1992 (1992-06-12)
Nick travels to London for an interview, and at the same time goes looking for Alan after he disappears from home, but soon questions moving back to the city as Kate is not adamant on leaving Aidensfield behind. Greengrass faces trouble when a local sheep farmer accuses him of rustling his livestock, yet while he protests his innocence, Blaketon is more than happy to see him suffer despite the accuser's story slowly not tallying up.

Series 2 (1993)[edit]

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111"Secrets"Bob MahoneyAdele Rose18 April 1993 (1993-04-18)
Nick finds himself investigating a robbery late at night, in which the victim lost their van, goods, and their own clothes, and quickly suspects the involvement Lord Ashfordly's erratic son, Robert, whose behaviour does not help their situation. Kate finds herself rushed off her feet as Aidensfield's mothers become heavily worried by a recent outbreak of chickenpox in the area.
122"End Of The Line"Bob MahoneyDavid Martin25 April 1993 (1993-04-25)
An elderly visitor from London, Frank Milner, arrives in Aidensfield with the intention of punishing Nick for his involvement in arresting their granddaughter. Kate finds herself coming to the aid of a young child that is seriously ill, until Milner puts her own life in danger. Greengrass conducts a barn clearance that turns up an old car, but he soon regrets selling it to Nick when he discovers its true value.
133"Manhunt"Ken HornDavid Lane2 May 1993 (1993-05-02)
Armed robbers imprison Nick in the cellar of the Aidensfield Arms, alongside Greengrass and the landlord George Ward. The following day, Nick discovers two important leads to the robbery, one of which involved Greengrass's dog Alfred recognizing one of the robbers. Both he and Phil soon find themselves on the hunt for a known criminal with a heart condition, until they discover his wife and daughters are intent on misleading them.
144"Bitter Harvest"Ken HornJane Hollowood9 May 1993 (1993-05-09)
Local cattle farmer Reg Manston finds his livelihood in ruins when his livestock are found to be infected with the foot-and-mouth disease, but Nick and Kate soon discover the infection came from a neighbouring farm, and the link between the two cases soon leads to a tragedy no-one foresees. George is surprised when his niece Gina is sent to him from Liverpool to help him out in the Aidensfield Arms.
155"Over The Hill"Tim DowdJohnny Byrne16 May 1993 (1993-05-16)
Ken Marston, a black soldier, goes AWOL following an accident involving his bullying sergeant, prompting Ashfordly police to co-operate with military police in tracking him down, though Nick has some concerns regarding the circumstances of the case. Kate deals with a widowed mother, Helen Sanford, who faces losing her son following the loss of her husband, only for the situation to worsen.
166"Bang To Rights"Tim DowdBrian Finch23 May 1993 (1993-05-23)
Kate prevents Rosie Tiniswood from committing suicide, leading Nick to investigate the woman's claims that her husband was wrongfully convicted for a crime he did not commit, despite being a known criminal. Bellamy makes plans to marry his new girlfriend but is suddenly assaulted by a stranger for unknown reasons, but soon Gina and Greengrass provide him clues that leads him to discover his new relationship is seriously flawed.
177"A Talent For Deception"Terry MarcelJonathan Critchely30 May 1993 (1993-05-30)
Nick finds himself dealing with two separate matters, one concerning a mystery woman who has been hanging around a local bank, and another concerning a hit-and-run that saw the suspect car drive off soon afterwards. Kate faces difficulties with her marriage when a former lover of hers arrives in the area. Greengrass makes a fortune with a land purchase, but regrets trying to take bets for an upcoming talent contest when he tries to rig it in his favour.
188"Baby Blues"Catherine MorsheadVeronica Henry6 June 1993 (1993-06-06)
A group of hippies arrive in the area and soon cause problems for a family-run toystore owned by Marjorie Doubleday, but Nick has to intervene when Doublday's infant child is abducted, and soon connects it with the disappearance of a local woman. Greengrass decides to train up a racehorse, but causes considerable trouble for Blaketon when he trains it within Aidensfield.
199"Wall Of Silence"Terry MarcelJane Hollowood13 June 1993 (1993-06-13)
Nick finds himself dealing with a number of break-ins around Aidensfield, including at Ashfordly Hall, that has resulted in the theft of money, gin, and pheasants. At the same time, Kate has to save Susan Rawlings, the daughter of Lord Ashfordly's former gamekeeper, after she is rushed to hospital following an illegal abortion. Both Nick and Kate soon discover a wall of silence that makes them suspect their cases are connected to each other.
2010"Missing"Terry MarcelAdele Rose20 June 1993 (1993-06-20)
A stolen painting turns up in Aidensfield, prompting Nick to investigate where it came from after it transpires it was given to a couple of workers of a travelling fair, who later decided to sell it on. Kate comes to the aid of an elderly woman who is suffering emotional problems that she soon links to the woman's son. Greengrass begins having health issues, and soon finds himself instructed to change his diet on health grounds.

Series 3 (1993)[edit]

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211"Speed Kills"Terry MarcelDavid Martin3 October 1993 (1993-10-03)
Nick investigates a break-in at the village surgery that saw drugs being stolen and Ferrenby critically injured by the intruders, and soon is instructed by Blaketon to prevent the thieves selling the medical pills to someone not knowing of their true effect. Kate becomes concerned for the well-being of a pregnant woman who suffered miscarriages in the past, and soon discovers that her recent troubles may be related to out-of-date medication she was using.
222"Riders Of The Storm"Tim DowdBrian Finch10 October 1993 (1993-10-10)
Heavy snow derails a passenger train near Aidensfield, leaving several people badly injured including Ferrenby and Gina's cousin. As a rescue effort is mounted, Nick discovers one of the passengers was Stevie Walsh, a recently released convict who returned to the area for unknown reasons. At the same time, Kate finds herself assisting the Walsh's former wife, as she finds herself going into labour with the child she is having with another man.
233"Dead Ringer"Tim DowdJohnny Byrne17 October 1993 (1993-10-17)
Bellamy finds himself in trouble when a rental storage linked to his address is found to be in possession of items stolen during a burglary, causing him to be suspended from duty, but Nick believes he is innocent when he learns someone is out to frame him. Greengrass decides to conduct a greyhound-racing scam with the unwitting help of a former trainer's grandson and his dog, until they and their grandfather thwart his scheme.
244"Going Home"Bob MahoneyJohnny Byrne24 October 1993 (1993-10-24)
Local landowner Martin Lessor is nearly at by a German visitor, Victor Kellerman, prompting Nick to investigate what the motive was after the suspect is found trying to leave the country. Ferrenby dies while on holiday from a brain haemorrhage no one knew about, leaving Kate and the villagers of Aidensfield in deep shock. Greengrass decides to help some Irish gypsies organise a bare-first fight right under Blaketon's watchful gaze.
255"A Chilly Reception"Catherine MorsheadEric Wendell31 October 1993 (1993-10-31)
Nick finds himself investigating a spate of incidents that seem intent on disrupting the wedding of Susan Siddons, and soon discovers the matter may be linked to the return of her ex-boyfriend. Greengrass supplies fish for Siddons' wedding, unaware his supplier gave him stolen goods. Kate receives a visit from her aunt Eileen concerning an inheritance from her uncle, but is reluctant to divulge why she won't accept it.
266"The Frighteners"Alan GrintBrian Finch7 November 1993 (1993-11-07)
Jane Thompson, an elderly woman, becomes a victim of harassment when she receives frightening phone calls after turning down an offer on her property. Nick and Kate become concerned someone wanted her out after she is moved into a nursing home. They soon learn that a local landowner is key to the matter, and discover that Thompson was being frightened out of her home because of an upcoming planned development in the area.
277"Father's Day"Terry MarcelBrian Finch14 November 1993 (1993-11-14)
Nick is placed in a delicate situation when Blaketon's estranged son Graham is accused of assaulting a local disco's DJ outside a village hall. Kate finds herself dealing with a young woman who visited the disco, and soon discovers that drugs were being circulated during the event. Greengrass provides a local pig farmer and her son with a letter revealing they have a fortune to inherit, but they soon face trouble when they try to spend it.
288"Endangered Species"Tim DowdMichael Russell21 November 1993 (1993-11-21)
Local lad David Stockwell hears noises in the woods which soon lead to his mother being the victim of a hit-and-run, leading Nick to investigate the situation and discover evidence that there is an illegal badger-digging ring operating in the area. Greengrass takes interest in a racehorse and decides to help with selling shares in it, only to accidentally short-sell to many of the residents around Aidensfield.
299"An American In Aidensfield"Catherine MorsheadPeter Palliser28 November 1993 (1993-11-28)
American motorcyclist Charlie Dameron visits Aidensfield and soon finds himself accused of draft dodging by Korean war veteran Fred Manchester, forcing Nick to intervene and investigate the accusation. Kate finds herself forced to convert the village police house into a temporary surgery after Ferrenby's practice is put up for sale. Greengrass decides to cheat a local farmer out of two vintage motorbikes in his possession.
3010"Bringing It All Back Home"Bob MahoneyMichael Russell5 December 1993 (1993-12-05)
Nick face potential changes in their life when a police inspection of the Aidensfield police house by a senior officer, Inspector Crossley, forces Kate to consider taking a job offer for a place at a surgery in Whitby. Greengrass faces trouble from the inland revenue over his previous good fortune. A trip out to Whitby offers a chance for Gina to pursue a singing career and Blaketon an opportunity to bond with his son during his free time.

Series 4 (1994)[edit]

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311"Wild Thing"Ken HornMichael Russell4 September 1994 (1994-09-04)
Inspector Crossley demands Ashfordly police to uncover the truth behind a spate of attacks on sheep, but when Greengrass' dog Alfred is suspected of the trouble, Nick is convinced that the evidence against the animal points to another suspect. Kate accepts a posting at the Whitby surgery of Dr. Radcliffe, but faces problems with his receptionist. Greengrass decides to sort out his debt with the Inland Revenue in his own unique way.
322"Witch Hunt"Catherine MorsheadBrian Finch11 September 1994 (1994-09-11)
Marjorie Salter is renovating the home of her great aunt with her husband, following her relative's death, when they succumb to arsenic poisoning. Inspector Crossly swiftly points the blame on the Salter's housekeeper, Nancy Bellow, as she expected to inherit the property, when the Salters succumb to further poisoning after treatment. Nick and Kate soon suspect Bellow is innocent when they find evidence that proves it, which soon leaves Crossley in trouble for his actions.
333"Mid Day Sun"Baz TaylorJonathan Critchely18 September 1994 (1994-09-18)
Local garage owner Jim Swaby is rushed to hospital by Kate when his health weakens, and an examination of his person shows he has been infected with rabies. Nick and Blaketon soon have their hands full preventing a potential outbreak around Aidensfield, as they attempt to locate the infected animal. They soon discover it to be a missing dog belonging to a visiting couple, and that their only child is out searching for it unaware of the danger they are in.
344"Turn Of The Tide"Tim DowdJohnny Byrne25 September 1994 (1994-09-25)
Nick and Ventress find themselves asked by CID to go undercover as part of an investigation into a possible smuggling operation being run out of Whitby, and soon discover a local shipping company is connected, leading them to coerce the owner to entrap the smugglers. Kate provides assistance to a teenage girl who she fears wants an abortion. Greengrass decides to become a meat trader, though Blaketon is sceptical of his plans.
355"Love Child"Ken HornBrian Finch2 October 1994 (1994-10-02)
Sandie Sanderson breaks into local council offices in a quest to find the child she gave up for adoption, prompting Nick to track her down when she mistakenly abducts the wrong child from its parents, unaware her own child adopted by them is dead. Greengrass is accused of harming peregrine falcons when he seeks to stop them harming pigeons, until fresh evidence proves a local gamekeeper is to blame.
366"Nice Girls Don't"Baz TaylorJane Hollowood9 October 1994 (1994-10-09)
Gina spends a night out celebrating with a local rugby team's latest win, but her return home sees her followed by a male driver who forces her off the road and assaults her. However, when it comes to telling the police, she finds doubt being raised on her recollection of events, before she is pressured by a local family of the main suspect in the matter to drop the case. Nick decides to investigate further, believing Gina's assault shouldn't be ignored.
377"Trouble In Mind"Tim DowdJohnny Byrne16 October 1994 (1994-10-16)
Nick and Kate find themselves investigating the strange case of Dennis Parker, a man who has no memory of the past seven years that turned up in Aidensfield, but whom is wanted for inquiries to a serious crime they were somehow involved in. Greengrass finds himself bothered by a man obsessed with one of Alfred Hitchcock's films fan, especially as he suggests that they should burn down each other's property for the insurance.
388"Fair Game"Matthew EvansVeronica Henry23 October 1994 (1994-10-23)
Local businessman Jack Temple-Richards dies during a fox hunt in what appears to have been a tragic accident, but a post-mortem soon reveals he had been given whiskey laced with sleeping pills, prompting Nick to investigate if Temple-Richards was murdered. Greengrass decides to get his hands on some prize winning fighting cockerels that belonged to a recently deceased owner, unaware of how much the owner's rivals seek them for illegal cock-fighting matches.
399"Red Herring"Ken HornMichael Russell30 October 1994 (1994-10-30)
Russian sailor Vladimir Ivanov goes missing from his trawler in Whitby, turning up in Aidensfield in hopes of seeking political asylum. However, local British intelligence raises concerns he is a risk to national security, especially when Ivanov goes missing. Nick and Kate soon discover he lied about having hold of sensitive information when he seeks help from a local Russian priest to leave the country, leading both to concoct a plan to return him to his ship before he is discovered.
4010"Arms And The Man"Tim DowdJonathan Critchely6 November 1994 (1994-11-06)
Following a shooting accident on the farm of Second World War veteran Ron Cooper, Blaketon becomes concerned that he may have been holding unlicensed munitions, prompting him and Nick to investigate if this is the case. Greengrass gets his hands on some hand grenades, and makes swift use of them to poach all of Lord Ashfordly's trout. Kate's marriage to Nick begins to come under strain as her work life soon causes a heated argument between the couple.
4111"Treading Carefully"Catherine MorsheadLizzie Mickery13 November 1994 (1994-11-13)
Aidensfield suffers from a spate of thefts that see lead being stolen from local rooftops, but while Blaketon thinks Greengrass is involved, Nick is convinced the thefts are being done by a gang of young men that recently arrived in the area. Kate finds her work life and marriage under constant strain, but she is soon convinced by Blaketon to patch things up with her husband, leading her to reveal to Nick some surprising news she recently had.
4212"Bad Blood"Matthew EvansSteve Trafford20 November 1994 (1994-11-20)
Nick and Kate become involved in investigating a break-in at a local farm owned by Arthur Jacobs and his wife Emily, who believe Arthur's brother Darcy was involved, leading the couple to discover the brothers have an ongoing feud concerning their late father's will. Gina is delighted when an old boyfriend from Liverpool comes to visit her, much to George's dislike, but its not long before he begins causing trouble with his inability to be honest.
4313"Assault And Battery"Tim DowdFreda Kelsall27 November 1994 (1994-11-27)
Local poultry farmer Mervyn Sykes is found dead after being killed by his own shotgun, prompting Nick to investigate the circumstances, learning that Sykes had been a victim of a campaign claiming he mistreated chickens on his property. Greengrass decides to make some money by selling surplus eggs as free-range, but soon has trouble when his customers come back angry over finding out the poor quality of his products.
4414"Lost And Found"Ken HornJohnny Byrnes11 December 1994 (1994-12-11)
Widower Howard Franklin arrives in Aidensfield but loses his late wife's ashes due to a luggage mix-up, prompting Nick and Kate to help out, especially when Franklin's estranged mother-in-law is unwilling to see her daughter buried in the family's burial plot. Blaketon establishes security for the annual country fete, which soon prevents a plan to steal firearms. Greengrass decides to ensure Alfred wins a dog race by nobbling a rival's dog entered for the competition.
4515"A Bird In The Hand"Matthew EvansJonathan Critchely18 December 1994 (1994-12-18)
Nick and Kate both become concerned for the wellbeing of elderly sheep farmer Tom Abbott, after someone lets his sheep out of their pens and infects some unpasteurised milk that leaves a young girl greatly ill, leading the couple to discover Abbott's problems may be linked to troublemakers at home and from a neighbouring farm. Greengrass turns private detective to trace a missing relative, and recruits Gina to help him out in exchange for the reward money being offered for information.
4616"A Winter's Tale"Tim DowdBrian Finch25 December 1994 (1994-12-25)
Two young children seeking to raise money at Christmas so that their sick brother can receive treatment oversea, decide to steal pine trees from the estate of Lady Janet Whitly, borrowing Greengrass' truck in the process. Nick soon finds out what they are doing when the pair are caught by their father, but his concern for the family leads to him trying to convince Whitly into being lenient and providing help to the sick boy's family during the festive season.

Series 5 (1995)[edit]

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471"Wishing Well"Alister HalumJohnny Byrne3 September 1995 (1995-09-03)
Nick and Blaketon attempt to locate a stolen hoard of gold after a piece of it is used to vandalize local property, and soon suspect an elderly widow's late husband must have located it when they discover that someone else is searching for the hoard. District nurse Maggie Bolton provides help to Kate with her surgery patients, unaware that the doctor is secretly conducting blood tests on herself due to deep concerns on her health.
482"Expectations"Tim DowdLizzie Mickery10 September 1995 (1995-09-10)
Nick finds himself dealing with problems around Aidensfield, but is more concerned about the disruptive and unruly behaviour of Joe Norton, the leader of a group of boys, especially when a local gypsy woman has her caravan burned down by the group. Kate is taken to hospital as she soon goes into labour, but although she gives birth to a daughter, Nick's joy of the occasion is short-lived when his wife reveals that she has a terminal condition.
493"Thief In The Night"Tim DowdJane Hollowood17 September 1995 (1995-09-17)
Nick spends what little time he has left with Kate, as his wife makes plans for him to be prepared for the sake of his future and that of their daughter. As his colleagues and close friends learn of the truth of the situation, Maggie becomes concerned over how he will cope. Greengrass catches David stealing petrol from his lorry, and soon goes after the person who coerced him to do it when Nick berates him for diverting his attention from his dying wife.
504"Domestic"Allister HalumBrian Finch24 September 1995 (1995-09-24)
Nick struggles to maintain his policing duties and looking after his infant daughter Katie, six weeks after Kate's funeral, prompting his mother Ruby to come down to help just as he finds himself trying to defuse a dispute between neighbours that gets out of hand. Greengrass decides to arrange a darts match involving his nephew Norman, in hopes of making money from his exceptional skill in the game, unaware they plan to throw the match on purpose.
515"Vacant Possession"Tom CotterJohn Stevenson1 October 1995 (1995-10-01)
Brenda Mellor is angered when her father Frank puts up a cottage for sale that he had promised to her and her boyfriend Eddie King, leading Nick to investigate a spate of incidents that Frank blames on Eddie. Ruby attempts to find new romance following the death of Nick's father, but soon opts to return to London when she can't find it in the area, leaving Nick and Katie to be looked after by Eileen, who wishes to help out her late niece's family.
526"We're All Allies Really"Ngozi UnwurahPeter Tinniswood8 October 1995 (1995-10-08)
Nick is concerned when locals resent the arrival of German visitor Dieter Lotschmeyer, especially as his father was a bomber pilot that killed the parents of a local moorland rescue team member, but soon prompts co-operation when Dieter gets into trouble. Greengrass comes to the aid of an elderly man visiting the region with his wife by helping them fulfil a lifelong dream of driving a locomotive, even if it means nearly causing chaos in the process.
537"Sophie's Choice"David Innes EdwardsRob Gittins15 October 1995 (1995-10-15)
Nick and Maggie become concerned for the mental health of the wife of local teacher Barry Jackson, after she causes a traffic accident and shoplifts, but are soon shocked when she is found dead in the couple's house after it catches fire. Gina and Eileen become worried that a young girl has been kidnapped by her father, especially when it transpires he is an escaped criminal. Greengrass and George decide to compete against each other in pigeon racing.
548"Gone Tomorrow"Graeme HarperFreda Kelsall22 October 1995 (1995-10-22)
Parish councillor Bernard Conway disappears during an ongoing dispute with his neighbour, farmer Ted Halliwell, leading Nick to investigate, where he learns that the two men were arguing over the relationship between Conway's daughter and Halliwell's son. Eileen offers to help raise money for charity for a local woman, but is surprised when they refuse to inform the police that it has recently disappeared. Ventress fears for his future when he thinks he saw a UFO during a stormy night.
559"Toss Up"David Innes EdwardJames Robson29 October 1995 (1995-10-29)
Nick finds himself dealing with a spate of burglaries around Aidensfield being committed by something disguised with a cloth bag over their head, but when Maggie is the latest victim, he soon discover the thief may be from a family with serious problems at home. Ashfordly police deal with the aftermath of a car crash involving two young girls and killing one of them, but Blaketon is not happy that accident involved the use of drugs, and that it may be connected to the arrival of travelling musician.
5610"It's All In The Game"Tom CotterRon Rose5 November 1995 (1995-11-05)
Nick is reunited with his old friend Jill Criddle, a police sergeant from London, who offers to assist him when CID requests Ashfordly police's co-operation on a major operation. The pair learn that CID are investigating crime boss Frank Armstrong who recently set up a gambling den in Scarborough. Nick and Jill soon uncover evidence that Armstron is planning to fix a race during an annual horse-racing event, involving a horse whisperer who is trying to hide in the area.
5711"Vigilante"Graeme HarperBrian Finch12 November 1995 (1995-11-12)
Miriam Wakefield is heartbroken when her husband dies from a heart attack, after trying to apprehend a robber in their home, and promptly pursues the culprit, local criminal Terry Tinniswood, when his family obstructs her chances for justice. Blaketon and Greengrass are not impressed by the behaviour of overzealous special constable Hector Cowley, though he soon faces embarrassment when his wife reveals her true feelings regarding his prized hobby.
5812"Unfinished Business"Tom CotterJane Hollowood19 November 1995 (1995-11-19)
Greengrass and David unearth an unexploded bomb following an accident, while working on the foundations for a new house for Ventress in Aidensfield. As the village is evacuated after the army arrives to defuse it, Nick and Blaketon find themselves investigating a dead man's body found in the home of a local station master in suspicious circumstances, while trying to find a young boy who went missing after being teased badly by local schoolchildren.
5913"Saint Columba's Treasure"Gerry MillJonathan Critchely26 November 1995 (1995-11-26)
Blaketon becomes suspicious when Greengrass takes an interest in a rumour concerning a hidden treasure in the area, following the death of a local scholar, but when he pursues after him into some old abbey tunnels, both men are trapped when there is a cave-in that seriously injures Blaketon. Ashfordly police finds themselves dealing with a spate of thefts around Aidensfield, until local garage owner and undertaker Bernie Scripps provides clue to the thief's identity.
6014"Sitting Off The Dock Of The Bay"John DarnellRob Gittins3 December 1995 (1995-12-03)
As his colleagues seek to shut down a pirate radio ship broadcasting in the area, Nick is forced to go undercover as a DJ when Maggie's brother Danny, a DJ aboard the ship, brings evidence that its owner is smuggling LSD into the area. Greengrass decides to make his own whiskey on his property, but George soon suspects what he is doing, providing an opportunity for Blaketon to see him convicted for his illegal still.
6115"Blood Sports"Gerry MillBrian Finch10 December 1995 (1995-12-10)
Charles Carter arrives in the area with his young son Simon, following a bad divorce with his wife Michelle Blanchard, but Maggie becomes concerned for the couple's child when he collapses from polio, and Michelle fears her behaviour with Simon has placed Charles in serious danger. Greengrass tries to make use of local rugby player Ken Fairbrother for his own ends, prompting Blaketon to intercede and advise him against the arrangement. Nick strikes up a friendship with local teacher Jo Weston.

Series 6 (1996)[edit]

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621"Kids"Tim DowdBrian Finch1 September 1996 (1996-09-01)
Derek Ramsey custody after being taken to court for a pub brawl, shortly before his girlfriend, single mother Dorothy McGowan, is attacked in her home prompting Blaketon to order a manhunt for Derek on suspicious of the crime. Greengrass faces trouble when he is accused of stealing after becoming Aidensfield's new lollipop man. George faces trouble when Lord Ashfordly increases the rent on his pub. Nick develops feelings for Jo following further meetings.
632"Old Colonials"Ken HornRon Rose8 September 1996 (1996-09-08)
Nick finds himself investigating livery stable owner Bill Ruane who has serious financial problems and is struggling to keep control over his property after refusing to sell his property to one of Lord Ashfordly's staff, especially when they come under suspicion for burglary. Greengrass is unhappy to see his nephew Norman again, but reluctantly agrees to do business with his American soldier friend in the sale of items, unaware they are stolen. Jo decides to enter a relationship with Nick after bonding with Katie.
643"Forget Me Not"James HazeldineJane Hollowood15 September 1996 (1996-09-15)
Tailor shop employee Alan Davies becomes immensely frightened when he begins receiving disturbing phone calls, photos and messages at his home in Aidensfield, leading Nick to discover that they may have been intended for Davies' new neighbour, Adrian Shaw, in connection to a young girl's death they caused. George decides to begin offering cooked meals at the Aidensfield to deal with the increased rent, with Gina bringing a chef to help, until she causes trouble for them.
654"A Long Shot"Tim DowdDavid Lane22 September 1996 (1996-09-22)
Jo becomes concerned that her pupil, Len Schofield, is being abused by his father Harry, especially when Maggie discovers bruises on the boy's body, but the matter turns out to be something else, especially when Len runs away from home. Greengrass decides to borrow one of Lord Ashfordly's horses for his latest moneymaking scheme, but things soon go wrong when he tries to return the animal back to its stables.
665"Something Of Value"Gwennan SageJohnny Byrne29 September 1996 (1996-09-29)
Ashfordly police finds itself investigating the theft of valuable wine and port from a warehouse, but Nick is concerned when Ventress begins acting funny during the investigation. When he confronts his colleague about his behaviour, Nick soon learns Ventress owes a gambling debt to Charlie Wallace, a haulier owner who committed the robbery. Offering to help, Nick and Ventress set up a trap for Wallace, after Greengrass comes across the stolen goods on Lord Ashfordly's estate.
676"Frail Mortality"Michael CockerKeith Temple6 October 1996 (1996-10-06)
Susan Watkins is put into a coma after being run down in an accident, with Maggie in serious trouble when she is blamed for the accident, prompting Nick to come to her defence when evidence emerges that places suspicion on a father and son who both loved the victim. Greengrass gets more than he bargains for when he tries to sell a Russian tea urn he recently bought, and attempts to have help a local woman when he believes Bernie has a talent for taxidermy.
687"Snapped"Gerry MillPeter Gibbs13 October 1996 (1996-10-13)
Brian Rogers is fired by his boss for the mistaken believe he has caused accidents at a local hotel, creating a situation that Blaketon is forced to try to mediate, until Roger's mother steps in to calm her son down. Aidensfield residents, including Gina and Greengrass, are taken in by a visiting fashion photographer and his models, but Nick suspects there is more to them than meets the eye. Jo begins questioning her relationship to Nick, assuming he doesn't love her.
698"Catch Us If You Can"Tim DowdBrian Finch20 October 1996 (1996-10-20)
Nick investigates a spate of attack on jukeboxes that were recently installed in the area, including an attack on Greengrass and his new associate Reggie Rawlins, leading him to suspect a jukebox supplier is using thugs to eliminate any competition the company is facing. Ventress finds himself tasked with arranging a family wedding, but is ashamed when he is conned by a fraudster who took advantage of the situation he was in.
709"Giving The Game Away"Ken HornGuy Meredith27 October 1996 (1996-10-27)
Nick is surprised when his black friend Errol Jones turns up in Aidensfield and agrees to help the local cricket team, but soon questions are raised about a large quantity of money he possesses, until Nick discover it was undeclared income Errol stole from his employer. Maggie discovers a farmer who was robbed is in possession of banned pesticides, which leads police to discovering the culprit in the theft. Ruby visits the area in hopes of getting Nick and Jo back together at Eileen's request.
7110"The Championship"Gerry MillJane Hollowood3 November 1996 (1996-11-03)
Following a quoits match against Aidensfield, Hollinsby team captain Donald Smethwick witnesses his wife flirting with one of his players, Jack Abbott, who had recently argued with his own wife Jean. The distraction causes Smethwick to crash his team's coach on the moors. Nick is forced to cut short an evening meal with Jo's parents to join the villagers attending the accident. The incident soon presents a tragic situation that Nick soon has to handle, after Abbott dies from his injuries.
7211"Who Needs Enemies?"Graham MooreBrian Finch10 November 1996 (1996-11-10)
Nick finds himself investigating a serious assault on a young boy on the edge of a golf club, but he soon has suspicions that the culprit is one of the club's members who may be conducting illicit business affairs. Blaketon worries for his job security when a police inspector arrives at Ashfordly police station to make an inspection. Greengrass is forced to go to hospital before he can put down a bet for some associates, and does anything he can to avoid seeing them as a result.
7312"Thanks To Alfred"Graham WetherellRob Gittins17 November 1996 (1996-11-17)
Nick investigates the suspicious death of Sylvia Philips after her body was found on the moor, but when it turns out she died elsewhere he soon finds himself questioning her estranged husband, her son, and her lover, which soon produces answers that seem to conceal the truth behind the matter. Greengrass offers to help the agent of The Masked Marvel, a wrestler, after Alfred accidentally bites them, but his solution soon causes the wrestler to feel unhappy on his career's future.
7413"Obsessions"Tom CotterPeter Gibbs1 December 1996 (1996-12-01)
Nick comes to the aid of Sandra Croft, a young woman living in Aidensfield, after she is trapped in a house fire, but when he rejects her affections, Croft soon begins hating him and attempts to destroy both his career and relationship with Jo. Greengrass decides to launch a tourism business that soon goes wrong, when his first customers, a married couple, suffers problems that soon nearly wrecks their marriage.
7514"The Best Laid Plans"Gwennan SageFreda Kelsall8 December 1996 (1996-12-08)
Susannah Temple-Richards returns to Aidensfield to restart her life after serving time for accidentally killing her husband, but she soon faces trouble when her former cellmate escapes and holds her hostage, around the same time that Nick is investigating a spate of post office robberies. Greengrass decides to buy a deceased veteran's bureau in hopes of finding a fortune, which soon does not end well when he believes he has bought a dud.
7615"Bygones Be Bygones"Gerry MillPeter Gibbs15 December 1996 (1996-12-15)
A series of poison pen letters are sent around Aidensfield that put their recipients on edge, leaving Nick and Bellamy to track down where they came from when it becomes clear they were all typewritten and written on one of the typewriters that were recently acquired by Greengrass. Jo becomes concerned when her father Graham Weston is approached by a businessman keen to make him invest in a scheme, and she is soon justified when Nick discovers more about Graham's visitor.
7716"Old Friends"Ken HornRon Rose22 December 1996 (1996-12-22)
Nick and Bellamy find themselves assisting in a major CID operation to track down Ronnie Savage, an escaped prisoner, and are assigned to keep surveillance on a known associate who runs a fishery in Whitby, but the situation soon gets worse when Bellamy disappears without warning. Eileen becomes surprised when she is reunited with Antonin Clarion, a French Second World War pilot she had a relationship with, who soon gives her a dilemma that requires her to consult with Maggie.
7817"Charity Begins At Home"Tom CotterJane Hollowood25 December 1996 (1996-12-25)
Heavy snow causes problems around Aidensfield on the night of Christmas Eve, causing a bus load of elderly people to get lost, trapping Bellamy and Ventress in their car, and stranding David out on the moors while trying to help out Greengrass. For Nick and Jo, they find themselves dealing with a more serious issue when a plane crash lands near Jo's cottage, and the pair discover its pilot has disappeared, leaving behind a heavily pregnant woman.

Series 7 (1997–1998)[edit]

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791"Bad Apple"Ken HornPeter Gibbs31 August 1997 (1997-08-31)
Nick is not convinced that Keith Megson, a known thief, is involved in a spate of break-ins that occur shortly after he is given bail by Greengrass, despite Blaketon's determination to prove otherwise. Jo announces to her parents that she has become engaged to Nick, but while Graham approves of his daughter's news, her mother Fiona is keen to voice her firm dislike to the arrangement, soon souring the maternal bond between the two woman.
802"Pig In The Middle"Tom CotterBrian Finch7 September 1997 (1997-09-07)
Special constable Hector Cowley suddenly disappears from his home in Aidensfield, prompting Nick and Blaketon to investigate whether it was linked to a dispute he had with a neighbouring pig farmer, until they discover that things are not what they appear to be at home. Greengrass is reunited with Ellen Birley, an old friend, but soon regrets letting her stay with him for a while. Gina receives news that George will not be returning for a while, due to ill health.
813"Small Beer"Gerry MillBill Lyons14 September 1997 (1997-09-14)
Nick and Jo becomes concerned for the well-being Dennis Cross, a young schoolboy, after he disappears when his mother is found dead, but when Greengrass claims he plans to run away to London, secrets about the family reveal that Dennis' plan may not be the best idea. Blaketon suspects an inside job when there is a break-in at a local factory, but the investigation soon causes problems for one of its employees when it digs up their past they had tried to conceal.
824"Closing Ranks"Tom CotterJane Hollowood21 September 1997 (1997-09-21)
Bellamy is horrified when his gran is the victim of two muggers operating in Ashfordly, but his efforts to seek justice land both him and Nick in trouble, leaving Blaketon and Ventress to resolve the case by seeking help from another mugging victim. Greengrass is engaged by two greedy women who need help finding a fortune their late father hid. Jo struggles to deal with her difficult mother, despite learning that Fiona's health has begun to decline.
835"Leaving Home"Ken HornDavid Lane28 September 1997 (1997-09-28)
Nick finds himself trying to keep the peace between ex-soldier Clive Thompson, visiting the area after the Second World War, and local farmer Bill Walker, when their children begin seeing each other during Thompson's visit. Greengrass is forcefully coerced by an old friend to help ship stolen cigarettes to a fence, forcing him to seek help from Blaketon. Jo and Graham brace themselves for the worse when Fiona is taken to hospital as her health declines, only to soon die from a cerebral haemorrhage.
846"Fool For Love"Tim DowdJames Stevenson5 October 1997 (1997-10-05)
Local businessman Derek Lightfoot suffers from a string of incidents that he claims are being done by Susan Williamson, a visitor to the area, but Nick soon doubts his accusations when he looks further into the matter and the relationship between the two people. Greengrass offers his services to an Australian couple seeking antiques, but soon regrets it. Jo provides support for Graham, as her father struggles with his grief in the wake of Fiona's death.
857"The Family Way"Ken HornBrian Finch12 October 1997 (1997-10-12)
Nick attempts to investigate recent arrival Charlie Fenton after he puts a young boy in hospital, prompting their grandfather to seek justice, but soon question why Blaketon wants the matter dropped. Greengrass finds himself visited by his brother Cyril, who is trying to conduct an affair despite being married. Gina takes on help at the Aidensfield Arms in the form of her new boyfriend Steve Adams. Graham spends time with Jo as he continues to struggle with his grief.
868"Friendly Fire"Tom CotterPeter Gibbs19 October 1997 (1997-10-19)
Lay preacher Richard Ealham is shot in what appears to be an accident, whilst helping local farmers deal with a stray dog, but Nick soon discovers that the incident was deliberate, leading him to question who wanted to kill Ealham. Greengrass gets caught up in a dispute between two brothers, who co-own a local bakery, when each desires to have control of their father's secret bun recipe. Gina receives word that her uncle will not be returning, leaving her concerned about his Aidensfield Arms' pub licence.
879"Sons And Lovers"Gerry MillSusan Wilkins26 October 1997 (1997-10-26)
Nick finds himself dealing with Lord Ashfordly's sister, Lady Patricia Brewster, when she causes problems when visiting due to her frequent drinking, but then things become more serious when he learns that the woman is dealing with a difficult marriage that is going wrong. Greengrass helps an associate arrange an illegal shooting party on Lord Ashfordly's land, unaware that a visiting vicar seeks to prevent him doing so for reasons that soon confuse him.
8810"Playing With Trains"Gerry PoulsonJames Stevenson2 November 1997 (1997-11-02)
Recently released from prison, Eddie Ainsworth takes advantage of his son Eddie's love of trains to plan a job, prompting his wife Molly to inform Ashfordly police that goods made by her employer are to be robbed when she fears Eddie is unaware of his father's true nature. Greengrass is doing work for a couple's garden when comes across some Roman coins, and so goes treasure hunting for more while the pair are away for a few days, but his luck does not hold out well.
8911"What The Butler Saw"Tim DowdGarry Lyons9 November 1997 (1997-11-09)
Nick finds himself involved in the investigation of an attempted murder of a local estate worker, and soon links it to stolen antiques and the disappearance of a butler from Aidesnfield that Eileen had suspicions about. Greengrass decides to set up a pool competition, but his plans backfire and cause Gina to break-up with her new boyfriend. Maggie is shocked when her estranged husband, Dr. Neil Bolton, moves into the area after taking a post at Ashfordly General hospital.
9012"Affairs Of The Heart"John AndersonJane Hollowood16 November 1997 (1997-11-16)
Nick and Jo's wedding day has finally arrived, although their families do not make things easy for the pair, but Nick soon has bigger problems when he comes a woman seeking help for her lover, whom she injured in an argument, only to strand him on the moors after taking his car. Greengrass attempts to take advantage of some jellied eels brought by Nick's grandfather, but soon causes a scene. Blaketon discovers his superiors have doubts about his health, and may wish for him to retire.
9113"Peace And Quiet"Tim DowdPeter Barwood23 November 1997 (1997-11-23)
PC Mike Bradley is transferred to Aidensfield to stand-in for Nick whilst he is away on his honeymoon. At the same time, armed robbers use Greengrass' latest venture to pull off a wages job, using both him and Gina as hostages. Mike soon finds himself stumbling onto the scene and raises the alarm after someone is shot, but as his colleagues scramble to attend to the scene, the pursuit of the suspects soon put Blaketon's health in serious danger.
9214"Substitute"Gerry MillRon Rose30 November 1997 (1997-11-30)
Ventress is shocked when the Deighton family, a group of Irish criminals, return to the area after beating up a colleague of his a few years ago, and becomes determined to find out their plans at great risk to his own life. Greengrass allows a group of girl guides and their leader to camp on his land, but then has to help them when three of the girls get into trouble. Blaketon faces compulsory retirement after his heart attack. Maggie discovers Neil's reason for his appearance in the area.
9315"In On The Act"Gerry MillVeronica Henry7 December 1997 (1997-12-07)
Nick returns from his honeymoon with Jo to find he has been made acting police sergeant following Blaketon's retirement, and soon finds himself investigating a deliberate accident on a young stunt driver that he links to a troubled family. Greengrass is amongst several people in Aidensfield who dislike Trevor Lammas, and soon they decide to make him suffer for causing them problems. Eileen finally makes up mind in regard to her old flame, and moves out in preparation for departure to France.
9416"The Queen's Message"John AndersonPeter Gibbs21 December 1997 (1997-12-21)
Christmas brings bad luck for Rex Hawkins, a TV rental and repairman, after he is found attacked outside the Aidensfield Arms following choir practice for a concert, but Nick soon discovers he has bigger problems as he owes money to a criminal who sold him several stolen and defective TV sets. Greengrass gets into a spot of bother when he accidentally damages a figurine he sold to Gina, and tries to place the blame on Blaketon's handling of the village post office.
9517"Brainstorm"Garth TuckerPeter Barwood4 January 1998 (1998-01-04)
Mike faces trouble when former race driver Russell Palmer dies in custody under his watch, after being arrested for a drunken brawl, but Nick is suspicious that Palmer's cousin is trying to conceal information about the man's death as DI Shiner investigates the matter. Greengrass decides to set up a taxi business in Bernie's garage, and discovers a new radio system for it can pick up police transmissions he tries to profit from, but both ventures soon come undone.
9618"Bad Penny"Garth TuckerPeter Barwood11 January 1998 (1998-01-11)
Mike faces questions of staying in the area when DI Shiner reveals that an undercover operation he assisted in has fallen apart in court, and that the men he tried bring down may seek revenge, though he doesn't expect his old flame from the case turning up out of the blue. Greengrass meets Tessa, an aristocratic traveller, while poaching fish, and soon finds romance when they find they have a lot in common. Nick begins contemplating moving his family abroad.
9719"Appearances"Brian FarnhamCarolyn Sally Jones18 January 1998 (1998-01-18)
Nick finds himself investigating a spate of burglaries around Aidensfield that target specific items, after John Upton and his family become the latest victims, but the matter is soon complicated when his daughter Ruth is assaulted by the thieves when trying to collect some belongings from home. Greengrass and Bernie meet with an artist who works on modern art, and soon both are inspired to make up their own creations to impress a visiting expert.
9820"Local Knowledge"Gerry MillBrian Finch25 January 1998 (1998-01-25)
As Nick prepares to move to Canada with Jo and Katie, he finds himself dealing with one final investigation when Blaketon fears a robbery on the Aidensfield post office when he spots a face from his past that he previously arrested. Greengrass and local farmer Nathaniel Clegghorn attempt to prove their homes are haunted to attract visitors, and soon begin sabotaging each other. Neil decides to reopen the village surgery, though his plans are a surprise for Maggie.
9921"The Enemy Within"Garth TuckerSusan Wilkins1 February 1998 (1998-02-01)
Blaketon's former army sergeant, Jim Ryan, turns up in Aidensfield following his wife's death, but Neil soon fears he has developed mental problems when his behaviour changes, leading Blaketon to fear for Mike's safety after he tries stop Ryan causing trouble. Greengrass finds himself conned into buying stolen sheep from Charlie Blunkett, and soon seeks revenge when he refuse to refund his money by exposing him for sheep rustling.
10022"Unconsidered Trifles"Gerry MillJonathan Critchley8 February 1998 (1998-02-08)
Blaketon finds himself in trouble when his car is involved in a hit-and-run after being stolen on the same night, but refuses to explain where he was at the time of the incident, prompting Ventress to investigate after Mike finds drugs in the vehicle that were left behind by the culprits. Greengrass decides to make some money by having Bernie reassemble some old motorcycles from a widow's barn, but his plans come apart when neither live up to expectations.
10123"Heroes And Villains"Brian FarnhamPeter Gibbs15 February 1998 (1998-02-15)
Trevor and Stuart Chivers break into the home of Gerard Sefton, an elderly First World War hero, after he is taken to hospital following an accident, but while Trevor is more interested in making money for new things, Stuart takes a shine to Sefton's life, just as Mike begins investigating their recent behaviour. Maggie reconciles with Neil following a home birth, after discovering that she still retains feelings for her husband.
10224"Love Me Do"Sue DunderdaleJane Hollowood22 February 1998 (1998-02-22)
Mike is handling discos for teenagers around Aidensfield, but the following morning he is surprised when Maureen Dodds, a young girl, claims she is being stalked. As Ashfordly police find themselves being given a shake-up by new police sergeant Raymond Craddock, they soon find themselves on the hunt for Maureen when she disappears during the night. The hunt for her soon leads to secrets being exposed, when it becomes clear who her stalker truly was.

Series 8 (1998–1999)[edit]

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1031"Snake In The Grass"Gerry MillJane Hollowood6 September 1998 (1998-09-06)
Mike finds himself working as a mediator to keep the peace between a farming couple and their new neighbours, but the matter is soon complicated when both sides suddenly come down with food poisoning, prompting both him and Neil to investigate what caused it. Gina returns to Aidensfield following her uncle's funeral, and is soon surprised when her aunt Mary Ward arrives to help her out. Greengrass attempts to recover a debt, but winds up being stuck with a python by mistake.
1042"Fall Out"Gerry PoulsonBrian Finch13 September 1998 (1998-09-13)
A researcher from Leeds has his car stolen when he stops in Aidensfield, and soon reveals he was transporting a radioactive isotope in the boot, prompting Craddock to launch a major search for it when it goes missing after the car is dumped by the thieves following an accident. Greengrass is unhappy to see his brother Cyril back in the area, but soon takes an interest in a greyhound that he offers him, unaware that Cyril is using him as part of a fraudulent scheme.
1053"For Better Or Worse"Brian FarnhamPeter Gibbs20 September 1998 (1998-09-20)
Mike finds himself investigating an accident involving a young driver, and soon suspects he was sold an unsafe vehicle by local car salesman Ken Marsden, prompting him to convince his wife Ann to help when he discovers Marsden is being unfaithful to her. Greengrass decides to offer Bernie and Mary some racing pigeons to use, but they soon regret their purchase when the birds prove anything but good. Maggie and Neil decide to renew their commitments to each other as they marriage recovers.
1064"Past Crimes"Brian FarnhamJames Stevenson27 September 1998 (1998-09-27)
Mike and Craddock find themselves investigating why bank employee Tim McDonald is being tormented by his former friend Carl Southall, especially when the latter robs McDonald's workplace, until they discover its connected to an incident from McDonald's past. Greengrass decides to join the local golf club when he learns its members are set to receive a windfall from developers, by doing anything possible for membership. Bellamy moves into the Aidensfield police house after living with his gran for long enough.
1075"Spellbound"John ReardonPhil Ford4 October 1998 (1998-10-04)
After a tomb is broken into at a church graveyard, Mike and Craddock are soon investigating rumours of witchcraft and curses, and are soon drawn to the Harper family who are facing serious difficulties, especially when the head of the family, Derek Harper, is involved in a car accident after finding a skull. Greengrass attempts to sell local mud as a beauty product after meeting a woman who enjoys mud treatments, but his new venture soon causes trouble for him.
1086"Baby Love"Gerry MillAnthony Read11 October 1998 (1998-10-11)
Allan and Hazel Mansfield struggle with looking after their infant son Peter following his adoption, but when the child is abducted, Mike and Craddock find themselves seeking leads to who took the baby, especially when Maggie reveals that Peter has troubling breathing problems. Greengrass is hired to concrete a drive and thus Gary Clarkson, employs a young man visiting the area to help with the job, unaware that his new associates recently escaped from borstal.
1097"Give A Dog A Bad Name"Brian FarnhamPeter Gibbs18 October 1998 (1998-10-18)
Following the death of his wife, local vet Josh Roberts endangers his career by heavily drinking, which Craddock disapproves of, prompting Ventress to step in and try to find a solution when Roberts is urgently needed by Lord Ashfordly. Greengrass has David runs a bric-a-brac stall near his home, but Neil soon discovers that some of his customers have gotten more than they bargained for. Bellamy seeks to catch the attention of Sue Driscoll, Ashfordly police's new civilian assistant.
1108"Hello, Goodbye"Garth TuckerMichael Jenner25 October 1998 (1998-10-25)
Mike finds himself investigating an attack on Indian doctor Deepak Rall, who arrived in the area with his family in hopes of seeking work, and soon learns that Rall may have left himself at the mercy of some dangerous people. Neil and Maggie become concerned for the pregnant Nora Leddon when she falls ill, and soon discover that her condition may be linked to her husband's recent activity on their farm. Greengrass decides to run a mobile shop, believing he will make a fortune with his latest scheme.
1119"Pat-A-Cake"John ReardonHelen Slavin1 November 1998 (1998-11-01)
Mel Drinkwater disappears one night when she leaves with the intention of eloping with her boyfriend Terry Matthews, and all the signs point to her being kidnapped, leading Mike to question who the kidnapper is when an early lead soon proves to be a dead-end. Craddock orders an investigation into a break-in at the Aidensfield surgery, after Neil discovers drugs were stolen. Greengrass offers to help David look after a local woman's cat, but gets more than he bargains for.
11210"Easy Rider"Garth TuckerPeter Barwood8 November 1998 (1998-11-08)
Italian cyclist Paolo Ermini is thoroughly disliked by members of his cycling club, but when his body is found on the moors after suffering a heart attack, Craddock and Mike launch an investigation when it transpires he died somewhere else. Ventress decides to deal with rumours of UFO sightings after locals saw a craft flying silently overhead in the area. Greengrass accidentally buys Chinese communist figurines, and is soon trying to find a way he can profit from his mistake.
11311"Hot Rocks"Gerry MillSusan Wilkins15 November 1998 (1998-11-15)
Patricia Brewster reunites with Lord Ashfordly to inform him that she has become engaged to her new lover Ronnie Harper, but the pair soon have doubts about the man as Mike investigates whether he is behind a string of burglaries around Aidensfield that coincide with Harper's arrival. Bellamy is forced to move out of the village police house when Craddock discovers him doing so against police regulations, though is more shocked to learn that Sue is planning to take a new job.
11412"Shadows And Substances"Terence DawBrian Finch22 November 1998 (1998-11-22)
Neil discovers that a young boy, who had run away, had become seriously ill from drinking from stream contaminated by industrial waste, leading Mike to become suspicious of a recent arrival's plans for an disused factory site, after Bellamy's gran leads a protest against recent lorry activity in her area. Greengrass attempts to cash in on fears of nuclear annihilation by Aidensfield's villager, but Blaketon is not too happy about his planned shelter.
11513"Forbidden Fruit"Gerry PoulsonNeil McKay29 November 1998 (1998-11-29)
Mike takes pity on Rachel Palmer after her sister Marianne Fuller is fatally wounded in her home, but soon regrets being romantically involved with her, unaware that Craddock and DI Shiner have serious doubts about her when Fuller's husband David conveys concerns regarding his sister-in-law. Mary makes plans to hold a surprise birthday party at the Aidensfield Arms for her niece with a French theme, especially when Gina has dreams to see Paris.
11614"Where There's A Will"Gerry PoulsonPeter Gibbs6 December 1998 (1998-12-06)
Peggy Tatton refuses to vacate her brother's farm after he dies in a car accident with his wife, as he despises his step-son John Fraser, prompting Mike to work alongside her solicitor, Jackie Lambert, to find a solution when her actions soon exposes flaws in Fraser's claim. Bellamy decides relunctantly to let Greengrass find him a new flat, but the offered property he gets soon gives him headaches when he learns its previous tenant is being sought out by debt collectors.
11715"Taking Sides"Michael JennerGarth Tucker13 December 1998 (1998-12-13)
Neil finds himself accused of indecent conduct by Elaine Aubrey, a recent patient of his, leaving Maggie worried about her marriage as Mike investigates the matter. Greengrass offers to help organises a Civil War battle re-enactment, but David's efforts to help him find volunteers soon causes problems. Craddock assigns his officers to find a trouble-maker who messes with local signs and then vandalizes police vehicles that attend to the incidents.
11816"Echoes Of The Past"Brian FarnhamNeil McKay24 December 1998 (1998-12-24)
Jane Hayes becomes worried for her unborn baby's safety at Christmas, when she fears her manor house is haunted following a series of events, prompting Mike and Maggie to investigate the situation in order to determine if her concerns are genuine. Greengrass offers to help find a trophy for an upcoming dance competition arranged by Craddock's wife Penny, only for David to spoil things. Mike and Jackie slowly develop feelings for each other due to their recent work.
11917"Twist Of Fate"Paul WalkerEric Wendell10 January 1999 (1999-01-10)
Maggie finds herself accused of medical negligence by the relatives of the elderly Mildred Crosby, who died following breathing difficulties and left her money and a valuable painting, leading to Mike to help prove her innocence in the matter. Ventress and Bellamy find themselves solving separate matters concerning recent burglaries and a horse that keeps disappearing from its owners. Greengrass offers shelter to an Irish traveller, who he soon finds can predict horse race results in his sleep.
12018"The Angry Brigade"Gerry PoulsonPeter Gibbs17 January 1999 (1999-01-17)
Lord Ashfordly faces protests from villagers in Aidensfield over his decision to close off a footpath on his land, but Mike has suspicions that the protest's organisers may be linked to a recent arrival who served time in prison for a robbery, of which the stolen money they took has yet to be found. Greengrass decides to become a chimney sweep after discovering it has a lucrative side business attached to it, but he soon makes a mess of things.
12119"Fire And Ashes"Gerry MillRob Heyland24 January 1999 (1999-01-24)
Maggie takes a short vacation with Gina to contemplate becoming a parent after discovering she is pregnant. In her absence, Mike finds himself investigating a spate of fires that break out around Aidensfield. When another one breaks out at the home of a local family, Neil dies when he rushes in believing an infant is still trapped inside. As the villagers reel from the shock of his death, Mike soon discovers the truth about the latest blaze when he learns some interesting information from Greengrass.
12220"All In The Mind"Brian FarnhamJohnny Byrne31 January 1999 (1999-01-31)
Mike is not willing to listen to the suspicions of an eccentric woman in Aidensfield, until her claims prove true when he discovers that a father is keeping his pregnant daughter prisoner. Ventress finds himself accused of police hostility from victims of incidents in the area, and suspects he is being framed. Greengrass is coerced into helping an old associate with a ferret race, but Blaketon soon attempts to thwart his plans. Maggie struggles to cope with Neil's death while working.
12321"Friends Like You"Frank M. SmithBrian Finch7 February 1999 (1999-02-07)
Gina attempts to rekindle her singing career at a local nightclub in Whitby with the help of a new manager, but soon needs help from Mike and Jackie when she comes under suspicions of using drugs, though the pair soon discover themselves uncovering a CID operation in the process involving the club. Greengrass reluctantly calls Blaketon's help when he learns that David was conned into buying worthless second-hand clothing. Ventress gets into trouble after falling asleep during a surveillance job.
12422"Old Ties"Gerry PoulsonChris Thompson14 February 1999 (1999-02-14)
The male co-owners of a new restaurant in Ashfordly find their new business targeted with sabotage that causes them grief, but when Mike investigates he soon discovers a connection between the men and the recent arrival of Gina's friend to the area. Greengrass decides to go searching for a fortune in Anglo-Saxon relics from a local man's land, but soon worries that he has uncovered a murder. Maggie makes a decision regarding the future for her unborn child.
12523"David Stockwell's Ghost"John ReardonJane Hollowood21 February 1999 (1999-02-21)
Wealthy couple Diane and Cecil Palmer return from Africa with their son Peter, and attempt to settle down in Aidensfield. However, things soon problematic, as Peter struggles with his new life, while his parents face embarrassment hosting a dinner party, placing strain on their marriage. When Diane goes missing after heading out for a drink, following a row with Cecil, Ventress soon deduces what happens when he and Mike learn that Peter has also disappeared.
12624"Testament"Gerry MillSusan Wilkins28 February 1999 (1999-02-28)
Jackie's uncle Henry Tomkinson, her boss at her solicitor's firm, becomes the suspect in a hit-and-run accident in Aidensfield involving a young boy, the case puts incredible strain on Mike's relationship with Jackie as she defends Tomkinson in court, though his niece soon begins to doubt her uncle's innocence. Greengrass is commissioned to help with sorting out land acquired by the church for a new graveyard, but his efforts to do so leave the end results less than desirable.

Series 9 (1999–2000)[edit]

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1271"Manoeuvres In The Dark"Gerry MillPeter Gibbs26 September 1999 (1999-09-26)
Ashfordly police find themselves on a manhunt for Terry Noble, an army friend of Gina who is wanted for murder, but soon Bellamy finds himself in trouble when he is taken hostage by Noble alongside retired colonel Hal Clifford, who was recently banned from driving at night after Mike had to investigate an accident he caused. Greengrass attempts to organise a dinner party, which goes disastrously wrong. Oscar contemplates what to do with a recent inheritance he received, and makes a surprise decision.
1282"Tricks Of The Trade"Gerry PoulsonJohnny Byrne3 October 1999 (1999-10-03)
Greengrass is appalled when the home of an old friend who recently died is broken into in a brazen manner, but when Craddock pursues an associate of his for the crime, he decides to do whatever he can to expose the real culprits of the break-in. Maggie questions returning to work following the birth of her son, but a flu epidemic around Aidensfield soon prompts her to make a decision. Mary and Gina struggle with Blaketon as the Aidensfield Arms' new owner, as he tries to run it his way.
1293"Intuition"Frank W. SmithEric Deacon10 October 1999 (1999-10-10)
Mike finds himself investigating the suspicious death of Eileen Bayne who was found within a locked room in her home, after her sister suspected something was wrong, and soon has suspicions about her husband Tommy when his private life comes under scrutiny. Mary receives an offer from an old friend, prompting her to determine if Blaketon will be perfect for looking after Gina and the Aidensfield Arms. Greengrass attempts to con people into letting him clean their guttering, but is soon found out.
1304"Puppet On A String"Roger BamfordColin Shinder17 October 1999 (1999-10-17)
Maggie and Mike become concerned about the recent behaviour of Sandra Lowson after she is caught stealing, but soon suspect she is trying to raise money for an illegal abortion, unaware she is helping a friend acquire one. Ventress becomes acting sergeant while Craddock is away and conducts an investigation against Sandra's father Tom, a haulier business owner, whom he suspects is conducting black market business. Greengrass attempts to raise money to help a dying friend fulfil one final wish.
1315"Honour Among Thieves"John ReardonPeter Gibbs24 October 1999 (1999-10-24)
Mike finds himself facing embarrassment when he comes to the aid of Honor Gale, a visiting writer, whilst keeping watch on a borstal group doing community service in the area, and thus decides to ignore her when she calls for his help, unaware she genuinely needs help. Greengrass offers help to Tom Drabble win a local council election in order to gain planning permission for a new scheme, but faces problems from Blaketon who is Drabble's opponent in the election.
1326"Shotgun Wedding"Frank W. SmithPeter Barwood31 October 1999 (1999-10-31)
Mike and Jackie make plans for a small secret wedding ceremony, though while their friends soon find out and make plans to make it an enjoyable occasion, an armed robbery overshadows the event and soon threatens proceedings when Mike is taken hostage by one of the robbers who was injured in the crime. Greengrass is surprised when David reveals a woman is looking for him, only to learn it is his sister Bella Greengrass, whom he had not seen for 22 years.
1337"Always A Copper"Paul WalkerMichael Jenner7 November 1999 (1999-11-07)
Blaketon forms a committee to help tackle crime following a spate of break-ins around Aidensfield, much to Craddock's disapproval, and soon things get out of hand that prompt Mike to intervene. Ventress investigates a robbery at a brewery, and soon discovers all is not what it seems. Greengrass entertains Norwegian history students with tours of the area, until David ruins his plans. Gina takes an interest in Andy Ryan, a off-shore worker visiting the area.
1348"Negative Vibes"Roger BamfordJohn Flangan and And McCulloch14 November 1999 (1999-11-14)
Mike becomes suspicious when Jackie begins acting strangely and offers assistance to disreputable photographer Sean Banks, and soon confronts her over some provocative photos in her possession until she confesses she is caught up in a complicated situation involving her sister Elizabeth. Greengrass is saddened when his old friend Silas dies from a heart attack and does what he can to help his widow, even if it means arranging a funeral for him despite Silas' body being donated to medical science.
1359"Kindness Of Strangers"Gerry PoulsonJames Stevenson21 November 1999 (1999-11-21)
Mike find himself investigating the disappearance of a silver bowl from Ernest Dewhurst, especially when he was found unconscious and his home ransacked the day after, and questions the suspicion harboured by Dewhurst's family against a young couple staying on the man's land. Greengrass offers to help organise Aidensfield's annual car rally, while secretly helping a competitor cheat, but his plans come undone. Gina becomes closer to Andy in their relationship.
13610"Hollywood Or Bust"Frank W. SmithBrian Finch28 November 1999 (1999-11-28)
Lord Ashfordly and Craddock become star-struck when film director Denzil Arcourt and his team arrive in the area, intending to film scenes at Ashfordly Hall, but Mike soon becomes suspicious of him when he displays odd behaviour about his having his photo taken by Gina, shortly before her camera is stolen. David decides to buy chickens from local farmer Nathaniel Clegghorn in the hopes of selling their eggs, but Greengrass soon discovers he was conned and attempts to get even with Clegghorn.
13711"Flesh And Blood"Paul WalkerGillian Richmond5 December 1999 (1999-12-05)
Mike finds himself investigating the remains of a baby's skeleton found in the attic of local butcher Don Lomax, after his family found them following his wife's funeral, and soon questions whether it may be linked to the sudden arrival of Lomax's eldest daughter Vera, who had been in an institution for several years. Greengrass attempts to turn wild rabbits into a fictional rare breed to sell at pet stores, until his scheme is washed out literally by a careful shopkeeper.
13812"No Surrender"Gerry PoulsonNeil McKay12 December 1999 (1999-12-12)
Farmer Malcolm Colbourne suffers problems at his farm, including the destruction of a new tractor he bought from dealer John Bennett, leading Mike to investigate and discovering the truth about Colbourne's past during the Second World War and the difficulty he faced in the years afterwards. Greengrass and David become involved in helping a local woman move furniture out of her old home, unaware it actually belongs to her ex-husband who she is in dispute with.
13913"Stag At Bay"Roger BamfordSusan Wilkins19 December 1999 (1999-12-19)
Christmas sees Mike assisting in the investigation into the slaughter of game animals on Lord Ashfordly's land. At the same time, Julie Kendall is struggling with her parents, as Jackie helps out her mother Julia with divorce proceedings against her brutish husband Frank. While Julie befriends David who convinces her to sing at an upcoming concert, Mike and Jackie discover that their separate cases are soon linked and that Lord Ashfordly is in serious danger of being killed.
14014"Full Circle"Diana PatrickJonny Bryne26 December 1999 (1999-12-26)
Stella Redford, terminally ill, returns to Aidensfield in hopes of finding the child she was forced to give up for adoption twenty years ago. At the same time, the child's father Billy Trotter returns late to his mother's funeral, who wrecked the pair's life. When both are victims of thieves targeting those staying at hotels and inns in the area, Mike, Jackie and Maggie are able to help the couple after discovering one of the culprits is married to them. Meanwhile, Greengrass helps an old friend conduct an illegal lurcher competition, but while he is able to mislead Ashfordly police and Blaketon with false clues, he faces problems from a member of Inland Revenue seeking to make his life a misery.
14115"The Seven Year Itch"Paul WalkerPeter Gibbs2 January 2000 (2000-01-02)
Ex-convict Ray Nixon returns to Aidensfield following a seven-year sentence that Blaketon gave him, despite offering co-operation with the crime he committed. Shortly after his return, undesirable things begin to happen at the Aidensfield Arms, which Blaketon suspects to be Ray's handiwork. Sgt. Craddock's stand-in, Sgt. Jennifer Nokes, is not convinced, but Mike soon feels Ray is seeking revenge on Blaketon for being unable to attend to his sick mother during prison. Meanwhile, Greengrass is offered four maps from Anthony Mottram that belonged to his father, behind his mother's back. When she later discovers what he is doing, Greengrass is forced to assist her in punishing Anthony for the trouble it soon causes.
14216"Weight Of Evidence"Gerry PoulsonPeter Barwood9 January 2000 (2000-01-09)
Sian Horrocks is raped after running out of petrol in an isolated area, to which Sgt. Noakes is convinced that local boy Ben Ealham is the prime suspect. However, pressing charges against him proves extremely difficult when Jackie is tasked to defend him in court, and discovers Ealham was arrested without proper police procedure. Mike becomes unhappy that he will escape justice, especially when he finds evidence that proves Ealham guilty, until Jackie decides to make amends when Ealham's mother is unwilling to let him go unpunished. Meanwhile, Greengrass purchases a sheep with potential for racing, but his hopes of using it in racing are dashed when someone reveals he was conned into buying a stolen animal.
14317"For Art's Sake"Roger BamfordAndrew McCulloch16 January 2000 (2000-01-16)
Artist Joe Vaughan moves to Aidensfield from Liverpool to find peace to continue his work, but faces troubles soon after he arrives. Following an expedition organised by his benefactor, Anthony Mottram, Vaughan is nearly killed when someone sets his home on fire. Sgt. Craddock and Mike initially suspect the people who troubled him, including two men from Liverpool seeking him out, until they realises that Mottram set the fire for financial gains out of Vaughan's work. Meanwhile, Greengrass tries to con the council out of a grant for running a hostelery but is soon conned himself by an old friend, and Gina is shocked when Blaketon discovers Andy to be married and secretly concealing this from her.
14418"A Shot In The Dark"Gerry MillPeter Gibbs23 January 2000 (2000-01-23)
Lord Ashfordly is placed in a difficult position when his estate manager is accused of shooting Gary Tyler, a local troublemaker with a suspended sentence, who was trespassing on Ashfordly Estate. Mike is forced to investigate, and discovers he is unwilling to let his girlfriend Lyn, a maid at Ashfordly Hall, reveal that he was visiting her at the time of the incident, putting pressure on Ashfordly police to determine how to proceed on the matter. Meanwhile, Greengrass offers help to a reporter from the local reporter who runs out of petrol, and soon regrets the hassle it causes when he is offered a chance to write a weekly column in the local newspaper.
14519"The Good Doctor"Paul WalkerJane Hollowood30 January 2000 (2000-01-30)
A hit-and-run accident lead Ashfordly police to investigate who was responsible, when Jackie and her friend Sue are the victims. After being treated by Aidensfield's new locum, Dr. Ian Peters, the situation is made worse when Sue's health deteriorates and she dies of a brain haemorrhage. While the hit-and-run driver is eventually uncovered, Mike and Maggie soon discover that Ian is not a qualified doctor, and he soon attempts suicide when he realises he has caused someone's death. Meanwhile, Greengrass attempts to rent out worn-out bikes he took from the Ashfordly Estate, and Andy attempts to make amends with Gina despite being married.
14620"Against The Odds"Gerry PoulsonJohnny Byrne6 February 2000 (2000-02-06)
A man dies one week after changing the beneficiary of his will from his nephew to his boarders, incensing the former and surprising the latter. A council planning officer drums up support for an industrial estate near Aidensfield, but Blaketon is uncertain.
14721"Desperate Measures"Roger BamfordNeil McKay13 February 2000 (2000-02-13)
Lord Ashfordly has a horse stolen, and suspicion falls on a man who received a suspended sentence for horse theft earlier that day. Greengrass learns that Bernie used to work as a psychic, and persuades him to use this skill to locate a widow's share certificates.
14822"With This Ring"Paul WalkerGillian Richmond20 February 2000 (2000-02-20)
Police investigate the disappearance of the Ashfordly estate workers' payroll. A woman confronts her husband about his gambling, which escalates catastrophically. Greengrass employs a creative interpretation of maritime law.
14923"Wise Guys"Roger BamfordSusan Wilkins27 February 2000 (2000-02-27)
Bernie persuades Greengrass to go into the mobile fish and chips business, but Greengrass comes up against stiff competition. A widow reports being repeatedly burgled and robbed, and while Ventress is sympathetic Blaketon suspects dishonesty.
15024"The Son-In-Law"Gerry MillPeter Barwood5 March 2000 (2000-03-05)
Jackie's parents disapprove of her marriage and tempt her to move to South Africa. A car stolen from the Amsterdam ferry is driven into the river. Andy realises that he and Gina are not meant for each other and leaves Aidensfield. A singer called Michael (portrayed by Gary Barlow) arrives and helps Greengrass grow orchids, unaware of what they really are.[further explanation needed]

Series 10 (2000–2001)[edit]

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TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air dateUK viewers
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1511"Chalk And Cheese"Paul WalkerPeter Gibbs22 October 2000 (2000-10-22)N/A
New resident Celia Hanson has trouble with her car and her neighbour. Greengrass tries the rubbish disposal business, but is nearly killed.[further explanation needed]
1522"Smile For The Camera"Gerry MillJane Holllowood29 October 2000 (2000-10-29)N/A
Grieving his father's death, Anthony Smythe is comforted by Jackie but then Jackie and Mike receive suspicious calls and are visited by a prowler with a camera. The Smythe family engage Bernie and Greengrass for the funeral.
1533"Dog Collar"Noreen KershawNeil McKay5 November 2000 (2000-11-05)N/A
Greengrass is hired to enter a poodle in a dog show, but it escapes from David Stockwell so Greengrass enters Alfred in its place. Items disappear from several churches, and Ventress is knocked out while running a church errand. The reverend and his wife disapprove of their daughter's love for the handyman.
1544"Gabriel's Last Stand"Gerry PoulsonGil Braley12 November 2000 (2000-11-12)N/A
An aristocrat dismisses a man and upsets the village by organising a private party on the same date as the annual village bonfire, and barring the public right of way across his land to the heath. His house and car are subsequently vandalised. Greengrass tries selling firecrackers. Bellamy and Gina grow closer.
1555"War Stories"Diana PeacockPeter Barwood19 November 2000 (2000-11-19)N/A
A veterans' reunion draws noise complaints, and to everyone's surprise Ventress was a commando in their unit during the war. Greengrass organises their shooting party on the Ashfordly estate, but they find a man shot dead. Bradley had earlier found evidence suggesting the man was involved in fraud, but finds it suspicious. Greengrass's views help Maggie decide how to handle the conflicting wishes of Graham Rysinski and his dying mother. Accused of colluding with Gina, Bellamy is taught the meaning of the word by her.
1566"The Fool On The Hill"Paul WalkerHelen Blizard26 November 2000 (2000-11-26)N/A
Sgt. Craddock's mother Enid visits for his birthday. She witnesses an assault but he is reluctant to take the report due to her making up stories, though the victim later collapses and is hospitalised. Greengrass places a bet for Enid which wins, but he loses the betting slip and spends the night in the cells with Stockwell trying to find it.
1577"The Traveller"Geoff WonforJohn Milne3 December 2000 (2000-12-03)N/A
After a failed robbery, one bumbling robber shoots the other in the foot then hitches a ride with Johnny "The Traveller" Lee. He is soon apprehended by police, and Johnny is unamused when the other robber break into the Aidensfield Arms. Claude Greengrass helps organise an illegal trap-racing meeting in the streets of Aidensfield.
1588"Child's Play"Steve GoldieMichael Hall10 December 2000 (2000-12-10)13.80
Activity is reported at an unoccupied house and the police find nothing though Maggie later discovers a young boy intruding. Mike finds a jacket from a boarding school, and a housemaster is hunting the child. Bernie meets an old friend who claims to run tours to meet celebrities. The arrival of Bellamy's former flame, Sue Driscoll, complicates his romance with Gina. A romance begins between Maggie and Graham Rysinski.
1599"Fallen Heroes"Paul WalkerJohnny Byrne17 December 2000 (2000-12-17)12.04
Danny Reese is released from hospital following a car accident, and a suitcase of money is missing from his possessions at the police station. It seems someone is playing Robin Hood as anonymous envelopes appear with money and detailed notes for its use: to pay fines, for restitution to avoid jail, or to visit a war grave. Blaketon becomes suspicious about the money when he realizes Danny works at a casino, and David Stockwell is led into a trap. Bellamy faces a different trap while romancing Gina.
16010"Cold Turkey"Noreen KershawPeter Gibbs24 December 2000 (2000-12-24)11.16
New bank manager Gordon Stringer is unpopular for cutting employee benefits and using harsh methods to recover overdue loans. He also refuses to pay Greengrass for a paving job, claiming poor workmanship. When Stringer's son disappears, the police investigate David Stockwell but it is an opportunistic criminal who makes the ransom demand. Bellamy plays Father Christmas at the pub raffle.
16111"Sylvia's Mother"Diana PatrickGillian Richmond7 January 2001 (2001-01-07)13.70
A fish-and-chips shop is burned down, and suspicion initially falls on the fiancé of the owner's sister. But an interesting story emerges from investigation of the electricity bills. An old flame makes advances toward Lord Ashfordly, inviting him into her consortium. Blaketon distrusts the woman's motives but is too late to save Ashfordly. A surprise going-away party is held for Maggie, who accepts a job at a hospital.
16212"Safe House"Gerry MillPeter Gibbs14 January 2001 (2001-01-14)13.71
Greengrass departs suddenly to be with his sister, leaving behind ownership of his property, truck and Alfred in David's hands. He soon finds himself in financial problems, until Bernie's half-brother, Vernon Scripps, arrives after a 15-year absence and offers him assistance. Meanwhile, Jackie finds that Mike is providing a safe house for a mentally ill witness, who is wanted dead by men seeking to stop him making an appearance in court.
16313"Blind Justice"Paul WalkerNeil McKay21 January 2001 (2001-01-21)13.82
Irresponsible young driver Richard Finlay runs Lord Ashfordly off the road, but after he is let off by Sgt. Craddock, he swiftly causes trouble by conducting a hit-and-run collision with a bicycle. When the judge presiding over his trial lets off, Ashfordly police question the reasoning behind such a decision. Meanwhile, Bernie goes absent from the garage, causing Vernon to take over the repairs for Lord Ashfordly's car.
16414"Home Truths"Diana PatrickGil Braley28 January 2001 (2001-01-28)13.06
A collapse at a quarry puts a worker in hospital, who raises complaints regarding unpaid wages and compensation. When the worker becomes the prime suspect in the murder of the quarry foreman's wife, Jackie agrees to represent him despite the disapproval of her client's mother. Meanwhile, Vernon's attempt to enter the catering business causes a power blackout, while Phil's relationship with Gina is given problems when he learns that a police officer is not permitted to marry a pub licensee.
16515"Not So Special"Noreen KershawMichael Hall4 February 2001 (2001-02-04)13.54
An elderly widow is having trouble maintaining her farm and complains of a prowler, while her daughter wants her to sell and move into an old people's home. David Stockwell crashes while driving her horse to the auctions, mystifying police. A special constable's actions cause him to be viewed as a loose cannon. Ventress sees Gina leave the hospital's maternity ward, birthing a widespread rumour that she's pregnant. Vernon becomes involved in an illegal hot rod race.
16616"The Long Weekend"Roger BamfordJane Hollowood11 February 2001 (2001-02-11)13.69
Vernon becomes a bodyguard, hired by Ashfordly to protect a Russian guest, Prince Nikolas. Mike hosts his niece Anne and her friend Louise, both teenage hippies. Alcohol and drugs are consumed, leading to Louise almost dying, but she is saved by Dr. Summerbee who has taken over Neil's old practice. Bellamy resigns from the police and plans a grand romantic proposal to Gina, but is impeded by a series of mix-ups.
16717"Who's Who?"Diana PatrickPerter Gibbs18 February 2001 (2001-02-18)13.15
Lord Ashfordly hosts high sheriff Andrew Parkin and his wife Sonia for dinner, but Andrew makes an unwelcome advance on a young servant who retaliates with a knee strike. Afterwards, a farmer is struck by a car. It appears that Sonia was driving illegally without insurance and Andrew was visibly drunk. The servant is asked to be a witness but Blaketon, hired as a private investigator, learns that she was dismissed. Vernon tries the matchmaking business again, with unwelcome results. Bellamy proposes to Gina, who is silent.
16818"Gin A Body, Meet A Body"Paul WalkerPeter Finch25 February 2001 (2001-02-25)12.67
David has a telephone installed, but new neighbour Edith Fairley is constantly engaging the two-party line, much to the chagrin of Vernon. When her ex-husband comes looking for her, Vernon offers to help if it means he can get calls for his new taxi business. Local criminal Harry North arrives with a friend and their girlfriend, who soon cause trouble, leading Mike to be creative in their capture. Gina rejects Phil's marriage proposal, leading him to rethink his priorities.
16919"Killing Me Softly"Roger BamfordHelen Blizard4 March 2001 (2001-03-04)12.78
Counterfeit money appears with no apparent pattern. A former casino barman strikes a deal with police to trap the casino owner and his ring of counterfeiters before they can expand their operation. Blaketon investigates an illicit affair. He purchases a sports car from Vernon, but detectives from Middlesbrough come to investigate the "red hot" vehicle.
17020"Unchained Melody"Gerry MillSusan Wilkins11 March 2001 (2001-03-11)12.89
Patricia Brewster and her unwelcome "partner" Hal Tadcaster are staying at Ashfordly estate. The police suspect Hal of drug trafficking, but can not obtain a phone tapping permit. The Royal Mail strikes, prompting Vernon to become a courier, though he is hired to transport live animals and Hal wants him to deliver a package to London. Jackie's friend Caroline visits and leaves Jackie and Mike with her infant child which disappears, launching a search. The disappearance is solved after Patricia collapses.
17121"Truth Games"Paul WalkerJane Hollowood18 March 2001 (2001-03-18)12.84
Businessman Adrian Miller is accused of rape and bail conditions prevent him from returning to London, causing him displeasure with his assigned solicitor, Jackie. Mike discovers several similar cases, and a demand for hush money is made by serial extortionists. While ploughing a field, David Stockwell discovers what he believes to be a hidden body; it is actually a statue, which leads Vernon to discover insurance fraud. After he is exonerated, Adrian shows a romantic interest in Jackie.
17222"Consequences"Gerry PoulsonJohnny Byrne25 March 2001 (2001-03-25)13.04
The victims of two explosions had received warning notes and silent phone calls, leading police to believe that they were murder attempts. Forensics determine that the PE4 explosive devices used were stolen from a nearby army base. Lord Ashfordly hires Vernon and David to remove material from a disused church. Learning of a valuable font which Greengrass had earlier removed, David and Greengrass return it with expectations of a reward. Rev. Ronald Meeks's trustworthiness is questioned. Blaketon receives silent calls and Gina a warning letter before realising her connection to the other victims. Jackie has been working on a divorce case for the assumed perpetrator.
17323"The Buxton Defence"Noreen KershawBrian Finch1 April 2001 (2001-04-01)12.19
Lord Ashfordly requests a police presence while hosting a Russian chess champion. Despite Ventress and Bellamy being on watch, antique chess sets go missing from the estate during a thick fog. A ransom note for the valuables leads Mike to record Ashfordly's incoming telephone calls, which allow him to prevent an attempted kidnapping. When Claude Greengrass attempts to sell Vernon's residence, the latter spreads rumours of ghosts, dry rot, and odor from a neighbouring pig farm to dissuade potential purchasers. Mike becomes concerned when he has trouble contacting his wife Jackie.
17424"Still Water"Gerry MillPeter Gibbs8 April 2001 (2001-04-08)13.25
A local auctioneer is suspected of rigging their livestock market in favour of four dominant buyers. Mike finds himself in trouble when CID are called in to investigate allegations that he is taking bribes, and is further shocked when Jackie admits their marriage has no future when she reveals the truth about her recent absence. Meanwhile, Vernon decides to sell bottled water from a spring on a visiting friend's property, but encounters numerous obstacles.

Series 11 (2001–2002)[edit]

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TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air dateUK viewers
(millions) [1]
1751"Sweet Sixteen"Paul WalkerJane Hollowood28 October 2001 (2001-10-28)12.03
PC Bradley finds himself investigating a series of attacks on police property, which Sgt. Craddock wants dealt with before an upcoming inspection of Ashfordly police station. He soon learns that the attacks are connected to the recent outcome of a trial concerning a police officer. Dr Summerbee finds herself deemed a pariah when she is confronted by angry parents over her decision to prescribes contraceptive pills to their 16-year-old daughter. Meanwhile, Vernon and David quarrel with each other following strange events in their cottage, until they discover they have an unexpected house guest.
1762"She's Leaving Home"Noreen KershawJohnny Byrne4 November 2001 (2001-11-04)11.67
The young man who attacked Ashfordly police escapes custody shortly after being sentenced. At the same time, the daughter of over-protective parents, who happens to be his girlfriend and had caused Dr. Summerbee to marked as a pariah in the village, runs away to be with him, but soon puts herself in danger that forces her boyfriend to consider what is important. Meanwhile, PC Bradley deals with an unscrupulous journalist who inadvertently causes trouble for Summerbee when drugs are stolen from her surgery, while Vernon decides to run a business with slot machines, unaware someone is prepared to do anything to own them.
1773"Russian Roulette"Jonas GrimasBrian Finch11 November 2001 (2001-11-11)11.61
An MI5 agent whom PC Bradley had worked with in the past, arrives in the area with a need for Ashfordly police's assistance. They soon find themselves conducting surveillance on Vernon, who happens to be doing business with a Russian sailor he worked with, unaware they seek revenge for a past grievance. However, Bradley suspects that the investigation will soon turn out to be a wild goose chase. Meanwhile, Dr. Summerbee finds herself dealing with a manic depressive with a habit of walking onto railway lines.
1784"Legacies"Gerry MillPeter Gibbs18 November 2001 (2001-11-18)11.79
Tom Nicholson, a probationary constable transferred to Ashfordly police station after an embarrassing incident, helps in an investigation into stolen African artifacts belonging to Lord Ashfordly. However, the matter soon turns out to be complicated, when it transpires the thefts coincide with an African chieftain's visit seeking to reclaim something taken from his tribe by Ashfordly's ancestor. Meanwhile, David struggles with the taxi service, leading Vernon to take over and discover how tough it can be himself.
1795"Home Sweet Home"Gerry PoulsonJohn Flanagan25 November 2001 (2001-11-25)12.16
Ashfordly police find themselves investigating a series of odd thefts, which PC Bradley feels is connected to a local nursing home. At the same time, Oscar questions whether the home's owner is conning her residents into signing new wills. However, matters become complicated when the autopsy of a resident, who died in natural circumstances, uncovers that they were given medication that wasn't prescribed to them. Meanwhile, David takes up work for a local clearance business, but accidentally removes property from a man whom the police usually have difficulties with.
1806"Old Masters"Noreen KershawDouglas Watkinson2 December 2001 (2001-12-02)11.85
Lord Ashfordly opens up his hall to tourists, with Vernon allowed to work as a tour guide. An 80 year-old thief takes advantage of the situation and manages to steal a set of valuable art sketches, but is soon the victim of foul play when someone breaks into his home searching for his loot. After the thief suffers a fatal attack when being interrogated and the sketches turn out not to have been stolen by the person who broke in, Ashfordly police question whether their suspect had an accomplice at the hall.
1817"The Rivals"Paul WalkerJane McNulty9 December 2001 (2001-12-09)12.05
A carpet factory owner finds himself in trouble when an industrial accident leads him to decide to sell up, much to the anger of his workers. However, matters become complicated when he is later found badly injured, shortly after someone is seen running away, raising questions on his midnight activities behind his wife's back. Meanwhile, Vernon decides to set up a beauty pageant in Aidensfield with the local Women's Institutes, but faces trouble from Joyce Jowett, who is determined to halt the event.
1828"Home To Roost"Diana PatrickJayne Hollison16 December 2001 (2001-12-16)11.07
A short-tempered landlord attempts to evict a group of hippies who are squatting in derelict cottages he intends to renovate. However, when a group of men try to violently remove them, PC Bradley discovers a journalist amongst the group who is willing to do anything to make a front-page story. Meanwhile, Dr. Summerbee does her best to help one of the hippies who is pregnant, while Vernon opts to create a pottery enterprise which does not go as well as planned.
1839"Uninvited Guests"Paul WalkerDouglas Watkinson23 December 2001 (2001-12-23)10.64
A female building society manager and her son are taken hostage by criminals looking to rob her workplace. PC Ventress soon uncovers the situation when she manages to send a cry for help to him, leading to Ashfordly police conducting surveillance to determine how best to save the hostages and capture the culprits. Meanwhile, Dr. Summerbee struggles with tracking down the source of a salmonella outbreak, leading to her pharmacist friend Jenny joining her practice, while Vernon decides to run a pet funeral service.
18410"No Hiding Place"Jonas GrimasBrian Finch30 December 2001 (2001-12-30)11.00
PC Bradley has his hands full at Christmas trying to find a dog that had been taken from a blind woman, and soon discovers the culprit is emotionally attached to the animal. Dr. Summerbee is delighted to meet an old friend, but soon calls on Bradley's help when she suspects her friend is in serious trouble. Meanwhile, Vernon promises to supply a tree for the villagers, but things don't go according to plan when David has a mishap with the Christmas lights for them.
18511"A Gentlemen's Sport"Noreen KershawPaul Quiney6 January 2002 (2002-01-06)8.94
PC Bradley investigates an armed robbery by two men, after one of them is arrested following an accident. At the same time, Oscar is starstruck when a cricketing legend checks in at the Aidensfield Arms. However, Bradley soon discovers that both incidents are connected, when the captured robber attempts to find their partner, revealing the cricketing star's past. Meanwhile, David inadvertently creates a petrol crisis for the area, when he takes ownership of a barrel of diesel that Bernie discovers was stolen.
18612"Closing The Book"Diana PatrickJohnny Byrne13 January 2002 (2002-01-13)9.18
Sgt. Craddock contemplates his future when his estranged wife returns to the area. At the same time, Ashfordly police discover plans on a series of unsolved crimes in the possession of a recently deceased man. Craddock soon discovers the man was making plans for an armed raid for a gang, who are set on carrying it out regardless. Meanwhile, Vernon launches his latest tourism venture involving gypsy caravans, but soon has regrets with the horses he uses for them.
18713"The Leopard's Spots"Roger BamfordPeter Gibbs20 January 2002 (2002-01-20)10.28
Sgt. Dennis Merton arrives under disrepute following his demotion from CID, as DI Shiner calls on Ashfordly police to help with a stakeout operation on a known criminal. However, it soon causes problems for PC Ventress, when his arrest of the criminal's son leads to his past involvement with them coming to light. Meanwhile, Vernon decides to become the manager to a naïve trainee boxer, but seeking to make him a decent fighter leads him to taking action that he soon regrets.
18814"From Ancient Grudge"Noreen KershawAndrew McCulloch27 January 2002 (2002-01-27)10.62
A romance between octogenarian lovebirds is jeopardized when an old feud between their families over a contested plot of land is reignited by a spate of incidents against each side. Ashfordly police try to maintain the peace until the matter turns violent, whereupon PC Bradley discovers a third-party may be the culprit and is after the land for themselves. Meanwhile, Vernon opens a mobile cinema business, but struggles to ensure it will show acceptable films to Jowett's liking.
18915"The Great Ming Mystery"Paul WalkerJane Hollowood3 February 2002 (2002-02-03)11.15
Sgt. Merton refuses to allow an investigation into a couple who recently arrived in the area, after PC Bradley suspects they may be involved in the disappearance of a Ming vase At the same time, Oscar has suspicions on a new guest at the Aidensfield Arms, who also arrived at the same time and is working with the couple. However, it soon transpires that the couple are part of an extremist group seeking to abduct an important VIP, unaware that their friend is an undercover Special Branch officer seeking to arrest them.
19016"Second Chances"Diana PatrickDouglas Watkinson10 February 2002 (2002-02-10)10.62
PC Ventress is shocked when the suspect in a break-in turns out to be the son of a man who was presumed dead 20 years ago, after becoming the prime suspect in a theft. However, when his father is brought back to the area for questioning, Sgt. Merton becomes suspicious of a former CID detective who investigated the theft at the time. Meanwhile, PC Bradley and Dr. Summerbee become romantically involved after getting lost during a treasure hunt, and Vernon opts to start a vineyard business.
19117"Sympathy For The Devil"Roger BamfordJeff Dodds17 February 2002 (2002-02-17)9.92
PC Bradley befriends a woman whose daughter resents being dragged away with her, straining his relationship with Dr. Summerbee. However, he soon learns that the woman is being hounded by a ruthless reporter, who is intent on exposing her dark past, forcing her to make a decision that will break her daughter's heart. Meanwhile, Vernon and David decide to raise goats for their milk, but Bernie is forced to ask Oscar for help when they cause trouble around Aidensfield.
19218"Coming Of Age"Gerry MillAndrew McCulloch24 February 2002 (2002-02-24)10.93
PC Nicholson looks forward to his 21st birthday, unaware his friends and colleagues are planning a surprise party for him. However, he soon finds himself placed in an impossible situation when he and PC Bellamy come across two criminals hiding on the Ashfordly Estate, wanted for an armed robbery. When Bellamy is shot, Nicholson offers to take his place, setting in motion a chain of events that end in tragedy. Meanwhile, Vernon becomes the agent for a local brass band, which Lord Ashfordly regrets when he asks them to perform for a group of American war veterans.
19319"Love Hurts"Bren SimsonJohn Flanagan3 March 2002 (2002-03-03)10.32
Sgt. Merton is shocked when his new girlfriend comes into Ashfordly police station to accuse him of theft. Not willing to lose another officer, PC Bradley risks suspension to investigate the matter, and with Oscar's help, discovers that Merton is being targeted by a criminal with deep grudge against him. Meanwhile, Vernon becomes concerned over Bernie's changing mood and frequent visits to the surgery, until he discovers what is causing them.
19420"Windows Of Opportunity"Paul WalkerDouglas Watkinson10 March 2002 (2002-03-10)9.05
Ashfordly police find themselves investigating a string of burglaries in the area, in which the burglar only steals objects of sentimental value from people's homes. While PC Ventress has to prevent the latest victim taking action, it becomes clear that the link between the targets is a local window cleaner, who soon seeks help when he learns of how much trouble he is in. Meanwhile, Oscar recruits aid from David as he runs against Jowett in the local parish election, and Dr. Summerbee tries to organise a fitness class that soon leads her to reveal to PC Bradley about an underlying health condition she has.
19521"The Shoot"Noreen KershawBrian Finch17 March 2002 (2002-03-17)9.40
A businessman comes to Ashfordly Hall with his wife to set up a shooting party, but swiftly gains the wrath of a local man who seeks revenge for having his dog shot by him. Ashfordly police soon have to investigate when the businessman is later shot, and discover that he is deeply unfaithful to his wife. Meanwhile, Vernon is forced to go to hospital and reluctantly leaves his latest tourist enterprise in David's hand, which soon ends in disaster.
19622"Class Act"Roger BamfordPeter Gibbs31 March 2002 (2002-03-31)9.95
An over-protective father who struggles to keep his daughter happy, becomes a suspect in a robbery at the butcher shop he works at. However, his daughter soon causes problems when she develops a crush on her schoolteacher that creates an out-of-control situation. Meanwhile, Vernon is driven mad by David, when he inherits a ventriloquist's dummy and decides to complete a dead man's list of bookings.
19723"Caught In The Headlights"Jonas GrimasPeter Gibbs7 April 2002 (2002-04-07)11.89
Following her attendance of a dinner party at Ashfordly Hall with a visiting businessman, Gina becomes the prime suspect in a hit-and-run accident that causes the death of a visiting surveyor. Oscar is unconvinced she is guilty, especially when a blood test reveals someone gave her a spiked drink that knocked her out. PC Bradley soon comes to the same conclusion when he learns that the surveyor and businessman knew each other and had been insider knowledge about an upcoming road project. Meanwhile, Vernon offers to chauffeur and bodyguard two teenage girls for their overprotective father, but soon regrets making it when he has to deal with the constant loud noise he has to endure.
19824"Love's Sweet Dream"Gerry MillJane Hollowood14 April 2002 (2002-04-14)10.40
PC Bradley contemplates his future with Dr. Summerbee, as both become concerned in a case of a wife who recently lost a child. They soon discover her husband is abusive, but in seeking to get her to safety, Summerbee finds herself put in danger. Meanwhile, Vernon decides to take over catering for future funerals, but while he enjoys going into business with a charming woman who can help, her troublesome daughter soon puts a spanner in his plans.

Series 12 (2002–2003)[edit]

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1991"Skeletons And Cupboards"Noreen KershawJohn Flanagan6 October 2002 (2002-10-06)10.73
Oscar is shocked when a criminal he knew turns up alive in the area, 15 years after he was certified dead by PC Ventress and a CID detective. At the same time, Ashfordly police deal with a spate of vandalism on a housing estate, and the murder of a man who recently arrived, and soon discover all three matters are connected. Meanwhile, Vernon decides to get a regular job at a department storeafter his many entrepreneurial setbacks, unaware of how short-lived it will be.
2002"A Girl's Best Friend"Albert BarberGillian Richmond13 October 2002 (2002-10-13)10.48
PC Bradley discovers that a wealthy woman has an unhappy marriage with her abusive husband, while investigating the circumstances behind the theft of a necklace they own. However, when she leaves him without her medication, it soon sets off a series of events that lead to violence. Meanwhile, Vernon dabbles with hypnotism but gets more than he bargains for when he unwittingly hypnotises David, and Sgt. Merton becomes infatuated with Jenny.
2013"A Dog's Life"Gerry MillSusan Wilkins20 October 2002 (2002-10-20)10.51
As Ashfordly Hall prepares to hold the annual county sheepdog trials, PC Bradley and Sgt. Merton find their hands full when the rivalry between two of the contestants causes unexpected trouble. Meanwhile, Vernon tries to impress Lord Ashfordly during the event by helping to organises its toilet facilities, but finds that his plans do not go as smoothly as he hopes for.
2024"Where There's Muck"Judith DineDouglas Watkins3 November 2002 (2002-11-03)9.85
A bankrupt farmer becomes the centre of attention for Ashfordly police, who worry about what he will do as his farm, livestock and equipment are auctioned off by the bank. However, the matter is complicated when a guest staying at the Aidensfield Arms transpires to be a known criminal and is targeting the auction. Meanwhile, Vernon decides to market the horseradish sauce of David's aunt in his latest get-rich-quick scheme, but finds it has an unexpected side effect for himself.
2035"Harmony"Noreen KershawPeter Gibbs10 November 2002 (2002-11-10)11.80
Sgt. Merton's singer-songwriter cousin aims to settle down in Aidensfieldr, until her aspiring daughter turns up and reveals she is pregnant. The matter becomes tense when her father and manager turns up, moments before an escape armed robber turns up and takes them hostage. Meanwhile, David finds himself helping out a grieving daughter with the running of her family's greengrocer store, after her father dies in his taxi, but swiftly finds her overbearing.
2046"No Man's Land"Paul WalkerPeter Gibbs17 November 2002 (2002-11-17)12.10
The owner of a local ramblers shop causes problems for a belligerent landowner who wants him to stop sending people crossing over his land. PC Bradley tries to calm things down, but soon discovers that the landowner's mental health is severely being compromised by the situation. Meanwhile, Vernon undergoes a personality change after a freak accident, but while many enjoy him becoming a pillar of the community, David and Bernie worry he could become bankrupt with his charitable nature.
2057"Dirty Len"Albert BarberJane Hollowood24 November 2002 (2002-11-24)11.21
Sgt. Merton and PC Bradley discover that a farm labourer and a number of animals died from strychnine, and begin a hunt to track down the source of the poison. At the same time, a young mother organising a pensioner's day trip to Whitby decides to allow David to assist, despite her father being reluctant to join her. When one of her daughter succumbs to the poison under Gina's care, her father is forced to confess to Oscar about the truth concerning the poisonings.
2068"Growing Apart"Jonas GrimasCandy Denman1 December 2002 (2002-12-01)11.38
PC Bradley and Sgt. Merton suspect a local farmer of being involved in a spate of tractor thefts for an insurance dealer, as part of an elaborate insurance scheme. However, when his actions are found out by his wife, whose health has been poorly, their already difficult marriage turns into a volatile domestic situation that soon endangers both herself and Dr. Summerbee. Meanwhile, Vernon starts a landscape gardening business, but resents allowing David to help source the materials for their first job.
2079"Many Splendoured Thing"Roger BamfordSusan Watkins8 December 2002 (2002-12-08)11.75
Lord Ashfordly returns home from a cruise with a charming new wife, and decides to throw a spectacular Christmas party to celebrate. However, when the couple are targeted by criminals, it becomes clear that Ashfordly's new wife is hiding something from her husband. Meanwhile, Bernie faces trouble when Mrs Jowett threatens to boycott his funeral parlour when she needs a service arranged for her recently departed sister, and David has problems running Vernon's Christmas tree delivery service.
20810"Horses For Courses"Noreen KershawJohn Flanagan15 December 2002 (2002-12-15)10.80
PC Bradley with Scotland Yard detectives who suspect a valuable horse is to be stolen from a local horse trainer. The situation soon puts a strain on Bradley's relationship with Dr. Summerbee, but matters soon become tragic when she becomes caught up in events. Meanwhile, Vernon finds himself reunited with his long-lost sister Georgina, who soon catches the interests of Lord Ashfordly, and causes problems for her brother in the process.
20911"Sins Of The Father"Terry Dydden-JonesBrian Finch22 December 2002 (2002-12-22)11.58
PC Bradley, mourning the loss of Dr. Summerbee, finds himself dealing with a young offender who recently arrived from London. He soon becomes suspicious of a local magistrate, after the offender, having caused trouble, is deliberately hit by a car after trying to see them. Meanwhile, Vernon helps an old flame sell an engagement ring, until their husband turns up and reveals its stolen, and Jenny is surprised when Summerbee's replacement, Dr. Alway, arrives a day early to take over the village practice.
21012"Bread And Circuses"Jonas GrimasNiel McKay29 December 2002 (2002-12-29)9.86
Ashfordly police find they have a thief in Aidensfield, who was involved in a crime spree in Whitby. Investigating the matter, they discover a link between the latest targets and a new arrival to the village. Meanwhile, Vernon offers to help a travelling circus find somewhere to set up a winter camp, but Lord Ashfordly soon regrets agreeing to his request when Vernon tries to capitalise on the situation.
21113"For Whom The Bell Tolls"Noreen KershawPeter Gibbs5 January 2003 (2003-01-05)11.77
Blaketon returns from his eventful holiday in Spain, only to find himself hired by Lord Ashfordly to investigate a local quarry. When Blaketon is nearly killed in an explosion, Ashfordly police discover there are explosives missing and find themselves hunting for them before an upcoming visit by a national politician. Meanwhile, Dr Alway offers help to a local church by recruiting Vernon, David and Bernie to become bell ringers, but they soon face problems from a local man who is trying to sell his cottage.
21214"Out Of The Blue"Paul WalkerJane Hollowood12 January 2003 (2003-01-12)12.84
Aidensfield villagers face a health crisis when the water supply becomes polluted. Although the cause initially seems to be a stolen tanker that crashed  – which Vernon and David had been driving  – the source of the pollution is traced back to a local waterworks. PC Bradley is uncertain that the foreman is responsible, and has suspicious on a former worker. At the same time, Sgt. Merton is forced to get Vernon to confess to where the tanker came from, after a man threatens him for payment over its cargo.
21315"The High Life"Bob TomsonSusan Watkins9 March 2003 (2003-03-09)10.87

Jenny is delighted when her younger brother Steve visits, and offers to help him secure a job. She soon finds her excitement turn to despair when a local vicar that employs him turns out to be growing something unwelcome in his greenhouse, threatening her relationship with Sgt. Merton. Meanwhile, David finds himself being recruited by a gang of mods who have begun causing trouble in Aidensfield.

Note: This episode has not been repeated since it first premiered, for unknown reasons.
21416"Hung For A Sheep"Gerry MillJohn Flanagan16 March 2003 (2003-03-16)11.36
PC Steve Crane is brought in to replace PC Bradley, after he transfers into CID, and finds himself investigating a series of break-ins. He soon learns that the farmers who were targeted are unwilling for help, and that they have a secret they don't want exposed. Meanwhile, Dr. Liz Merrick arrives in Aidensfield to take over from Dr. Alway, after he quits the village surgery, and recruits Vernon and David to help her get word out of her arrival.
21517"The Third Man"Noreen KershawCandy Denman23 March 2003 (2003-03-23)10.74
An informant tips off DC Bradley into a hijacking of a gold bullion shipment by a known crime boss. However, DI Shiner's plan to ambush the suspects goes awry when the shipment is hijacked at another location, forcing Bradley to investigate what exactly happened. Meanwhile, Gina's wayward niece arrives in Aidensfield but is horrified to learn she is infatuated with an escaped criminal, and Vernon and David offer to help redecorate the village surgery.
21618"Missing In Action"Jonas GrimasPeter Gibbs30 March 2003 (2003-03-30)11.04
A bride-to-be postpones her wedding after a meeting with a funfair clairvoyant, until she and her finance can locate the remains of a pilot who went missing in action during the Second World War. When PC Crane offers help, he soon causes problems when he incurs the wrath of the Ministry of Defence. Meanwhile, DC Bradley and PC Bellamy become concerned when a bogus police officer surfaces out of nowhere, causing problems for many despite his good intentions.
21719"Caped Crusaders"Terry Dyddgen-JonesBrian Finch6 April 2003 (2003-04-06)11.29
Dr. Merrick finds herself being targeted by an unknown person who has been sending her late night phone calls, forcing PC Crane and Sgt. Merton to discover the matter may be linked to her past in London. Meanwhile, DC Bradley finds himself on the hunt for a pair of counterfeiters and gains an unlikely lead from two young boys who received forged notes from them, and Vernon is delighted when he stands to inherit a house, but soon suffers a string of bad luck.
21820"Moving Target"Bob TomsonSusan Wilkins13 April 2003 (2003-04-13)10.99
Aidensfield is terrorised by a sniper, who murders Liz's ex-boyfriend, a married doctor with whom she'd had an affair. While Liz attempts to comfort the widow, Bellamy is shot. Merton and Shiner fear the police are targets as the assailant is using an Army-issue weapon. Mike receives a job offer that will change his career. Meanwhile, a newcomer in a Bentley limousine impresses Gina and David, for different reasons.
21921"Lily Of The Valley"Judith DinePeter Gibbs20 April 2003 (2003-04-20)9.24
When an attempt to remedy vandalism and petty theft at a farm is seen as interference, Gina sends Susie to match the old farmer's feisty spirit. The activity escalates to arson, and Steve suspects a deeper motive behind the crimes. Meanwhile, David is arrested while protesting of the high number of lorries passing through the village to Jim Pinder's quarry, while Vernon is viewed as a traitor for chauffeuring Pinder.
22022"House Rules"Gerry MillJohn Flanagan27 April 2003 (2003-04-27)10.06
Steve Crane's eccentric mother Babs arrives, having separated from her screenwriter boyfriend and grown tired of the London arts scene. She becomes a big hit with the locals, especially Blaketon and Vernon, the latter having a change of fortune after purchasing one of her paintings. However, she causes chaos when burglaries provide her with the opportunity to practice her self-defence skills, leaving Merton both exasperated and impressed. Meanwhile, Gina begins dating another guest at the pub who immediately gets on the wrong side of an overprotective and suspicious Blaketon.
22123"Mackerel Sky"Jonas GrimasNiel McKay4 May 2003 (2003-05-04)9.31
A dying ex-con kidnaps Jenny to extort Merton into revealing the informant responsible for his eight-year prison sentence, but the informant has already died, worsening the criminal's state of mind and the danger to Jenny. Steve and the rest of the team investigate sports car thefts. Meanwhile, Vernon is enjoying his new-found wealth and invites himself to join Blaketon at a fundraiser for an old people's home. After befriending the host, he offers to organise a charity antique sale, but the event does not go as planned. Gina and Bellamy rekindle their relationship.
22224"Absent Friends"Bob TomsonJane Hollowood11 May 2003 (2003-05-11)9.86
Merton organises a search of the moors after a farming couple are reported missing, leaving Jenny and Liz to look after their bemused children, whilst Gina and Bellamy take over at the farm. Meanwhile, Vernon decides to treat his nearest and dearest following his windfall, and takes a reluctant Bernie to a posh country hotel.
22325"Music Of The Spheres"Noreen KershawSusan Wilkins18 May 2003 (2003-05-18)9.65
Lord Ashfordly's sister Patricia returns with a renowned Polish musician, to stage a concert at the village hall. While investigating the theft of an expensive violin, Steve falls in love with the musician's daughter, to her father's disapproval. Meanwhile, Vernon and Bernie's shady Liverpudlian cousins, Big and Little Jim, ask him to make a large investment. Gina discovers their scheme, but has difficulty convincing Vernon of their treachery. Jenny accepts Merton's marriage proposal.

Series 13 (2003–2004)[edit]

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2241"Speed"Paul WalkerJohn Flanagan7 September 2003 (2003-09-07)10.45
Merton is under pressure to prevent a youth gang from entering the drug trade. While visiting Jenny at the surgery, he checks the patient lists to determine who supplied them with amphetamines, and Jenny calls off their wedding. Steve tries to gain the trust of a young biker and his girlfriend in order to arrest the bullying ringleader. Meanwhile, David and Bernie lose patience with Vernon's affected manner, especially when he employs a distinguished chauffeur who used to do menial tasks for royalty. Vernon searches for a suitable residence, and becomes a suspect when bronze figures are stolen immediately after he views a mansion. Bellamy treats Gina to a holiday in the Highlands.
2252"Dog Days"Jonas GrimasBrian Finch14 September 2003 (2003-09-14)7.91
Steve investigates a fire at a textile warehouse and learns that the owner's wife is a convicted fraudster, leading Merton to suspect the blaze was the outcome of a marital feud. Meanwhile, Vernon moves into his mansion, but David is not too keen on joining him. Trying to impress his neighbours, Vernon partners with a silver-tongued housewife to provide horse-drawn hearses. However, he finds himself forced to choose between his new friend and surrogate son David. Elsewhere, tension boils over between Jenny and Merton following their cancelled wedding.
2263"Mother's Little Helpers"Andrew MorganPeter Gibbs21 September 2003 (2003-09-21)10.54
One of Liz's patients develops a heavy drinking problem whilst her husband is abroad, leaving her with two mischievous boys. Liz's attempts to help lead to trouble with Steve when she is caught drink driving. Meanwhile, a gambling addict kidnaps David and demands a ransom from Vernon. Bellamy and Gina return from their holiday with news that they're having a baby.
2274"Fool for Love"Paul WalkerSusan Wilkins5 October 2003 (2003-10-05)9.54
It is Merton and Jenny's big day, although the event does not go according to plan when a former CID colleague of Merton's asks the team to track down an ageing bank robber known as "Ronnie the dog man". Jenny's disgraced brother Steve returns, claiming to be a changed man and desperate to make amends. Meanwhile, Vernon promises Jenny that he will catch a wild salmon for the wedding, only for Bernie to be more successful than him. Bellamy turns to Blaketon for help when Gina becomes convinced that he only wants to marry her because of the pregnancy.
2285"A Family Affair"Frank W.SmithCandy Denman12 October 2003 (2003-10-12)10.17
With Merton on honeymoon, acting sergeant Ventress searches for a bogus waterboard official who has been robbing the elderly, but his attention turns to a suspicious death linked to one of the burglary victims. Meanwhile, Blaketon restages a pre-war darts tournament with a rival pub, the White Lion, to reclaim a silver trophy that the Aidensfield Arms had originally won. David is upset when Blaketon rejects him as a team-member and joins the White Lion darts team instead. Gina faces a few obstacles in her impending marriage to Bellamy.
2296"The Holiday's Over"Jonas GrimasNeil McKay19 October 2003 (2003-10-19)10.76
Merton and Jenny's honeymoon is cut short when Jenny becomes ill. Merton finds Ventress has let standards slip in his absence, incurring the wrath of an inspector whose car is stolen. The team hurry to recover the vehicle and the station's reputation, when a crooked travel agent takes advantage of absent holiday-makers. Vernon is financially ruined when he invests all his money in the ill-fated Torrey Canyon, whilst organising a Bentley rally at Ashfordly Hall. Gina is displeased at forfeiting the pub licence to marry Bellamy.
2307"Waifs and Strays"Andrew MorganRichard Monks26 October 2003 (2003-10-26)10.84
Steve and Liz help a young woman fight a custody battle for her orphaned siblings following their father's death. It affects Blaketon who was a good friend of the father, and reminds Steve of his own childhood. One of the parentless children become linked to a series of break-ins. Meanwhile, Vernon bounces back after losing his fortune by opening up a caravan park, but the campers are unimpressed when David arranges entertainments.
2318"Brought to Book"Noreen KershawJohn Flanagan2 November 2003 (2003-11-02)10.73
Blaketon asks Steve to accompany a group of delinquents on an outdoor adventure course on the moors, but a pair of cousins join the trip with an ulterior motive. Meanwhile, Vernon's tries to broker the rental of Ashfordly Hall to a religious sect for a meditation convention. Elsewhere, Steve's mother Babs returns and gains employment as assistant librarian to Jowett.
2329"State of Mind"Judith DineCandy Denman9 November 2003 (2003-11-09)10.53
An elderly man reports an unusual break-in, in which a mysterious statue was left on his kitchen table. A series of unexplained events follow, as a police phone box arrives and then disappears from his garden, cement is delivered to his house for no apparent reason and a fire is started in his garage. Though discouraged by Acting Sergeant Jennifer Nokes, Steve's curiosity causes him to further investigate. Meanwhile, Vernon is called for jury service. Gina returns to Liverpool while considering her wedding dilemma.
23310"Down to Earth"Jonas GrimasJane Hollowood22 February 2004 (2004-02-22)11.12
Vernon is left fighting for his life when he buys a batch of soil for his new compost-producing venture. Liz finds herself under increasing pressure due to deaths in the village, whilst Steve is preoccupied when Sgt. Nokes tries to seduce him. Meanwhile, Gina's absence has a profound effect on Bellamy.
23411"Mountains and Molehills"Adrian BeanSusan Wilkins29 February 2004 (2004-02-29)10.63
A dysfuctional family causes personal troubles for the police officers when Bellamy accidentally runs down a local boy whilst chasing joyriders. His father demands compensation and his sister, a maid at Ashfordly Hall, falls pregnant, claiming Steve is the father. Meanwhile, David is hired by Lord Ashfordly to rid his estate of moles.
23512"The Dear Departed"Andrew MorganBrian Finch7 March 2004 (2004-03-07)10.50
An ex-convict is killed after returning to Aidensfield, having claimed that he was wrongfully convicted of the murder of a local factory owner, and Blaketon is one of the many suspects. Meanwhile, a widow wants to bury her late husband in the family grave, but the dead man's brother refuses to co-operate because of a feud. Vernon and David attempt to broker peace and find themselves held at gunpoint as a shocking case of fraud comes to light.
23613"Dangerous Whispers"Judith DineJohn Flanagan14 March 2004 (2004-03-14)10.25
Gina returns and Bellamy's delight causes him to neglect a key informant, who disappears before he can provide a tip about an imminent armed robbery, tarnishing Bellamy's career. Meanwhile, Lord Ashfordly hires land manager Ben Norton, who faces opposition protests when he prepares to demolish the cottages tied to the estate. Liz joins the protest alongside Jenny, causing sparks to fly between her and the newcomer, whilst Vernon buys a miniature railway from Lord Elisby's bankrupt estate in his latest scheme to impress the local aristocrats.
23714"Scent of a Kill"Gerry MillPeter Gibbs21 March 2004 (2004-03-21)9.98
Merton is reluctant to start a police investigation when one of Liz's patients becomes convinces that her husband is trying to kill her, until she is nearly killed by a runaway tractor. Meanwhile, Vernon's pest control solution jeopardises Aidensfield's chances of winning the "Best Kept Village" award, provoking Blaketon's wrath. Steve becomes attracted to Gina's cousin Diana, while Bellamy neglects his police work to plan the wedding and faces a dilemma regarding the choice of best man.
23815"Daniel"Adrian BeanJane Hollowood28 March 2004 (2004-03-28)10.70
Gina goes into premature labour after breaking up a brawl in the pub. Merton is delighted when his team bring a major LSD dealer to justice, but one officer develops a personal grudge and crosses a line.
23916"One Thing Leads to Another"Andrew MorganCandy Denman4 April 2004 (2004-04-04)10.33
Jenny falls victim to an elaborate savings and loan racket devised by a con man. Meanwhile, Vernon, Bernie and David become over-competitive when they enter a poetry contest. Blaketon fears Gina and Bellamy's grief is pushing them apart.
24017"No Hard Feelings"Judith DineSusan Wilkins11 April 2004 (2004-04-11)8.87
Bellamy's temper boils over against a snobbish nobility and a charmer targeting Gina. The team pursue a sniper who has been improving his skills at clay-pigeon shoots. Meanwhile, Vernon opens a bed-and-breakfast, but his cooking skills are lacking.
24118"Difficult Times"Gerry MillNeil McKay18 April 2004 (2004-04-18)10.42
Merton's police work has consequences for his marriage when he is forced to investigate Liz due to a Formula One driver's insulin overdose. Meanwhile, Vernon meets his match in a charismatic wheeler-dealer, and the pair embarks on a mission to make Aidensfield sparkle with a new brand of cleaning products.
24219"Nowhere Man"Matt BloomPeter Mills25 April 2004 (2004-04-25)9.30
Steve and Liz help an amnesiac piece together his identity, but it leads to a shocking case of domestic violence. Meanwhile, Bernie and David have to pick up the pieces when Vernon becomes morbid and sets out to make an everlasting impact on the world. Jenny informs Merton of a few unpleasant truths about their marriage.
24320"Swansong"Declan O'DwyerSusan Wilkins2 May 2004 (2004-05-02)9.09
In his final case before retirement, a downbeat Ventress mounts a large-scale surveillance operation against the son of the biggest rug manufacturer in Yorkshire who begins de-fleecing sheep in Aidensfield. Meanwhile, Bernie finds himself in trouble when an Australian arrives to bury his estranged father, who had already been buried by the undertaker. Blaketon fends off the advances of a local widow.
24421"Strangers on a Train"Pip ShortSusan Wilkins9 May 2004 (2004-05-09)10.21
David witnesses a man thrown from a moving train, which leads to Steve foiling an armed robbery at Ashfordly Hall and an escaped convict loose in Aidensfield. As the team pursue the fugitive, retired Ventress feels lost and is delighted when Merton offers a solution. Meanwhile, Vernon is stalked by a donkey and tries to open a donkey sanctuary, failing to realize that the village already has one.
24522"A Call to Arms"Judith DineJane Hollowood16 May 2004 (2004-05-16)8.83
The police are puzzled when a retired colleague of Ventress and Blaketon's seems to become the unlikely victim of vandalism. Suspicions arise over his sudden return to the village and his connection to a prominent judge staying at Ashfordly Hall. Meanwhile, Vernon encounters dangerous wildlife as he stashes his capital in Ashfordly woods following a visit from the Inland Revenue, but decides to turn the incident into another money-making scheme, leading him into further peril.
24623"Muck and Brass"Noreen KershawDuncan Ghould23 May 2004 (2004-05-23)7.72
Merton is not happy at the prospects of dozens of dangerous drivers when Aidensfield hosts a prestigious automotive hill-climb. The villagers are not happy either, and the team race to prevent disaster when a saboteur begins causing chaos. Meanwhile, Bernie finds an old car in a cowshed and renovates it, giving Vernon a chance to scoop the winnings in the hill-climb event.
24724"Double Trouble"Gerry MillJohnny Byrne30 May 2004 (2004-05-30)6.97
A burglary enquiry takes an unexpected turn when the victim is found to be leading a double life and the break-in may have been part of an insurance fraud. Meanwhile, Blaketon falls for the charms of a lady solicitor and joins Ventress to help her find the beneficiaries of an unusual bequest, but the ageing detectives struggle to work in a partnership. David is recruited as their driver, and finds himself acting as peacemaker.
24825"Little Angel"Jonas GrimasJane Hollowood6 June 2004 (2004-06-06)9.16
A little girl is missing, and Merton is convinced that her errant father has snatched her. Blaketon lends his expertise to the case, and is consequently fighting for his life. Steve and Bellamy risk their lives to rescue the youngster. Meanwhile, Vernon offers his pest control services when the pub suffers a rat infestation.

Series 14 (2004–2005)[edit]

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TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air dateUK viewers
(millions) [1]
2491"Money, Money, Money"Roger BamfordJohn Flanagan5 September 2004 (2004-09-05)8.76
The villagers are horrified when Steve's replacement is Rob Walker, the son of a notorious gangster. As he deals with an arson case on his first day, Rob must tackle the repercussions of his father's past, in particular from Blaketon who harbours a grudge against Rob. Meanwhile, Vernon and David are asked to decorate the house of an old man obsessed with Shakespeare. Liz and Ben's fundraising efforts brings out the charitable side of the most miserly residents, whilst Jenny and Merton try to put the past behind them.
2502"Secrets And Lies"Jonas GrimasJohnny Byrne12 September 2004 (2004-09-12)7.84
Merton is unimpressed by Rob's methods of dealing with a blackmailer who begins terrorising the owner of a refuge, one of Liz's patients, and the goddaughter of Ventress's wife.[clarification needed] Meanwhile, Vernon, Bernie and David enter the publishing world with a famous publisher in desperate need of capital.
2513"Fakers And Frauds"Adrian BeansRichard Monks19 September 2004 (2004-09-19)8.50
The police station's reputation comes under scrutiny when evidence suggests that someone from within the force is responsible for a string of burglaries. Meanwhile, Vernon hosts an exclusive painting weekend at Ashfordly Hall but is put in a compromising position by the absence of his life model. A businesswoman attempts to seduce David.
2524"The Happiest Day"Andrew MorganPeter Gibbs26 September 2004 (2004-09-26)9.01
A desperate family man trying to pay for his daughter's wedding is extorted by a loan shark into engineering a robbery at his workplace. Fearful for his life, he confides in Blaketon who must choose between ruining the family or protecting the man's life. Meanwhile, David causes trouble when he takes up photography and catches the villagers in compromising positions.
2535"Hunter's Moon"Jonas GrimasCandy Denman3 October 2004 (2004-10-03)9.21
Merton works alongside CID to investigate the death of a fox hunter, but Rob thinks it is a straightforward case when he finds evidence implicating a local poacher. Meanwhile, David neglects to convey a taxi licensing official, and Vernon attempts to win her favour by recreating her favourite dance at the village fête. In Bernie's absence, Vernon asserts his authority by employing a young girl at the garage who creates an impression.
2546"Wrecked"Roger BamfordNeil McKay10 October 2004 (2004-10-10)8.74
After he begins a new romance with a lonely single mother, Bellamy is targeted in a series of attacks which confront him with painful memories. Rob begins to suspect an ex-convict whom Bellamy had put behind bars is responsible. Lord Ashfordly demands answers from Merton when his greenhouse is stolen, and his day worsens with the arrival of two irritating Australians who claim to be distant relatives. Bernie receives a shock when he returns to find Rosie working at the garage, but is soon won over by her talents and bubbly personality.
2557"Say It With Flowers"Adrian BeanBrian Finch17 October 2004 (2004-10-17)9.68
Rob and Merton investigate a security van raid and are convinced that there is a link to a recent robbery at a local airfield, but a visiting senior officer dismisses their theory. Meanwhile, Vernon takes a sudden interest in the flower show when he discovers David might be the owner of a rare, potentially prize-winning fuchsia, and turns to Blaketon and Ventress for help when the plant suddenly disappears.
2568"Precious Stones"Andrew MorganJohn Flanagan31 October 2004 (2004-10-31)8.92
David becomes a local hero for intervening in an armed robbery at a dinner party, and his newfound celebrity status affects his work. Bellamy and Shiner find the stolen items in a crashed car, concluding that the robbers were amateurs. However, they soon reconsider when the police station is subsequently raided for the stolen jewels. Meanwhile, Ben Norton asks Liz to marry him and move to Kenya. Jenny is aghast at the thought of losing her best friend, leaving the village doctor with a difficult choice.
2579"Buried Secrets"Roger BamfordPeter Gibbs7 November 2004 (2004-11-07)9.32
The team investigate the murder of an ex-army recluse and archaeological enthusiast which may involve a building dispute. His estranged wife and her lover arrive looking for money. Meanwhile, Vernon attempts to enliven his young relative Gareth by matchmaking him with Rosie, disastrously. Vernon sets Gareth's sights elsewhere but leaves David convinced that he has a chance with Rosie, resulting in a rivalry of suitors. Jenny's erratic behaviour leaves Merton worried.
25810"Stormy Weather"Judith DineSusan Wilkins14 November 2004 (2004-11-14)9.54
As a thunderstorm strikes Aidensfield, Merton and Bellamy investigate the murder of a retired policeman who was about to flee to Spain with his sister-in-law. Jenny behaves oddly after experiencing the strain of being a policeman's spouse. Meanwhile, Vernon believes he has a talent for poker but loses Greengrass's old truck when he challenges Rosie's uncle, who is a professional hustler. When a rematch places the garage in jeopardy, Rosie recruits an eccentric relative to teach her uncle a lesson.
25911"Who's Sorry Now?"Gerry MillCandy Denman21 November 2004 (2004-11-21)9.87
New doctor Helen Trent arrives with her wealthy husband Matt, whilst Liz plans her wedding to Ben and their departure for Kenya. The changes have Jenny's thoughts spiralling out of control. Merton is desperate to help, but finds himself under suspicion of spousal abuse. Helen finds it difficult to adjust to the slow pace of Yorkshire, and problems in her marriage are revealed.
26012"In Sickness And In Health"Roger BamfordJohn Flanagan28 November 2004 (2004-11-28)10.24
Vernon's efforts to create an impressive celebration for Liz and Ben's wedding results in chaos when Ben assists the police during the kidnapping of a banker's wife. When the extent of Jenny's mental issues becomes clear, Merton must choose between his wife and his career. Helen's dreams of a fresh start for her marriage look set to be shattered, and Bellamy is happily promoted to acting sergeant in Merton's absence.
26113"In The Bleak Midwinter"Gerry MillJohnny Byrne26 December 2004 (2004-12-26)5.95
An ageing jazz band travel to Aidensfield to perform at a Christmas concert, and find themselves left with a newborn baby after giving a ride to a teenage hitchhiker. Rob must bring two estranged families together for Christmas. Meanwhile, Gina takes centre stage at the concert with her rendition of "Winter Wonderland", whilst a mix-up leaves both Blaketon and David taking on the role of Father Christmas.
26214"Blast From The Past"Noreen KershawJane Hollowood13 March 2005 (2005-03-13)8.41
Rob undertakes an investigation into a series of violent burglaries against elderly residents, delving into the lives of his father's associates. Rob finds evidence that could convict a major underworld figure but would also implicate his father. Meanwhile, David falls for Matt's mistress and becomes a messenger in their sordid affair, leaving Gina, Bernie and Rosie suspicious of his behaviour. New constable Geoff Younger arrives, to the delight of man-eating Sgt. Nokes.
26315"Icon"Judith DineTracy Brabin20 March 2005 (2005-03-20)8.52
Ventress goes undercover when Bellamy and Rob hunt for stolen Russian icons smuggled with a fishing boat, and suspect an assault victim with criminal connections might be involved. Meanwhile, Vernon embarks on a scheme for Alfred to find truffles. Helen is puzzled by a young girl's baffling medical history, leading to a case of child abuse.
26416"Golf Papa One Zero"Gerry MillCandy Denman27 March 2005 (2005-03-27)8.21
Blaketon rallies a protest against new Ashfordly Sgt. George Miller, who closes the police house in Aidensfield and introduces a state-of-the-art Ford Zephyr police car that fails to perform. Rob is left in serious danger when apprehending robbers without backup. Meanwhile, David gets into trouble when he promises to throw a birthday party for a lonely old lady whose 100th birthday goes unremarked, and nurse Clare Owen takes a shine to hospitalised Rob.
26517"The Long View"Dominic ClemenceJohn Flanagan3 April 2005 (2005-04-03)9.01
Miller is unimpressed by Rob's rebellious streak when he spectacularly bends the rules whilst trying to prevent a highly professional robbery. Meanwhile, Bernie's odd behaviour leaves his nearest and dearest fearing the worst. Gina gives Rosie a makeover ahead of her date, and receives a shock when Rosie's mystery man is revealed as Bellamy.
26618"A Wolf In Sheep's Clothing"Noreen KershawPeter Gibbs10 April 2005 (2005-04-10)9.03
Bellamy tries to impress Miller by single-handedly investigating a marketeer suspected of using sheep to conceal criminal activities. The arrival of a tax inspector throws residents into a panic. Vernon bears the brunt of the taxman's wrath when countless dodgy deals come back to haunt him, and resorts to drastic measures to deal with his debts. Elsewhere, Gina loses patience with Blaketon when he interferes in another of her romances.
26719"Friends And Relations"Noreen KershawSusan Wilkins17 April 2005 (2005-04-17)9.57
Rob's girlfriend Clare falls under suspicion when there is a drug-related death at a wild party, and Miller's opinion of Rob falls further when he learns that Rob was at the event. David is taken advantage of by his Aunt Peggy, who moves in and sets up a vodka still. Familiar with Peggy, Ventress informs Blaketon and Gina of her dubious past.
26820"Off The Rails"Roger BamfordRichard Monks24 April 2005 (2005-04-24)9.32
A crime wave hits Ashfordly railway station where a number of freight wagons mysteriously disappear. Miller and his men find a vital clue in an unlikely place.[further explanation needed] Meanwhile, Peggy plays dirty when Bernie competes in the local bowls tournament. A new romance begins when Helen and Gina run into Bellamy and Rob on a night out.
26921"Rustlers And Hustlers"Anna RoseBrian Finch1 May 2005 (2005-05-01)8.07
Rob investigates a series of animal thefts when he is called to the scene of a horseriding accident. Peggy takes advantage of Blaketon's absence for a golf trip by hosting a poker tournament at the pub, but he returns early and bars her and David. Jowett irritates the officers by complaining about bad smells and noisy lorries. There is awkwardness between Helen and Rob following their night of passion.
27022"Duty Of Care"Ian BevittMing Ho8 May 2005 (2005-05-08)8.73
With Rob on holiday, Bellamy investigates the shooting of a young boy at Ashfordly Hall and accuses the new estate manager of employing child labour. He later uncovers a complicated situation, and is reminded of his past as he tries to help a desperate father conceal a devastating secret from his son. Meanwhile, Peggy's guided tour venture is cut short by a terrifying encounter.
27123"Shadows From The Past"Gerry MillsPeter Gibbs15 May 2005 (2005-05-15)8.68
The Ashfordly team reopen an eleven-year-old unsolved case when a compulsive liar with mental health issues confesses to the murder of a young girl. However, a search for the victim's body uncovers a male skeleton. Rob and Helen try to protect the suspect and his mother from a campaign of abuse. Meanwhile, Peggy sets her sight on a boorish widower, providing amusement for Gina but not for a close friend of the man.
27224"Every Dog His Day"Andrew MorganSusan Wilkins22 May 2005 (2005-05-22)8.38
Lord Ashfordly hosts a group of young offenders as part of a rehabilitation programme led by an old army friend, but a series of disturbances suggest they are not committed to reforming. Meanwhile, Blaketon and Ventress search for a lonely old woman's beloved dog, and Peggy tries to pass off a lookalike for a reward. Bellamy brings a little happiness into a troubled boy's life.
27325"Services Rendered"Stuart DavidsJohnny Byrne29 May 2005 (2005-05-29)7.81
The team have a host of vengeful suspects when a widowed father trying to rebuild his shattered life becomes the target of a hit-and-run accident. Meanwhile, Peggy's illegal cigarettes cause trouble for Younger due to an unexpected ingredient. When the real owners show up,[clarification needed] Ventress devises a plan to save them both.
27426"Bin Man"Judith DineJane Hollowood5 June 2005 (2005-06-05)8.72
Gina finds a severed hand in her dustbin, and the team search for other body parts and find evidence implicating a close ally of Lord Ashfordly for murder. Meanwhile, Peggy invests in a freezer to sell rabbits and pheasants, and is caught in a murder enquiry. Elsewhere, Blaketon befriends a private investigator hired to obtain compromising information on Helen for use in her divorce. Bernie is unnerved when things disappear at the garage.

Series 15 (2005–2006)[edit]

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TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air dateUK viewers
(millions) [1]
2751"A Fresh Start"Roger BamfordJohn Flanagan11 September 2005 (2005-09-11)6.93
A reformed London gangster rescues Rob from a beating by a gang of car thieves and subsequently finds himself under Miller's scrutiny. Younger makes a grave error that could have far-reaching consequences,[specify] Peggy's chicken-feed scheme causes a salmonella outbreak, while Helen and Rob begin a full-blown affair and Ventress is concerned for his wife's health.
2762"The Devil You Know"Andrew MorganPeter Gibbs2 October 2005 (2005-10-02)8.42
Ventress goes undercover to investigate a dangerous driver who accused Rob of using excessive force, but the operation casts doubt on Miller's integrity. Lord Ashfordly asks Gina to help him select a new housekeeper, with Peggy applying for the job. Elsewhere, one of David's elderly customers gives him her late husband's model railway set. Bellamy is appointed Police Federation Rep. and addresses Younger's complaint of being treated like an odd-job man. Peggy surprises in a clay pigeon shooting competition.
2773"Miller's Tale"Judith DineRichard Monks9 October 2005 (2005-10-09)8.05
Miller chases a gang of night poachers on Ashfordly estate and accidentally knocks down an elderly tramp, who later dies in hospital, jeopardising Miller's career. Meanwhile, Peggy is knocked down a hole during the poaching chase and schemes to sue for imagined injuries. Elsewhere, Gina becomes attracted to art college teacher Jack Hollins. Blaketon is tempted to sell the pub to the brewery.
2784"Mastermind"Jonas GrimasBrian Finch16 October 2005 (2005-10-16)8.69
A gang of ageing villains attempt a glorious crime spree when the villagers leave Aidensfield en masse to support Rob in a charity football match. David is nervous when summoned for jury service; the accused is an old acquaintance of Peggy's, providing her with an opportunity to make money and leaving David paranoid that Miller wants him arrested.
2795"Family Ties"Jonas GrimasCandy Denman23 October 2005 (2005-10-23)8.12
Helen is suspected of euthanasia when one of her patients suddenly dies, and Rob's desperate need to clear her name nearly exposes their affair. Meanwhile, Peggy and David start a strawberry scam involving Rosie's two brothers, providing Younger with his first independent investigation.
2806"The End Of The Road"Roger BamfordJane Hollowood30 October 2005 (2005-10-30)8.94
An escaped killer causes a public outcry when he commits a series of violent attacks in Aidensfield; the targets include his parents. When Helen is kidnapped, Rob's feelings jeopardise the capture of the fugitive. Meanwhile, David faces a heartbreaking time when Alfred passes away; Peggy, Bernie and Rosie try to bring light back into his life.
2817"Picture This"Andrew MorganSusan Wilkins6 November 2005 (2005-11-06)9.08
Miller demands answers from Lord Ashfordly when a priceless Manet painting is stolen from the home of a retired German art dealer, who suffers critical injuries in a car accident. Meanwhile, Peggy tries to convince a pair of visiting bird-watchers that Aidensfield's wildlife includes a rare bird of prey, and David poses as an ornithological expert.
2828"The Good Samaritan"Judith DineCollin MacDonald13 November 2005 (2005-11-13)8.58
Residents raise money for a devout couple whose baby requires a live-saving operation in America, whilst Rob intervenes when greed and a brotherly feud results in a series of assaults and a fatal car crash. Meanwhile, Peggy frightens some holiday-makers when a rumour circulates that a local tourist spot is haunted, and Jack and Gina come across a dead body in the woods.
2839"Blood Brothers"Gerry MillPeter Gibbs20 November 2005 (2005-11-20)9.22
David helps a friend escape the return of a troublesome father, but inadvertently leaves the young boy with a paedophile. Meanwhile, Jack recruits Bernie in an ill-advised attempt to encourage Gina's creative ambitions when the pub hosts an art exhibition. Lord Ashfordly hires Peggy as a dog trainer after his hound bites a window cleaner, who demands the police have the animal put to sleep.
28410"Burden Of Proof"Roger BamfordSusan Wilkins27 November 2005 (2005-11-27)9.22
A woman hires Blaketon to spy on her adulterous husband, who is subsequently found dead. The woman claims that Blaketon is her lover, making him the prime suspect, and Rob works to clear the detective's name. Meanwhile, Bellamy falls in love with Debbie Black, a young widow with three children, when he attends to a burglary at her house. Peggy buys a racing greyhound that refuses to run.
28511"O Guilty Man!"Judith DineJane Hollowood4 December 2005 (2005-12-04)8.87
A truck Bernie recently repaired careens into a garden, causing his sanity to be questioned by an opportunistic journalist. David fears the worst when Bernie disappears, and Blaketon and Ventress initiate a search. Meanwhile, Helen's estranged husband Matthew returns, with a plot that could have Rob transferred away. Helen plays her husband at his own games.
28612"Auld Acquaintance"Roger BamfordPeter Gibbs18 December 2005 (2005-12-18)8.70
Lord Ashfordly and his staff take a Christmas vacation, leaving Ashfordly Hall under the watch of an old army pal. He harbours a young hooligan who attempts to steal valuables, and the man tries to impart a valuable life lesson in a violent way. Meanwhile, Blaketon and Peggy create competing Santa's Grottos. Ventress is upset when his wife falls ill, and Gina, Helen, David and Bellamy draw lots on who gets to host him for Christmas dinner.
28713"Living With The Past"Jonas GrimasJohn Flanagan1 January 2006 (2006-01-01)7.94
The villagers are furious at the release of ex-convict Henry Stoddard, who is immediately suspected when the pub is attacked and Ventress is nearly killed in a hit-and-run. Stoddard claims innocence in this and the 15-year-old murder for which he was convicted. Rob reopens the case and tarnishes Blaketon's integrity when evidence suggests another member of the Stoddard family was responsible. Meanwhile, Peggy learns that she may be a distant relative of Lord Ashfordly's and makes herself at home at Ashfordly Hall. Bellamy leaves the villagers stunned when he arrives at the pub with his new wife, Debbie.
28814"Risky Business"Gerry MillPeter Gibbs8 January 2006 (2006-01-08)8.49
A young arsonist's rehabilitation is threatened when he is accused of a series of arson attacks, complicated by his clandestine relationship with a former employer's daughter. Rob is reminded of his own troublesome childhood and tries to prove the youngster's innocence, but all evidence points to the contrary. Meanwhile, Blaketon and Jack join in opposition of Peggy's advertisement venture, ending up in a police cell.
28915"Hostage To Fortune"Andrew MorganJohn Flanagan15 January 2006 (2006-01-15)9.02
The Ashfordly team pursue Aidensfield's version of armed robbers Bonnie and Clyde. When the runaway heiress is injured on the run, her ruthless boyfriend kidnaps Helen, who provokes the pair by advising her patient to end the partnership. Meanwhile, Peggy is incensed when Rosie manages the garage in Bernie's absence, and instructs David to organize a funeral in a madcap scheme to have Bernie leave the garage to David in his will.
29016"Judgement Day"Roger BamfordBrian Finch22 January 2006 (2006-01-22)9.66
Rob and the team are called when a local judge is targeted in a series of attacks and subsequently blackmailed over his sordid personal life. The case takes a sinister twist when the prime suspect is shot dead on his doorstep. Meanwhile, Peggy and David buy a police radio and sell information to the Ashfordly Gazette, teaching a pompous old enemy a lesson in the process. Miller soon discovers their scheme and delights at the opportunity to charge Peggy.
29117"Get Back"Adrian BeanMark Holloway23 April 2006 (2006-04-23)9.12
A man claims to be a local farmer who had suffered amnesia during a London air raid in the 1940s and was presumed dead. He tries to resume his life, though his wife has married an ill and abusive man, who seems to know more about the circumstances of his rival's disappearance. Meanwhile, Lord Ashfordly's displays strange behaviour after consuming Peggy's peculiar batch of mushrooms. Younger asks Rosie for driving lessons to prepare for an official police course, and she is horrified when rumours spread of their presumed romance.
29218"Runners And Riders"Adrian BeanSarah Begs-haw30 April 2006 (2006-04-30)8.53
Lord Ashfordly's niece arrives following the collapse of her marriage, and her prize racehorse is stolen for ransom. A biker gang arrives in town, bringing romance for Rosie. Bernie risks alienating Gina when he blames the bikers for a robbery at the church. Gina and Bellamy race to save Debbie's daughter Jane from a seedy photographer.
29319"Great Expectations"Gerry MillJane Hollowood7 May 2006 (2006-05-07)9.35
A local has to put the family farm up for auction, and is shocked when his estranged brother arrives, desperate to get his hands on a box of old junk. Blaketon and Jack are at risk when they stand in his way of getting it back. Debbie confronts an old flame and gets into trouble for drink-driving. David is left stranded with a pompous couple when Peggy buys a horse and carriage for her sightseeing enterprise.
29420"Kith And Kin"Andrew MorganSusan Wilkins14 May 2006 (2006-05-14)8.37
Bernie is subjected to a series of violent attacks, leaving Rosie concerned when he refuses to involve the Police. Rob is provoked by a violent farmer who causes a brawl during his granddaughter's birth. Helen's estranged father tries to make amends before he dies of cancer. Peggy enters David into a fishing competition without his approval.
29521"Wine And Roses"Gerry MillJohn Flanagan21 May 2006 (2006-05-21)8.64
Bellamy is distraught when Debbie goes on a late-night drinking spree by the river, and she becomes implicated in the murder of a bank manager. Meanwhile, Jowett takes action when Peggy and David allow a colony of hippies to stay on their land, and Younger finds himself caught between two strong-minded women who come to blows. Helen and Rob patch things up after their break-up.
29622"This Happy Breed"Jonas GrimasJohn Flanagan28 May 2006 (2006-05-28)8.06
Miller's old army captain offers him a business proposition, which he declines without regret. However, a series of car thefts suggest that the old friend has other business in Aidensfield. Meanwhile, Bellamy struggles to care for Debbie's children whilst she is in rehab; Peggy takes his two stepdaughters on a day out and they are arrested for poaching. Jack encourages Gina to pose nude for a painting.
29723"Keeping Secrets"Roger BamfordJane Hollowood4 June 2006 (2006-06-04)8.11
Despite Rob's efforts to keep his wedding secret, his enigmatic sisters and Gina enlist the help of the residents to organise a big surprise party. The day is upset when Helen's mother voices disapproval and a noise complaint turns deadly when a mentally ill woman takes matters into her own hands. Meanwhile, Debbie returns from rehab a changed woman, Younger's dancing is found lacking, Peggy uses old Christmas decorations for the wedding reception, and Miller gains an admirer. Gina discovers that Jack has sold the nude painting of her to a London gallery and wants them to move away.
29824"The Dying Of The Light"Adrian BeanJonathan Critchely18 June 2006 (2006-06-18)6.82
Rob suspects a connection when a car is found crashed in a ditch and a farm suffers a series of sheep rustling incidents. Helen must settle affairs when a woman suffering from dementia is found dead in the river. Meanwhile, Peggy is intrigued by an eco-warrior couple's slurry-fuelled generator. Blaketon grows concerned for Gina when she becomes withdrawn after breaking-up with Jack.
29925"Bad Company"Gerry MillPeter Gibbs2 July 2006 (2006-07-02)7.32
A hit-and-run following a local dance leads to the son of the councillor on the police committee, who is known for his reckless driving. The case puts Younger in a compromising position. Meanwhile, an exasperated David leaves Peggy to run the taxi business whilst he becomes a window cleaner's assistant.
30026"Accidents Happen"Jonas GrimasJohn Flanagan2 July 2006 (2006-07-02)6.84
A prisoner is broken out of the Ashfordly station cells to pilot a helicopter for an armed robbery. Bellamy faces heartbreak when Debbie begins acting strangely as a familiar face returns to the village. Helen moves into the police house with Rob, but their happiness is brief as a disturbed boy takes revenge for the death of his dog. Meanwhile, a dentist shows romantic interest in Peggy, but she discovers his ulterior motive and recruits a struggling journalist to exact revenge.

Series 16 (2006–2007)[edit]

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TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air dateUK viewers
(millions) [1]
3011"C'est La Vie"Roger BamfordPeter Gibbs29 October 2006 (2006-10-29)8.68
Rob returns from mourning his wife and saves a con-man whose car crashes into the river, prompting him to confess to a life of crime. Blaketon is excited as a Frenchwoman arrives for preparations to 'twin' Aidensfield with her hometown, but becomes jealous when Lord Ashfordly takes a shine to her. Left to the tender mercies of Peggy and David, she finds herself behind bars. Bellamy recuperates from his wife's departure, whilst new district nurse Carol Cassidy struggles to treat a woman with an over-protective husband.
3022"Old Scores"Jonas GrimasPeter Gibbs5 November 2006 (2006-11-05)9.30
A convicted rapist is targeted by a hate campaign when he returns to Aidensfield, as his victim committed suicide. When a serious allegation is made, Rob's investigation reunites him with CID Detective Sergeant Rachel Dawson, an old flame. Dawson and Younger recapture an escaped convict. Meanwhile, Peggy, David and Carol try to help a talented singer overcome alcoholism.
3033"Intelligent Matters"Gerry MillJohn Flanagan12 November 2006 (2006-11-12)9.63
The Ashfordly team joins forces with Dawson and a shady MI5 agent in the hunt for a suspected Soviet spy, but Carol soon discovers the agent has secrets of his own after witnessing a stand-off at a railway station. Meanwhile, Peggy fancies herself as the next Miss Marple when an old note among a dead friend's belonging raises questions about her cheating husband's disappearance. Miller suffers from a toothache.
3044"Please, Please Me"Andrew MorganJane Hollowood19 November 2006 (2006-11-19)9.42
Rosie is troubled by an ex-boyfriend whose attentions escalate to stalking. Rob and Carol learn the man has a history of violence against his ex-girlfriends, and Younger shows a darker side when he protects his friend. A series of car thefts and dog disappearances – including Peggy's car with David's dog – leaves Miller and his men baffled. Gina encourages Bellamy to talk about his feelings, and the full extent of his heartache spills out when she suggests they give their relationship another chance.
3055"Memoirs Of A Fighting Man"Roger BamfordJohn Martin Johnson26 November 2006 (2006-11-26)9.44
Rob clashes with Blaketon while deciding whether to charge an ex-army major who fatally shot a young burglar. Meanwhile, a struggling father asks for Carol's help dealing with his pregnant teenage daughter who has withdrawn from the world. Peggy, Rosie and David try to save the garage with a modern makeover, incurring Bernie's wrath.
3066"Pretty Woman"Jonas GrimasMark Holloway3 December 2006 (2006-12-03)8.76
Rob and Rosie try to protect a Miss Yorkshire beauty contestant who is targeted by mysterious attacks. Large numbers of female protesters picket the event, but Rob learns that the threat is closer to home. Miller is unimpressed when Younger's bicycle is stolen and orders him to make more arrests. With advice from Ventress, Younger finds a novel way of raising the village crime rate. Bellamy gets closer to Gina when she is injured in an explosion. Peggy places a wager for a friend who dies before he can collect his winnings.
3077"Stumped"Roger BamfordAdrian Bean10 December 2006 (2006-12-10)8.15
A failed sting operation leaves three armed robbers on the run, one in a cell and an informant fearing for his life. Rob is taken hostage, leaving Miller, Dawson and Bellamy against a tough deadline. Meanwhile, Blaketon is determined to win the annual cricket match against Scarsdale, but assembling a team proves hectic when Ventress calls off and Bernie struggles to grasp the sport. Rosie is incensed when Blaketon refuses to allow her on to the team, despite her talent, whilst David becomes the team's secret weapon and a target of sabotage. Features a guest appearance from Dickie Bird as the match umpire.
3088"Little White Lies"Gerry MillPeter Gibbs17 December 2006 (2006-12-17)8.39
The team search for a young boy who disappears after discovering his mother is having an affair with a family friend, who is later seriously injured in a road accident. Meanwhile, Younger fills in for the lollipop lady and starts a friendship with a bullied boy. Gina and Bellamy arrange for Rob to date a hairdresser, but he realises he still is not over the loss of Helen. Miller is outraged when a nits[further explanation needed] infestation grips the Ashfordly station. Carol is delighted when her fiancé visits her on leave from the Navy, whilst Peggy and David experience a slight cash-flow problem.
3099"Hearts And Flowers"Andrew MorganSusan Wilkins24 December 2006 (2006-12-24)6.32
Chaos reigns when a sniper kills Jowett's sister as she leaves the pub. Dawson and Rob's enquiries reveal the gunman may have missed his intended target, which Blaketon realises may be Jowett or himself – and the two are brought closer together. Meanwhile, Peggy buys an ice-cream van to take advantage of the hot weather and leaves David in charge of the venture whilst she attends a Redcoat reunion, but his home recipes have interesting results.
31010"Give Peace A Chance"Jonas GrimasJane Hollowood31 December 2006 (2006-12-31)5.68
While called to subdue anti-war protesters at an airfield, Rob is accused of police brutality. Miller finds the complainant is the boyfriend of his estranged daughter Jo, who he has to arrest. Meanwhile, Younger is devastated when Rosie begins a romance with new vet Fergus, who causes chaos at the garage when a snake escapes from his car. Irritated that nobody takes her snake-catching suggestions seriously, Peggy leaves with David and inadvertently heads into danger.
31111"Dead Men Do Tell Tales"Judith DineBrian Finch31 December 2006 (2006-12-31)6.03
Three young joyriders steal Carol's car, taking some of the drugs in her medical bag and selling the rest. One of the joyrider's parents so happens to be a solicitor and she tries to wreck Carol's reputation to protect her son. Meanwhile, David agrees to store a coffin for a Swedish sailor, but he and Peggy suspect it may contain something other than a body. Elsewhere, Rosie and Fergus suffer a series of interruptions on their dates, while Bellamy wonders whether rekindling his relationship with Gina is a good idea.
31212"Vendetta"Andrew MorganPeter Gibbs7 January 2007 (2007-01-07)8.60
Blaketon offers to help a woman find her missing son, but becomes targeted by a mysterious assailant on a boundless vendetta. Meanwhile, David's plan to throw Peggy a birthday party are rejected so that she can date an old flame who reappears after 20 years. Younger finally gets his drivers licence. Gina asks Rob to look into Bellamy's behaviour, leading to a shocking admission. Bellamy collapses whilst making an arrest.
31313"Sleeping Dogs"Jonas GrimasJohn Flanagan6 May 2007 (2007-05-06)7.89
Bernie inherits a fortune from his sister, which draws out his half brother Vernon – who had faked his suicide two years earlier to avoid a taxman. Peggy panics when Vernon asks David to accompany him to Spain. However, both Bernie and Vernon are detained on suspicion of murder. Meanwhile, Rob and Carol deal with a religious man who reacts harshly to his 16-year-old daughter's pregnancy. Bellamy who collapsed whilst making an arrest, and has been admitted to Ashfordly General fears his family's history of heart failure has caught up to him. Though he does not want Gina to know, she finds out and spontaneously declares her feelings for him.
31414"Another Little Piece Of My Heart"Roger BamfordSusan Wilkins13 May 2007 (2007-05-13)8.53
Rosie, Carol, Rob and Lord Ashfordly make a stand against an arrogant farmer who shoots a dog and is suspected of abusing his wife, who has an infant child. Meanwhile, Younger is led on a wild goose chase by a group of wayward children who release livestock from the local farms. Blaketon is exasperated when Gina and Bellamy announce their second engagement. Whenever this episode is broadcast it is preceded by a viewer discretion warning due to the depiction of domestic violence.
31515"Seeds Of Destruction"Judith DineJonathan Critchely20 May 2007 (2007-05-20)8.10
A retired major dies in police custody after Younger gives him painkillers for back trouble, and Carol learns that a freelance herbalist is treating some of her patients. Meanwhile, a BBC documentarian arrives to record village life and is driven mad by the excited residents, especially Peggy, who tries to provide "the full Yorkshire experience". Gina proves she is serious about marrying Bellamy by signing over the licence of the pub to Blaketon.
31616"No Laughing Matter"Adrian BeanJohn Flanagan27 May 2007 (2007-05-27)8.05
Suspicion falls on Gina's new cellarman when a valuable pendant is stolen from a guest. A search into the barman's past reveals a history of crime, but Emily appears more disturbed by the presence of a pub comedian. Meanwhile, Younger seeks to buy a car but soon regrets asking Peggy to help him purchase a cheap vehicle. Love blossoms for Gina and Bellamy as they plan their honeymoon.
31717"Out Of Africa"Andrew MorganPeter Gibbs3 June 2007 (2007-06-03)7.07
Rob is called out to investigate a series of vandalisms against Lord Ashfordly's new estate manager who angered the tenants with hard-line methods learned in South Africa. Meanwhile, Peggy believes she has found the explanation for David's recent behaviour when she uncovers his strange new addiction.
31818"The Dreams That You Dream"Roger BamfordJane Hollowood24 June 2007 (2007-06-24)7.84
Gina and Bellamy finish the preparations for their wedding and are loaned the use of Ashfordly Hall. The groom's uneventful stag night stirs pre-wedding nerves, especially when Gina's old flame Jack returns. Rob and Peggy prepare an extravagant surprise for the soon-to-be-married couple. The rest of Ashfordly station look into the disappearance of an elderly resident who had put his cottage up for sale.
31919"Mind Games"Gerry MillAndrew McCulloch1 July 2007 (2007-07-01)5.63
Rosie is viciously attacked while attending a broken-down vehicle on the moors, with the murdered driver discovered nearby. Rob and Dawson learn that the driver was a retired cop turned private detective, and their investigation leads to a religious cult. Meanwhile, Peggy buys a flock of turkeys from an old friend, but David grows attached. Carol is not happy when Rob cancels their first date.
32020"The Medium Is The Message"Adrian BeanMark Holloway8 July 2007 (2007-07-08)7.28
When a reverend's wife is murdered a psychic convention in Ashfordly seems to hold the key to solving the case, whilst Dawson becomes suspicious of the reverend's alibi. Bellamy arrests a drunken tramp who is revealed to be Younger's father. Meanwhile, Peggy plans to sell trout to a hotel in Scarborough but lands David and herself in trouble with Miller when it is discovered how she acquired them.
32121"One Small Step"Gerry MillShaun McKenna15 July 2007 (2007-07-15)7.34
Bellamy, Miller and Younger's lives are at risk when the Ashfordly Police Station is attacked by a professional gang set on freeing two of their members. At the Aidensfield Arms, Rob, Dawson and Ventress gather with others to watch the moon landing, but Blaketon and Peggy get into a debate when Peggy becomes convinced that the whole event has been faked and sets out to prove it. One guest at the pub gives Gina and Bernie cause for concern when she appears unusually agitated by the historic event.
32222"Troubled Waters"Roger BamfordSusan Wilkins22 July 2007 (2007-07-22)6.99
Carol is consumed by guilt and regret when a newborn baby dies in her care, provoking the father to return to his criminal ways after a run-in with Rob and Blaketon at the pub. Meanwhile, Peggy hatches a plan to rescue Bernie when he becomes the object of a predatory widow's affections.
32323"Where There's Smoke"Adrian BeanPeter Gibbs29 July 2007 (2007-07-29)6.88
Undercover surveillance is conducted on an illegal gaming club, whose criminal operator has accumulated enemies that complicate his plans to sail away with his mistress. Rob awaits the results of his sergeant's exam, and finds himself caught in a love triangle with Carol and Dawson. Inspired by Hugh Hefner, David sets up a den and throws wild parties which incur Peggy's wrath but bring a new romance with one of Rosie's friends.
32424"Laying The Ghost"Judith DineJane Hollowood5 August 2007 (2007-08-05)7.23
A new resident becomes the object of rumours due to her unlike-able and secretive personality. Jowett snoops around and discovers the woman is harbouring a secret companion. Peggy is put in charge of the Jumble Sale for the upcoming village fête. Rob is offered a place on a course away from Aidensfield, but cannot make the decision about whether he should leave his colleagues and Carol.

Series 17 (2007–2008)[edit]

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3251"Stop Gap"Roger BamfordJohn Flanagan11 November 2007 (2007-11-11)8.41
New village bobby Joe Mason apprehends three armed hostage-takers at the church, and impresses Blaketon with his tactics against a local troublemaker. However, Joe alienates villagers and colleagues with his cocky attitude until put straight by Ventress and Carol. Dawson, Bellamy and Younger pursue a professional Manchester gang who are targeting country houses. Meanwhile, Peggy trespasses on Ashfordly estate, but neither she nor Lord Ashfordly are a match for Joe.
3262"Heirs Apparent"Gerry MillPeter Gibbs18 November 2007 (2007-11-18)7.98
Joe finds there's more to his job when called to help deliver a baby. He arrests Lord Ashfordly on suspicion of attacking a teenage girl who claimed to be Ashfordly's illegitimate daughter, and Miller is unimpressed by Joe's handling of the sensitive case. Meanwhile, David decides to make a will, but a series of accidents raise paranoia that one of his beneficiaries may be trying to kill him.
3273"Night Mail"Adrian BeanSusan Wilkins25 November 2007 (2007-11-25)7.83
Armed robbers hold up a train, and Joe interferes with a CID investigation led by an old adversary. The constabulary are exasperated with him, but Joe finds an ally in Dawson who discovers trouble within the CID. Meanwhile, Peggy receives an inheritance from a distant relative of her late husband.
3284"Love Story"Judith DineJane Hollowood2 December 2007 (2007-12-02)7.84
Three Australian sheep-shearers are celebrated for helping a local farm, but upset a bully who frames one for theft. Joe and Carol try to protect the farmer's daughter, who is being terrorised by her brother. Rosie has to choose between the Australians and a past lover. Meanwhile, Peggy starts a laundry service with David doing the work. Bellamy is displeased when he discovers Gina has been taking contraceptives. Joe is saddened when Miller tells him that he is being replaced.
3295"Another Sleepy, Dusty, Delta Day"Gerry MillMark Holloway16 December 2007 (2007-12-16)8.10
The death of a young man and subsequent disappearance of his son is linked to the disappearance of a baby three years earlier, suggesting the baby's broken parents may be responsible. Following Rosie's departure, Bernie's spirits are lifted when he makes a large amount of money selling an inherited Rolls Royce. Miller's worst nightmare comes true when it becomes apparent that there are two Peggy Armstrongs.
3306"Touch And Go"Roger BamfordShaun McKenna23 December 2007 (2007-12-23)7.60
With the arrival of Rob's permanent replacement, Don Wetherby, Joe seems to have no choice but to take his new post in London. Carol notices bruising on a boy's arm and suspects abuse by his stepfather, just as his biological father returns. A violent custody dispute catches Joe, Bellamy and Wetherby in the crossfire leading to Bellamy being shot dead. Meanwhile, Gina and Blaketon organise a charity quiz night on Lord Ashfordly's urging, but Peggy's competitive streak gets the better of her.
3317"Burying The Past"Adrian BeanAndrew McCulloch30 December 2007 (2007-12-30)6.93
The villagers prepare for Phil Bellamy's funeral. Gina struggles to cope and considers returning to Liverpool. The whole of Aidensfield say their farewells to the much-loved bobby, with Blaketon paying a tribute to his former PC. At Ashfordly station, Joe and Dawson investigate the suspected suicide of a local teacher. Don Wetherby is racked with guilt and decides to leave until Miller offers a proposition. Meanwhile, Carol fails to report an elderly motorist involved in a hit-and-run with a cyclist, who turns out to be Dr. Chris Oakley. David is worried when Peggy takes Bellamy's death particularly badly and vanishes.
3328"Only Make Believe"Judith DinePeter Gibbs6 January 2008 (2008-01-06)8.51
Wetherby is followed to Aidensfield by a deranged stalker who ruined his marriage. He asks Joe for help when she makes a serious accusation against him. Meanwhile, Bernie's dating weekend with a widow coincides with Ventress and Blaketon's private investigation into a series of burglaries, when they all arrive at the same hotel. Gina resolves to return to work at the pub after a heart-to-heart with Peggy, and Carol finds herself attracted to Chris.
3339"The Devil Rides Out"Roger BamfordSusan Wilkins13 January 2008 (2008-01-13)7.97
A reverend believes an evil presence is at work when Satanic symbols are found painted on the church and gravestones, though Miller believes hooligans are responsible. An attack on Lord Ashfordly's godson leads Joe and the team into a dangerous world of drugs and rock music. Meanwhile, a psychiatrist attempts to help Gina overcome her grief, but she becomes more stressed upon discovering that she is pregnant.
33410"Changing Roles"Gerry MillAndrew McCulloch23 March 2008 (2008-03-23)6.39
Miller immediately suspects a disgruntled drink driver of raiding the police station, stealing a patrol car and uniform. However, a new lead becomes apparent when Olive Winstanley jeopardises Dawson's witness protection operation, and Joe gets into trouble while distracted by an old flame. Meanwhile, Peggy becomes Lord Ashfordly's new gamekeeper and impresses with her clear-up rate, but her newfound power alienates David and she puts a poacher in hospital.
33511"A Brush With The Law"Jonas GrimasJohn Martin Johnson30 March 2008 (2008-03-30)7.15
An unpopular master hunter's den is targeted by arson, and suspects include Lord Ashfordly, a kennelman threatened with dismissal and a farmer whose land was severely damaged. Meanwhile, Blaketon decides to teach Peggy a lesson when she schemes to sue the locals for compensation. Joe is looking to purchase a new car and asks Bernie's advice.
33612"The Heart Of A Man"Mark McKillopCollin MacDonald6 April 2008 (2008-04-06)7.13
Cash is stolen from a blind man's home, leading the team to a farmworker's revolt against an unpopular businessman and a shady practice of covering-up injuries and unsafe work practices. Carol finds reason to believe the businessman is abusing his teenage daughter. Meanwhile, David becomes the guardian angel for a suicidal naturist who jumps off a bridge, and Peggy tries to make some money from the strange man.
33713"Out Of The Long, Dark Night"Andrew MorganStuart Morris18 May 2008 (2008-05-18)6.05
Joe and Carol become involved in a revenge plot against a suspected Nazi war criminal when a Jewish couple are plagued by a series of sabotage acts, which later puts Younger's life at risk. Meanwhile, a vintage steam traction engine breaks down outside Bernie's garage, causing chaos in Aidensfield and leaving Bernie and Jowett fuming. Further mayhem arises when David takes it for a test run.
33814"Take Three Girls"Roger BamfordPeter Gibbs25 May 2008 (2008-05-25)5.87
A teacher manipulates his vulnerable girlfriend into committing crimes to promote his activist views. When Joe and Wetherby determine his intentions, he reunites the woman with her estranged father in an elaborate scheme to evade prosecution. Meanwhile, David is unexcited about accompanying a farmer's large daughter to a disco, but becomes her knight in shining armour. Carol and Chris have an argument over how to advise a pregnant teenager.
33915"Hey Hey LBJ"Andrew MorganJohn Flanagan1 June 2008 (2008-06-01)5.70
A 17-year-old girl disappears after an argument with her father, and Joe searches for her American boyfriend who is taking extreme measures to prolong his stay in Yorkshire to avoid being drafted into the American Army and sent to Vietnam. Meanwhile, David and Peggy's scheme to find treasure with an old metal detector puts them under suspicion when bronze statues are stolen from local estates.
34016"Danse Macabre"Jonas GrimasShaun McKenna27 July 2008 (2008-07-27)5.38
An aspiring ballerina collapses and expresses a fear of being taken away, leading Joe and Carol to assume that her demanding elderly guardian is connected. Meanwhile, David is hired to write an advice column for the Ashfordly Gazette, displeasing Peggy who wanted the job. Younger struggles with his feelings for a local shopkeeper's daughter, due to embarrassing bouts of sneezing when he tries to speak to her.
34117"Missing Persons"Adrian BeanJane Hollowood3 August 2008 (2008-08-03)6.23
Carol, Blaketon and Joe protect two young girls, whose mother has neglected them to revel with her criminal boyfriend. Joe's anger boils over when a social worker does not take the case seriously, leading to explosive consequences. Meanwhile, Gina is distracted from pregnancy anxieties when Bellamy's 18-year-old niece Dawn comes to stay after getting into trouble in her hometown. Gina's unexpected fury is unleashed on David when Dawn goes missing after he forgets to collect her. Miller is unimpressed when Younger fails to catch thieves who have been stealing lead from churches.
34218"Taking Stock"Ian BevittJohn Flanagan10 August 2008 (2008-08-10)6.25
A crashed car is found to have been used in a Liverpool robbery, suggesting a new group of criminals are loose in the area, and the only lead is a sketch. Blaketon joins Ventress in surveillance of the wife of an old friend, who is convinced that she is having an affair. Gina also goes away, leaving Bernie and Dawn in charge of the pub. Peggy tries to sell Angora goats.
34319"The Big Chill"Jonas GrimasSusan Wilkins17 August 2008 (2008-08-17)6.80
With her sexist superior trying to discredit her, Dawson turns to Joe, Wetherby and Younger for help to catch a drug smuggling gang. Gina starts a friendship with the ringleader's girlfriend at an antenatal class, and puts herself in peril when she tries to rescue the woman. Meanwhile, Bernie is pressured to give Jowett's uncle the finest funeral service, and his anxiety increases when Peggy offers a solution for his broken-down hearse.
34420"Bully Boys"Andrew MorganPeter Gibbs24 August 2008 (2008-08-24)6.71
Younger fails to control a brawl at the bookmakers. On the advice of ex-con debt-collector Mick Revill, Younger joins the local gym and enters a boxing match against Wetherby. Meanwhile, Revill is accused of shady dealings by a local businessman and becomes the prime suspect when his wife's thieving ex-husband is run down. David is reluctant to attend a school reunion due to the return of a bully who has become a successful adult, though Peggy insists that he make business connections.
34521"It Came From Outer Space"Adrian BeamPhillip Palmer31 August 2008 (2008-08-31)7.17
Dawson links an explosion in the woods to armed criminals, and Joe goes undercover at a local quarry to infiltrate the gang. Joe tries to save a conflicted man from a life of crime but places himself in danger when his cover is blown. Meanwhile, Peggy exploits a rumour that the explosion was caused by a meteorite when she learns how valuable space debris is.
34622"You Never Can Tell"Judith DineMark Holloway14 September 2008 (2008-09-14)5.63
A music manager is found dead the day after holding his wedding reception at the Aidensfield Arms. Blaketon and Dawn uncover a plot involving his bride and her mother, a leukaemia diagnosis, and his memoirs. Meanwhile, Peggy is caught with stolen property, feigns amnesia and is hospitalised. Younger is tipped to a series of upcoming crimes by Wetherby's young son, who disappears.
34723"Mixed Messages"Jonas GrimasJane Hollowood21 September 2008 (2008-09-21)5.49
Joe tries to help Carol when she is suspected in the death of a pensioner. Peggy takes action when a local magistrate's rubbish is dumped on her doorstep, leading Younger into an embarrassing encounter with the magistrate. Gina's anxiety over her unborn child intensifies when she has a health scare.
34824"Oscar's Birthday"Andrew MorganJane Hollywood28 September 2008 (2008-09-28)6.48
Joe becomes a pawn in an attractive gold-digger's scheme to escape her over-protective husband with his money. The villagers organise Blaketon's surprise party, and David asks Bernie to teach him how to play the piano before Peggy scraps it. A second celebration comes when Gina goes into labour at the party. Joe and Carol confront their feelings for one another.

Series 18 (2008–2010)[edit]

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No. in
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TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air dateUK viewers
(millions) [1]
3491"Family Matters"Gerry MillJohn Flanagan & Andrew McCulloch12 October 2008 (2008-10-12)5.74
While Ashfordly police are tasked with protecting a suspected Nazi collaborator who is visiting the area, Sgt. Miller begins acting strangely, leading PC Joe to discover that he is being extorted for his cooperation in exchange for his daughter's safety. Meanwhile, Peggy becomes convinced she has a serious illness, which worries David, Gina settles into motherhood, and Dawn becomes interested with a mysterious Frenchman visiting the Aidensfield Arms.
3502"England Expects"Jonas GrimasShaun McKenna19 October 2008 (2008-10-19)6.12
A seriously ill fugitive pursues a vendetta against the Ashfordly police by manipulating two young boys to do his dirty work, leading PC Joe and DS Dawson into finding and apprenhending him. Meanwhile, Dawn teaches PC Younger ballroom dancing so that he can partner with Joyce Jowett at a charity event, and David takes up pottery to aid Peggy's collaboration with a furniture retailer.
3513"Mother Of Invention"Roger BamfordMark Holloway26 October 2008 (2008-10-26)5.95
Carol finds herself struggling to help a single mother look after her child, unaware of her mental well-being, which is not helped when an old friend arrives with a woman she claims to be Carol's biological mother. Meanwhile, PC Wetherby recruits Peggy into helping him find the dog of the chief constable's wife, and Dawn convinces David to begin a chimney sweeping business with her, after Bernie receives the associated equipment as payment for a funeral.
3524"Living Off The Land"Andrew MorganSusan Wilkins2 November 2008 (2008-11-02)5.79
Joe and Carol visit a Travellers' camp to investigate a vicious attack on a hippie and a pregnant woman. One victim had recently clashed with Lord Ashfordly's latest gamekeeper, who is found murdered with his throat cut. Wetherby comes under suspicion, but is preoccupied when he discovers his wife is having an affair. Meanwhile, David finds himself in competition with a competing taxi firm, run by an old foe of Peggy's.
3535"Guilty Secrets"Gerry MillJohn Flanagan & Andrew McCulloch9 November 2008 (2008-11-09)5.70
DS Dawson is accused of stealing £400 from the wife of a suspected criminal, during a raid following a tip-off. PC Mason is not convinced of her guilt, despite the evidence, and swiftly works to unmask the truth, discovering someone intends to destroy her career. Meanwhile, Bernie is shocked when he discovers he has a daughter and asks Blaketon to find her, though it leads to a heartbreaking dilemma.
3546"Strike Up The Band"Jonas GrimasShaun McKenna16 November 2008 (2008-11-16)5.08
A feud between two brass bands leads to a musician's death by apparent poisoning, but Sgt. Miller discovers there is more to the conflict than a trophy. As they intervene, PC Mason and DS Dawson succumb to their attraction for each other, only for Carol to catch them in the act. Meanwhile, Dawn is swept off her feet by a handsome young man, whom Blaketon has suspicions about. Things seem perfect for her, until Peggy finds her in the garage crying, after discovering the truth about their relationship.
3557"Return Crossing"Judith DinePeter Gibbs19 April 2009 (2009-04-19)6.24
Carol asks PC Mason to help a smuggler's widow, after she discover she has received death threats from an associate of her late husband. When he does, he learns that her dead husband had a partnered who they aided in with a number of crimes. Realising he seeks to keep them going despite her reluctance, matters soon escalate, forcing Joe to find a way of making her stop the trouble. Meanwhile, Blaketon helps a Polish veteran find a woman he fell in love with during the war.
3568"Looking For Isabella"Jonas GrimasJane Hollowood26 April 2009 (2009-04-26)5.95
When a boy becomes trapped in a well in the gardens of a seemingly deserted, derelict house, a media circus descends on the place as firemen attempt a rescue. However, matters become complicated when gunshots are fired from the house, endangering the rescue operation. Meanwhile, Peggy regrets renting out her spare room to a bothersome journalist who tries to exploit local gossip.
3579"The Hospital Job"Andrew MorganJonathan Critchley3 May 2009 (2009-05-03)4.67
DS Dawson requests assistance from Ashfordly police into investigating a list of stolen goods suspected of being in the possession of a shady antiques dealer. PC Mason soon discovers evidence that links the dealer to the items, when he discovers that a notorious burglar, who recently died, frequented the place with his children, unaware of the permanent harm he was doing to them and himself. Elsewhere, Jowett rallies the villagers when a group of Taoist monks become stranded en route to a monastery in Middlesbrough, but things soon change when the monks prove quite friendly to everyone.
35810"Ups And Downs"Tony PrescottJohn Flanagan & Andrew McCulloch10 May 2009 (2009-05-10)4.96
A cat burglar begins targeting wealthy homes in the district, leading to DS Dawson recruiting help from PC's Mason and Wetherby to investigating the matter. At the same time, Peggy is thrilled to be reunited with an old friend, a former circus performer, and convinces David to spend time with them. However, both find their paths crossing, when the performer is discovered to be the thief, working under a major whom Sgt. Miller has suspicions about. Meanwhile, Bernie worries about the whereabouts of Rosie, especially when the Australian she left with returns to the area with no idea where she is since they parted ways.
35911"Thursday's Children"Roger BamfordMichael Eaton17 May 2009 (2009-05-17)5.36
PC Mason and DS Dawson travel to the last place in Australia that Rosie was known to be in, in order to hunt her down. Aided by a local police sergeant, they struggle to find much evidence linking the Australian she travelled with to her disappearance, and decide to review whether she disappeared when she left for the western regions of the country. Meanwhile, Carol travels with them as far as Brisbane, to find out more about her long-lost brother, but reunites with them after a con artist tricks her and steals her money.
36012"The Middle Of Somewhere"Roger BamfordMichael Eaton24 May 2009 (2009-05-24)4.81
PC Mason and DS Dawson continue their search for Rosie, and soon discover from police records that it may be linked to the disappearance of another woman a few years ago. With the local police's help, they investigate another disappearance before an upcoming horse race, and discover the horrible truth to Rosie's fate - a truth that hits hard to those who knew her back in Aidensfield. Meanwhile, Carol finally reunites with her long-lost brother, and decides to catch up with him about his past, while a local bar owner tries to fix a race to ensure a favourite in the race does not make them lose a lot of money in their illicit betting operation.
36113"School Of Hard Knocks"Piotr SzkopiakPeter Gibbs31 May 2009 (2009-05-31)4.90
A member of the Territorial Army working as a teacher for Ashfordly School raises concerns, when his tough acts of punishment put a trouble-making student in hospital. However, things go from bad to worse, when a female teacher reveals to Carol that he raped her, and Ashfordly police discover that he lost a gun he took from an armoury, which PC Mason suspects might have been stolen by the student he picked on. Meanwhile, Peggy is shocked to find the body of a local tramp, who was well known for stealing from those he worked for, leaving David to question if the village should set aside an upcoming trip to London to fund the tramp's funeral.
36214"The Runaways"Judith DineJohn Milne7 June 2009 (2009-06-07)4.90
An accountant and his family crash into a tractor after being chased down a country lane by another car. PC Mason and Sgt. Miller are intrigued by the family's erratic behaviour and discover that they are fleeing from a gangster who will do anything to retrieve incriminating documents. Meanwhile, David comes into some money and buys an old Jeep with a surprising military history, one which surprises those who fought in the second world war.
36315"Cashing In"Gerry MillShaun McKenna14 June 2009 (2009-06-14)4.32
Ashfordly police find themselves dealing with a series of counterfeit notes, which DS Dawson identifies as being made by a gang that had recently been arrested, except for the ringleader who managed to escape with their girlfriend. Suspecting they are seeking actual money to buy passage out of the country, the police work hard to apprehend them, unaware of the risks that the counterfeiter will take to escape. Meanwhile, Miller is horrified when his wife is arrested for shoplifting and exposes the martial troubles they have, and Bernie is excited when he becomes convinced his idol Judy Garland has secretly moved to Aidensfield.
36416"A Whiter Shade Of Pale"Andrew MorganMark Holloway18 July 2010 (2010-07-18)6.25
A new resident to Aidensfield is found beaten to death in her kitchen, shortly after announcing her intentions to marry a local businessman, despite them being already married. Although PC Mason and DS Dawson have suspicions on two men, Carol has grave worries about the victim's son, especially when she finds evidence that suggest he may have been involved in his mother's death. Meanwhile, David is caught in the middle when Dawn and Peggy operate competing food trucks on the day of the Ashfordly Cup final.
36517"The War Of The Roses"Jonas GrimasSusan Wilkins25 July 2010 (2010-07-25)5.07
PC Mason and Sgt. Miller attempt an intervention to stop the harassment of a local farmer by his neighbours. However, the situation worsens when the farmer is given further trouble that culminates in a fire on their property that nearly kills them. At the same time, Dawn falls for a charming new barman at the pub and tries to cure him of his sudden angry outbursts, unaware he has an ulterior motive for being the area. Meanwhile, David helps Peggy inventory an estate, but fears her shady dealings have upset the spirit of the deceased.
36618"Ties That Bind"Judith DineJohn Flanagan & Andrew McCulloch1 August 2010 (2010-08-01)4.71
Facing demotion for having an affair with a senior colleague, DS Dawson prepares to tackle her final case with CID, as they investigate a series of violent post office robberies. PC Mason swiftly assumes he is to blame, which places strain on his relationship with Carol, until he and Dawson are placed in danger when the robbers move onto a target CID did not anticipate being hit. Meanwhile, Blaketon is unhappy to find Peggy helping one of his friends with the cleaning while their wife is in a nursing home. However, when she reveals he is in possessions of items reported stolen due to kleptomania, he quickly has suspicions that his friend is holding back on something.
36719"Deadlier Than The Male"Dominic LeclercPeter Gibbs8 August 2010 (2010-08-08)5.06
Blaketon and PC Mason play peacemaker in an abusive couple's relationship, despite the wife's new lawyer being eager to ensure they stay separate and divorce. Meanwhile, Peggy is delighted to be reunited with an old friend, but regrets letting them stay when their daughter tries to sour her relationship with David, and makes it clear she intends to woo him and kick Peggy out from the cottage.
36820"Jobs For The Boys"Roger BamfordJane Hollowood15 August 2010 (2010-08-15)5.14
Ashfordly police find themselves dealing with a modern-day "Robin Hood", and discover a connection between their robberies and a series of envelopes to elderly residents carrying cash stolen during each robbery. At the same time, Blaketon and Ventress join forces to help investigate the disappearance of an estranged son, who left home after a heated argument with his father. Both find their cases colliding, when it transpires that the robberies are related to questionable business ethics over the construction of a new housing estate.
36921"My One And Only"Gerry MillShaun McKenna22 August 2010 (2010-08-22)5.29
An insurance salesman is shot dead outside his home, and a disgruntled customer of the victim is the initial suspect in the crime. As Ashfordly police handle the investigation, PC Mason discovers that not only did the victim sell fraudulent policies, but he also led a complicated double life, and soon discovers that the latter may have been found out by one of the wives he had. Meanwhile, Ventress is forced to stay at the Aidensfield Arms while his house is being repaired, causing problems for all, while Sgt. Miller and Peggy both attempt to stop a war hero from drinking himself to death while on hard times.
37022"The Open Door"Tim DowdJonathan Critchley29 August 2010 (2010-08-29)5.34
A lorry driver is savagely beaten by robbers, who steal the contents of his van before dumping it. When Ashfordly police trace where it comes from, they quickly discover that the robbers are unknowingly in possession of condemned meat, which could spark a health crisis in the district. PC Mason soon gets a lead on the suspects, when Carol discovers that a senile patient of hers is being visited by a man who claims to be her long-dead son. Meanwhile, Peggy agrees to house-sit a mansion, and secretly opens it as a bed-and-breakfast, but things don't go to plan.
37123"Pass The Parcel"Judith DineMark Holloway5 September 2010 (2010-09-05)6.06
Ashfordly police work to stop a gang of safe robbers, but are found with a complicated situation when one of them turns up dead, and the remaining robbers are forced to take everyone hostage at Dawn's birthday party to recover a lost bag of explosives. Meanwhile, Blaketon bets PC Younger and Ventress that he can uncover Wetherby's lunchtime activity, leading him into an embarrassing situation.
37224"Sweet Sorrow"Roger BamfordJohn Flanagan & Andrew McCulloch12 September 2010 (2010-09-12)6.00
The arrival of a traumatised and wounded stranger in Aidensfield coincides with the discovery of a woman's body on the moors, and sets off a treacherous chain of events that leaves Blaketon's life hanging in the balance.

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  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i "Weekly top 30 programmes". BARB.

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