Heartbeat

Sunday, 12 September 2010, 8:00PM – 9:00PM on ITV1

Series finale. The arrival of a mysterious stranger sets off a treacherous chain of events in Aidensfield. Could this be the end for a much loved favourite?

A man, who is deeply traumatised, with bloody wounds on his head, runs through the woods. He arrives at Peggy and David’s house and sneaks inside to eat sausages cooking in a frying pan. Peggy and David are outside cleaning up an old tandem bicycle when they see the man and begin to chase him. He races to David’s parked taxi cab, hot wires the engine, and steals it. David is furious and phones the Police to report his taxi and, more importantly, his stolen sausages!

The man takes David’s taxi to Bernie Scripps garage and asks for petrol. Sensing the taxi has been stolen, Bernie questions him and phones the Police when he runs away, abandoning the taxi. PC Joe Mason begins a search for the man, and finally finds him wandering, still traumatised, through the village. Joe takes him to the station and, upon questioning, the man claims to have lost his memory and can’t remember his own name.

Sergeant George Miller calls and asks for Joe’s immediate assistance, an unidentified woman has been found dead on the moors. They transfer the body to the station and begin a murder investigation. Joe believes the traumatised man may be linked to the woman’s death but he can’t be sure because the man is suffering from amnesia, most likely caused by several blows to the head.

Sheena Buckley arrives at the station claiming the traumatised man is her husband, Gordon Buckley. She produces a photo to prove it, but her presence fails to trigger his memory. Sheena and Buckley are then asked to identify the dead woman. Sheena has never seen her before, but a slight unsettling feeling is stirred within Buckley. With nothing concrete to go on, Sergeant Miller is forced to release Buckley on bail and Joe arranges for him and Sheena to stay at the Aidensfield Arms.

Meanwhile at the pub, Oscar Blaketon and Alf Ventress make plans to go on a camping holiday to France to tour the old war battlefields. Gina and Dawn joke that they will never survive, let alone get there as planned on a push bike! Staying as a guest at the pub is James Moncrieff, who claims to have fought during the war in a battalion close to Alf. He befriends the pair and suggests they prepare for their trip with a night in a tent on the moors. The rest of the locals make a bet that Alf and Oscar won’t be able to survive one night.

Later, Peggy and David meet Alf and Oscar by Bernie’s garage with the tandem bicycle. It’s not what they had in mind but they give it a go. James Moncrieff arrives and takes the men in his jeep to a rural spot on the moors in readiness to pitch up for the night. Alf and Oscar put the tent in place without a hitch but when the weather turns sour they are quick to pack in the whole idea. Not wanting to lose their bet, they find refuge in another pub, the Dog and Bone. Peggy pre-empts their movements and discovers the pair enjoying a pint of lager, so despite their efforts their bet is lost.

Upon hearing news of the dead woman, James Moncrieff discloses to Sergeant George Miller that he is an undercover agent working with the foreign office. He identifies the woman as another agent, working closely within East Germany. He tells Miller the foreign office are interested in Buckley as they believe he has been turned by the other side and killed female agent. DI Jackson from Special Branch arrives and George is warned not to get involved in a high-risk government case.

George Miller warns PC Joe Mason to stay away from Buckley. Meanwhile Buckley’s memory has returned and he asks Oscar to take him to a house on the moors. Oscar leaves him close by and returns to Aidensfield. However, when Oscar discovers Joe is not to go near Buckley he sees it as one last chance for him and Alf to prove themselves as private investigators. They head to the house and find Buckley, who is armed with a gun. Buckley claims he is employed by British Intelligence and the house is a safe-house where he was to meet the female agent. He says the female agent must have been followed from East Germany as they were both attacked and she was murdered. He returned to the house to get a vital microfilm that mustn’t get into the wrong hands.

Buckley asks to use Oscar’s car but as they leave James Moncrieff and DI Jackson arrive armed with guns and accuse Buckley of being a traitor. Buckley pleads with Alf and Oscar to believe him. Disobeying Sergeant Miller’s orders, PC Joe Mason arrives and realises Moncrieff and Jackson are lying and will kill Buckley if he, Alf and Oscar don’t stop them. A fight begins and Oscar throws himself at DI Jackson to prevent Buckley being shot. However, he is then caught off guard by Moncrieff and seriously injured. Joe and Buckley manage to apprehend the villains and Oscar is a hailed a hero as his life hangs in the balance…

Regular Cast
PC Joe Mason Joe McFadden
Carol Cassidy Lisa Kay
David Stockwell David Lonsdale
Peggy Armstrong Gwen Taylor
Sgt. George Miller John Duttine
PC Don Wetherby Rupert Ward-Lewis
PC Geoff Younger Steve Blakeley
Alf Ventress William Simons
Oscar Blaketon Derek Fowlds
Dawn Bellamy Nikki Sanderson
Gina Bellamy Tricia Penrose
Bernie Scripps Peter Benson

Guest Stars
Gordon Buckley Nicholas Farrell
Sheena Buckley Clare Holman
James Moncrieff Pip Torrens
DI Jackson Toby Gaffney

Sunday, 5 September 2010, 8:00PM – 9:00PM on ITV1

Pass the Parcel

Mason thwarts a gang of safe robbers but will they stop at nothing to finish the job? Dawn’s birthday party goes off with an unexpected bang…

During a break-in at a factory one of the robbers, Johnno, trips the alarm. His accomplice, Steve Hopley, sees the Police arriving and drives off in his van leaving Johnno and the third robber, Danny Riggs to escape on foot. Later, Stuart leaves his house following an argument with his wife, and comes face to face with Johnno and Danny. He flees, and hides off the edge of a nearby bridge. An unknown person approaches and pushes him into the sea below. The next morning Stuart’s body is found washed up on the beach. The Police open a murder investigation.

PC Joe Mason and PC Don Wetherby find the abandoned van from the attempted robbery and inside is a bag of explosives that look to have been stolen from a quarry. They go to visit the factory where the break-in took place and the owner tells them that only someone who worked there would know that there was extra money hidden in the safe. Therefore, the Police conclude they are looking for suspects who are on the payroll. After talking to the owner’s secretary, Joe finds out that Stuart, her husband, is a credit control clerk at the factory so must have been involved in the robbery in some way.

Meanwhile, PC Geoff Younger is curious as to where PC Don Wetherby keeps mysteriously disappearing off to in his lunch hour. Oscar is convinced he can crack the mystery and takes a bet from Alf to have it solved within four hours. He begins by asking Don out-right, but Don won’t give him any clues. He finds a leaflet for an Adult Education Institute that leads him to a life drawing class where Don is expected as the model. The teacher, Mrs Manners assumes Don is unable to attend and Oscar is his replacement. Before Oscar can refuse, he finds himself posing for the class. When Oscar returns to get changed his clothes have been stolen and Mrs Manners insists on calling the police. Don arrives and explains he needed to take on an extra job. They agree to keep each other’s secret, and Oscar has to forgo his bet with Alf as a result.

It’s Dawn’s birthday and a fancy dress party is being set up at the Aidensfield Arms. A surprise birthday present from Dawn’s mother has arrived at the station so Gina sends David to collect it. At the station David’s dog, Deefor, sends some pigeons flying and a fire extinguisher is accidentally set off. In the disarray, the parcels are mixed up and David leaves with the wrong one. Johnno enters after him to collect a parcel of explosives for Danny so they can retry their attempt to rob the factory. Only one parcel remains, so Johnno takes it and only realises he has the wrong one when he returns to Danny. Danny is furious and sends Johnno to find the correct parcel before someone blows themselves up! Johnno tracks down David house and starts riffling through a package belonging to Peggy. Hearing some commotion, Peggy heads downstairs dressed in her fancy dress costume and is startled by Johnno’s presence. Johnno grabs her shotgun and backs away, but trips and the gun goes off, shooting Peggy in the bustle. Peggy is hurt, but it’s not serious. Johnno cuts himself on glass but disappears before the police arrive. Later, Johnno collapses and is taken to Carol’s house. Carol realises he could be the mystery man reportedly looking for a parcel and calls Joe. Carol tries to keep Johnno at her house, but leaves and heads to the Aidensfield Arms.

Joe follows on to the pub and Dawn’s party is underway when he arrives. He asks Gina for the parcel collected by David and as he’s about to unwrap it, Johnno appears saying it’s full of explosives. They wrestle for the parcel, just as Danny arrives and pulls out a gun. Behind him is Janice, she is Danny’s daughter. Danny holds everyone in the Aidensfield Arms hostage and threatens to detonate the explosives. Sergeant Miller and his men are outside and ask the villains to come out. Danny gives the parcel to Dawn and ushers her outside to make his demands before heading back into the pub.

Joe tries to divide the villains by warning Johnno that Danny and Janice plan to make him take the wrap for Stuart’s murder. It works, and Johnno begins to think it was Janice who actually killed Stuart. Johnno shouts at Danny and Danny reacts by shooting him. Janice doesn’t deny killing Stuart and it becomes clear she knew about the robbery and was angry that Stuart wrecked their plan and left Danny in the lurch.

Sergent Miller sends PC Don Wetherby around the back of the pub. He sneaks in through the kitchen but is heard by Danny and taken hostage as well. As Danny holds the detonator to the explosives in his hands the situation in the pub looks desperate. Will Dawn’s birthday finish with an unexpected bang?

Regular Cast
PC Joe Mason Joe McFadden
Carol Cassidy Lisa Kay
David Stockwell David Lonsdale
Peggy Armstrong Gwen Taylor
Sgt. George Miller John Duttine
PC Don Wetherby Rupert Ward-Lewis
PC Geoff Younger Steve Blakeley
Alf Ventress William Simons
Oscar Blaketon Derek Fowlds
Dawn Bellamy Nikki Sanderson
Gina Bellamy Tricia Penrose
Bernie Scripps Peter Benson

Guest Stars
Stuart Hopley Will Willoughby
Danny Riggs James Gaddas
Johnno Hartson Andrew Sheridan
Janice Hopley Sian Breckin
Brian Drabble Neil Conrich
Harry Adams Christopher Chilton
Trevor Harris Bill Thomas
Constance Manners Elizabeth Rider
Elvis Impersonator Lee Jackson

Sunday, 29 August 2010, 8:00PM – 9:00PM on ITV1

A lorry driver is savagely attacked and his lorry stolen by two men when he pulls over at the roadside to help a breakdown. PC Joe Mason arrives at the scene and Nurse Carol Cassidy tells him that the unidentified driver has a possible fractured skull caused by several blows to the head. Later, Joe and PC Don Wetherby find the driver’s abandoned, empty lorry in a back lane, and pay a visit to Hardcastle Butchers. There they learn that the driver is Norman, and he was transporting condemned meat to the incinerator. Fearing they now have a serious health risk to contend with, Joe and Don report their findings back at the station.

Sergeant Nokes arrives at Ashfordly Police Station and immediately takes over leading the case to find Norman’s attackers and issue a warning about the condemned meat to all the restaurants, pubs and hotels in the area. Nokes, who has a reputation as a ruthless man-eater, takes a shine to PC Geoff Younger and orders him to stay by her side during her part of the investigation.

Peggy Armstrong and David Stockwell are asked by Mrs Grant to house-sit her country mansion whilst she is away. Peggy accepts Mrs Grant’s offer and decides to set up her own make-shift boarding house to earn a few extra bob on the side. Peggy’s first guest is Alf Ventress, who needs a new place to stay after being caught sleeping in a prison cell at the station by Sergeant Nokes. Alf is surprised to see Peggy running a boarding house in someone else’s home, but agrees to stay when Peggy offers him free drinks and a steak dinner. Peggy welcomes more guests the next day, and when Gina refuses to provide food for her guests, Peggy accepts cut price meat off the back of a lorry. Alf realises the meat is the rotten meat the Police warned of and tells the other guests not to eat it. Peggy is arrested for handling stolen goods and questioned by Nokes back at the station about where she got it. Alf and the other guests head to the Aidensfield Arms for dinner and board, and poor Peggy is forced to fit their bill as compensation.

Meanwhile, Alice Howarth approaches Carol and asks her to check on her elderly mother, Edna, who she feels might be going senile. Edna has been telling Alice about being visited by her son, Alice’s brother who was died 20 years ago. Carol visits Edna and believes her to be bright as a button, and starts to wonder if a mystery man posing as Edna’s son is making the visits. When Edna becomes ill with salmonella poisoning after eating some meat, Carol’s suspicions are confirmed. Joe concludes the same man is linked to the stolen lorry and to several burglaries that have happened in the area. Joe forms a plan to catch the man ��” he is wrapped in blankets and taken from the back of an ambulance into Edna’s home so anyone observing would think it was Edna returning home. The plan works, and the man, called Steve, arrives at the house to check on his elderly friend. At the station, Steve is devastated when he realises the meat he fed Edna was condemned. He admits his part in the robbery and agrees to take the police to his accomplice, Terry, who is continuing to sell the meat. The Police race to the market in a bid to arrest Terry before any more people are made ill, but will they catch him in time…

Sunday, 22 August 2010, 8:00PM – 9:00PM on ITV1

My One and Only

Leslie Rumbold, an insurance salesman, has been shot in his front garden and PC Joe Mason is on the scene to begin his investigation. Sonia Rumbold, Leslie’s wife, is inconsolable at first, but later names Ross Tilman as a suspect. Ross is a disgruntled client of Leslie’s who lost a lot of money when his insurance claim didn’t go through. Joe pays Ross a visit and although he admits threatening Leslie, he denies having anything to do with his murder and has an alibi to prove it. Mason follows up his alibi with his girlfriend Lynne, and she verifies that the two of them were at the cinema when Leslie was shot.

Meanwhile, Alf Ventress’s chimney has collapsed and he is temporarily forced to move into the Aidensfield Arms. Alf makes himself at home quickly and begins to test Oscar, Gina and Dawn’s patience when he over-indulges in their hospitality by helping himself to the pub’s well-stocked fridge. He then keeps the entire household awake by playing loud music before falling into a sleep-filled snoring slumber that lasts ‘til morning. Oscar decides he needs to ask Alf to move out but before he has the chance, Alf announces he has won money through his Premium Bonds and plans to go on holiday to Scotland whilst the work is completed on his house.

PC Joe Mason continues his investigation into Leslie Rumbold’s murder and discovers Leslie was bigamist leading a double life. Joe uses a photograph found in Leslie’s office to track down Leslie’s second home, which is just a few miles down the road from Aidensfield. There he meets Leslie’s second wife, Margaret Millwood and, much to his astonishment, Ross Tilman’s girlfriend Lynne, who is Leslie’s daughter. Joe recognises it is more than a coincidence and Lynne is forced to admit she found out her father was leading a double life when Ross went to visit Leslie Rumbold about his insurance claim. The Police have means to believe Ross and Lynne planned Leslie’s murder together, but both continue to plead their innocence. However, when Ross is found to have a number of illegal guns, one of which is similar to the one used in the shooting, the Police have no choice but to arrest Ross on suspicion of murder.

A rowdy tramp is drunk and disorderly and is taken by PC Geoff Younger to spend a night in the cells. Sergeant George Miller is irked to recognise him as Ewart, an old army friend who heroically saved Miller’s life on the frontline. Miller can see that Ewart is on a path of his own self-destruction and wants to help is old friend but his attempts are sadly rebuffed. However, before Ewart leaves town he provides the Police with vital information into Leslie Rumbold’s murder. It seems that although Sonia Rumbold claims she knew nothing of her husband’s double life, Ewart saw Lynne Millwood leaving her house on the day Leslie died. The Police bring Lynne in for further questioning and she confirms she was upset at her father and decided to tell Sonia the whole truth. This evidence confirms the Police’s suspicions and PC Joe Mason goes to confront Sonia Rumbold. When he arrives, Sonia is crazed, waiting with Leslie’s gun in her hand, and its down to Joe to prevent her from shooting him, and herself…

Sunday, 15 August 2010, 8:00PM – 9:00PM on ITV1

A latter day Robin Hood is operating in the area and baffling the police, while Oscar Blaketon and Alf Ventress are divided over their latest private investigation.

Oscar Blaketon and Alf Ventress are hired as private detectives by Douglas Philpot, a golfing friend of Oscar’s. Their job is to track down Douglas’ son, Ian who left home three months earlier. Their first lead is a clerk at accounting firm Smith and Fairweather, where Ian used to work, who told Douglas he’d recently seen Ian at a club in Whitby. Oscar goes to see the clerk and is rewarded with the name of the club where Ian regularly spends time. Meanwhile, Alf questions Douglas’ wife Mary and learns that Douglas and Ian have rarely seen eye to eye and on the night Ian left, he’d had a blazing row with his father. Alf and Oscar start to realise that Ian most likely left because his father was a bit of a bully who disapproved of Ian wanting to find his own way in life. Nevertheless, they decide to continue their search and finish the job.

Meanwhile, a number of mysterious burglaries in the area are causing a problem for Sergeant Miller and his team who so far have no concrete leads. The Aidensfield Arms is next to be targeted by the thief; as well as being robbed of the takings from the till, poor Dawn Bellamy has £20 taken from her wallet. Later that day David discovers Peggy has an unexplained envelope full of cash for exactly £20 and believes Peggy is somehow connected to the pub break in. When David confronts Peggy she is upset because she is, in fact, one of a number of elderly people who have been given the large wad of cash by an anonymous donor.

David tells PC Joe Mason about Peggy’s windfall and, upon inspection of the banknotes, he realises the burglaries are connected to the anonymous ‘donations’. It seems as though a modern-day Robin Hood operating in the area is stealing from local councillors to give to those less fortunate. Then, digging deeper, the Police establish that the recipients of the cash ‘donations’ are all somehow connected to a new block of flats, most having been re-housed by developers Sunlight Holdings and consequently charged more than they can afford.

Oscar and Alf continue to pick up on the trail of Douglas’ missing son Ian and enlist David’s help to look for him in the club in Whitby where they expect him to visit that evening. David searches the club and his inconspicuous manner causes attention from a barmaid who thinks he’s an undercover policeman.

Back in Aidensfield the series of burglaries continue when Douglas’ home is struck. Douglas disturbs the burglar and discovers it is none other than his son, Ian. As the police arrive, Ian manages to slip out of the backdoor and heads to the club. Oscar and Alf are lying in wait outside the club and spot Ian arriving. The Police are not far behind and plan to siege the club, but are too late when Ian slips away for a second time.

Oscar and Alf manage to track Ian to the offices of Sunlight Holdings. Ian proclaims he has been trying to make amends for his father who was one of several councillors who took a bribe to allow an unpopular development that allowed Sunlight Holdings to knock down affordable homes so that they could build flats and overcharge the new tenants. The Police arrive on the premises, but Ian refuses to be arrested without a fight…

Sunday, 8 August 2010, 8:00PM – 9:00PM on ITV1

Deadlier Than Male:

A domestic dispute rages out of control and Peggy’s hold over David is threatened by a new arrival exerting her feminine wiles.

PC Joe Mason is called to a domestic between husband and wife, Vic and Eileen Needham. The married couple is renowned for their almighty spats, which they usually thrive on. However, this time Vic has gone too far and smashed Eileen’s precious inherited heir looms. Eileen is furious and wants Vic charged with causing malicious damage to her property.

Eileen decides to file for a divorce and hires a slick, feminist lawyer called Sylvia Swinton. Sylvia arrives in Aidensfield and starts to put a case together against Vic. She asks Joe to prevent Vic from entering his property in case of a potential breach of the peace, and persuades Eileen to call for an injunction against Vic. Her actions appear extreme but Eileen agrees nevertheless. Deep down Eileen knows Vic will cause her no harm but Sylvia’s persistence means Eileen is afraid to argue otherwise. When Vic hears of the injunction he is furious he’s not allowed anywhere near Eileen to sort their marriage out but eventually promises Joe he will stay away.

Meanwhile, Stan Bickle arrives in Aidensfield with his vivacious daughter, Josie and they set up a caravan pitch near David Stockwell and Peggy Armstrong’s house. Josie and David strike up an immediate friendship, much to the disapproval of Peggy who dismisses Josie as nothing but a jezebel who is trying to usurp her place in David’s home. Josie is cunning and enjoys winding Peggy up with her flirtations towards David. It appears Peggy has met her match, and Josie doesn’t plan on leaving without a fight…

The Police continue their frustrations at being dragged into Vic and Eileen’s trivial domestic dispute. They suspect Sylvia is enjoying provoking Vic into violent reactions just to embellish the case against him. And it is more apparent than ever that Sylvia is deliberately railroading Eileen into ending her marriage, regardless of whether she wants to or not.

Joe decides to invite Eileen to his house without telling Sylvia so she can meet Vic in private and resolve their martial problems. As Vic rushes to join Joe and Sylvia he has a serious accident at work on a building site that leaves him with several broken limbs. Meanwhile, Sylvia arrives at Joe’s house and is angry Eileen has agreed to meet Vic behind her back. Joe takes the blame for the meeting and at that moment Carol Cassidy rushes in with news of Vic’s accident. Carol tells Eileen that despite his injuries, Vic insisted on seeing her and is waiting outside in an ambulance with a bunch of flowers. Eileen is overwhelmed and runs to him. As the couple passionately reunite Sylvia watches on red-faced and seething…

Regular Cast
PC Joe Mason Joe McFadden
Carol Cassidy Lisa Kay
David Stockwell David Lonsdale
Peggy Armstrong Gwen Taylor
Sgt. George Miller John Duttine
PC Don Wetherby Rupert Ward-Lewis
PC Geoff Younger Steve Blakeley
Alf Ventress William Simons
Oscar Blaketon Derek Fowlds
Dawn Bellamy Nikki Sanderson
Gina Bellamy Tricia Penrose
Bernie Scripps Peter Benson

Guest Stars
Vic Needham Hugo Speer
Eileen Needham Michelle Holmes
Stan Bickle Sam Kelly
Josie Bickle Jenna Boyd
Sylvia Swinton Samantha Bond

Sunday, 25 July 2010, 8:00PM – 9:00PM on ITV1

The War of the Roses

Romance is on the cards for Dawn Bellamy and the new barman at the Aidenfield Arms, Billy Garrett. When they first meet there is an obvious attraction between the young pair. Billy is good-looking and charming and happy-go-lucky Dawn is more than willing to be swept of her feet…and onto the back of his motorbike. Billy and Dawn share a blissful first kiss, but as their relationship develops Dawn discovers Billy is deeply tormented by the passing of his mother, who died of cancer three months earlier. His troubled past and sudden angry outbursts begin to make Dawn feel uneasy as she realises there is more to Billy’s arrival in Aidensfield than meets the eye.

Following several incidents of sabotage against local farmer Harry Brown, PC Joe Mason opens an investigation to unearth the culprit. It appears Harry Brown has made a number of enemies among the other farmers for his dodgy farming practises and they want to force him out. As the situation worsens, Harry Brown‘s wife Rose ends up in hospital when their family Land Rover fails to stop and crashes on a country road. Joe and Sergeant George Miller gather the farmers together to settle the dispute. The angry farmers call for Harry Brown’s eviction, but no one is willing to own up to tempering with the Land Rover’s breaks.

Meanwhile, David and Peggy are hired by Ronnie Smethers to inventory the house of recently deceased old woman. Despite Ronnie’s orders, Peggy is keen to make a few bob on the side from anything of value they find tucked away. When they arrive in the house it is cluttered with junk and David begins to fear the house is haunted after hearing some unexplained bumps in the attic. Peggy agrees to investigate the mysterious sounds and discovers an unexpected surprise…

The campaign against Harry Brown continues to have deadly consequences when an act of arson at Harry’s farm puts his life in danger. As the fire rages in the farm’s outhouse, it is newcomer Billy Garrett who is on the scene in time to rescue Harry from the flames. Joe has growing concerns that these latest incidents are more personal than a simple dispute between farmers. His suspicions lead him to believe the very man who saved Harry’s life is holding onto a darker secret involving both men, and Harry could still be in danger. Harry does not realise Billy is any danger towards him and goes to the Aidensfield Arms to thank him for saving his life. When he arrives, Billy refuses to see him but Harry insists and enters his room. Billy reacts badly and threatens him with Harry’s very own shotgun. Joe arrives at the pub and upon hearing the commotion races up the stairs towards Billy’s room, but will he be able to stop him before anyone is killed…

Regular Cast
PC Joe Mason Joe McFadden
Carol Cassidy Lisa Kay
David Stockwell David Lonsdale
Peggy Armstrong Gwen Taylor
Sgt. George Miller John Duttine
PC Don Wetherby Rupert Ward-Lewis
PC Geoff Younger Steve Blakeley
Alf Ventress William Simons
Oscar Blaketon Derek Fowlds
Dawn Bellamy Nikki Sanderson
Gina Bellamy Tricia Penrose
Bernie Scripps Peter Benson

Guest Stars
Harry Brown Zig Byfield
Rose Brown Phyllis Logan
Billy Garrett Michael Stevenson
Ronnie Smethers Tim Brooke Taylor
Lord Ashfordly Rupert Vansittart
Ted Openshaw Huw Higginson
Molly Openshaw Majorie Yates

Heartbeat has been cancelled by ITV after 18 years on TV.

The final season of the drama series will screen next month before the show comes to an end for good.

ITV has stated that the decision to axe the show was not for financial reasons, but instead it was done in order for the network to focus more on shorter dramas across the week.

An ITV spokesperson said: “Heartbeat has been an important part of the television landscape over the last 18 years and we are incredibly proud of what it achieved in its heyday as one of ITV1’s top rated dramas. But we are overhauling our schedule to reflect the changing demands of our audience, refreshing the mix of programming we commission and broadcast.

“We will continue to maintain our significant investment in the genre, the biggest of any commercial broadcaster, but ITV1’s future focus will be on new and varied drama commissions.”

The final season will begin screening on July 18.

Source: Digital Spy

Sunday, 14 June 2009, 7:00PM – 8:00PM

The police are on alert when a flood of forged notes start circulating Aidensfield – they’re coming from a gang in Bristol run by Jim Bly (Andrew Whipp) who used it to fund drug trafficking. Eighteen members of his gang were arrested but he and his girlfriend Ruthie (Jessica Harris) have never been found. Does the influx of fake notes in the area mean that Bly is on their patch?

Miller (John Duttine) is annoyed when his wife turns up at the station; she’s just come back from Edinburgh on the train and thought she’d get a lift home from her husband. Miller’s embarrassed and sends her out shopping for the afternoon. However, when she arrives back accompanied by a local shopkeeper who claims she shoplifted a tin of meat, Miller’s mortified. He doesn’t believe her plea of innocence and makes up excuses that she’s not been herself recently. Upset that her husband doesn’t trust her, she refuses to leave the station until they prove she’s innocent and remains in the cell overnight. Miller’s uncomfortable about his marital problems being exposed and tries to keep a professional exterior but it’s clearly getting to him. Will he and his wife be able to solve their relationship issues?

In a barn nearby Ruthie and Bly are hiding, Ruthie’s seen all the wanted posters the police in the village and is worried they’re going to be caught. They’ve been buying worthless items from the villagers with their fake money in order to gain genuine money back as change. PC Mason (Joe McFadden) is on the case and when one of their victims reveals she informed them that her friend would be interested in selling some of her possessions but is away until Friday, he and Rachel (Clare Wille) stake out the house.

As expected, the fugitive couple arrive and the police catch them as they’re breaking in to the house. However, as Rachel pins down Ruthie, Mason is knocked out during his scuffle with Bly and allows him to escape. An uncooperative Ruthie is interrogated at the station. However, Mason is uneasy when Rachel decides to drive her to Division for further questioning. Bly has stolen a vehicle and tracks down her car causing them to crash. Rachel’s knocked out by the impact, and when she comes round Bly has her at gunpoint. Mason and the other officers are on his way, but will he make it in time to rescue Rachel?

Elsewhere, Bernie (Peter Benson) and Dawn (Nikki Sanderson) are ecstatic when David (David Lonsdale) reports that Judy Garland is in town. Peggy (Gwen Taylor) instantly sees a money making opportunity and starts selling celebrity tours of Aidensfield, while Lord Ashfordly (Rupert Vansittart) invites the glamorous American visitor for dinner at Ashfordly Hall, but is she too good to be true?

Sunday, 26 April 2009, 8:00PM on ITV1

Michael (Sam Laurie), Lizzie (Holly-Mai Leighton) and Peter Morley (Jack Downham) are exploring the overgrown gardens of a derelict local house – as they edge closer to the door, Lizzie spots a shadowy figure inside the house, and terrified the children bolt. However as Michael and Lizzie speed home, their younger brother Peter gets stuck in the undergrowth and disappears from sight. PC Joe Mason (Joe McFadden) is called in to help find Peter, but Michael and Lizzie remain secretive – they old house was out of bounds and they refuse to admit they ventured further than their father allows. 

Soon, the whole village sets about looking for Peter. Peggy (Gwen Taylor) starts speculating conspiracy theories, while Gina (Tricia Penrose) informs Mason (Jo McFadden) about an ominous van she saw earlier. Meanwhile, Wetherby (Rupert Ward Lewis) finally manages to get the truth out of Lizzie and Michael about where they were playing and as the search moves to the derelict house, Peggy starts telling the village about the mysterious Mr. Druce – who lived in the house and the disappearance of his Spanish wife. 

Wetherby eventually finds Peter down an old well which is on the verge of collapse. As he attempts to rescue him, the well caves in and Peter’s situation becomes critical. Firemen begin the rescue and local reporters soon flock to cover the drama, including the famous Sheridan Ralph (Tim Wylton), with whom Peggy is quite star-struck and very hospitable. Wetherby is beside himself – feeling he’s put Pete in extreme danger as Gina comforts him – Blaketon (Derek Fowlds) can’t help but notice their closeness, with increasing disdain. 

Sheridan is sent away from the rescue operation after being caught snooping but soon finds a much juicier story in the form of village gossip from an all-too-willing source – Peggy. Meanwhile, the police are sure no-one has been inside the house for years, but given Lizzie’s confession that she saw a man, Mason searches it again, but to no avail.

Finally, as the rescue attempt gets underway, a shot is fired from the house and panic ensues. Shots continue and the villagers try to hide in safety. Peter’s father Ray is half-suspended down the well, as Miller (John Duttine) and Mason re-enter the house to find the mysterious gunman. They find Howard Druce (Freddie Jones), an elderly and frail man with a gun. Once Druce is appeased, the rescue mission continues, and Ray re-emerges with an injured and frail Peter in his arms. Has Peter been saved in time, or has the delayed rescue been tragically late? And will the police determine why Druce was shooting at the firemen? 

As Sheridan’s articles begin to appear, Gina’s furious and accuses Blaketon of spreading the rumours. She and Wetherby agree that their behaviour has set tongues wagging, and reluctantly decide they should try and keep a greater distance between them. Blaketon continues to pry about Gina’s relationship with Wetherby and when he accuses her of being a marriage breaker, she’s furious. She and Wetherby are friends and nothing more – it’s his job to support police widows and she’s simply been trying to make him feel better about the incident with Peter. Blaketon admits he’s been insensitive and that he shouldn’t be so paternally protective over Gina. Meanwhile, David and the majority of the villagers are glad to see the back of Sheridan, but when Peggy finally surfaces after her heavy night with him, will she be pleased with her new-found fame in the newspaper?

 

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