Unable to pay the loan and fearful for his life, he confides in Blaketon, leaving the former cop in a difficult position. Elsewhere, Gina loses patience with Blaketon when he interferes in yet another one of her romances. It soon emerges that it is just the first in a series of unexplained events, as a police phone box arrives and then disappears from his garden, cement is delivered to his house for no apparent reason and a fire is started in his garage. Meanwhile, Peggy is intrigued by an eco-warrior couple's slurry-fuelled generator, whilst Blaketon becomes concerned for Gina when she becomes distant following her break-up with Jack.
A gang of ageing villains spot a chance for one last, glorious crime spree when the villagers leave Aidensfield en masse to support Rob in a charity football match. An aging jazz band, led by an old acquaintance of Vernon's, visit Aidensfield to perform at a Christmas concert. A snooping Joyce Jowett decides to investigate the rumours about the newcomer and discovers she is harbouring a shocking companion. Other suspects include a kennelman threatened with dismissal and a farmer determined to exact revenge when his land is severely damaged. Rob is called out to investigate a series of vandalisms against Lord Ashfordly's new estate manager after he angers the tenants when he employs the hard-line methods he learned in South Africa and raises their rents. Joe discovers there's more to being an Aidensfield bobby than just crime-fighting when he's called to help Carol deliver a baby, and his animosity to Lord Ashfordly increases when he is arrested on suspicion of attacking a teenage girl who turned up on his doorstep claiming to be his daughter as a result of an affair he had with one of his staff, and Miller is far from impressed by Joe's handling of the sensitive case.
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Andy seems unusually desperate to get his hands on a box of old junk, which goes from one villager to another and puts Blaketon and Jack in danger when they stand in his way of getting it back. However, not all goes to plan when one of the parentless children become linked to a series of break-ins. Carol, Blaketon and Joe go beyond the call of duty to protect two young girls when their mother begins neglecting them in favour of partying with her criminal boyfriend, and Joe's anger boils over when a social worker doesn't take the case seriously, leading to explosive consequences when the girls are left home alone for the evening. Meanwhile, Vernon experiments with hypnotism when he tries to put an end to Gina's arachnophobia, but it soon backfires and has a very strange after-effect on David, while Merton and Jenny discover a mutual love of jazz. After David witnesses a man getting thrown off a moving train, it leads to Steve foiling an armed robbery at Ashfordly Hall, but also leaves an escaped convict loose in Aidensfield.
Meanwhile, Joyce Jowett poses a threat to another of Vernon's madcap schemes when he tries to open up a cinema in the village. Blaketon is back in Aidensfield following his time away and immediately finds himself embroiled into a dangerous investigation when Lord Ashfordly calls on his P. As Mike begins his first assignment as a CID officer, his replacement, northerner Steve Crane, rides into Aidensfield to take on the role of village bobby, but Ventress thinks the youngster is too eager to prove his worth as he investigates a spate of farm break-ins, whilst Mike grows disillusioned with CID work when he takes on a surveillance operation involving the girlfriend of an armed robber. When a year-old girl goes missing after an argument with her father, Joe sets out to locate her American boyfriend, who has come to Britain to avoid the Vietnam War and is taking extreme measures to prolong his stay in Yorkshire. After attending one of Lord Ashfordly's dinner parties with a handsome businessman, Gina awakes the next morning in her car in the grounds of Ashfordly Hall to find that she is the prime suspect in a hit-and-run accident.
They had tethered their barking dog to a stake and hung a set of prayer flags from the open trunk of their S. Meanwhile, Bellamy is delighted when Debbie returns from rehab a changed woman, Younger's dancing leaves a lot to be desired, Peggy uses old Christmas decorations for the wedding reception, Miller gains an admirer, whilst Gina sees Jack's true colours when she discovers he has sold the nude painting of her to an art gallery in London and wants them to move away from Aidensfield. Elsewhere, Rosie and Fergus struggle to get their fledgling relationship off the ground as a series of interruptions plague their dates, while Bellamy starts to wonder whether rekindling his relationship with Gina is really such a good idea. Meanwhile, Vernon and David enter the world of vineyards when they befriend a young Frenchman who thinks their cottage is the perfect place for wine-making.
It's not long before an outraged Miller discovers their scheme and delights at the chance to finally throw the book at his scheming nemesis. Meanwhile, Vernon moves into his new mansion, but David isn't too keen on joining him. Blaketon becomes the prime suspect in a murder enquiry when he is asked to spy on an adulterous coal merchant by his wife. Joe and Rachel investigate when a young father falls off a bridge after returning to Aidensfield with his girlfriend and son.
Meanwhile, Peggy sees an opportunity to make money when rumours abound that a meteorite caused the blast in the woods and she discovers how valuable space debris is. After befriending Nigel, he tries to impress by suggesting to organise a charity antique sale. Helen becomes involved in a suspected case of euthanasia when one of her patients suddenly dies, and Rob's desperate need to clear his girlfriend's name nearly blows their affair to the rest of the village.
Merton isn't happy at the prospects of dozens of dangerous drivers when Aidensfield hosts a prestigious car hill-climb. Merton and Jenny's honeymoon is cut short when Jenny's health takes a turn for the worse, and Merton receives another blow when he returns to Ashfordly station to find Ventress has let standards slip in his absence, which has incurred the wraith of a constabulary inspector whose car has been stolen. Meanwhile, Bellamy arrests a drunken tramp - PC Geoff Younger's father, whilst Peggy devises a plan to sell trout to a hotel in Scarborough that lands her and David in trouble with Miller. Meanwhile, Bellamy is delighted when Debbie returns from rehab a changed woman, Younger's dancing leaves a lot to be desired, Peggy uses old Christmas decorations for the wedding reception, Miller gains an admirer, whilst Gina sees Jack's true colours when she discovers he has sold the nude painting of her to an art gallery in London and wants them to move away from Aidensfield. As he begins a new romance with a lonely single mother, Bellamy is forced to confront painful memories when he is targeted in a series of attacks.
Meanwhile, Peggy and David buy a radio that tunes into police channels and sell the stories to the Ashfordly Gazette, which also gives them the opportunity to teach a pompous old enemy a lesson. Meanwhile, Vernon, Bernie and David embark on a venture in the world of publishing with a famous publisher on the verge of bankruptcy. Merton assigns Mike to act as a personal bodyguard for his Lordship's new lady, but the intrepid officer's suspicions are soon aroused by the blushing bride's decidedly odd behaviour. Bellamy joins DI Shiner to investigates and come to the conclusion the robbers were amateurs after finding the stolen items in a crashed car.
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Bellamy is distraught to learn the extent of Debbie's alcoholism when she goes on a late-night drinking spree by the river, but her actions get her into trouble when she becomes implicated in the murder of a bank manager. Meanwhile, Vernon is called up for jury service, but soon finds it's not as much fun as he hoped, whilst David is left to hold the fort back in Aidensfield in his absence. Meanwhile, Peggy's car is stolen - with David's dog Deefer in the boot!
Meanwhile, Peggy believes she has found the explanation for David's recent behaviour when she uncovers his strange new addiction. Joe goes undercover at a local quarry to infiltrate an armed robbery gang after Rachel establishes a link from an explosion in the woods to the activities of a villain and suspects the owner of the quarry has been supplying dynamite to armed gangs, but when Joe tries to save a conflicted man from a life of crime, it leaves him in mortal danger when his cover is blown. I pulled over to take a photo of the road, so endlessly sunlit and bare, but as soon as I got out the isolation spooked me and I hurried to step on the gas. Meanwhile, Peggy is incensed when Rosie takes over at the garage whilst Bernie is away and instructs a reluctant David to prove himself by organizing a funeral in a madcap scheme to get Bernie to leave the garage to the hapless handyman in his will. Rob is forced to confront his criminal past when he undertakes his own unofficial investigation into a series of violent burglaries against the elderly residents of Aidensfield, but his snooping into the lives of his father's dangerous associates looks set to have a profound impact on the officer's family when he finds evidence that could nail a major underworld figure for an unsolved armed robbery, which would also put his own father behind bars.
Bellamy, Miller and Younger's lives are all in grave danger when the Ashfordly station comes under attack from a professional gang after two of their associates wind up in the cells. Merton assigns Mike to act as a personal bodyguard for his Lordship's new lady, but the intrepid officer's suspicions are soon aroused by the blushing bride's decidedly odd behaviour. Meanwhile, the arrival of a tax inspector throws the residents into a panic. As Mike tries to lure the imposter into a trap, he is left with a dilemma when the troublemaker catches Bellamy filling in for Gina after hours at the pub. I have a long-married friend who used to question why I lived alone until we realized that to do so without questioning why she lived with a partner was unfair.
Gina is struggling to cope without her beloved and refuses medical help and considers leaving a life of heartache in Aidensfield behind for her old one in Liverpool. Meanwhile, Bernie's odd behaviour leaves his nearest and dearest fearing the worst, whilst Gina gives Rosie a makeover ahead of her date, but she receives a shock when Rosie's mystery man turns out to be none other than Bellamy. Meanwhile, Aunt Peggy sets her sight on a boorish wealthy widow, and whilst her gold-digging antics provide the source of amusement for Gina, they don't go down too well with a close friend of his. The case proves very personal for Steve as he is reminded of his own uproaring childhood. Meanwhile, Aunt Peggy becomes convinced her time is coming to an end with a mysterious illness, leaving David concerned and Carol exasperated by the melodramatic patient, Gina is finding motherhood to her liking, and Dawn becomes suspicious of a mysterious Frenchman who is staying at the pub.
A series of other car thefts and a number of other dog disappearances leaves the Miller and his men baffled. Merton's police work finally has consequences for his marriage when he is forced to investigate Liz's professional competence when one of her patients, a former Formula 1 driver, dies of an insulin overdose. Elsewhere, Gina loses patience with Blaketon when he interferes in yet another one of her romances.
Although she agrees to keep quiet, her troublesome sibling seeks to exploit the situation for his own gain, threatening his put-upon sister's relationship with Merton. Elsewhere, a new romance begins when Helen and Gina's girls night out coincides with Bellamy and Rob's lads night out. Meanwhile, Lord Ashfordly asks Gina to help him interview for a new housekeeper, with one of the candidates being none other than Aunt Peggy! Meanwhile, Bellamy falls in love with a young widow with three children, living on the Ashfordly council estate, when he attends to a burglary at her house, and Peggy fails to back a winner when she buys a greyhound that refuses to run. Elsewhere, David is delighted when one of his elderly customers gives him her late husbands model railway set, and Bellamy is appointed Federation rep and must deal with Younger's complaint about being treated like an odd-job man at the police station.