List of The Gentle Touch episodes

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The following is a list of episodes of The Gentle Touch, an ITV crime drama broadcast between 1980 and 1984, starring Jill Gascoine.[1] A total of five series were produced over the course of the series run. All five series have since been released on DVD.[2][3][4][5][6]

Episode list[edit]

Series 1 (1980)[edit]

Episode Title Written by Directed by Viewers
Original airdate
1 "Killers (Part One)" Brian Finch Tony Wharmby TBA 11 April 1980 (1980-04-11)
Within hours of being promoted to Detective Inspector, Maggie Forbes learns that her police constable husband has been brutally gunned down and killed.
2 "Recoil (Part Two)" Brian Finch Christopher Hodson TBA 18 April 1980 (1980-04-18)
Despite being ordered to stay off the case, Maggie sets out to track down her husband's killers — and makes a fateful decision.
3 "Help (Part Three)" Roger Marshall David Askey TBA 25 April 1980 (1980-04-25)
Maggie's son Stephen takes his father's murder badly and turns to alcohol. Now, she must attempt to help her son and one of her best friends.
4 "Shock" Roger Marshall Tony Wharmby TBA 2 May 1980 (1980-05-02)
Maggie is assigned to investigate the death of a woman discovered in a love nest, only to find herself caught up in a web of shocking revelations.
5 "Blade" Roger Marshall Christopher Hodson TBA 9 May 1980 (1980-05-09)
A young gay man is knifed to death on the London Underground. As Maggie investigates the chilling hate crime, she finds herself at odds with a fellow officer.
6 "Rogue" Pat Hooker David Askey TBA 16 May 1980 (1980-05-16)
A businessman is suspected of torching his own premises. When Maggie investigates, she finds herself offered a bribe and even stranger offers are to follow.
7 "Melody" Terence Feely Paul Annett TBA 23 May 1980 (1980-05-23)
A young prostitute is found brutally murdered. Maggie comes up against a wall of frightened silence as she attempts to gain evidence against the girl's pimp.

Series 2 (1980)[edit]

Episode Title Written by Directed by Viewers
Original airdate
1 "Something Blue" Tony Hoare John Reardon TBA 5 September 1980 (1980-09-05)
An unusual robbery case tests Maggie's investigative prowess to the full. Also Maggie tidies up Steve's room and finds pornographic mags.
2 "Decoy" Terence Feely John Reardon TBA 12 September 1980 (1980-09-12)
Maggie goes undercover as a barmaid to act as decoy to trap a serial sex attacker, but making herself a target places her in grave danger.
3 "Break-in" Terence Feely Tony Wharmby TBA 19 September 1980 (1980-09-19)
Maggie investigates a burglary at the offices of a prosecuting solicitor.
4 "Menaces" Roger Marshall Paul Annett TBA 26 September 1980 (1980-09-26)
When Ivor Stocker, a successful lawyer and businessman, receives a blackmail threat, Maggie investigates. Does the answer lie in his seemingly respectable law firm?
5 "Hammer" Tony Parker Tony Wharmby TBA 3 October 1980 (1980-10-03)
Maggie investigates a series of robberies with violence which all have a similar pattern, and have all been carried out by women.
6 "Chance" Pat Hooker David Askey TBA 10 October 1980 (1980-10-10)
Maggie spends a frustrating day at the law courts, but has a more pressing matter to address when it comes transparent that somewhere on her the desk lies a buried clue to a major crime.
7 "Loyalties" Tony Parker James Gatward TBA 17 October 1980 (1980-10-17)
Maggie investigates when the wife of a wealthy business man is threatened by a masked man with a knife.
8 "Maggie's Luck" David Crane Nic Phillips TBA 24 October 1980 (1980-10-24)
Maggie and Steve both find themselves in love, but find themselves asking if they are with the right person.
9 "Shame" Roger Marshall Peter Moffatt TBA 31 October 1980 (1980-10-31)
Maggie investigates when a young boy is savagely beaten, but refuses to name his attacker.
10 "The Ring" Neil Rudyard Paul Annett TBA 7 November 1980 (1980-11-07)
Maggie embarks on an affair with Dave Connolly, who gives her a Victorian ring.

Series 3 (1981-1982)[edit]

Episode Title Written by Directed by Viewers
Original airdate
1 "Gifts" Terence Feely Christopher Hodson TBA 6 November 1981 (1981-11-06)
Maggie is intrigued when she starts to receive anonymous gifts in the post.
2 "Doubt" Anthony Biggam Paul Annett TBA 13 November 1981 (1981-11-13)
Maggie and Jimmy take a severe beating during a robbery.
3 "The Hit" Terence Feely Nic Phillips TBA 20 November 1981 (1981-11-20)
Maggie discovers that she has a marksman with a high-powered rifle loose on her patch.
4 "Scapegoat" Roger Marshall John Reardon TBA 27 November 1981 (1981-11-27)
Maggie investigates when a Jewish home is vandalized.
5 "Knife" Ray Jenkins Christopher Baker TBA 4 December 1981 (1981-12-04)
Maggie goes on the trail of a dangerous young escapee from a remand centre.
6 "Protection" Roger Marshall Carol Wiseman TBA 11 December 1981 (1981-12-11)
Maggie investigates a protection racket.
7 "Paint it Black" Kenneth Ware Nic Phillips TBA 18 December 1981 (1981-12-18)
A café proprietor is murdered and Maggie is on the case.
8 "Affray" James Doran Christopher Baker TBA 1 January 1982 (1982-01-01)
A WPC is in hospital after some youths have started a riot.
9 "Black Fox, White Vixen" Jeremy Burnham Nic Phillips TBA 8 January 1982 (1982-01-08)
Maggie investigates when a famous television actress receives death threats.
10 "One of These Days" Neil Rudyard Nic Phillips TBA 15 January 1982 (1982-01-15)
Maggie deals with a drunken bank robber.
11 "Vigil" Tony Parker Peter Creegan TBA 22 January 1982 (1982-01-22)
A New WPC arrives at Seven Dials.
12 "Damage" Peter J. Hammond Carol Wiseman TBA 29 January 1982 (1982-01-29)
Maggie's progress on a case is stalled by a personal crisis.
13 "Solution" Peter J. Hammond Carol Wiseman TBA 5 February 1982 (1982-02-05)
Maggie must consider her attitude towards euthanasia when investigating a case.

Series 4 (1982-1983)[edit]

Episode Title Written by Directed by Viewers
Original airdate
1 "Right of Entry" Neil Rudyard John Reardon TBA 22 October 1982 (1982-10-22)
A dead burglar and a case of paranoia add up to a difficult situation for Maggie.
2 "Be Lucky, My Uncle" Geoff McQueen Gerry Mill TBA 29 October 1982 (1982-10-29)
Maggie tries to track down a missing informant.
3 "Cause and Effect" Guy James Nic Phillips TBA 5 November 1982 (1982-11-05)
Steve highlights his plan to join the police force.
4 "Auctions" Chris Barlas Gerald Blake TBA 12 November 1982 (1982-11-12)
Maggie investigates dodgy dealings in the world of fine art.
5 "Dany" Ray Jenkins Gerald Blake TBA 19 November 1982 (1982-11-19)
Maggie tries to win the trust of a beautiful French student to find an important witness who is on the run from the German police and an international network of pornographers.
6 "Victims" Peter J. Hammond Christopher Hodson TBA 26 November 1982 (1982-11-26)
DS Barratt falls for a mugging victim.
7 "The Meat Rack" Roger Marshall Gerald Blake TBA 3 December 1982 (1982-12-03)
Maggie goes undercover as a prostitute to catch the man responsible for a series of knife attacks on women.
8 "Joker" Ray Jenkins Nic Phillips TBA 10 December 1982 (1982-12-10)
Maggie investigates when a fellow detective tries to frame an old villain for a jewellery theft.
9 "Tough, Mrs. Rudge" Anthony Couch Nic Phillips TBA 17 December 1982 (1982-12-17)
Maggie sets out to nail a gang of teenagers who have been terrorising local pensioners.
10 "Private Views" Tony Parker John Davies TBA 7 January 1983 (1983-01-07)
Maggie questions an informant who has information about a gang of thieves. Steve is concerned when a friend of his decides to quit the police college.
11 "Pressures" Kenneth Ware Nic Phillips TBA 14 January 1983 (1983-01-14)
Maggie begins to suffer from severe stress when faced with a bloody multiple murder.
12 "Weekend" Peter J. Hammond John Davies TBA 21 January 1983 (1983-01-21)
Phillips and Barratt investigate a bizarre marriage.
13 "Who's Afraid of Josie Tate?" Neil Rudyard Gerry Mill TBA 28 January 1983 (1983-01-28)
When a loyal wife becomes determined to help her jailed husband get justice, Maggie is forced to review the evidence.

Series 5 (1984)[edit]

Episode Title Written by Directed by Viewers
Original airdate
1 "Finders Keepers (Part One)" Neil Rudyard Gerry Mill TBA 1 September 1984 (1984-09-01)
Maggie returns to Seven Dials as her colleagues investigate a criminal gang.
2 "Losers Weepers (Part Two)" Neil Rudyard Gerry Mill TBA 8 September 1984 (1984-09-08)
Maggie and her colleagues are on the trail of forged bank notes that have fallen into the wrong hands.
3 "Do It Yourself" Guy James Bill Turner TBA 15 September 1984 (1984-09-15)
Maggie investigates a case of vigilante justice on a housing estate.
4 "The Conference" Tony Hoare Gerry Mill TBA 22 September 1984 (1984-09-22)
The Seven Dials team attend a police seminar about thefts from London hotels.
5 "The Good, the Bad and the Rest" Anthony Couch Gerald Blake TBA 29 September 1984 (1984-09-29)
Maggie tries to help when Steve learns of criminal activity at his college.
6 "Mad Dog" Terence Feely Peter Creegen TBA 6 October 1984 (1984-10-06)
A sick dog released from a laboratory by animal rights campaigners and a children's birthday party add up to a traumatic situation for Maggie.
7 "Wise Child" Guy James Gerald Blake TBA 13 October 1984 (1984-10-13)
Maggie investigates a con artist.
8 "Appearances Can be Deceptive" Neil Rudyard Gerald Blake TBA 20 October 1984 (1984-10-20)
Maggie thinks that a woman who has killed her abusive husband obviously acted in self-defence, until disturbing new facts emerge.
9 "Secrets" Peter J. Hammond Jonathan Wright-Miller TBA 27 October 1984 (1984-10-27)
Maggie investigates a woman who harbours an unpleasant secret.
10 "Fox and Hounds" Tony Hoare John Reardon TBA 3 November 1984 (1984-11-03)
Maggie is on the case when an old man is mugged and dies from his injuries.
11 "Cure" Peter J. Hammond Gerry Mill TBA 10 November 1984 (1984-11-10)
Maggie and Jake pose as a couple requiring the services of a faith healer.
12 "A Woman's World" Simon Masters Gerald Blake TBA 17 November 1984 (1984-11-17)
Maggie struggles with keeping her word to an informer.
13 "Exit Laughing" Neil Rudyard Gerry Mill TBA 24 November 1984 (1984-11-24)
A minor civil servant is found dead in exotic circumstances, and Maggie tries to protect his widow from publicity.