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Sunday, 9 August 2009, 6:00PM – 7:00PM

Jim Rosenthal presents highlights of the traditional curtain raiser to the football season, the FA Community Shield at Wembley. FA Cup winners Chelsea take on Premier League champions Manchester United. Commentary comes from Peter Drury and Jim Beglin.

Thursday, 6 August 2009, 10:35PM – 11:35PM

For six months the largest supermarket in the country and its customers were the targets of a letter bomb campaign, which prompted the biggest, most secretive investigation Dorset police had ever mounted as officers tried to catch the bomber trying to extort millions of pounds from Tesco.

In this programme, the police officers who worked on the case explain the difficulties they faced in tracking down the bomber and the tactics used to prevent him in carrying out his threats.

In September 2000, John Purnell, then Director of Security at Tesco, received a phone call from a Bournemouth newsagent who had discovered a photocopy of a threatening letter addressed to Tesco on the shop photocopier. Signed Sally, the letter demanded the company pay the author using Tesco loyalty cards he wanted the supermarket to give away in every copy of local paper the Daily Echo, which had a circulation of roughly 50,000, to avoid a letter bomb campaign.

Purnell explains: “Sally had provided a pin number that only he would know. What he required was to be able to withdraw a thousand pounds per clubcard.”

On 30 August, the police received a letter identical to the first, but fire damaged.

“One of the considerations was that he or she had tried to destroy the letter that they’d posted,” explains Purnell.

The police made some enquiries and discovered that there had been a fire in a postbox on Bradpole Road in Bournemouth. But on 29 August, Tesco received a third letter saying small bombs were ready to be sent to customers’ homes.

The letter upped the stakes but there was a problem with Sally’s demands for payment.

Purnell says, “A thousand pounds was what he wanted for a single transaction. It’s not possible to get a thousand pounds worth of notes through the ATM machine.”

Fearing Sally would think they were ignoring his threats, police felt they had no choice but to communicate with him to explain the problems with his plan.

Sally had asked that the loyalty cards be placed in copies of the Bournemouth Echo so the police decided to use the newspaper to communicate with him. An undercover policeman placed a secret message in the paper’s classified adverts on 6 September in the hope that it would trick him into responding.

Three weeks after the extortion demand Detective Superintendent Phil James of Dorset Police (now retired) called a meeting with colleagues from all over the UK to assess the risk that Sally posed.

He tells the programme: “There was a knock at the door and I was told by one of my officers that an incendiary device had just gone off. The atmosphere of the meeting changed. Clearly there was a risk and the threat was very real.”

A device had exploded in a house in a Bournemouth suburb. The female occupant had opened a letter which exploded in her face and was taken to hospital with minor injuries.

Warren Melia of the Army Bomb Disposal Squad was called to the scene. “[It was] not a lethal device but it could have set fire to property and obviously endangering the public.”

Police warned the Royal Mail to be on the lookout for suspicious packages and within a couple of hours had received a call from a local sorting office. The bomb squad diffused these packages but seven more menacing letters were sent to customers’ homes.

On 21 September the police held a press conference, issued a wider warning for the public to be vigilant and put the bomb squad on 24 hour standby. For Bournemouth police, this was a big step.

DSI Phil James says, “The only time we ever have the bomb squad stationed in Dorset is when we have a political party conference.”

The police placed two more adverts in the Echo and identified an area of focus in Bournemouth about one mile square.

DSI James was convinced that one location in particular would lead them to the bomber.

“I always thought that we would catch Sally through the postbox at Bradpole Road. He’d used it at the beginning of September. I was convinced that Sally would go back to that post-box again.”
The post-box was put under surveillance.

In mid-October Sally sent another letter to the police threatening to use pipe bombs on Tesco customers if his demands weren’t met. But the letter gave the police a new way to communicate with him; he’d provided them with a three part cipher code. They could now explain to him why the ATM plan wouldn’t work.

DSI James contacted Neal Butterworth, the editor of the Bournemouth Echo, to explain their plan to contact the bomber through coded adverts in the paper masqueraded as MENSA puzzles.
Butterworth says: “I was gobsmacked but absolutely fascinated…The issue for me was I had to explain to an advertising manager why we were putting free adverts in the paper…without giving too much away.”

Within days of placing the advert there was a dramatic breakthrough. Police traced the bomber’s latest letter to the Bradpole Road postbox again and had him captured on camera. Officers received surveillance footage but the quality was poor and it was virtually impossible to view.

By November, Sally’s patience was running out. He sent another letter threatening to plant a pipe bomb and the police began to consider their last ditch strategy, producing the ATM cards.

But the cards couldn’t be produced before the deadline of 12 December that Sally had stipulated. A week before the deadline was due to expire, the police received another letter saying he’d deployed a bomb in someone’s garden.

DSI James says: “He provided a grid reference to show where he’d placed that bomb. Unfortunately that grid reference covered a square kilometre, 19 roads and 515 houses.”

Hundreds of officers flooded the area of Ferndown and commenced an inch by inch search, but fortunately there were no explosions.

On 7 December Sally wrote again. The letter was again traced to the Bradpole Road postbox and this time DSI James knew he had good footage that they should be able to identify him from. But, it being close to Christmas, he wasn’t the only person to use the post-box that day.

“He was one of 38 posters who posted between them 172 letters. So it became a very difficult problem to try and identify which poster was Sally.”

Royal Mail rules prevented the police from opening or delaying any letters but they were able to phone the recipients and find out who the letters had come from. DCI Andy Clowser says: “We were left with a small number [of the 38 posters] we hadn’t been able to identify.”

On 17 February 2001 DC Alan Swanton had a breakthrough. “We noticed one of the people we were trying to identify walking along the service road carrying a plastic petrol can. At that time there was a filling station at the end of the road.”

The petrol station’s CCTV footage showed the poster paying for the petrol with a cheque. The cheque was traced to a 50 year old unemployed man, Robert Edward Dyer.

DSI James says: “We put [Dyer] under surveillance in the hope that maybe he would post a letter, show some interest in Tesco, maybe visit Tesco stores. Unfortunately it didn’t happen.”

The police then made the decision to knock on Dyer’s door. On 19 February officers called at his home and found a demand letter on his computer. While he was being questioned, they also found the coded notes written in his handwriting. On the same day that the last of the bomber’s letters were intercepted by police, CCTV footage showed Dyer posting it 24 hours before his arrest. It exactly matched the letter found on his computer.

DSI James: “He was an individual in desperate need of money and believing that Tesco was the answer to all his problems…We found out that the connection to ‘Sally’ was that he had a dog called Sally.”

In May 2001 Dyer was found guilty of nine cases of Blackmail and one of common assault. He was jailed for 16 years, later reduced to 12 on appeal.

Dyer was released from prison in 2007. To this day no extortion attempt on a British supermarket has ever succeeded.

Wednesday, 5 August 2009, 8:00PM – 10:00PM

A newly-discovered masterpiece by landscape artist Henry Hogson causes a stir when it is auctioned for £400,000 – just hours before its former owner is tortured and killed. When another Hogson is stolen, Barnaby decides to become an expert on the Midsomer painter, with the help of pretty art teacher Matilda Simms. He soon realises the painting are not what they seem – but the death toll is rising.

Octogenarian Felicity Law puts a little-known painting by landscape artist Henry Hogson up for auction. Bidding is fierce between Patricia Blackshaw of the Hogson Society and frozen food businessman Alan Best. But the winner is Texan art collector George Arlington who pays a record £400,000 for the masterpiece, Bishop’s Drift.

Patricia is furious, but Felicity announces she is giving the proceeds to the Arnold Simms School of Art, run by his pretty daughter Matilda. The school works with criminals but recently lost its funding – thanks to councillor Neville Blackshaw, Patricia’s husband.

Matilda returns home to find her house has been broken into – she phones Felicity to tell her the ‘black book’ has been stolen and warns her to be careful. Later that night, Felicity is tortured and killed.

Patricia reveals to the police that Felicity was once Arnold Simms’ lover, while local crook, and Matilda’s former lover, Graham Spate offers greedy art dealer Anthony Prideaux another Hogson. That night, Alan Best’s beloved Midsomer Meadow is stolen.

Matilda takes a smitten Barnaby on a research tour of Hogson’s countryside; later he meets Christine Miller, who claims to be a New York fund manager who loves Hogson. But Jones discovers she’s an art insurer from Fulham, trying to recover Best’s painting.

Using Jones’ knowledge of rare breed pigs, Barnaby realises Best’s picture is a forgery. With Christine’s help, they discover Prideaux is trying to sell it. He tells them that Spate has it, but when the police get to his house Spate is dead and Midsomer Meadow is sprayed with blood. Best admits Spate bribed him into taking part in an insurance scam.

Then the detectives discover Bishop’s Drift is a forgery too. They confront Matilda who admits her father was the forger and she sold a ‘masterpiece’ whenever they needed cash. The records were kept in her black book – something that Spate knew all about.

Barnaby confronts Arlington who can’t accept he’s been fooled. But when Prideaux, too, is murdered, he confesses the dealer had demanded a million pounds not to reveal his collection of Hogson’s were fakes. Barnaby and Jones persuade the Texan millionaire to put up £2 million to get the black book back. But can they solve the mystery and catch the killer?

Tuesday, 4 August 2009, 9:00PM – 10:00PM

The programme features the work of three specific car crime teams: The Burglary Task Force from Tameside, East Manchester. The ANPR (Automatic Number Plate Recognition) Intercept Team based in Devon and Cornwall Constabulary and the Neighbourhood Task Force in Stockport, who focus in on how drug dealers are using cars to transport drugs.

The drugs trade in the UK is worth an estimated eight billion pounds a year, and drug dealers and traffickers use the nation’s road network to transport the majority of their drugs

In Tameside the film follows PCs Roger Galt and Lee Butterworth, who are on patrol when they’re called to assist their colleagues in an attempt to stop a car which is driving erratically. Despite repeated requests from PC Galt, and an officer trying to smash his car’s windscreen, the driver continues to try to evade capture, driving at over 60mph in a 20mph residential zone. The police helicopter joins the pursuit and eventually the driver crashes. Police on scene detain the innocent passengers but the driver is nowhere to be seen. Eventually he is found by police dog Leo and handler John Rogers, along with a bag of white powder.

In Stockport Sgt Andy Torkington and PC Colin Mason spot what looks to be a broken down car and the driver appears to be heavily intoxicated. The car has lost its front wheel but the driver is so drunk he hasn’t even realised. The officers find the wheel and arrest the man, who is taken to the station to be breathalysed.

In Cornwall a car with a drugs “marker” has driven past an ANPR camera. PC Steve Millar is at the base in Launceston and feeds intelligence to the mobile unit. He then joins them to provide back up on the road side. Back at base the car is searched by the team and drug sniffer dog Copper. They find quantities of what is believed to be ketamine, cocaine and also an offensive weapon.

The programme also follows PCs Galt and Butterworth on the tail of a gang of teenagers seen riding round a local estate on a suspected stolen motorbike. When they arrive on the scene the gang have gone but a tip off from a local resident alerts them to the whereabouts of the stolen bike. They find it in a back garden and search the house, but it’s empty. They catch a break when the suspect is spotted near the scene of the crime – he’s arrested and back at the station PC Butterworth goes through his extensive criminal history, which started at the age of just ten years old

Back in Stockport officers raid a huge cannabis farm – bigger than any of them had ever seen. Three men are arrested and plants with a street value of over half a million pounds are seized. It’s one of the biggest drugs seizures in Greater Manchester Police’s recent history.

And PC Galt and PC Mark Barker spot a drunk driver – who dumps his car and denies anything to do with it, even saying he can’t drive. He then gets abusive with the cops, who know they need to find some evidence before they can pin anything on the man. Thankfully they find the keys in a nearby garden and paperwork tying the man to the car – so he’s arrested.

Monday, 3 August 2009, 9:00PM – 10:00PM

Alyson is distracted and isn’t in the mood when Roger makes an inappropriate comment about Butterworth’s products. She brings in Dan, an old PR associate, to help with damage limitation and tells Roger to keep a low profile.

What she’s not telling anyone is that she’s having to spend a lot of time with her father who’s dying in a hospice, and finding it really hard juggling this with her work commitments.

Due to a flood at Vince’s place, Steven stays on the sofa at Sally and Natasha’s. Steven feels let down that Alyson wouldn’t let him stay with her and is put out that she seems distracted – and that she’s brought in her ex-boyfriend to help out with Roger’s PR gaff. Steven finds himself growing closer to Sally. They end up alone together at home, but their romantic moment is ruined by a call from Alyson.

Roger fails to keep a low profile and insists in joining in with Christine’s supervision of the candidates for the graduate trainee posts. Christine’s barely hanging on as it is and when Roger insists on taking them all on a pub crawl, she insists on Sally coming to help her out, putting paid to Sally and Natasha’s plans for a night out with Steven.

Roger’s pub crawl gets completely out of hand and ends up with two of the candidates being taken into custody for not paying a bar bill at a lap dancing club. It looks like Roger’s second gaffe is the ammunition Alyson needs to get rid of him, but she gets news that her father has just died, and she finds herself choosing to bail Roger out rather than bury him. Roger doesn’t understand why, but realises that he needs to make sure he doesn’t have any other skeletons in the closet and tells Jenny that they need to wind up Uxbridge Holdings.

Max has made Vince fire safety officer to compensate for him not being marketing assistant. When Max sets fire to himself on his birthday cake candles, Vince gets a bit carried away with the fire extinguisher and loses his position.

Sally decides to go for it with Steven and invites him to dinner. But then she learns that Alyson’s father has just died, and tells Steven he needs to be with her. Steven promises Alyson that he won’t leave her – but we know he’s now wishing he was with Sally.

Sunday, 2 August 2009, 9:00PM – 11:00PM

Jack Driscoll (Owen McDonnell), a Sergeant with the Irish police, is completely at home in his new patch; he ought to be as he was born and brought up there. He knows the people, he knows the West of Ireland and, more importantly, he knows how the two fit together. But this is no cushy posting; Jack’s ‘patch’ stretches from the Atlantic coast in the West to the glacial lakes in the East, from Galway City in the South to Killary harbour in the North – he’s on call 24-hours a day and, more often than not, he’s single-handed.

From the team that brought you ITV’s award winning drama The Vice, SINGLE-HANDED explores how policing a rural community differs from city policing. Your precinct is vast, the terrain extreme and the community lives on the edge. You are always on duty. There’s nowhere to hide.

Stationed more than 40 miles from his superior officers and with specialist backup hours away, Jack is used to thinking on his feet. In circumstances like these, normal procedures are always under pressure and often bypassed altogether, but Jack has the shadow of his predecessor hanging over him. His father Gerry (Ian McElhinney – Little Dorrit, Closing the Ring, Rough Diamond) has only recently vacated the position and Jack’s methods are not necessarily the same…

The job has taught Jack one invaluable lesson – when the going gets tough, the only person you can rely on is yourself. Fortunately, the life suits him.

Guest starring in SINGLE-HANDED are Caroline Catz (Doc Martin), Charlene Mckenna (Raw), Stuart Graham (Hunger) and Ruth McCabe (The Street).

Writer Barry Simner explains: “I live in the mountains of Wales and although culturally quite different from Ireland I knew it was a perfect fit for someone working on their own, like Jack Driscoll. The area we filmed in feels quite Frontier like in its remoteness. And what is wonderful is trying to get under the skin of another country with different tensions, history and cross currents, without going for the superficial, the obvious.”

Barry found the region in the west of Ireland to be a very secretive place.

“This is the only northern European country with a Mediterranean crime problem and these rural officers really face some of the most violent criminals often armed only with their nouse, wit and the ability to talk their way through a situation with no backup, in the middle of nowhere.

“Jack’s patch is a stunning piece of countryside, but the landscape he polices conceals very dark secrets. Jack’s investigations often bring to the surface mysteries that everyone would prefer to have kept hidden. It’s such a secret place on so many levels. There are many wrongs that have never been put right. This area of Ireland is where the famine hit hardest and these people have an acute awareness of their history, the pain it has caused and the problems that have ensued yet they continue to say very little about any of it.”

The show’s police advisor Peter Murray, himself once a rural Guard in Western Ireland, says: “When based in a small village on the west coast we used to joke that our nearest backup was the NYPD across the ocean. In theory with these postings you have the resources of the national police force, in practice at 4am the nearest help could be 40 miles away. At extremes the job is about survival; sometimes discretion is the better part of valour. We have similar problems as the cities just with a different slant. You can get the drug of your choice in any small village and the resulting problems. We have a saying that rings true in the drama too… ‘local arrangements will apply’.”

In the first episode of SINGLE-HANDED Jack Driscoll (Owen McDonnell) is transferred from Dublin back to his birthplace in the remote west of Ireland, as Garda Sergeant, the role recently vacated by his father, Gerry (Ian McElhinney).

Jack’s first major case is an investigation into the death of a young woman, found in an isolated caravan. Jack is frustrated in his attempts to identify the woman as the community closes ranks. And what looked at first like accidental death takes on an increasingly sinister hue. Jack uncovers a tangled web of blackmail and sexual abuse, involving the farmer whose field the caravan occupied, a local hotelier, a builder with a reputation for violence and a property developer – one of his father’s oldest friends.

Jack’s relentless pursuit of the truth dredges up long buried crimes and pits him against his new Inspector and his father Gerry, who looks increasingly to hold the key to the mystery. Throughout all of this there is one glimmer of hope: a romance with a young Dublin nurse, Saoirse (Laura Brady) visiting relatives in the area, but increasingly attracted to the landscape – and Jack.

Thursday, 30 July 2009, 10:35PM – 11:35PM

It was a burglary that went tragically wrong. Three shots were fired in a remote farmhouse in Norfolk. A 16 year old boy was killed, a burglar wounded and a farmer imprisoned. The crime turned an eccentric and reclusive loner, Tony Martin, into the unlikeliest of tabloid heroes.

In Real Crime: A Shot in the Dark, Mark Austin reveals what happened that night and how the repercussions sparked a national debate on self-defence.

With exclusive testimony from Tony Martin, interviews with his family and friends, insights from the professionals involved in the case, and access to police footage, the programme reveals the events that led to Tony Martin’s trial for murder.

In 1979 Tony Martin inherited Bleak House, an isolated farm with over 200 acres of land in the Norfolk Fens, but the building soon fell into a state of disrepair. Journalist Angela Levin tells the programme: “I think Tony doesn’t understand how ordinary people live because he’s so used to his own way of life. He’s lived on his own all his adult life and he can’t see that it’s absolutely appalling. He likes to sleep on the floor, and he sleeps in his clothes, so he wears the same clothes day in day out, sometime for weeks.”

For the first 20 years life in Bleak House passed without much incident, but increasingly the outside world began to encroach on him as he suffered a series of thefts.

In 1994 Tony had a run in with a trespasser on his farm. Tony tells the programme what happened when he confronted him.

“I asked him, ‘Who are you?’ And he wouldn’t tell me. And I said, ‘Right I want you to leave.’ Anyway one thing led to another – got into a hell of an argument. And in the end I fired at the back wheel of his vehicle and off he went.”

As a result of this incident, Tony had his firearms licence revoked.

In 1999 there was a spate of burglaries across the area, and few of the locals had faith in the police to protect them.

Local farmers joined together to form their own special neighbourhood watch scheme called Farmwatch, which was set up by a retired police firearms officer, Tony Bone.

In May 1999 the farm was burgled again. Tony Martin vented his frustration at the next Farmwatch meeting and was overheard saying: “You know the best way to stop them – shoot the bastards.” He also said that if a particular team of burglars returned he would ‘blow their heads off’.

Late in the afternoon of August 20 1999 three men travelled from Newark, some 70 miles away, to burgle Bleak House. They were Darren Bark, aged 32, a professional thief with more than 50 convictions, and Brendan Fearon, aged 29, another convicted criminal with over 30 offences on his record. Both men had robbed Tony Martin’s farm just three months earlier. Joining them for the first time was a 16-year-old boy, Fred Barrass.

As the burglars were breaking into his farm house Tony Martin lay fully clothed, asleep on his bed. An illegal pump action shotgun rested by his side.

He gives the programme his account of events.

“I’d gone to sleep, I think I’d had a swig on a bottle of wine and I was reading Farmers Weekly. And as you do, once you lay down, you go to sleep.

“I knew there were people down there because I heard voices. Anyway, I stood the furthest point behind the bed. I could actually hear my heart beat, you know like one of these Hitchcock thrillers – you get this boom, boom, boom and it’s the adrenalin that’s pushing through you.

“And then I couldn’t hack it any more. I couldn’t stay in that bedroom. But I wasn’t going to go downstairs without protecting myself.

“So I picked up the gun and the rest is history. I went out there and I started going down the staircase. And they put the torch on me and just a natural, very fast reaction, you pull the trigger and that’s it.”

Tony Martin fired into the darkness.

Brendan Fearon had been hit in the groin and side. Bleeding heavily, he staggered into the garden of Tony Martin’s neighbours. They called the police.

Back at the farmhouse Tony Martin took stock of his situation.

“I went upstairs and I sat on the bed, I was tired. And I thought, ‘Shall I go back to sleep?’ And I thought, ‘You can’t do that,’ because I didn’t really know what had happened.

“So anyway I picked the gun up. I wasn’t going to leave that in the house because the type of person that would have come in the house they could easily have come back. They could have still been in the house for all I know. And anyway I worked my way through the house in the dark. Got outside and I found myself a torch.”

According to Tony Martin he had no idea that he had killed someone.

Finally, taking his gun with him he drove to the sanctuary of his elderly mother’s house

Tony Martin says: “Well I had a cup of coffee. I didn’t really want to say anything to her because I didn’t really want to upset her. I mean, my mother was 80 then. Anyway, I decided to leave the gun in the house, because I didn’t like the idea of driving around with a gun. So I went up to Mrs Lilley’s and kipped down there for the night.”

When Brendan Fearon was picked up and taken to hospital he didn’t tell the police that he had been with two accomplices. Not realising that Barrass was dead he was playing for time to ensure they had got away.

But his account was enough for the police to arrest Tony Martin at six am at his friend Helen Lilley’s hotel.

It wasn’t until 17 hours after the shots had been fired that police discovered the body of 16-year old Fred Barrass.

The police now needed to decide whether, in shooting Brendan Fearon and Fred Barrass, Martin had acted with reasonable force in defending his home.

Senior Detective Martin Wright tells the programme: “There was only Tony Martin and Fearon who can truly say what did actually happen.”

The programme shows footage of Fearon returning to Bleak House to give his version of events that night. Detective Martin Wright says: “His broad recollection was that they were in the lounge and there were flashes of light. There was no warning, no warning shot, and no warning shouts. He felt searing pain and they scrambled out of the window. He was quite forthcoming with that and to be totally fair he was also quite forthcoming with the fact that it was a burglary they’d intended to do and they’d come down from the Newark area to do it.”

In examining the crime scene the police wanted to pinpoint exactly where the shots were fired.

Martin Wright says: “The ballistic evidence suggested that the shots were fired from extremely close range, the actual wadding out of the cartridges was actually either in Barrass’s body or his jeans, which indicated that they were fired from within the lounge.”

It was the evidence police needed and Tony Martin was charged with the murder of Fred Barrass, the attempted murder of Brendon Fearon and possession of an illegal hand weapon.

On 19 April 2000, Tony Martin’s trial started at Norwich Crown Court. The crux of the case was what constitutes reasonable force in defending your home. It was a question all the media seized upon. The defence team argued that Tony Martin was a victim of a crime. Scared and alone, he had picked up a gun to protect himself.

The prosecution case was that having been disturbed by the burglars, Tony Martin had lain in wait and shot them at close range with the intention of either killing or seriously injuring them.

Tony Martin believed as the victim of a crime, a jury would be sympathetic towards his actions.

But by a majority of ten to two Tony Martin was convicted of murder and wounding with intent to endanger life.

After a trial in the media spotlight, the verdict came as an enormous relief to the police. But this was to be far from the end of the matter.

Although a jury had found him guilty of murder, in the broader court of public opinion he was being given a far more sympathetic hearing. Many were outraged that a man should be imprisoned for defending his own home.

By 2001 a growing army of supporters had rallied to his defence and preparations began for an appeal.

At the appeal hearing the defence challenged the conviction on three fronts: the ballistic evidence, the significance of conditions at Bleak House and the state of Tony Martin’s mind at the time of the shooting.

First they sought to show that the shot that killed Fred Barrass had not necessarily been fired at close range. At the original trial the prosecution claimed that all three shots were fired at the bottom of the stairs, as this is where the spent cartridges were found.

But David Dyson, a ballistics expert, demonstrated that this was not necessarily the case. He tells the programme: “A shotgun cartridge could have been fired on the stairs but retained within the gun. Mr. Martin may then have moved to the bottom of the stairs and it was at that point that he ejected the shotgun cartridge on the stairs. He then, from that same position fired two more shots.”

But the evidence that was to prove most significant concerned the state of Tony Martin’s mind at the time of the shooting.

Martin Phillips a forensic psychiatrist was brought in by the appeal team to interview Martin. During the interviews Martin described how he had been abused as a child, once by a distant relative and once by a teacher which left him with an abnormal fear of being molested again.

Martin Phillips tells the programme: “In the months before the incident he developed a moderately severe depressive illness due partly to serious problems with his physical health and from a previous burglary which had really set him back and made him feel very unsafe. It was the combination of his personality disorder which made him quite paranoid plus the depressive illness. That intensified his fear about being attacked, burgled and violated in some way.”

It was this evidence that was to prove crucial at the appeal and Tony Martin’s conviction of murder was changed to manslaughter on the grounds of diminished responsibility. It was a verdict that the police still find hard to take.

Martin Wright tells the programme: “I’m totally satisfied in my own view that the actual actions that he committed on the night were those of murder. By the same token I think there are other elements in terms of Mr. Martin’s personality and demeanor to make representations around diminished responsibility.”

Tony Martin’s sentence was reduced from life, but he still had another twelve months to serve.

But, there were still some that argued Tony Martin was not ready to be released as he was yet to show any remorse for the death of the boy he killed.

Tony Martin tells the programme: “They considered I was a danger to burglars. But actually I’m not a danger to burglars walking down the road – it’s when they come in through the window.”

After three years behind bars for the manslaughter of Fred Barrass, Tony Martin was released from prison.

Since his release Tony Martin continues to farm the land surrounding Bleak House.

Angela Levin reveals: “The house is boarded up with iron, steel window shutters. And nature has taken over. It’s an extraordinarily bizarre place with trees and branches growing through the roof. It looks like something out of a horror movie. You couldn’t actually get in even if you wanted to now.”

The debate over what constitutes a legitimate response in the protection of your home continues.

In the 2008 Criminal Justice Act the government redefined the laws on self-defence to give greater legal protection to those protecting their own property.

Many question whether Tony Martin would be prosecuted if the same events were to happen today.

Tony Martin sums up his feelings about the case: “I’d rather be better known for something else. I’d like to be Robin Hood in Sherwood Forest, or in Scaramouche, or some of those lovely old movies. Something like that.”

Wednesday, 29 July 2009, 8:00PM – 10:00PM

Barnaby’s secret past as a spy is revealed when a former agent is gashed to death after a cricket match in Midsomer Parva. While locals blame the ‘beast of Midsomer’, Barnaby realises the killing has links to the local network of spies during their time in Cold War Berlin. But then he is thrown off the case by MI6.

Barnaby gets cajoled into umpiring a cricket match between the villagers and toffs of Midsomer Parva. Fellow umpire Malcolm Frazer is an eccentric, retired spymaster who lives with his son Nicky and daughter-in-law Jenny – also former Cold War operatives – at Allenby House.

Barnaby tells an incredulous Joyce that he was recruited by MI6 when he left police college. Brenda Packard, a spy and WI member, reveals that Allenby House is to be used as a safe house. Glen Jarvis is in charge and tells Barnaby rudely he needs no help.

Causton Museum is broken into and Jones flirts with curator Amanda Watson. Newly promoted DC Gail Stephens interviews Seth Comfort who thinks his sheep are being viciously killed by ‘the beast of Midsomer’.

Geoffrey Larkin, a spy turned defence consultant and one-time county cricketer, comes to Allenby, and Nicky Frazer recruits him to the cricket team. Larkin made his money after the Berlin Wall came down and offers to sell Frazer a file marked ‘Wolfman’. Later that night, Jenny slips out to meet a lover in the stables.

At the cricket match, Barnaby accuses Nicky Frazer of ball tampering but the Allenby team win, resulting in a major punch up. Then Geoffrey Larkin is gashed to death.

Jarvis blames Barnaby, Seth blames the beast and even Dr Bullard admits the injuries appear to have been inflicted by a giant claw. Then Brenda tells a livid Barnaby to back off because he has no jurisdiction at Allenby House. Even car dealer Jimmy Wells won’t talk to him because he signed the Official Secrets Act. In a fit of pique, Barnaby resigns.

Nicky and Jenny argue but when she goes looking for him, he is dead in the cow shed, his face and throat lacerated. Barnaby returns to work – he suspects the killings are linked to the spies’ time in Berlin, but gets few answers from Malcolm. Finally, Brenda admits they were betrayed by one of their own during an operation to get people over the wall.

Amanda discovers an old animal skull is missing from the museum. Jones finds it in Seth’s shearing shed – it’s a sabre-toothed cat. But Seth denies using the skull to kill.

What is the link between the unidentified Cold War traitor and the murders? Barnaby and Jones realise events at Allenby hold the key but when they get there Malcolm and Jenny have disappeared. Can they find them and get to the truth in time?

Monday, 27 July 2009, 5:00PM – 6:00PM

Renowned Brummie comic Jasper Carrott OBE returns with a new series of: Golden Balls, a game of luck, intuition and barefaced bluff.

One hundred ‘golden balls,’ concealing different cash amounts are up for grabs. Players must try to find and hang on to the balls containing life-changing amounts of money. But they also need to avoid the dreaded ‘killer balls’, which can turn pounds into pennies within seconds.

The four contestants must convince each other that they have the Golden Balls containing the highest amounts. They have to decide who is telling the truth and who has the lowest amount in front of them. They also need to eliminate the person who holds the most ‘killer balls’ One person will be voted off at the end of each round – but will they pick the right one?

In the final round, the tension mounts as the two players who have convinced and conned their way to the final, face the final showdown. Will they work together and go home with a share of the winnings, or will they try and outwit each other, which could mean losing the lot.

Sunday, 26 July 2009, 9:00PM – 10:30PM

Daisy Cockram (Amy Beth Hayes), a young police officer, wins a radio contest to attend a West End film premier and the VIP party afterwards. A famous premiership footballer picks her up and they are later caught in a sexual act in the back of his Range Rover. Her career in the police force is shattered, as is her complex relationship with her high flying father – a deputy Chief Constable.

But it seems Daisy has a saviour in the shape of J.J. Merrick (Shane Richie) – a ruthless, Svengali, publicity agent. He catapults her into the world of glamour modelling. For a while she rides high on her bubble of instant fame and becomes a millionaire with a lifestyle to match and her own entourage of hangers on. It also seems that she has found love, with a young soap star who J.J. also represents.

But fame without talent is hard to sustain – inevitably the lads’ magazines and ‘red tops’ turn the search light of their attention to the next instant celebrity. Betrayed by J.J., rejected by her family, abandoned by her boy friend (who had only been using their relationship as a publicity stunt), Daisy goes to desperate lengths to revive her floundering career and get herself back on the front page.

In J.J.’s words: “the way you earn fame is by hanging onto it – whatever it takes…”

Shane Richie plays ruthless publicity agent J.J Merrick: “J.J is a bit of heartless bastard and I’m not sure how people are going to take to him if I’m honest! He is very unlike other characters I have played in the past…J.J is just devoid of any emotion!

“I’m not sure that it is an attractive trait to have, but once I got a bit more inside his mind, I realised that there was something very likeable about J.J; he is very straight, honest, and he doesn’t bullshit anyone. Paula has written a fantastic script and occasionally you see chinks in J.J’s armour, but he is pretty quick at shutting his emotional doors down.

“I have always said forget drugs and alcohol, fame is the worst and most addictive drug of them all – definitely in the society we live in today.

“I have noticed a change in the last five years with the whole celebrity culture. It’s almost out of control and I think Paula has done a great job in capturing that; she has almost cut that world in two and has shown you exactly what it is; how it really works and what to expect from it…”

Further casting includes: Gary Lucy, Dave Berry, Lucy Gaskell, Ron Cook, Annette Badland and cameos from Chantelle Houghton, Chico and Sara Cox.

WHATEVER IT TAKES is written and created by Paula Milne (The Virgin Queen, The Fragile Heart, The Politician’s Wife), produced by Nick Pitt (Robin Hood, Silent Witness, Monarch of the Glen), and directed by Andy Hay (Waking The Dead, Spooks, Trial and Retribution). Jamie Isaacs is executive producer.

Producer Nick Pitt, adds “To be glamorous and famous might be what we dream of, but “be careful what you wish for”, says JJ Merrick (Shane Richie), who is our guide to the culture of ‘unearned celebrity’. Shane brings his natural charm and humour to this dark and sexy story.”

WHATEVER IT TAKES is a Twenty Twenty production for ITV1.

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