The Bill (series 17)

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The Bill (series 17)
Country of originUnited Kingdom
No. of episodes92
Original networkITV
Original release5 January –

21 December 2001
Series chronology
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Series 17 of British television drama The Bill consisted of 92 episodes, broadcast between 5 January and 21 December 2001. As well as 85 regular episodes, the series also included a series of seven special episodes featuring former Detective Sergeant Don Beech, and the newly promoted Detective Inspector Claire Stanton, one of which was filmed in Australia, which concludes the Beech storyline, which began in Series 16. Although the idea of making the series into a serial drama did not fully take effect until April 2002, many of the stories in the latter half of the year were multi-part stories, some containing up to six episodes, such as the "Night Games" saga. The two-part episode "Lifelines" is the last two-parter to feature in the series until the return of episode titles in 2007. On 14 August 2013, The Bill Series 17 Part 1 & 2 and The Bill Series 17 Part 3 & 4 DVD sets were released (in Australia).

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# Title Episode notes Directed by Written by Original air date
1"Appropriate Action"
Matt Healy and Sakuntala Ramanee guests star.Ed FraimanPaul Finch5 January 2001 (2001-01-05)
A teenage boy is found badly beaten underneath a railway bridge, and a young girl, Lisa, from the same school, is missing. Webb shows little interest in the case, so Cryer investigates the girl's disappearance himself. A local 'photographer', Andrew Morton, comes under Cryer's suspicions after revealing that he has an obsession with Lisa and her friends. He is later arrested when Harker spots him acting suspiciously by the canal, looking for something beneath a pile of rubbish. When Lisa turns out to have been hiding out at a friend's house the whole time, an angry and upset Cryer must rush to prevent Lisa's father from taking the law into his own hands by killing the innocent Morton.
2"Criminal Practice"
Clodagh Rodgers guest stars.Peter CregeenJ. C. Wilsher9 January 2001 (2001-01-09)
Webb and Riley wait outside a cafe, whilst inside McAllister is conducting a rather clumsy undercover sting on a suspected drug dealer. Cullen is furious when the suspect is released without charge following McAllister's poor handling of the case. Resentful of Singh's success in recruiting local informants, McAllister manages to coax some information from solicitor's clerk Jamie Ross, which eventually leads to a successful arrest when Ross's information blows apart a stabbing suspect's alibi. Pleased with her success, McAllister is determined to convince Ross to work as an informant for her. Meanwhile, Riley meets up with his brother Joe, who seems to be in some trouble with the Nottingham police.
3"Upon Information Received"
TBAPeter CregeenSimon Sharkey12 January 2001 (2001-01-12)
CID investigate a spate of car thefts, and McAllister's informant Jamie Ross gives her a tip-off about a gang of French car thieves working in the area. Ross is reluctant to name his contact though, who turns out to be Joe, Riley's brother. During a sting operation set up by McAllister, four members of the gang are arrested, but during their bail hearing, are broken out of Canley Crown Court by a trio armed with shotguns. An SO19 raid on Joe's lock-up sees the gang once again arrested before they manage to skip the country, but Riley must work hard to hide his brother's involvement, particularly as Ross informs McAllister that Joe's involvement goes much deeper than Riley thinks.
4"No Victim"
Zienia Merton and Andrew Bicknell guest star.Graeme HarperAndy Armitage16 January 2001 (2001-01-16)
Worrell and Quinnan attend to a woman threatening to jump off a bridge. She turns out to be Sarah Collins, the wife of DS Terry Collins from Stafford Row CID. Despite the doubts of some of her colleagues, Worrell is determined to pursue the matter as a domestic violence case. She convinces Sarah to make a statement and testify in court by telling Sarah of her own experience with domestic violence. The case is dismissed, however, when Sarah becomes reluctant to testify, and there are doubts about her character. When Worrell goes to check on her at the Collins house, she finds that Sarah has murdered her husband. Meanwhile, Quinnan struggles to find the right time to tell his wife about his affair with Page.
5"Common Language"
Harry Towb guest stars.Tania DiezNigel Baldwin19 January 2001 (2001-01-19)
A young Russian girl leads Smith out of a nightclub, where he is promptly attacked by three men. An innocent bystander attempts to prevent the attack but is himself badly injured. Chandler assigns Cullen to investigate the assault. They track down the Russian girl, Natasha Ivanova, through a language school, which seems to be recruiting students to work as prostitutes. Natasha is desperate as her visa is about to expire, and her sister has disappeared without trace. When her sister is found murdered, Smith realises the men responsible for her death and his assault are linked to a colleague from his old army unit, and goes all-out to discover why someone would want to have him beaten up.
6"PC Smith"
Harry Towb, Nick Patrick, Neil Daglish and Brenda Kempner guest star.Tania DiezChris McWaters23 January 2001 (2001-01-23)
Hoping it will convince Chandler to endorse his transfer to SO19, Smith volunteers with Klein to 'babysit' Clive Allein, the victim of a sexually motivated assault, who is reluctantly testifying against his assailant, Gary Cook, in court the next day. Smith nearly blows it when his angry reaction to Clive's partner Ian Jones's teasing causes Jones to run off, where he is promptly attacked. Allein subsequently refuses to testify, until Smith convinces him otherwise. The trial goes ahead, and the attacker is found guilty, but further threats from Cook's friend Paul Taylor cause Ian to storm off again, this time he goes missing. Smith and Klein fear the worst when a stabbing victim is reported.
7"Family Honour"
Michele Austin and Michelle Martin guest star.Jo ShoopKathrine Smith26 January 2001 (2001-01-26)
Chandler is speaking at a community meeting on the Larkmead Estate in an attempt to improve police relations with the residents, but vandalism and a petrol bomb cut short his talk. Meanwhile, Ackland is called to the house of local MP Stephen Hadley and his wife Fiona, where their infant child has died of serious injuries. Forensic examination reveals the baby was thrown to the floor, and Fiona claims her husband was responsible. Stephen is arrested, but denies Fiona's claim. A lack of evidence sees him released, but he is subsequently arrested again for attacking his wife when he returns home. Forensics later reveal that the baby's sibling is responsible for his death, leaving Ackland in a difficult position.
8"Words of Wisdom"
Michele Austin guest stars.Jo ShoopMarc Pye30 January 2001 (2001-01-30)
After an ear-bending from Marsha Harris, Chandler is determined to bring to an end the one-boy crime wave on the Larkmead Estate caused by resident hooligan Peter Rogers. Chandler persuades Ackland to talk to Peter's mother, and also tries to get Marsha Harris's daughter Cassie to make a statement to the police against Rogers, but both are too scared of the boy to comply. When Cassie Harris is found half-drowned in a river, and Stamp and Hollis turn up a CCTV tape of Rogers smashing up cars, it seems they may be able to put him away at last - although it turns out that Cassie's drowning was self-inflicted and the CCTV tape is actually Peter's brother Gavin trying to frame him for criminal damage.
9"Out of the Frying Pan"
Sidney Kean guest stars.Baz TaylorSimon Sharkey2 February 2001 (2001-02-02)
McAllister continues to get useful tip offs from her informant and lover, Jamie Ross, including information regarding a planned armed robbery on a betting shop. Meanwhile, Riley's brother Joe finds himself in the middle of a brewing turf war in Sun Hill, as he attempts to gain ground with his new hot dog vending business, much to Riley's dismay. Unaware that there are some very nasty players on the patch, Joe finds himself making many enemies, and when his lockup is set on fire and several of his vendors attacked, he has no choice but to reach out to his brother for help. Hollis and Hayward join Riley under cover as Joe's hot dog vendors in order to catch those responsible for the attacks.
10"Mexican Stand-Off"
TBABaz TaylorSimon Sharkey6 February 2001 (2001-02-06)
McAllister, acting on a tip off from Ross, offers Cullen information about a plan to intimidate witnesses in a high-profile court case. However, when Ross refuses to give up any further information, McAllister tapes a privileged conversation between Ross and his client, who admits on-tape to intimidating one of the witnesses in the court case. When Ross makes an official complaint McAllister, she turns to Riley for help, and threatens to expose his cover-up of his brother's involvement with the French car gang, unless he backs her up and says that he was present at all her meetings with Ross. Unaware that she has pushed her lover too far, McAllister goes all out to save her informant.
11"Cruise Control"
John Duttine guest stars.Jo JohnsonChris Fewtrell9 February 2001 (2001-02-09)
Webb poses as a 'rent-boy' in Eddington Park, a well-known gay beat in Sun Hill, as he and Lennox investigate a series of brutal attacks on gay men in the area. A car alarm alerts Webb and Lennox to the car of a local MLA parked in the bushes. When questioned, the MLA claims he was car-jacked and certainly was not 'cruising' in the park. He threatens legal action against the station, and Chandler moves quickly to prevent further damage to Sun Hill's reputation. A helpful security guard offers the police an observation post in a nearby office building, but Webb is suspicious of the guard's attitude. During an obbo, Webb finds the guard has left the building and realises he must be the attacker.
12"Real Crime"
TBAGraeme HarperPhillip Gladwin13 February 2001 (2001-02-13)
Harker and Klein find a naked woman, Lisa Hayes, in a garden. She claims that her husband, Neil, hit her and locked her out. Spears takes a particular interest in the case as Chandler has asked her to compile a paper on domestic violence. Meanwhile, Webb is investigating an attack on a lorry driver whose vanload of duty free was stolen following a trip to France. When Neil is later caught on video trying to break into where Lisa is staying, Webb notices crates of French booze in the back of his van. He is convinced Neil will lead them to the gang, and requests that he is bailed. Spears' sympathy for the victim starts to wear thin when she refuses to press charges and begins to harass her at work.
13"Home and Away"
TBAKen HannamMark Holloway16 February 2001 (2001-02-16)
Quinnan and Page attend a call to a suspected burglary, and find the occupier, Mrs Hoyle, who is deaf and blind, tied up in the wardrobe. Chandler is outraged when he finds out about the burglary in the local paper rather than from CID. Accompanied by a newspaper reporter, uniform raid the flat of Mick Corcoran, the prime suspect for the burglary. When he makes a run for it, he is cornered by Quinnan and Page. When he attacks Page with a pipe, Quinnan steps in to defend her, but goes berserk, kicking Corcoran so hard that he has to be restrained. Things look bleak for Quinnan when Corcoran starts convulsing, and he is forced to convince Monroe that is capable of the job.
14"Going Under"
New theme introducedKen HannamRichard Stoneman20 February 2001 (2001-02-20)
Quinnan arrives late for parade after rowing with Jenny, and ever the troublemaker, Boyden sends him out on patrol with Page, pairing Stamp and Hagen together. Both Quinnan and Page have trouble keeping their mind on the job, and events take a dangerous turn when Stamp is attacked by a gang of thugs on the Docklands Light Railway, and Quinnan is nowhere to be seen. When Jenny leaves him and returns to Dublin, Quinnan starts to crack up. He puts on his uniform after his shift and goes on a vigilante mission to find the gang responsible for the attack on Stamp. Webb later gets an anonymous call and finds some of the gang members tied up in a squat, having been attacked and pepper sprayed.
Departure of PC Dave QuinnanJohn DaviesAlison Fisher23 February 2001 (2001-02-23)
Quinnan stands and watches as a shopkeeper and a young woman are attacked by a gang of thugs in his local corner shop. When he finally turns up at the station, he identifies the leader of the gang as Robbie Gaitskill. Page turns up in tears, and she and the rest of the relief are concerned, as Quinnan seems to be cracking up. The crackheads arrested the previous night identify Quinnan as the policeman who attacked them. As Hagen and Page try to find him, Quinnan goes AWOL and tracks down the woman from the shop, Tricia Martin, and demands she tell him Gaitskill's address. Gaitskill is arrested, and Quinnan is told by Chandler to take his sick leave and seek professional counselling.
16–17"Long Shadows"
Lisa Maxwell and Michael Elphick guest star.Gwennan SageMaxwell Young2–6 March 2001 (2–6 March 2001)

Part One: When Lennox is accused of planting evidence in an armed robbery case, Meadows is determined to prove his innocence, and to find evidence to charge the suspect's accomplice, Phil Brown. Unfortunately, Brown claims to have been an informant for former Sun Hill alumni Don Beech, which makes Chandler determined to drop the case at all costs. When an old friend of Meadows' reveals that George Stubbs had previously bribed Chandler's DS at Park Rise, Meadows realises he has some ammunition against Chandler, and uses it to gain the leverage he requires on Brown. Meanwhile, Boyden and Hagen help Clarke recover her ASP when it is stolen whilst she was pursuing a robbery suspect.

Part Two: Under pressure from Chandler and the NCS to release Phil Brown, Meadows convinces Moira Scott to admit to George Stubbs's involvement in the armed robbery, as well as drug dealing. Meanwhile, Spears goes undercover as a cocaine buyer, and with some help from NCS and SO19, they catch Stubbs and his supplier red-handed with the drugs. During his interview, Stubbs makes an allegation of corruption against Chandler. Meadows realises that his allegations could be the final nail in Chandler's coffin, and goes all out to substantiate Stubbs' claim. However, before he is able to call in CIB, Cullen convinces Meadows he's only been told half the story, and pleads with him to find further evidence.
18"Higher Power"
Sara Stockbridge and Ian Burfield guest star.John DaviesMarcus Brent9 March 2001 (2001-03-09)
Carver attends to a drug dealer who is found badly beaten on the Larkmead Estate, but finds himself in a dilemma when one of his friends from his alcoholics anonymous group, Ossie, confesses to the crime. Suspicious of his motives, McAllister follows Carver when he tries to convince his friend to turn himself in, but to his horror, Ossie is arrested shortly after by McAllister. Carver realises that Ossie had suffered an alcoholic blackout at the time, and that the real beating was committed by a rival drug dealer on the Larkmead. As he goes all out to clear Ossie's name, the rest of the relief are forced to contend with the BIC gang, a group of youths who are harassing local shopkeepers.
19"Touched By Evil"
Tom Chadbon, Stafford Gordon, Ryan Early and Sakuntala Ramanee guest star.Ken GrieveRon Rose16 March 2001 (2001-03-16)
Clarke is delighted when her attachment to CID is approved by Monroe, but is soon forced to endear the use wisecracks from both the relief and the rest of CID. She and Glaze are tasked with investigating a series of break-ins. A connection has yet to have been established, and Glaze is no further forward with leads. When Clarke realises that the break-ins are all connected by surname, she and Glaze manage to find a prime suspect. Meanwhile, Conway and Cullen attend a rugby match between the Met and the Army, but events soon turn sour when Conway is abducted by a disgruntled soldier decides to take revenge on those responsible for the abuse he received while he was in a children's home.
20–21"The Leopard"
Harry Towb, John Cater and Ray Lonnen guest star.John DowerStephen Plaice20–23 March 2001 (20–23 March 2001)

Part One: Smith and Klein attend to Mr Kennedy, whose house and garden shed have been attacked by vandals repeatedly over the past few weeks. When Kennedy threatens to take matters into his own hands, Smith casually comments that he wouldn't blame him if he did. Smith and Klein both apply for new jobs: Smith submits his application to SO19, and Chandler wants Klein to take the position of partnership officer at the Town Hall. When Kennedy shoots a young boy, and insists that Smith told him to do so, Klein reluctantly confirms what was said, and Smith accuses him of grassing him up. After attacking Klein in the corridor, and under investigation by CIB, Smith is suspended from duty.

Part Two: Klein is offered the position of partnership officer, but he is shunned by the relief, who think he grassed Smith up to get the job. Cryer has a funny feeling about Kennedy, and decides to do some digging of his own, and he encourages Smith to do the same. With Klein's help, Smith infiltrates the gang of youths intimidating the local residents, and discovers that the real estate firm Mather & Devine is indeed behind the harassment. Meanwhile, Cryer uncovers the fact that Kennedy was a notorious East End gangster named Ken Franklin, who stored weapons for the Kray brothers, and that Kennedy's claim of shooting in self-defence is disproved by the forensic evidence and a witness statement.
Ray Lonnen and Juliet Cadzow guest star.Alan MacmillanPhil Ford27–30 March 2001 (27–30 March 2001)

Part One: Cryer is approaching his 30th year of service, but some of the senior officers at the station doubt he is still up to the job. Chandler assigns Cryer the difficult task of resolving a situation where a group of prostitutes are at loggerheads with a local residents group led by Councillor Angela Morris. Cryer suggests a 'zone of tolerance', a non-residential area where the prostitutes can work without upsetting the locals, and manages to convince the girls to give it a try. As Chandler heads off to a charity dinner, a call comes through that the Morris's house has been torched. Meanwhile, Smith attends his interview for transfer to SO19. He is successful, and leaves Sun Hill to join them.

Part Two: When the victim in a domestic disturbance turns up badly beaten and left for dead, her husband is adamant he had nothing to do with it. Mandy tells Cryer that the woman who was bashed, Cath Evans, was working as a prostitute, and that the councillor's husband Justin was one of her clients. But Justin in turn, having admitted his deeds to his wife, says that he was seeing Mandy as well, and that on the night of the fire, she turned up late and had blood on her clothes. Under pressure, Mandy finally admits to Cryer that Justin Morris is a client, and that he was paying her extra to keep it quiet. Although happy with the result, Chandler decides to scrap the 'zone of Tolerance' idea.
24"Promised Land"
Ray Lonnen and Tony Selby guest star.Chris LovettChris Ould3 April 2001 (2001-04-03)
Klein becomes personally involved when a group of Kosovan refugees housed at a council estate are harassed and attacked. Later, at a family gathering, Klein's cousin Jerry arrives and is praised by the family for his success. Meanwhile, Webb investigates a robbery at a clothing factory, and his investigations lead him to Norman Klein, his colleague's uncle. The link between the latest robbery and a previous one is revealed to be Jerry Klein, who assessed the security at both premises. When Jerry is found badly beaten, Klein decides he must tell the police about his cousin's possible involvement, which in turn results in Cullen catching the gang on their third operation.
25"Return of the Hunter"
Liza Walker guest stars.Ed FraimanStephen Plaice6 April 2001 (2001-04-06)
Cryer and Hayward attend an incident at a local school where an angry divorcee, Chris Finnessey, is demanding to see his son. When the boy's teacher warns the police of Finnessey's violent reputation and a possible restraining order against him, he grabs a Stanley knife and takes the teacher and Cryer hostage. Faced with an armed suspect and two hostages, Chandler calls in SO19, although the only Trojan unit available is that of the newly qualified Smith and Stanley. When Finnessey and his son leave the school building, Chandler gives authorisation to fire. Smith shoots first but to his horror, accidentally hits Cryer. Cryer survives the shooting, but his career in the police is over.
26"Tour of Duty"
First Appearance of Sgt Craig GilmoreAlbert BarberStuart Blackburn10 April 2001 (2001-04-10)
Visiting Cryer in hospital, Ackland is horrified to find that he doesn't know he has already been replaced at Sun Hill. His replacement is Craig Gilmore, who has transferred down from Manchester Police. Gilmore wastes no time in telling the relief that the rumours are true: he is gay. Meanwhile, Lennox investigates the harassment of a local publican by a gang of youths, but when Gilmore organises a 'beat sweep' of the local estates, they find the publican's daughter is involved with the gang and is feeding them information on the police raids. Her information leads the relief to an illegal drinking club. As the relief arrest the gang members, one of them accuses Harker of brutality.
27"Lies of Silence"
Guest appearance by DI Liz Rawton.Ron BainDerek Lister13 April 2001 (2001-04-13)
On temporary assignment to the Serious Crime Group, Lennox is surprised to find Liz Rawton is Acting DI at SCG. The body of a young girl, later identified as Hayley Spence, is found in a concrete slab in a cement works. Rawton and Lennox question the new owner of the cement works, Digby Leake, and Rawton tells Lennox off for his aggressive approach to the case. Hayley's ex-boyfriend tells them of a modelling agency, which doubled as an escort service, where Hayley worked. He also reveals that Hayley was pregnant, and the owner of the agency, Leon Walsh, may be the father. When Lennox finds a car containing Hayley's blood, forensics reveals that Hayley died of an ectopic pregnancy.
28"Over the Hill"
Aidan J. David guest stars.Michael Owen MorrisHenrietta Hardy17 April 2001 (2001-04-17)
It's Boyden's 40th birthday, and to make matters worse, he has to cancel a date to attend an outward pursuit weekend with Hagen and a group of wayward teenagers. CID investigate the serious bashing of an elderly man, and their prime suspect is Jason Wyatt, who had attacked the same man some months previously. Jason is one of the group with Boyden and Hagen, and his aggressive personality causes several arguments and fights over the weekend. Boyden forms a bond with the boy though, and suspects Jason's abusive father had more to do with the attack. Forensics prove him right, but Jason faces a manslaughter charge as the injuries he inflicted months ago caused his death.
29"Head Over Heels"
TBAAlbert BarberEd Jones20 April 2001 (2001-04-20)
Stamp joins a dating agency for professional people, telling them he is an antiques dealer, and as he is living in the section house, gives them Page's address. A CID operation involving forged banknotes goes wrong, and Gilmore tells Stamp and Hayward off when they pursue and arrest an armed suspect without backup. Webb and Spears investigate a series of robberies and discover a link to Stamp's dating agency. As he tries to keep his involvement undiscovered, CID discover Stamp's date Lisa invites men to stay at her flat and then arranges for their houses to be burgled. CID set up surveillance outside Page's house, and catch the thieves, and Stamp must sadly arrest Lisa.
30"Hitting Home"
Final appearance of Sgt. Bob Cryer departure of Dale Smith as PC, Ray Lonnen guest starsEd FraimanJim Davies24 April 2001 (2001-04-24)
The relief have organised a farewell party for Cryer, but he is not too keen to go, so Conway pays him a visit. The police inquiry clears Smith of charges relating to Cryer's shooting, although his probation period is extended. Worrell and Clarke attend a reported break-in at the house of a hippy couple, who claim a valuable necklace was stolen, and the intruder turns out to be a plumber who still has the key. Klein and Hayward are called when a strange young woman accuses her neighbour of torturing her elderly mother. When the old woman disappears, it appears she was taken by her son who is wanted for parole violation in Manchester. Cryer turns up for his leaving do with Smith in tow.
31"Value Judgement"
Ray Trickett and Dee Sadler guest star.Michael Owen MorrisJulian Spilsbury27 April 2001 (2001-04-27)
A man matching the description of a local paedophile is seen lurking outside a local school, but when he is questioned, he denies it. Outside the school, Hollis sees three men fighting, and one of them bundles a struggling young boy into a car. Hagen pursues in the Area Car, but when she swerves to avoid a head-on collision, damages the car. The case is treated as an abduction, but the boy's aunt reports that he is safe and well and living with his mother - or as safe as he can be, since his mother is living with local scumbag Shane Weller. The boy's mother tells Boyden that the man they have in custody is Murad Gocek, Jack's Turkish father, and that he wants to take the boy back to Turkey with him.
32"Collateral Damage"
Jenny McCracken guest stars.Ken GrieveJ.C. Wilsher1 May 2001 (2001-05-01)
McAllister is surprised to run into her former lover and informant Jamie Ross in a bar, when he returns to Sun Hill after the man who wanted him dead dies of a heart attack. Ross is in a new line of work: organising adventure holidays - but he still has plenty of inside knowledge, and when he and McAllister resume their relationship, he reveals information on the man responsible for a hit-and-run on a drug dealer and a schoolgirl. To McAllister's horror, she realises that Ross has used her, as he is deeply in debt to Brett Sadler, the man who ordered the drug dealer to be killed. Cullen convinces Ross to help them catch Sadler, but during the operation, Ross is shot and killed by a sniper.
33–34"A Week of Nights"
First appearance of PC Des Taviner, Mark Monero guest starsMichael FergusonLen Collin4–8 May 2001 (4–8 May 2001)

Part One: New Area Car driver Des Taviner makes an instant impression on the relief when he starts work on the night shift at Sun Hill, with his good manner and sharp wit. He clashes with Worrell, and demands she be taken off Area Car duty with him, as he says she is "clueless". Paired with Hollis, Taviner chats up two girls waiting for the night bus and offers them a lift home. Glaze makes a breakthrough in a series of brutal rapes on the Jasmine Allen estate, and when residents report a woman screaming on Canley Fields, all Sierra Oscar units race to the scene. Taviner is sympathetic towards the victim, prostitute Lynn Roberts, and vows to get the man responsible.

Part Two: McAllister and Glaze are certain they've got their man for the Jasmine Allen rapes: Lenworth Lomanu, a convicted rapist who was seen by Klein and Stamp in the vicinity at the same time as Lynn Roberts was attacked. Taviner is not so sure, and he suspects that the young man he and Worrell questioned outside a pharmacy before it was robbed is responsible. As Taviner and Hollis do their own investigation, Lomanu's arrest causes a near riot on the Jasmine Allen, and Gilmore is attacked when he returns two housewives to the estate. Taviner gets his man, Conrad James, but his solicitor gets him off the hook. Clear evidence that Conrad is dealing drugs gives Taviner the opportunity to raid his house.
TBASusan TullyJim Gutherie11 May 2001 (2001-05-11)
Klein and Taviner arrest two men fighting in the street. Glaze is surprised to see one of the men is his old school friend, Lol Redman. He is even more surprised when Redman is charged with racial assault after the other man, Devon Russell, says Redman called him by a racist name. Redman is bailed, and Glaze arranges to meet him in the pub later. As Glaze waits, Redman is arrested again outside Russell's house, and Russell claims to have a tape of Redman's verbal abuse. McAllister visits Russell's wife whilst he makes a statement, and she admits that she and Redman had an affair, and that her husband is a violent and paranoid man, and that Redman was just concerned about her well-being.
36"Billy the Kid"
TBAGed MaguireNigel Baldwin15 May 2001 (2001-05-15)
A ten-year-old boy who calls himself "Billy the Kid" is arrested twice in one day, and when Boyden speaks to him, he reveals he wanted to speak to the police without being a grass, and that he is concerned about his sister, Kate, an underage prostitute who is being used by her stepfather in a blackmail scam. DI Jane Edmonds from SCG arrives to investigate the scam. When Billy is hit by a car, he is abducted from St Hugh's hospital by Kate and their stepfather Tom Adams, who is behind the blackmail and whom Kate is besotted with. Edmonds is all for arresting Adams when they use one of the previous victims in a sting operation, but Boyden risks letting him go so he will lead them to the missing kids.
37"Still Crazy"
Return of PC Dave QuinnanSusan TullyRichard Stoneman18 May 2001 (2001-05-18)
Quinnan returns to duty, and is determined to prove to everyone that he's back to normal after his breakdown. Out in a panda car, Quinnan sees a man shot in the head in a van in a pub cark park. He calls for assistance, but by the time reinforcements arrive, the victim, the van and the main witness have disappeared. Desperate to prove his sanity, Quinnan pursues the case vigorously, and enlists the help of an informant, who unbeknown to him, is Riley's brother Joe, who asks the wrong people the wrong questions, and finds himself on the receiving end of a nasty beating. Meanwhile, Page is outraged by a practical joke played by Taviner, but she and Quinnan get their revenge in a most amusing way.
Russell Tovey guest stars.Bruce McDonaldNicholas McInerny & Tanika Gupta25 May-1 June 2001 (25 May-1 June 2001)

Part One: Singh goes undercover to a 'car cruise', where he becomes involved with a well-organised car ringing gang led by Kevin North, in order to gather information on a scam involving stolen cars, of which leads are very few and far between. Meanwhile, Webb tries to cultivate an unofficial 15-year-old snout named Tyro Shaw, in the hope that he will grass up his father, Steve Shaw, an old nemesis who has a list of previous convictions. Singh poses as a car thief, and is soon initiated with the gang, even gaining a meeting with North's boss, Jennifer Salter. As Webb gets frustrated by Shaw's dead-end leads, Singh discovers he is working with the gang and pushes him too far about his involvement.

Part Two: Tyro Shaw threatens to blow Singh's cover in the car-ringing gang, but is convinced otherwise by Webb. Meanwhile, Singh seems to have impressed both Kevin North and his boss, Jennifer Salter, who seems quite taken with him. After a passionate encounter, Salter tells Singh the gang are moving on to Manchester, after North suspects something suspicious is going on, and he realises he must gather the evidence he needs to convict the gang in North's office. As Singh enters the office, Webb realises that Tyro Shaw has set them up, and Singh is abducted by North and Salter. Webb convinces Tyro to tell them where Singh has been taken, and CID narrowly rescue him.
40"Suffer the Little Children"
Alex Norton and Rosie Cavaliero guest star.Ron BainPaul Powell8 June 2001 (2001-06-08)
Cullen leads a drugs raid on a warehouse owned by his old nemesis, Terry Barlow, but finds nothing. Cullen is furious with Glaze, whose snout tipped them off about drugs on the premises. Harker and Rickman deal with a domestic case involving an argumentative couple, the Carters, and their baby. Neither case makes any progress until a neighbour reports that Barlow has been to visit the Carters on several occasions. Determined to get one up on CID, Harker puts the pieces together and comes up with a theory that the Carters are putting their baby up for sale on the Guatemalan black market with the help of a doctor at St Hugh's, and Barlow is the broker. Despite warnings from Glaze, Harker presses on.
41–42"Happy and Glorious"
Tessa Peake-Jones and John Bleasdale guest star.Rob BaileyMark Holloway15 June 2001 (2001-06-15)

Part One: The Section House is closing, and Hollis is not only looking for a new place to live, but he is also applying for a transfer to SO14, the Royal Protection unit. He is about to buy a flat owned by an elderly friend, Doreen Tyler, but she changes her mind at the last minute, so he moves in with Stamp temporarily. Hollis's intuition gives CID an important lead on a planned armed robbery, but his uniformed colleagues conspire against him to have Klein organise the Section House closing party instead of him. Upset that his colleagues no longer value his credibility, Hollis decides to skip the party and goes round to visit Doreen, only to find her lying on her living room floor with head injuries.

Part Two: With no alibi, Hollis is the prime suspect for Doreen's murder, and he is suspended from duty. While CID try to trace the victim's long lost daughter, with little to no information, Stamp and Klein try to find an alibi for Hollis. They interview a witness outside of Doreen's house, who claims that he saw Hollis hanging around the property more than hour before he stated that he arrived. With the evidence mounting, Stamp and Klein's only hope of clearing Hollis' name lies with a tom, who provides a statement claiming that Hollis was with her at the time of Doreen's death. When a scam involving her 'long-lost daughter' comes to light, Hollis is cleared and CID attempt to track the imposter down.
43–44"Gun Crazy"
Peter Halliday and Martyn Whitby guest star.Richard HolthouseGregory Evans19–22 June 2001 (19–22 June 2001)

Part One: A mad gunman is on the loose in Sun Hill. Chandler takes a personal interest in the case, but when he confides his reasons to a young woman who was threatened by the gunman, he is horrified to find she was a journalist and the story is published in the Sun Hill Gazette. Feeling unappreciated in the job, Meadows considers other options, and attempts to smooth things over with his long-suffering wife, Laura. Meadows teams up with McAllister and the two of them strike out on their own, and after a few close calls, arrest their prime suspect: a motor mechanic named Alan Merrick, who has a history of firearms offences. As they interview him, however, the gunman strikes again.

Part Two: Chandler and Cullen are not too pleased after Meadows and McAllister release their prime suspect, Alan Merrick. Meanwhile, Lennox receives a call from the Army, informing them of another possible suspect, a recent deserter named Jason Starr. As Meadows and the team capture Starr following a stakeout on the Larkmead estate, McAllister and reporter Andrea Roper are taken hostage by Merrick and Matty Fletcher after investigating the contents of Merrick's basement. As the situation intensifies, Merrick shoots Fletcher when he tries to leave the building, and is himself shot dead by SO19. Meadows and McAllister are congratulated by Chandler for their handling of the situation.
45"The Jury's Out"
Barry Jackson, T. P. McKenna, Malcolm Rogers and Andrew Powell guest stars.Graham MooreArthur Ellis26 June 2001 (2001-06-26)
After a minor car accident in the High Street, Carver breathalyses an elderly man, but takes sympathy on him and allows him to leave in a taxi. The man turns out to be Hugh Alexander, a High Court judge with a renowned pro-police stance, and Carver finds himself suspected of showing bias, particularly when the other man involved in the accident threatens legal action against the Met. At the trial of a man accused of murdering a police officer, Worrell feels marginalised as a black officer when she is asked to testify and be a character witness for the dead officer. Conway meets with Gary Fablon, and discovers that Fablon is addicted to litigation, and the accident was his fault.
46"Lick of Paint"
Mary Tamm, Ashley Walters and Paul Antony-Barber guest star.Ged MaguireGeoff Lindsay29 June 2001 (2001-06-29)
A spate of graffiti taggings in Sun Hill sees the police showing zero tolerance to the perpetrators. Carver is sympathetic towards an alcoholic teacher at Canley Art College when his classroom and students' work are defaced. Boyden asks Hagen to move in with him, but she is reluctant, wanting her own space. To her outrage, Boyden moves her belongings to his house as a surprise. Boyden arranges for the council to paint a wall blank to set a trap for the graffitists, catching quite a few in the process. The defacement at the art college turns out to have been committed by the teacher who is jealous that one of his students is sleeping with his ex-girlfriend, life model Moira Sutherland.
Daniel Mays guest stars.Graeme HarperEd Jones3 July 2001 (2001-07-03)
Clarke has been working double shifts all week, and goes behind Ackland's back to get some more overtime from Boyden as she is desperately in debt. Taviner promises her sometime in the Area Car, much to Hollis's annoyance. Taviner and Clarke interview Warren Debdale, a student who was brutally beaten, but he insists he didn't know the perpetrators. His father suspects the boy's friends are involved, but Glaze discovers the father is being blackmailed by a drug smuggling gang. Assigned to watch Warren in the hospital, Clarke has a coffee with a nurse, and is horrified to find Warren missing when she returns. Clarke's flatmate then threatens to throw her out unless she pays the rent.
Tommy Boyle guest stars.Graeme HarperNeil Clarke6 July 2001 (2001-07-06)
Glaze is outraged when Clarke falls asleep on an obbo watching the Borrovitch brothers, who are suspected of running a protection racket. Taviner and Clarke then investigate the theft of stolen diggers on a building site. The main suspect is Mick Abbott, an occasional employee at the site, and when they visit him in the bus where he lives, his wife reacts angrily and attacks Clarke. Desperate to clear her debt, Clarke begins moonlighting in telesales at her flatmate's company. While out at a bar with her new co-workers, she spots the Borrovitch brothers, allowing Glaze to make a connection with the stolen diggers and German arms dealers, and a successful raid sees all the culprits behind bars.
Cindy O'Callaghan guest stars.Ken GrieveNeil Clarke10 July 2001 (2001-07-10)
Clarke fails her probationer exams, and goes AWOL instead of returning to the station. A gang of thieves on rollerblades are rampant in Sun Hill, and their mobility makes it very difficult for the police to catch them. Taviner arrests a girl, Jackie Burns, at a skate park, but she insists she was just watching the skaters. As the skate gang gets more violent, animosity between Worrell and Clarke also grows fiercer, and the two come to blows in the corridor. A tearful Clarke admits her debt problem to Taviner. Scrutinising CCTV footage reveals Jackie's involvement with the gang: she phones them when a potential victim withdraws money from an ATM. Clarke discovers her telesales commission has fallen through.
Patrick Cremin guest stars.Ken GrieveStuart Blackburn & Debbie Jones13 July 2001 (2001-07-13)
Clarke unsuccessfully applies for a police loan. Taviner buys her a pushbike and suggests she sell her scooter, but she is far from impressed. Meanwhile, Carver and Rickman find a young boy, Gavin Billson, overdosed on drugs, and Glaze and Webb investigate some of the local dealers. When it turns out Gavin overdosed on diamorphine, and after several dead ends, suspicion falls on Dr Stuart Bremner, a doctor at St Hugh's, who is also the boyfriend of Clarke's friend Ruth. A review of the hospital's CCTV footage reveals Ruth herself sneaking into a storeroom, and Clarke is forced to arrest her best friend. When Ruth refuses to grass up her lover, Clarke finds herself in a very difficult position.
51–53"The Dark Side"
Neil Fitzmaurice, June Page and Timothy 'Runty' Hollands guest star.John Howard Davies & Chris LovettRod Lewis, Stephen Plaice & Manjit Singh17–24 July 2001 (17–24 July 2001)

Part One - The Dark Side: Hayward breaks down during a talk with primary school pupils, when he is forced to talk about the death of his sister. Gilmore is not happy, but the teacher thinks Hayward's sensitivity will help the students get the message, and may also help them trust Hayward enough to report a bully. An old friend of his sister's asks him out, although when he meets her at a gallery opening, Hayward thinks her friends are dealing drugs. Klein and Hayward find the bully, "Red", who has been using two fierce dogs to steal money and mobile phones from school children. They trace the dogs to the flat of drug-addicted prostitute Stacy Dodds, and a search of her flat uncovers a large stash of heroin.

Part Two - Angel Rooms: Hayward and Klein arrange to get their stories straight over the missing bag of heroin. Stacy insists her pimp forced her to deal drugs and have sex with "Red". Clarke ends up sleeping with "Phil the Pill", and is surprised when he turns up at Sun Hill the next day and announces himself as DC Phil Raven from the Drugs Squad. Raven arrests Benji Pullinger for intent to supply, but inevitably the missing bag is mentioned in the interview. Station gossip starts to point towards Klein, and Hayward confesses to Gilmore what really happened. While out at a nightclub with his new girlfriend, Fiona, Hayward sees Raven selling drugs, and discovers that he and Fiona are former acquaintances.

Part Three - Paint it Black: With Klein's help, Hayward tries to set up a sting to catch Raven in the act, by offering to sell him the missing bag of heroin. They decide to meet in a car park, and Hayward, carrying a bag full of baking soda, is surprised when the tables are turned on him and Raven arrests him for possession. Klein's doubts about an unstable Hayward seem to be justified when his friend puts his life in the hands of Raven, and the undercover cop begins to show his unconventional methods. Meanwhile, back at the station, suspicions begin to grow about Hayward's innocence, and the relief are flabbergasted when they discover that Hayward has been arrested for possession with intent to supply.
54"Eye of the Lens"
Dean Lennox Kelly and Roderick Smith guest star.Chris LovettPhillip Gladwin31 July 2001 (2001-07-31)
Chandler assigns Spears to a project involving CCTV cameras in the area. When a number of cameras are damaged, two youths who have threatened one of the operators, Pat Spencer, are suspected, but the culprit turns out to be Robert Slade, whom the youths call "weird". Spears discovers that Robert lives in community care, and in interview, he reveals that he thinks the cameras are specifically spying on him. Hollis finds a picture that Slade has taken of a shopping centre security guard, Tony Malone, being given an envelope by known robber Roger Franklin, who has just finished doing time. Cullen assigns both Singh and Spears to find out how all these disparate players are involved in the operation.
55"Another Country"
John Woodvine and Morris Perry guest star.John Howard DaviesChris Ould3 August 2001 (2001-08-03)
While on foot patrol on the Jasmine Allen estate, Carver contends with an elderly man, Ronnie Atkins, who wants to deal with the local youths "his way". When Atkins's best friend, Len Harrap, is found having fallen from the top of the building, Carver suspects foul play and investigates further. Harrap's GP tells him that Len was recently suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, and that he had served with British forces during the Korean War. When a man matching the description of the association secretary, Charles Barratt, is reported to have left Len's flat, Atkins realises what has happened. Carver's investigation leads him to discover the cover-up of possible war crimes.
Karl Howman guest starsBrian Parker & Frank W. SmithLen Collin, Steve Hawes & Scott Cherry7–17 August 2001 (7–17 August 2001)

Part One - Going Underground: When an undercover officer from the Met's Football Intelligence Unit is found stabbed after a football game, Chandler and Ch Insp Morys from FIU send a Sun Hill team to infiltrate Britannia, the hooligan gang responsible, and investigate their leader, a former police sergeant named Julian "The Nap" Napper. Webb goes undercover as builder Mickey Malone, with support from McAllister as his girlfriend, and Riley and Quinnan as his workmates. Webb successfully makes contact with gang member Gary Hughes, and meets Napper when the gang travel north for a game. Keeping a low profile and gathering information, Webb manages to make an ally out of Gary Hughes.

Part Two - To Us and Ours: Webb is close to infiltrating the gang, despite the suspicions of some of its members: suspicions which fire up when McAllister, posing as his girlfriend, turns up to a gang meeting overdressed and wearing Givenchy perfume. Napper smells a rat and follows McAllister as she desperately tries to find a hospital to keep her cover intact. Napper catches up with her and accuses her of being an undercover reporter. With her cover blown, McAllister returns to Sun Hill. Chandler blasts her for her stupidity, and forces her to take notes as they hear Webb taking a severe beating from Napper's thugs. Napper stops the beating and welcomes Webb as a full-fledged member of Britannia.

Part Three - Kick Off: The England game is on, and the Britannia gang are set for a battle with the "Dogs of Hell", an opposing European gang of hooligans. Webb is assigned to find the location of the pre-match meeting, while Riley and Quinnan go undercover at the match itself. To Riley's horror, Quinnan is arrested when he accuses a photographer of inciting violence. Webb, meanwhile, is on his own after a mix-up about the meeting location, and ends up in the thick of a pitched battle between the gangs. When the nearest riot unit available are deployed from Sun Hill, Webb's cover is blown when he is recognised by some of his fellow officers, and he returns to the station to turn out the evidence.

Part Four - Stand By Me: A series of dawn raids captures most of the Britannia gang, but Julian Napper and Gary Hughes are still at large. With Napper on the loose, Chandler and Meadows insist Webb go into hiding, but he refuses to be intimidated, even when Lennox's wife's car goes up in flames. Webb convinces Gary Hughes to tell him where "The Nap" is, but Napper still manages to stay one step ahead of the police every time. Chandler and Morys begin to suspect that Webb is the one informing Napper of their movements, but Riley and Quinnan's investigations turn up the FIU's DS John Curtis as Napper's brother-in-law and the informant. Webb then races to Napper's hideout to try and save Hughes.
60"Beech on the Run"
90-minute special, return of Don Beech and Claire Stanton. John Noble and Jason Clarke guest star.Ian WhiteSteve Griffiths19 August 2001 (2001-08-19)
Nine months after he seconded from Sun Hill, Beech turns up in Sydney, Australia, and almost immediately hooks up with Frankie Nguyen, a Vietnamese-Australian woman with contacts in Sydney's criminal underworld. Together, she and Beech engage in a ruthless crime spree and are soon wanted by the Australian Federal Police, a rival Vietnamese gang and a ruthless and determined Stanton, who has arrived to arrest Beech and extradite him to Britain for the murder of Boulton nine months earlier. The chase comes to a head at a Sydney dock, and as Beech tries to make a getaway in his new boat, Stanton fires a shotgun after him, blowing up the boat and leaving Beech missing, presumed dead.
61–66"Beech is Back"
Final appearance of Claire Stanton, departure of Don BeechDerek Lister & Justin HardyTony McHale21 August 2001 (2001-08-21) -
7 September 2001

Part One: Beech returns to London and pulls off a £6.5 million pound safety deposit box robbery, using a car bomb as a distraction. Stanton, now with a security firm, is assigned the task of retrieving documents stolen in the heist for a particularly rich client. While Beech's old friend Tommy cashes up his haul, Beech's firm are becoming increasingly frustrated at not receiving their cut of the cash. While Stanton continues to engineer the safe return of the documents, and organises a drop off, she spots none other than Frankie Nguyen getting into the back of a cab. Tommy is then attacked by Frankie in a jealous rage, and when Beech arrives to collect his haul, he finds Tommy's lifeless body on the kitchen floor.

Part Two: Beech informs Tommy's daughter Stella that her father was murdered, and promises to find his killer. Meanwhile, Frankie panics about being seen by Stanton, who is hot on her tail. Stanton is pulled in for questioning over her contact with Greneski, and plants the theory that Beech is still alive and is responsible for the robbery. Frankie starts to become more and more agitated at the fact that Beech wants to stick around in London, and Beech gets the shock of his life when Stanton turns up at Tommy's shop. Tommy's granddaughter Rachel then engineers a meeting between Stanton and Beech at a local graveyard, but Beech is determined not to let Stanton get the better of him once again.

Part Three: Beech takes Stanton hostage in his car, but on the way to a secret location, is pulled over by two uniform PCs for his erratic driving. Posing as 'Matthew Boyden' from Sun Hill, Beech once again makes good his escape and takes Stanton to an underground bunker where Frankie urges him to kill her. When he refuses, Frankie decides she'll have to do it herself, or risk being taken in and imprisoned. Beech unapproves of Frankie's methods when she uses forms of torture to gather information from Stanton. Frankie realises that Beech may no longer be on her side, so she goes over the side and offers to help Stanton in any way she can, firstly by letting her free from her handcuffs.

Part Four: Beech's trust in Frankie begins to slip, and as he sends her out on a number of errands, he keeps an increasingly twitchy Stanton under lock-and-key. However, Stanton manages to make radio contact with an outsider and he alerts Peters and Belmarsh, who begin a search for the underground bunker where she is being held. In an effort to escape, Stanton breaks the lock and shatters any chances of Beech letting her go. As the team locate Stanton's hiding place, they are forced to use cutting equipment to get through the steel door into the bunker. However, Beech hides three propane gas canisters behind the door, and an explosion ensues, securing his safe escape from capture once again.

Part Five: Beech manages to get himself back to London, but suspects that Frankie has double-crossed him, so he finds a new ally in the form of Rachel, Tommy's granddaughter. As Rachel holds Beech up in an apartment supposedly owned by her married lover, Stanton is recovering in hospital. When Beech discovers that Frankie is trying to broker the deal without him, he goes in search of his former partner, only to be cornered by Giorgio, who turns up at the handover and demands his share of the money. When Beech tries to corner him, a gun goes off, injuring Beech and broker Lomax. However, in the ensuing gunfire, Frankie is killed, and in return, Beech exacts revenge on Giorgio, killing him.

Part Six: Beech escapes yet again, but this time, he is wounded, and is unaware that a fully recovered Stanton is hot on his tail. Stanton trails Rachel and discovers that she is sleeping with Mal Lockye, a bent police officer whose deposit box was raided by Beech during the robbery, and Rachel has been setting up Beech in order to take all of the money. As a wounded Beech makes good his escape, his plan falls to pieces when he realises what Rachel has done, and Stanton arrives to take hold of the situation. Beech soon realises there is nowhere left to turn, and hands himself in. A smug Stanton watches on as Beech is sentenced to life imprisonment for robbery and the murder of John Boulton.
67–69"Trust, Part II"
Part 1 was set to air on September 11th, 2001 however was delayed for 3 days by the ITV Network Centre. EPG listings still stated this was to be transmitted on 9/11.Mike Adams & Michael MorrisStephen Plaice & Marcus Brent14–21 September 2001 (14–21 September 2001)

Part One - On a Clear Day: Rickman's loyalties are divided when she's faced with the return of her ex-lover, Leroy Jones. Harker tries to warn her that Leroy is still up to no good, and soon discovers that Leroy is under surveillance by National Crime Squad. Meanwhile, Cullen is trying to prove his worth to the NCS, and uses the news of Leroy's return to try to get his feet under the table. When Leroy is implicated in an investigation regarding an undercover police officer, Rickman wonders if she has given too much information away, and finds herself testing her own loyalties. As Klein and the rest of relief celebrate his birthday, Leroy asks a stunned Rickman to leave Sun Hill and move to South Africa with him.

Part Two - Come Live With Me: As Harker becomes involved in the NCS investigation, he warns Rickman about Leroy's suspected connection with heroin smuggling and a triple-homicide, but she doesn't believe him until she confronts Leroy. With the help of Nina, a woman he met in the hotel lobby, Harker keeps tabs on Leroy's movements until the NCS and CID make their move and raid a nightclub owned by one of Leroy's associates, Jan Resenbrink. A search of the furniture by Customs reveals no drugs as suspected, so Leroy is released. As he angrily heads off to the airport, leaving behind a distraught Rickman, his fingerprints are found on a gun used to murder an undercover NCS officer, DS Hanbury.

Part Three - In Another Life: Harker tells Cullen that he knows Leroy didn't kill DS Hanbury, but CID use the charge as leverage to convince Leroy to help them catch Resenbrink. Rickman attends a possibly racially motivated attack on Didi Marr, the boy who was found with heroin on the Bronte Estate. His attacker is Nicky Gable, and the racial element of the case becomes unlikely when it is revealed that Gable is in mourning for his mixed-race brother. Harker arranges with Leroy to escape, and offers to clear him of the murder charge on the condition that he ends his relationship with Rickman. With Leroy's help, Cullen and Pennington arrest Resenbrink, but when he is freed on bail, disaster strikes.
TBAHerbert WisePhil Ford25 September 2001 (2001-09-25)
A gang of masked girls armed with baseball bats run riot at a wedding, but escape with the presents before Taviner and Hollis can catch them. The gang have been causing headaches for Sun Hill for weeks, and although she is not involved in the case, Chandler sends Spears to visit the local schools, ostensibly to encourage students to join the Met's Volunteer Cadet Corps, but secretly to obtain information on the gang and its members. The gang's violence intensifies and the bride's sister, Debbie Pike, is found badly beaten after an altercation with a mother and her baby on the high street. As rumours about her and Chandler fly around the station, Spears pushes an eager schoolboy informant too far.
71"Liquid City"
Hilda Braid guest stars.Herbert WisePhillip Gladwin28 September 2001 (2001-09-28)
Chandler assigns Spears to work on Sun Hill's burglary statistics after a bungled riverside obbo, and she finds a link between a number of break-ins. Chandler is furious when Cullen hires a criminal profiler, Roy Stenning, but his information gets CID close to a likely suspect. Rumours about the relationship between Spears and Chandler are rife throughout the station, and Spears is not popular with her colleagues, who accuse her of sleeping her way to the top. The intruder soon strikes again, this time setting a house alight, killing two children. With only Webb willing to help her, Spears tracks down the drifter responsible, Charlie McGann, whose family was killed in a fire in Glasgow.
72–74"Debt of Love"
Jaime Murray, Nick Brimble and Archie Panjabi guest star.Penelope Shales & Michael Owen MorrisJulie White & Hugh Ellis2–9 October 2001 (2–9 October 2001)

Part One - A Pound of Flesh: The relief find themselves short-staffed with Boyden having taken leave. Singh investigates several assault cases, which he believes are down to a moneylender getting heavy handed when calling in a debt. Ackland sees the mother of one of the victims talking to Amy, Boyden's daughter, and it turns out she is also in debt to the loan shark. When Amy is arrested for petty theft, Ackland convinces Boyden to talk to her, and when Amy is assaulted by the loan shark's thugs, Boyden resolves to pay off her debt himself. When he turns up with the money, he is recognised by one of the men as a police officer, blows a CID raid on the office and Amy finds herself in grave danger.

Part Two - Home Run: Boyden goes all out to protect his daughter Amy after the arson attack on her flat. Hagen is sceptical of Amy's true motives, and her suspicions are confirmed when she finds her going through her bag. Meanwhile, Singh pressures one of his informants, Shanaz, into setting up a drug deal with the Mullens. However, unbeknown to him, the operation has already been rumbled and his informant is about to become the victim of a savage beating. Whilst out on patrol, Hagen and Carver catch sight of Amy and decide to follow her. They witness a drug deal taking place involving Amy, Ashley Mullen and an unknown courier from the estate. Having no choice but to report it, Amy is arrested.

Part Three - Debt of Love: Ackland visits Boyden at home to discuss Amy's disappearance, and offers to help with his granddaughter, Sophie. Later, Hagen arrives, but their encounter is frosty, as Boyden still hasn't forgiven her for shopping Amy. With no formal police co-operation, Boyden sets out to find his daughter himself. Police informant Tyne tells Singh that Amy is a drugs courier for Ashley Mullen. Despite Amy's involvement, Cullen agrees to a covert operation at the next drop. Meanwhile, Boyden manages to trace Amy, who claims to be in great danger, and begs him to look after Sophie until she has sorted things out. As Boyden lets her go, Hagen rings to alert him about CID's plans.
75"Blood and Money"
Robert Blythe, Andrew McCulloch and Desmond McNamara guest star.JJ KeithChris Ould12 October 2001 (2001-10-12)
Boyden meets up with an old acquaintance, ex-fighter Billy Briggs, who tells him about an illegal fight being organised by Kieron O'Shea, and offers his services as an informant. Boyden visits a gym, where Briggs' story is confirmed, but he also learns that Briggs is also taking part in the fight. Boyden transfers the case to CID, who show an interest and request further information. Briggs admits to Boyden that, despite medical advice, he is taking part in the fight, as he owes O'Shea money. Boyden goes undercover in attempt to catch O'Shea, but his cover is quickly blown and O'Shea is arrested. Briggs, however, is frightened into withdrawing his allegation, and the case looks on the verge of collapse.
76"Hidden Agendas"
Gerard Murphy and Gordon Warnecke guest star.JJ KeithJulian Spilsbury16 October 2001 (2001-10-16)
Hagen and Boyden are once again paired together during an obbo on the Padfield brothers, who are suspected of several attacks on transvestites. However, during the arrest, Boyden has trouble with one of the suspects and is unable to fully caution him. When a witness to one of the assaults comes forward and identifies the Padfields, CID are confident of getting a result. However, Padfield complains that he wasn't fully cautioned. Despite Boyden's insistence, Meadows demands confirmation, and Boyden realises his only hope lies with Hagen. Despite the urgings of Meadows, Hagen refuses to vouch for him. Hagen makes a last-ditch effort to save their relationship, but Boyden throws her out.
Final appearances of PC Vicky Hagen and Ch. Supt. Guy Mannion, Clare Clifford and Margot Leicester guest star.Roberto BanguraStephen Plaice & Neil Clarke19–26 October 2001 (19–26 October 2001)

Part One - Lifelines: Hagen realises she is running out of friends at Sun Hill when Clarke and Rickman decide to go on a girls' night out without her. As she and Stamp investigate the mugging of pensioner Archie Dodds, who has had his wallet taken by a youth, her impatience begins to get the better of her, and she reprimands Stamp for not driving fast enough. When the mugger is spotted assaulting another pensioner, Stamp and Hagen set off in pursuit. However, when Stamp stops to help the victim, the suspect manages to escape. Hagen, out of spite, then invites herself to the girls' night out, and quickly picks up a date in the club. As she takes him home to Page's flat, disaster strikes.

Part Two - Sacrifices: As the dead body of her one-night stand, Rob Tucker, is carried out of Page's flat, Hagen is taken into Sun Hill by CID for a taped interview. She is soon cleared of any involvement, as Rob's death was clearly a suicide, but is determined to find out what drove Rob to kill himself. Off-duty, Hagen discovers that his real name was Rob Seaton, and that he had recently served a prison term for rape. Meanwhile, Carver arrests a violent husband when he attacks a police officer. When Taviner gets hold of the tape of Hagen's interview, he plays a cruel prank, playing the tape over the PA system. While Chandler and Mannion are furious, the results spell the end of Hagen's career at Sun Hill.
79"White Cliffs of Dover"
TBAJohn BruceSteve Handley2 November 2001 (2001-11-02)
Meadows is approached by a German lawyer, Eva Melchor, who has an interesting proposal from her client, a notorious armed robber named Paul Kerrigan. Kerrigan's sister Rene is dying, and provided he is allowed to see her one last time, he will not only turn himself in to Meadows, he will also identify members of the M25 gang, a vicious gang of armed robbers who have been terrorising London. True to his word, Kerrigan shops Kevin Lee, the gang's armourer, and a search reveals a cache of weapons in Lee's pet shop. With MIT and OCG eagerly awaiting Kerrigan's information, Meadows places Kerrigan in a safe house. When a series of car bombs distracts Carver and Worrell, Kerrigan escapes.
80"The Value of Nothing"
Jonathan Aris guest stars.Albert BarberEd Jones9 November 2001 (2001-11-09)
Whilst on a week's secondment to Scotland Yard's Art and Antiques Squad, Lennox is tasked with investigating a young woman, Tessa Gannon, who tried to sell a forged painting to a gallery. Lennox soon finds a receipt from a gallery owned by an art dealer named Ivor Gregory, who has form for deception. Lennox befriends an artist named Richard Townes, who charges into Gregory's gallery as Lennox peruses the paintings. In the hope of getting a closer look at one of the paintings, Lennox arranges for his wife Shona to buy one of them. He gets it verified, and is disappointed when it is an original. When the painting is returned for re-framing, Lennox realises Gregory has swapped it for a fake.
81"Money Man"
90-minute special, Michael J. Jackson and David Schofield guest starGraham MooreSteve Handley16 November 2001 (2001-11-16)
Meadows is determined to bring one of his nemeses, Andy Burton, to justice for a safety deposit box robbery he committed in the 80's, for which there was little evidence to prove his involvement. In order to gather evidence on Burton, who is serving twenty years in Shadwell for armed robbery, he sends Glaze undercover into the prison. Glaze soon befriends a nonce, Ricky Sefton, who provides him with information on Burton's dealings, and when the pair become acquainted, Glaze finds himself in the middle of a delicate situation - breaking out of prison whilst holding a guard at gunpoint. However, unbeknown to him, Burton has already discovered he's a cop, and has already plotted his downfall.
82"Beyond the Call"
TBAAlbert BarberJ.C. Wilsher20 November 2001 (2001-11-20)
When Stamp and Rickman arrest a young man, Dougie Morgan, for possession of crack, Morgan offers to help them catch David Swain, the prime suspect behind Jamie Ross's murder. McAllister convinces Cullen to place Spears undercover as a temporary receptionist at the office of Swain's lawyer. Swain takes quite a liking to Spears and wines and dines her. McAllister, desperate for a result, pushes Spears to do "whatever it takes" to find out more. Spears comes up with the information that Swain is planning a raid on a rival crack factory, and a TSG/SO19 swoop arrests both parties. Cullen is furious when the case is dropped, due to accusations of Spears's "improper" relationship with the suspect.
83–88"Night Games"
Final appearances of DI Liz Rawton and PC Roz Clarke, Tristan Gemmill, Ralf Little, Bruno Tonioli, Brian Croucher, Mark Straker, Michael McKell and Eric Mason guest star.Laurence Moody, Declan O'Dwyer & John DaviesElizabeth Anne-Wheal, Gregory Evans, Richard Stoneman & Henrietta Hardy23 November-
11 December 2001 (23 November-
11 December 2001

Part One - Night Games: Liz Rawton, now an Acting DI with the OCG, arrives at the station to head up an operation into catching a dangerous rapist who has been murdering prostitutes. Meanwhile, Ackland is unable to attend the final of the "Ask a Policeman" quiz hosted by Tony Blackburn, forcing Monroe to replace her with Spears. Spears saves the day and wins the relief a weekend away at a grand hotel. However, unwilling to go, she asks to be seconded to Rawton's investigation, but her request is denied by Cullen. Rickman and Clarke take a shine to local DS Pete Cork, but he only has eyes for a certain DC. By bribing a hotel rep, Cork ensures that his blind date for the salsa evening is Spears.

Part Two - Aftershock: A traumatized Spears attempts to escape the horrific events of the weekend, but her efforts are hindered by the surprise re-appearance of her tormentor. Once she is sure that would-be rapist Cork has gone, Spears hesitantly emerges from her hotel bathroom. At breakfast the next morning, Monroe notices a police presence at the hotel. He liaises with DS Greg Georgiou, and discovers that one of the hotel reps has been found dead, and the other missing. After being questioned by the local police, Spears's relief at being seconded to work with Rawton on the serial rapist case soon turns to despair when she is introduced to the case profiler - none other than DS Pete Cork.

Part Three - Compulsion: Rawton addresses the team, and puts forward the theory that rape victim Terri's death was not suicide, but murder. Whilst Cork and Singh voice doubts, Spears supports Rawton's theory. Spears returns to the riverside where Terri's body was found, and makes a major break-through when a passer-by reveals that his wife saw Terri's body being dumped. Later, Spears decides to keep an eye on Cork, and follows him to a pub where he meets up with an old mate. On her return, Spears spots a man lurking outside her flat, but he turns out to be her old friend Eddie, who works for the Thames Valley police. After trying to dig up information on Cork, Eddie disappears without trace.

Part Four - Shout: Whilst Rawton and Cork are visiting the scene of the latest attack, Cork is doubtful that the perpetrator is the same man that they are looking for, as there is no bag over the victim's head, and her hands haven't been tied. Meanwhile, Spears is fruitlessly searching for her missing friend Eddie. She fears for his safety when Cork hands in his phone, claiming to have found it. As Singh propounds to Cork and Rawton that their prey might be getting bolder, Rawton opens a package containing torn knickers and a rose petal. Horrified, she explains she received the same from an old boyfriend a couple of years ago who later committed suicide. Cork then proposes that the team set a trap.

Part Five - Judas Kiss: In a court holding cell, hotel rep Tommy pleads with Klein to give him an alibi for the night of Fay's murder. When Klein refuses, Tommy threatens to reveal that he was smoking dope with him, but Klein is adamant and refuses to give in. Spears, Rawton and Cork search prime suspect Bennett's house, and directed by Cork, Rawton re-checks some shelves where she finds a travel card belonging to one of the victims. Spears is suspicious, and tells Rawton that she thought Cork had already searched there. When Bennett still denies being the rapist, a determined Spears resolves not to let Cork out of her sight, but is totally ill-prepared for the trail leading to a horrific murder.

Part Six - Slash and Burn: Spears looks on as an injured DS Cork is left to die by Ferdinand, but her fear turns to joy when Taviner and Rickman arrive to arrest Ferdinand, but he escapes without capture. Meanwhile, Rawton invites a traumatised Spears to stay at her place. That night, she is awoken by a sound, and goes to find Rawton being brutally attacked by DI Collins. Overpowered, he is brought in for questioning, but refuses to talk. Ferdinand proves evasive, despite evidence that he has been in Spears's flat the night before. A search of his house uncovers a large amount of money and a passport, but Rawton realises it is a decoy, and Spears goes in search of the real running-away kit.
89"For Better, For Worse"
Richard Kane & Hilda Braid guest stars.Michael Owen MorrisSteve Hawes14 December 2001 (2001-12-14)
Page and Rickman investigate when a woman is reported missing by her neighbours. She was last heard arguing with her violent ex-con husband, but as they check out his home address, they fail to find anything relating to her disappearance. Her husband then comes to the station to report his ex-wife missing, and a search is conducted of his house. Her ex-husband is convinced she has scarpered to Spain, but Stamp uncovers a box in the garden containing a gun and an empty jeweller's bag. Butterworth is taken in for questioning but, with no real evidence, he is released. Meadows then discovers that Rosie may well have run off with the proceeds of a robbery that Butterworth went down for.
90–92"Special Constable"
First appearance of Special Constable Terry Knowles, Robin Lermitte and Christopher Adamson guest star.Ken Hannam & John BruceStuart Blackburn & Len Collin18–21 December 2001 (18–21 December 2001)

Special Attention: Taviner and Hollis are 'volunteered' to look after new recruit, Special Constable Terry Knowles. Meanwhile, Singh and Riley visit the Mahmoods, whose house has been vandalised. They claim that their neighbours, the Halston family, are racists, and imply they caused the damage after Janice Halston was sacked from launderette for stealing. Out on the beat, Knowles is desperate to prove himself, and wants to attend the call when he hears that the Mahmoods' launderette has been smashed up, but Taviner tells him to wait. Later, Taviner insists they ignore a call, requesting further help for the Mahmoods. Back at the station, Gilmore cautions Taviner to refrain from corrupting Knowles.

Lure of the Sirens: An angry Taviner has been allocated to CAD duty by Gilmore, who is determined to rein in the maverick copper. Taviner responds by going home sick. Stamp is amused by Taviner's predicament, but Knowles is sympathetic. Meanwhile, the relief are called to a domestic disturbance, where a man trying to get into his estranged wife's house. He wants to take his sons to a football match, but his wife won't allow it. Knowles makes his feelings clear about absent fathers, but Hollis reprimands him. As they attend a call regarding youths damaging cars, they recognise Josh, a young lad who is infatuated with Taviner. He denies doing the damage, but gives a description of those responsible.

The Risk Factor: Carver and Taviner follow Page and Knowles into a flat, where they find terrified tenant Billy Martin. Outside, they chase two masked men but lose them. Later, Taviner is water-bombed by kids, much to his colleagues' amusement. Later, Page and Knowles spot a man hanging around a local school, and Knowles gives chase, but sadly loses him. Page later identifies him as Dave Scoby, a registered sex offender. Knowles notices his address, and is concerned as he lives nearby to his sister and her daughters. Page makes it clear that no matter what his concerns are, he is not allowed to tell them. Knowles struggles to keep the information to himself, but unwisely confides in Taviner.

This story continues during the first three episodes of Series 18