Total Episodes: 2373
Creators: Geoff McQueen
First Air Date: Oct 16, 1984
Recent Air Date: Aug 31, 2010
Run Time: m
In Production: No
Original Language: English
Age Rating: 15
Production Companies: Talkback Thames , Thames Television , ITV
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The series began with the appointment of new executive producer Richard Handford, who replaced Michael Chapman after his 9-year reign came to an end in the previous series. The appointment preceded discussions with broadcaster ITV about returning to the format of hour-long episodes, which the show last used on a regular basis in 1987. The request was approved, and hour-long episodes began to air twice weekly beginning in August, a format the series retained until moving to a later time-slot in 2009. Due to the rapid transition, several of the first hour-long episodes were originally written for the half-hour time-slot, and thus, some episodes contain two completely different stories, written by different writers, which jump from one to another.
01 January 1998 - Square Peg Round Hole
When a raid on a known drug addict goes awry, Boulton is spiked by the desperate criminal's needle, leaving Sun Hill's tough guy frightened, angry, and in need of an HIV test.
02 January 1998 - You Pays Your Money
Ackland and Quinnan investigate when a family are strangely silent about the death of their landlord.
06 January 1998 - Hard Cash
Beech and Carver go in search of a haul of £30,000 in banknotes, missing from a six-year-old robbery.
08 January 1998 - Taking It Easy
When an old man loses his life savings in a mugging, Boyden and Stamp suspect it was something more than coincidence.
09 January 1998 - Villain
Boyden deals with a frail old man brought into custody accused of attempted murder.
13 January 1998 - Forgive & Forget
Boyden and Stamp attempt to contain a father who wants revenge for his murdered son.
15 January 1998 - Girl Power
When a young girl has to carry a knife to defend herself at school, Keane and Stamp know it is time to step in.
16 January 1998 - Puppy Walk
Stamp is cynical when he feels a woman with a sob story may be playing games, but Ashton is taken in by her charms.
20 January 1998 - Sprog
Stamp and Page are sceptical as Ashton suggests there is more to a burglary than appears.
22 January 1998 - Out On A Limb
It's a life or death situation for Skase and Proctor when an assassin comes looking for his money.
23 January 1998 - Way Out West
Jarvis is full of his secondment to the Diplomatic Protection Group, so Stamp and Quinnan hatch a mischievous plan to take him down a peg or two.
29 January 1998 - Storyboards
New PC Eddie Santini, tall, dark and handsome with a dubious past, causes a stir when he arrives to join the team at Sun Hill.
30 January 1998 - For Your Love
Rawton and Skase assist a woman receiving anonymous threats.
03 February 1998 - Soft In The Head
Ashton goes missing from the scene of an accident.
05 February 1998 - Friends In High Places
A car belonging to a rival Chief Superintendent's wife is stolen right from under Santini and Quinnan's noses.
06 February 1998 - Love's Labours Lost
Proctor and Skase investigate the stalking of Proctor's ex-girlfriend.
12 February 1998 - Opposites
A series of muggings on a local estate lead Proctor and Carver to the house of a rather unusual couple.
13 February 1998 - Solicitous
Meadows and Skase discover a modern-day Robin Hood who appears to be alive and well and robbing the rich in Sun Hill.
17 February 1998 - A Rainy Night In Sun Hill
Santini is irritated at being paired with Hollis on a cold, wet night in Canley.
19 February 1998 - Unwarranted
While in a rush to catch a crook, Ashton trips and falls foul of the law.
20 February 1998 - A Bit Of Respect
Ackland sets out to trap a man who wants to take the law into his own hands.
24 February 1998 - The Parent Trap
Croft is puzzled by a couple who want their daughter arrested.
26 February 1998 - Sudden Death
Ackland and Quinnan are on the case when a man falls from his bedroom window. But was it an accident or office politics?
27 February 1998 - Back Up
Carver is let down by an unreliable snout, and needs Beech to get him out of a tricky situation.
03 March 1998 - A Little Help
Rawton and Skase realise they may be onto a serial attacker.
05 March 1998 - Guiding Hand
Page and McCann investigate what appears to be a straightforward case of attempted child abduction.
06 March 1998 - Good Faith: Part I
A clever lawyer runs rings around Beech in court in a case involving a notorious robber.
10 March 1998 - Good Faith: Part II
The tit-for-tat violence escalates between rival gangs in Sun Hill.
12 March 1998 - Good Faith: Part III
Beech's involvement with rival racketeers becomes more complicated.
13 March 1998 - No Doubt About It
A hungover Garfield injures a member of the public during the pursuit of a burglar, but Monroe is sceptical of Garfield's motives when he names a potential suspect.
17 March 1998 - One Of The Gang
Meadows and Daly get a tip-off about a gang of young muggers, but their information comes from an unlikely source...
19 March 1998 - Without A Prayer
Garfield and Keane try to discover the cause of death of a woman found dead in a church hall.
20 March 1998 - Lucky Find
When a girl goes missing by the river, Deakin sees an opportunity to nail an old adversary.
24 March 1998 - A Little Bit Of Paradise
McCann is sent in search of a valuable exotic bird.
26 March 1998 - Daydream Believer
Rawton and Daly investigate an assault on a resident of an old people's home.
27 March 1998 - Powder My Nose
Conway is the target of a blackmail attempt following a drunken night out.
31 March 1998 - Bad Feelings
Boulton is after a villain known to have an eye for the ladies.
02 April 1998 - Like Family
Quinnan and Blake search for a missing French au pair who has been moonlighting as a stripper.
03 April 1998 - Shattered
Cryer attends the death of a teenage girl and is subject to a complaint by the grieving father.
07 April 1998 - Home Movie
Boyden uncovers an illicit pornographic video operation.
09 April 1998 - Racer
Ashton tries to help a reformed teenage joyrider.
14 April 1998 - The Scent Of Compassion
Ashton's sense of compassion is crucial in solving a cruel assault case.
16 April 1998 - Driving Me Crazy
Quinnan and Ackland pursue a dangerous driver.
16 April 1998 - Manhunt
Deakin and Carver investigate a case of male rape.
21 April 1998 - Rebel Without A Licence
A speeding Pontiac and three ageing James Deans give Stamp and McCann a headache.
23 April 1998 - Sale Or Return: Part I
Boulton and Carver head for the river, chasing a particularly slippery customer.
24 April 1998 - Sale Or Return: Part II
Boulton and Carver continue thier investigation into illegal immigration and find their case complicated by an attractive woman.
24 April 1998 - Target Man
While football fever grips Sun Hill, Deakin hopes to get his man by following a tip-off. With Hollis to help him, how can he fail?
28 April 1998 - Mixed Feelings
Page tries to trace the mother of an abandoned baby, while Boulton and Rawton investigate an apparently racially motivated attack.
01 May 1998 - Wannabe
Skase is sceptical of a 14-year-old girl so smitten with him that she accuses her parents of being drug dealers.
05 May 1998 - One Small Step
Ashton, on his first solo outing, is distracted by a decoy while a nearby shop is burgled.
07 May 1998 - Big Brother
Boyden introduces the relief to new Area Car driver Vicky Hagen, but her reputation takes an immediate blow when Jarvis reveals she grassed on a friend of his at another station.
08 May 1998 - Volcano
Despite knowing the animosity between Jarvis and Hagen, Cryer pairs them in the area car on her first day, but Jarvis dubs her a "stupid cow" on the radio after she loses a suspect, putting his career and a potential transfer to the Diplomatic Protection Group at risk.
12 May 1998 - Money Talks
Boyden gets friendly with Ashton's mother.
14 May 1998 - Brighton Rocks: Part I
Beech wangles an expenses-paid trip to Brighton with Skase, but his night does not go as planned.
15 May 1998 - Brighton Rocks: Part II
Skase persuades Brighton C.I.D. to help track down the missing Beech.
19 May 1998 - The Hare & The Tortoise
Stamp and Hagen clash over what makes a good area car driver.
21 May 1998 - The Better Man
Daly and Carver try to get evidence against a young drug addict suspected of brutally assaulting a police officer.
22 May 1998 - Red Herrings
Carver and Proctor respond to a tip-off about the theft of some fish.
26 May 1998 - Under The Grill
Boulton is less than thrilled to be placed on an interviewing course with Hollis, but gets the chance to exact revenge on an ex-colleague.
28 May 1998 - The Stork
Keane and Garfield look into allegations that a New Age cult leader is encouraging under-aged girls to engage in sexual activity.
29 May 1998 - One Of Us
Carver is shocked when a woman names his friend from a neighbouring station as a flasher.
02 June 1998 - Room To Manoeuvre
Boulton and Hollis find themselves in pursuit of the same villain.
04 June 1998 - Out Of Hand
Santini and Keane investigate a mysterious assault.
05 June 1998 - Watching The Detectives
Rawton and Deakin investigate the mysterious disappearance of a woman who has been campaigning to free her husband from jail.
09 June 1998 - A People Person
Tosh Lines and June Ackland investigate the death of an old acquaintance.
16 June 1998 - Spray
Harker rushes to the aid of a woman in danger, but gets himself into trouble over his use of CS spray.
19 June 1998 - Three Cheers
Hollis goes from a hero to a laughingstock when he arrests a notorious cat burglar before receiving an official complaint for throwing his lunch into a nearby garden. When the burglar asks to be interviewed by Hollis, he senses a chance to shut his mocking colleagues up.
23 June 1998 - Up For Trouble
Hollis is due to collect his commendation, but his colleagues know he doesn't deserve one.
25 June 1998 - The Bus Driver's Prayer
Page is shocked when a man shows up at the front desk armed with a gun, claiming to have shot a man and left him for dead.
26 June 1998 - Loving Memory
Cryer re-opens an unsolved case in response to an attempted suicide.
01 July 1998 - Stop
Boulton suspects that Hollis is involved in a series of burglaries.
02 July 1998 - Deep Secret
Garfield teams up with an attractive young journalist when the wreckage of a World War II Spitfire is discovered in Sun Hill.
09 July 1998 - The Whip Hand
Datta pairs with Quinnan to investigate a case of domestic abuse, and receives a surprise offer from Monroe.
10 July 1998 - Bang!
Harker and Keane's failure to properly search a prisoner leads to them being held at gunpoint in custody with Boyden.
14 July 1998 - Unlicensed
Skase and Rawton investigate a woman's claims that she is being harassed by a former lover.
16 July 1998 - Vacant Possession
Boyden and Page investigate a death from asphyxiation and try to establish whether the paving stone placed on his chimney was an act of murder.
17 July 1998 - Sucking Eggs
Beech and Carver investigate the theft of a grandfather clock.
21 July 1998 - Tainted Love: Part I
Page is on top of the world as she moves out of the section house and finds a boyfriend, unaware he has a criminal history.
23 July 1998 - Tainted Love: Part II
Boulton asks Page to spy on her own boyfriend.
24 July 1998 - Tainted Love: Part III
Feeling she has wrecked Boulton's operation, how can Page continue her relationship with Danny?
28 July 1998 - Cooking
Greig's request for tenure is rejected. He distracts himself by pairing with Deakin to investigate allegations by a prisoner that his recently released cellmate is dealing drugs.
30 July 1998 - Fighting Chance
Garfield and Quinnan fear for the safety of a boxer who has disappeared, abandoning his young son.
04 August 1998 - King Of The Road
Hollis suggests using an old caravan as a mobile police station.
06 August 1998 - Wrong Place Wrong Time
Hagen and Harker have to contend with an unreliable witness.
11 August 1998 - One Man Two Faces
McCann and Santini fall out over a vicious assault on a black youth.
13 August 1998 - Shoot The Messenger
Boulton is kidnapped by an aggrieved ex-con.
20 August 1998 - Too Little Too Late
Skase and Daly investigate an assault outside a gay club, but a key witness is reluctant to come forward.
25 August 1998 - Deep End
New W.P.C. Rosie Fox is partnered with P.C. Eddie Santini to investigate when the body of a junkie is washed up on the banks of the Thames. Santini and Fox argue over their cases, and it seems their working relationship will not be a smooth one. Santini reckons graduate Fox will not be able to handle the pressure when she goes undercover as a prostitute in a CID operation, then nearly ruins the operation when he finds himself attracted to her. Celebrating a successful arrest, the two share a drunken snog back at the station, but moments later Santini forces himself on Fox in the locker room, leaving her confused and frightened.
27 August 1998 - The Party's Over
P.C. Santini tries to apologize to W.P.C. Fox for going too far against her wishes the night before but she tells him to stay away from her. Santini obtains Fox's address from CAD and calls on her but she doesn't want to speak to him. Fox tells a Federation representative from Stafford Row about the assault but can't decide whether to make a formal complaint. The next day, the pair are assigned together. Santini loses a prisoner and blames it on Fox. Santini calls at Fox's flat that evening. She refuses to let him in. He threatens that if she wants a war, she's got a war.
28 August 1998 - Bang Bang You're Dead
W.P.C. Fox takes the day off with a migraine but turns up for the relief's paintball charity challenge, where Santini continues to bully and humiliate her. Her request not to be partnered with Santini is refused, and they are assigned together again the next day. Fox confides in W.D.C. Rawton. The relief are on the trail of a dangerous prisoner and Santini disregards the order not to separate from his partner. The man grabs Fox from behind and P.C.s Santini, Quinnan and Ashton run to the rescue when she screams for help. Fox manages to overpower the man. When challenged, Santini claims that he was with Fox when the prisoner appeared from nowhere.
01 September 1998 - Team Spirit
W.P.C. Fox makes an official complaint about P.C. Santini.
15 September 1998 - Urgent Assistance
P.C. Stamp is involved in a serious accident in which he kills a pedestrian while reversing the area car down a one-way street in response to a call for urgent assistance. Tensions are high as P.C.s Quinnan and Ashton offer differing accounts of the events leading up to the accident.
22 September 1998 - Taking Sides
Stamp attends the funeral of the pedestrian he knocked over, but he receives a less than warm reception. Later, he and Quinnan arrest the driver of a cut-and-shut limousine and end up taking a bride to her wedding. Meanwhile, Hagen and McCann deal with a group of underage drinkers at a local pub, but when they return, they take Ashton hostage. Page is in court for the sentencing of Catherine Harrison, a persistent offender who has burgled an old lady whilst she was on holiday. When her son is accused of theft at a children's home, Stamp and Ashton pursue him to the court, only to watch his mother receive a custodial sentence.
29 September 1998 - Deadly Impact
It's Stamp's big day in court, and despite the fact that Quinnan has been called as a prosecution witness against him, his barrister is confident he will be found not guilty. When a witness to the incident is pulled apart for exaggerating the facts, Stamp realises that his chances of being found innocent are greater than he first thought. Ashton, his key defence witness, suffers a bout of nerves after advice from Hollis, but after conferring with Quinnan, manages to stay firm and keep the jury on side, while Conway is called as a character witness. Can his colleagues save his career, or are his years of loyal service going to be snuffed out by a guilty verdict?
06 October 1998 - Big Day
Beech and Conway attend a police event to receive medals for long-standing service and excellent conduct. Beech is surprised to find that an old flame of his has defected to C.I.B., and is currently investigating one of the officers with whom he trained at Hendon. Anxious to get to the bottom of the investigation, Beech questions his old friend on details of his misgivings. Stamp's day to face the police disciplinary board has arrived, but after seeing one of his old friends from Stafford Row being sacked for a minor driving offence, he does a runner. Garfield has to convince him to face the board to clear his conscience once and for all.
13 October 1998 - Making Up
Hagen goes undercover as a prostitute to trap a solicitor who has been selling forged passports to his clients, and a violent thug whom he helped escape bail. Skase takes a number of faked surveillance pictures of Hagen and Harker doing a 'drug deal', but when Harker and McCann stop the solicitor for jumping a red light, Deakin is furious that they may have blown the obbo. However, the solicitor fails to recognize Harker and the deal goes ahead as planned. Meanwhile, Stamp gets behind the wheel of the area car for the first time since the fatal accident, hoping to put recent events behind him, but the victim's girlfriend isn't about to let him forget the incident, starting a campaign of intimidation against him.
20 October 1998 - The Cross
Boulton is paired with new DC Kerry Holmes to investigate a gang who have been purchasing bikes with cheques stolen in an armed robbery. Boulton is keen to speak to Michael Duggan, a prime target that has evaded his capture for some time. Duggan, however, offers Boulton a deal - his brother-in-law, Sean Massey, is involved in a highly lucrative drug deal, and he knows the time, location and other parties involved. Boulton arranges a sting to catch the dealer red handed - however, Duggan does a runner with the money that Massey is due to hand over, and the dealer claims that Massey was told by his brother to plant the drugs on him. Holmes, however, has an idea on how to unravel the situation.
27 October 1998 - Cast No Shadow
Boulton investigates when a young girl is approached and attacked on the way home from school. Her father, a property developer, has been having trouble with a gang involved in a pub protection racket. Unable to locate the prime suspect, Michael Hyde, Boulton poses as a competition representative to get the location from his wife. He and Carver travel up to Manchester on Hyde's trail. When they run into trouble at a local pub, they find themselves being rescued by none other than Frank Burnside, who left Sun Hill in mysterious circumstances five years ago. Burnside, who is actually undercover, tries to inadvertently help his former colleagues to find and capture Hyde, but the plan goes awry.
29 October 1998 - Betrayal
Boulton and Carver return to Sun Hill with Burnside in handcuffs, but upon their arrival, are pursued by two armed gunman who try to make sure that Burnside doesn't spill the beans on Hyde's operation. Meadows discovers that Burnside has been working under cover with the Yard, and decides that they must work together to get a result. Burnside manages to set up a meeting with a major Russian drugs importer, just as Michael Hyde planned to do. However, when his brother, Mark, works out what Burnside is up to, a standoff involving Burnside and his girlfriend ensues, and tragedy strikes. Burnside is then offered a job with crime OCCU, and informs Meadows they will be seeing more of each other.
30 October 1998 - All For One
Santini is first on the scene of a serious car accident, and becomes a bit of a local hero when he bravely dives into the river to secure the car, which is teetering on the edge. However, the driver reveals to him that upon his possession he has a bag of cocaine, a present for his mistress. He asks Santini to destroy it if he doesn't make it. Santini manages to take possession of the bag when he recovers his personal affairs at the mortuary, but when Stamp and Garfield inadvertently discover Santini's misgivings, it's not long before they realise that their fellow officer may be playing for the other side. Harker is on the fence when Santini gives him a cock and bull story about the situation.
03 November 1998 - Trial Run
Skase calls in sick so he can moonlight as a bodyguard. He is charged with providing protection for the two teenage sons of a very wealthy Asian aristocrat. During a shopping trip, one of his teenage charges does a runner, taking his Mercedes with him. When Harker and Page spot the vehicle travelling at high speed, Skase is nearly caught out. However, when he discovers that the boy is hiding out at a nearby drugs den, he arrives to find Boulton ready to raid the joint. Forced to explain the situation, Skase enlists Boulton to help him recover the boy without blowing the operation, and in turn Skase manages to pinpoint the location of the dealer's stash.
06 November 1998 - Section F
Meadows and Conway are both up for promotion against each other, and with an impending inspection from Area, both are out to impress. However, there are some comic and some life-threatening repercussions for them both. Firstly, Quinnan and Garfield deliberately ruin the late turn parade leading Skase into hot water, and he and Quinnan nearly coming to blows in front of Brownlow. Meanwhile, Sgt. Lamont is dealing with a troublesome prisoner in custody, who keeps flooding the toilets. Conway tries to lend a hand, but this only leads to further disasters. A young boy is then held hostage by an escaped prisoner who is armed, and Conway, against instruction, goes it alone to try and secure the boy's safety.
10 November 1998 - Bad Chemistry
Holmes investigates when a woman is attacked in her flat and left for dead in a particularly violent domestic violence case. She initially suspects that the woman's landlord, Jamie Morgan, is responsible for the attack, but when she catches the woman having a row with her boyfriend, she arrests him for criminal damage, unaware that she has inadvertently jeopardised a surveillance operation on a major drugs dealer. As Merseyside area drugs become involved, Holmes manages to locate the factory where the drugs are being produced, but a sting set up to catch the villains in the act takes an unexpected turn when they become involved in a violent shootout, and take a young boy and his mum hostage.
13 November 1998 - Dog Eat Dog
Cryer attends the scene when a prostitute is slashed across the face with a machete and subsequently hospitalized. The prime suspect, Alvin Morton, was released from prison just ten days previously, and Cryer is determined to send him back there. Meanwhile, when the prostitute retracts her statement, and Alvin's girlfriend provides him with an alibi, Santini mishandles the situation and gives Alvin's location to two of her friends who have vowed revenge on her attacker. When Alvin is shot and doubly kneecapped, Cryer is curious to learn just how they found out where Alvin was staying. A box of matches with Alvin's address written in it then surfaces during interview, landing Santini in deep trouble.
17 November 1998 - Indiscretion
Skase attends the scene of a fire at a 'sex cinema' club, where a reportedly angry punter set alight to the club after being refused entry. However, it later transpires that the culprit caught two foreign men watching a police interview tape of his girlfriend, aged twelve, who was being interviewed over sexual assault claims made against her father. Assigned to investigate, Rawton teams up with a DS from the Child Protection Unit, and the pair try to find out how a number of police evidence tapes have managed to worm their way out for general consumption. Skase isn't convinced that the manager of the club is telling the whole truth, while Rawton investigates a dodgy practice lawyer who copied the tapes.
20 November 1998 - The Rate For The Job
Meadows asks Deakin to have more of a 'hands-on' approach after a row erupts between Beech and Daly. All three of the CID sergeants, meanwhile, are having problems. Daly's operation into a known stolen goods handler is blown when Carver spooks the suspect by accident. Boulton has had word that a known criminal who is due for sentencing in just two days plans to do a final job in order to tide him over whilst he is inside. However, his snout is cornered by the suspect and the gang arrive at the planned location - only to give Boulton the eye that they are onto him. Lastly, Beech is troubled when an old flame offers him £3,000 to reveal details of an investigation into her current boyfriend by Daly.
24 November 1998 - For Interest Only
Brownlow is angered when a local journalist approaches him following the publication of an article in the CPS journal regarding an unsolved case from twenty years previously. The case in question, an armed jewellery robbery, saw prime suspect Ray Catton imprisoned for the death of his two accomplices, but the loot remains unfound. Meanwhile, the man's daughter is being hassled by a loanshark, desperate for the repayment of the money she owes him. When Catton has a heart attack, he decides to reveal the location of the loot on his deathbed - unaware that his brother has returned to the country with the same purpose. Brownlow is determined to find and recover the loot before Catton's brother does.
27 November 1998 - The Fat Lady Sings
Quinnan ignores a plea for help from a mysterious opera singer whilst out on patrol, but later regrets his actions and ignores a number of shouts whilst trying to find her. Meanwhile, Holmes is dealing with a personal request from Brownlow, who has been asked by a local judge to investigate a number of threatening letters sent to him. Holmes and Quinnan soon come to realise that they are chasing the shady criminal. A new face at Sun Hill is causing quite a stir, in the form of Scottish DC Duncan Lennox. Lennox offers to provide Holmes assistance on the case after she discovers he has a personal acquaintance with the judge. A showdown at a local opera house goes awry when Stamp bursts in unexpectedly.
01 December 1998 - Too Many Cooks
Monroe is called to deal with a complaint against an officer from Stafford Row, where the victim has accused him of offering acquittal in return for sex. Meanwhile, Brownlow attends a charity dinner held by the Sun Hill Businessman's Association. When the daughter of a very prominent community figure disappears, Brownlow urges CID to make it their top priority. Meanwhile, Monroe's suspect is brought in by McCann and Hagen for harassment. When the suspect reveals information to the woman's disappearance, Monroe realises that the two events are connected - which subsequently leads him into conflict within the Chinese community, as well as a murky world of drugs, vice, corruption and violence.
04 December 1998 - Team Play
Rawton and Lennox investigate when a nurse is violently attacked at the nurse's home where she is living. Initially, only one witness is able to place anyone near the scene of the crime, but Lennox is determined not to have to rely on the victim to pick him out. However, Lennox seems doomed to fail as he has to take a safety training course with Meadows and a group from the relief. Proctor takes over and immediately heads straight to the victim for information. Lennox continues to try and sneak away from the training exercise to continue working on the case. After the suspect continues to play games in the interview room, he then adds assaulting a police officer to his charge sheet when he attacks Ackland.
08 December 1998 - Heat & Light
Boulton and Holmes investigate the latest in a long line of arson attacks. When forensic evidence places teen tearaway Adam Marrs at the scene of a previous fire, he is questioned and confesses to all of the recent attacks. However, a profiler brought in by Deakin to assist on the case isn't so sure that Marrs is responsible for the latest fire. Investigations reveal that the security guard on duty at the time was actually away from his post, moonlighting for another firm. When it is revealed that he abducted and tried to rape a young girl at the property, his evidence is discounted. Deakin's profiler seems to think that a serving fireman is responsible, but will her theory be proved right? Boulton isn't entirely convinced.
10 December 1998 - Ticking Clocks
Boulton and Holmes deal with the abduction of a newborn baby from his hospital bed. CCTV of the abductor reveals little clues as to her identity, so Boulton asks Deakin if he can have the assistance of profiler to the stars, DS Viv Hunt. As the baby's grandfather reveals he has been having secret meetings with his daughter against his wife's wishes, the identity of the father is finally revealed in the form of the young girl's schoolteacher, Phillip Gough. Boulton initially suspects that Gough's wife might be the abductor, but further investigation leads him to suspect a housewife who recently had a miscarriage. Meanwhile, Meadows and Deakin organise a raid on a hoax caller who claimed to have information.
11 December 1998 - Strange Bedfellows
Burnside arrives at Sun Hill with a well-known villain in tow - convicted child sex offender Carl Jones. Jones has been granted early parole on the basis that he reveals the location of the body of a young boy who disappeared eight years previously, and also provides information on members of the gang who were responsible. Burnside initially suspects Jones is leading them a merry dance, so decides to organise a meeting between Jones and the young boy's parents, in the hope that their pain and suffering will convince Jones to clear his conscience. A search of a nearby school grounds reveals the boy's remains, but Burnside is determined not to let Jones walk free without being made a spectacle of first.
15 December 1998 - Live & Ticking
Hollis spots a gang of youths hanging around a phonebox acting suspiciously. When he goes to investigate, the phone box explodes as the result of a volatile homemade bomb being planted inside. When a second bomb goes off at a nearby primary school, badly injuring a young boy, Brownlow and Hollis question the ringleader who reveals that there are a total of ten bombs, which he has sold to his friends or classmates. Brownlow then demands Monroe set up a widescale operation to search for the remainder of the bombs. When one is found inside a boiler cupboard of a young boy living in a council block, Conway has trouble evacuating an agoraphobic resident. When Hollis finally catches up with the culprit, he reveals he has one more bomb.
17 December 1998 - All The Lonely People
Rawton goes undercover as a lonely heart to find a possible serial killer who has claimed three victims. The only person who can identify the possible culprit is a flakey chef whose description of the assailant is less than clear cut. When Rawton's second date is identified as the man who was with the third victim on the night she disappeared, she tries to plug him for information as to the motive for his crimes. However, when the second victim turns up alive and well, suspicions start to fall on whether or not the three victims are connected. When the boyfriend of the third victim is discovered to have used and abused prostitutes, it looks less and less likely that a serial killer is at large, until Rawton's date abducts her.
18 December 1998 - The Personal Touch
Beech is approached by gangster Jimmy Smith for a favour after his house is ransacked. However, when Jimmy's girlfriend is also attacked and ransacked in her home, Burnside arrives from crime OCCU to take on the case. The latest burglaries are the work of a violent gang who have been operating up and down the country. The gang's vehicle is linked to David Evans, currently serving a prison sentence in Strangeways. Smith gets his son to plug Evans for information, and two members of the gang are identified. When Jimmy's girlfriend approaches Beech to say she has been having an affair with a member of the gang, Beech goes as far as secretly attacking Burnside in an attempt to cover up evidence.
21 December 1998 - Time Gentlemen Please
Daly and Rawton go undercover as the landlord and landlady of a local pub while investigating a gang who have operating a protection racket on the local pubs and clubs. Daly befriends a small-time petty crook who offers him some dodgy gear on the sly. Meanwhile, Garfield is in court for the case of a shoplifter who assaulted him during the arrest. When the woman is cleared of the assault, Garfield is positive that one particular magistrate was responsible for the dismissal. When Conway invites her to spend a day on patrol with Garfield and McCann, Garfield loses his cool. As Daly and Rawton think they have lost their prime suspect, the crook who Daly has befriended manages to salvage a deal.
22 December 1998 - Puzzled
Quinnan investigates when his vet is forced to treat a dog that has been injected with heroin. Quinnan catches the owner in possession of cannabis, but he refuses to reveal how the dog was attacked. Meanwhile, Boulton has had word that a nasty pair of Turkish brothers are back in town. When Quinnan investigates a burglary at the address of the dog owner, he finds the owner in possession of a quantity of heroin stashed inside a plastic elephant. Boulton then discovers that his Turkish friends are the ones who after getting it back, so the pair set up a joint operation. Meanwhile, Hollis organises an inter-station pub quiz, and has trouble protecting the questions from the opposing teams, and an opportunist thief.
24 December 1998 - Christmas Star
Santini and Page investigates when a young girl is knocked down in a hit-and-run incident. Santini manages to trace the owner of the car, but he denies all knowledge of the incident. Santini isn't convinced and decides to arrest him anyway. With the young girl recovering in hospital, Santini discovers she is a big fan of Arsenal FC, and in particular, Emmanuel Petit. Santini has a contact in the sports promotion industry and boasts that he can make a dream come true for the young girl by getting Petit to visit, but Page isn't sure he can deliver. Meanwhile, Stamp has the job of organizing the relief Christmas party, and finds a very cheap supplier for the booze, until he gets caught up in the middle of a Customs raid.
31 December 1998 - S.A.D.
The relief return to work after the Christmas break, and find themselves with little to do. Meanwhile, Boyden receives a welcome visitor in the form of Mrs. Bourne, who has cooked a batch of her locally famous mince pies for the relief. As shouts start coming through on CAD, Stamp and Page have to assist when Mrs. Bourne is later found collapsed. A search of her house puts Boyden off mince pies for life. Hagen and McCann deal with a man whose old age dementia has led him to believe he lives at his previous address. Santini and Quinnan deal with a pregnant woman who has assaulted her husband, while Ashton and Harker find themselves being de-liced after bringing an unwelcome visitor to Sun Hill.