This series follows the antics of an eccentric group of ex-police officers brought out of retirement to reinvestigate unsolved crimes. They each had a variety of reasons for handing over their badges and accepting premature retirement. But their hunger to right the wrongs of the past is still strong, and they're willing to resort to the most unconventional methods if it means they can close a case.
Part of a Whole (#910Z) Duration: 52:15 STEREO
Thirty years ago, Strickland and a group of his associates, including Stephen Fisher, were involved in a covert operation on behalf of MI5. Now, someone is trying to kill all the members of that group and Strickland turns to the UCOS team for help.
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Dockers (#302) Duration: 50:06 STEREO
The Unsolved Crime and Open Case Squad (UCOS) reinvestigate the murky death of Joe Walsh, the General Secretary of the Crane Drivers' Union, whose body was found in the Thames in 1975. At the time of his death, Walsh stood accused of stealing money from the Union's account. Pullman and Standing visit Walsh's daughter, Anita, a glamorous and successful author. She tells them she's always believed the generally accepted story that her father took his own life. Claiming to be ignorant of her father's involvement with union finances, Anita directs them to Walsh's deputy, Brendan Dyer - who subsequently reveals that he and Labour peer George McCready were the last two people to see Walsh alive. As the team delve further into the case, they find themselves at the centre of a political minefield, with suggestions of misappropriated union funds, MI5 involvement and a union leader whose threats of strike action were gravely threatening the national interest. The influential "New Labour" peer McCready is a suspect in the inquiry, but the team know they have to tread carefully. DAC Strickland manages to secure a meeting for them at the House of Lords. McCready, keen to avoid scandal, points the finger of suspicion at Dyer, revealing that Dyer's wife, Rose, was having an affair with Walsh. Throughout, the team's investigation is hampered by Lane's increasingly erratic behavior. Unknown to his colleagues or his wife, Lane has decided to swap the conventional medicines taken to manage his various neuroses for an array of alternative treatments. The new regime leads to alarming outbursts - crazy, even by Lane's eccentric standards.
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Episode #1101H Duration: 54:27 STEREO
The UCOS team has some fresh new faces, with feisty Sasha Miller and unorthodox Dan Griffin now established as permanent squad members. Previously a member of the Kidnap Unit, new boss DCI Miller is firm but fair; her warm, inclusive style brings a new dynamic to the group. The second new addition, Dan, has now earned his colleagues' trust with his fierce intelligence and unassuming manner.
This season sees the team tackle ten individual cases, while a variety of personal stories weave throughout each episode. Sasha tries to reconcile her relationship with her ex-husband; Dan learns to deal with empty nest syndrome when his daughter leaves for university; and old hands Steve and Gerry both have personal struggles of their own to overcome.
Old Dogs (#303) Duration: 50:08 STEREO
A spate of violent dog killings 30 years ago provoked an outcry from the public, but the investigating team was never able to identify the killer. When a dog is found dead on Hampstead Heath, with the same MO as the original killings, the Unsolved Crime and Open Case Squad (UCOS) is asked to re-examine the case: no-one else in the Force wants to know. Reluctantly, Pullman and her team pick up the baton. Standing and Lane set off to visit the original suspect, John Fletcher, who works at a local abattoir. Much to dog-loving Lane's disgust, Fletcher does nothing to disguise his hatred of man's best friend, which is all Lane needs to convince him that this must be their man. There is a pattern in the killings. Pullman and Halford visit James Farlow, a canine protection society field officer at the time of the original killings, who is now preoccupied with nursing his dying wife. Halford sympathizes - a dangerous thing to do in any investigation: will he take his eye off the ball and allow emotion to cloud his judgment? Farlow recalls that one of the dog owners during the original investigation had made an unusual request. When the team visits the dog owner, Professor Styles, a "blue stocking" museum curator and expert in Egyptology, they make an alarming discovery. Lane, already struggling to cope with the cruelty of the killings, is left shattered when his own dog, Scruffy, dies. Pullman insists he take compassionate leave. However, it is Halford's deteriorating health that causes the team to really worry. James Farlow is also sympathetic and he knows just the thing to make Halford feel better.
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Episode #1102H Duration: 1:01:16 STEREO
Diamond Geezers (#304) Duration: 50:02 STEREO
Chopper Hadley, a notorious and violent criminal, is under suspicion for the murder of police informant Micky Springer. It is an investigation with huge personal repercussions for both Halford and Standing. While Halford was on the murder squad, Micky Springer had asked him for protection, but Halford was dealing with his own crisis - his beloved wife, Mary, had been left critically hurt by a hit-and-run accident. With the case re-opened, Halford finds himself the target of a terror campaign, but is determined to get justice for Springer. Back in Britain for his father's funeral, Hadley is a sensitive target for the Unsolved Crime and Open Case Squad (UCOS). The team undertakes a high-risk undercover surveillance mission with hot-shot detective Tina Murray and Brian Lane at the forefront. While all the evidence points to Hadley, it becomes clear that Hadley's henchman, Tommy Gerrard, is hiding a dark secret and may well have been operating independently from his boss. The case also threatens to expose Standing's dodgy dealings from the past, when Andy Cutler, the original investigating officer on the case, reveals some unsettling truths. With Standing's relationship with Pullman at breaking point, he knows he needs to prove his worth and find some answers quickly. However, in doing so, he compromises his own safety and finds himself on the wrong side of Gerrard.
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Episode #1103H Duration: 53:27 STEREO
Wicca Work (#305) Duration: 50:06 STEREO
When the UCOS team reinvestigates the suspicious murder of Craig Rossiter, they find themselves at the centre of a plot involving witchcraft, magic and curses. Rossiter, a librarian, had been a member of a coven and, when he died 10 years ago, there were few clues as to the cause of death. The team has to infiltrate the coven and speak to other members in order to get answers, but the investigation leaves them all feeling very uneasy. With barely any leads, Pullman takes the team to Richmond Park, the scene of Rossiter's death. A young woman, Grace Woodford, appears unexpectedly at the scene, clearly distressed and accompanied by her therapist. Also part of the coven, Grace remains traumatized by Rossiter's death but has little memory of the sequence of events leading up to it. But Grace is able to provide the names of other coven members, including Rhoda Wishaw, a white witch living in Ashdown forest. Standing and Lane visit Rhoda to question her and, after sampling her special tea, both leave feeling strangely intoxicated; Lane is eager to see Ester, and Standing any of his ex-wives. On their second visit, the special tea leaves them both confused and having hallucinations, so Rhoda takes the opportunity to disappear. Halford is also experiencing some unexplained visions involving his dead wife, Mary, and becomes convinced that he has been cursed by the coven. But the case takes a sinister turn when Lane visits the library where Rossiter used to work and discovers that his death may have been the result of human sacrifice.
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Episode #1104H Duration: 52:55 STEREO
Bank Robbery (#306) Duration: 49:50 STEREO
When police informant Pete MacKintyre returns to the UK for his son's 18th birthday after 17 years on the run, he leads Gerry to fresh evidence about an unsolved armed robbery in which a bank cashier was shot and killed. The police have long suspected the man behind the robbery to be known criminal Ray Cook, now a C-list celebrity and angry to be in UCOS's radar. With MacKintyre's help, Standing recovers a sawn-off shotgun and a microtape, which Lane discovers is the audio of the robbery. The gun is a link to Ray Cook - but with a watertight alibi of being at his mother's deathbed on the day of the robbery, Cook is proving difficult to nail and even more difficult to track down to interview. Halford and Lane interview Geoff Lyons, a former security guard for the bank at the time of the robbery and an ex-copper. While Lyons is keen to point the finger at Cook, it becomes clear that this wasn't a one man operation. Elsewhere, suspicious that Pullman is going on a date with DAC Strickland, the team follow her to the Hero of the Year awards. There, Standing is confronted by an old colleague, Rob Petty, and can barely disguise his disgust that Petty is attending as a nominated hero. There is clearly history between the two men, but how will Standing feel when his boss invites Petty to contribute to the case?
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Congratulations (#308) Duration: 50:00 STEREO
In 2001, Luke Hanson was charged with burning down his school, thanks to the evidence of the headmaster, Andrew Simson. 5 years into his sentence, new evidence linking Hanson to a robbery which took place at the same time as the arson attack earns him early release. Free and allegedly reformed, Hanson now wants his case reinvestigated to find out who really was responsible for the fire, as the detective drama continues. He seeks out Halford to help right the wrongs of his past. Meanwhile, Gerry Standing finds himself pursuing an investigation of a more personal nature. At a rebuilt Luscombe School, Hanson is welcomed by Simson as he gives a talk to pupils about life in prison. The two men appear to have made their peace. However, the team also has other matters to sort out. Halford has some unfinished business with Luke's father, Ricky Hanson, and decides to rattle his cage suspecting he may well have framed his own son. But Halford's pursuit of Hanson Senior reveals more than he bargained for. Meanwhile, DAC Strickland encourages Pullman to apply for promotion as Head of the Murder Squad - a job she would most certainly get. Not wanting to unsettle the team, she keeps news of the possible promotion to herself. Standing gets a bit of a shock when a young woman, Emily Driscoll, arrives at his flat claiming to be his daughter. Shock soon turns to pride when Standing discovers that Emily also works for the police and the two share other similarities - she's a chip off the old block. But Lane persuades Standing to show a little caution over Emily's claims and suggests he takes her DNA to prove he is her biological father. Pullman is appalled when she discovers that Standing has been completely abusing the system for his own personal investigation, but she has bigger worries on her mind - does she leave UCOS?
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Episode #1105H Duration: 57:08 STEREO
Casualty (#401) Duration: 50:04 STEREO
Hell-bent on avenging his wife's death, Jack Halford is prepared to risk everything to kill the man responsible, Ricky Hanson. As Detective Superintendent Sandra Pullman becomes aware of the dangerous situation Halford has put himself in, she has to act fast to prevent him confronting his nemesis, resulting in a crash that jeopardizes the future of the entire team. With Gerry Standing, Brian Lane and Halford hospitalized, Pullman is forced to accept temporary help at UCOS from the super efficient DCI Karen Hardwick, a woman who irritates Pullman on every level. Threatened by a new face in the office and desperate to prove that they are still a crack team, even from a hospital bed, the boys need a case. So when their consultant Dr Finlay McKenzie mentions the suspicious death of a patient on their ward ten years ago, they seize the opportunity to reinvestigate, hoping it will hold the team together.
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Episode #1106H Duration: 1:00:06 STEREO
God's Waiting Room (#402) Duration: 50:04 STEREO
Sandra Pullman's private and professional worlds clash when her mother Grace suffers a fall and needs care. Mother and daughter do not share a close relationship, so when Grace temporarily moves in with Sandra, sparks fly. However, the two do agree that Grace can no longer live on her own and they set about finding a suitable nursing home for her. On the surface, Whitemead seems perfect, until one of the residents, Leonard, confides that the death of another elderly resident, his fiancee Maggie Newley, a year previously, was covered up and passed off as suicide. Despite hearing this and to Sandra's dismay, Grace sets her heart on moving into Whitemead's. Since the alleged murder doesn't fall under her department's remit, but wanting to act in the best interests of her mother, Pullman is forced to turn a blind eye to her team's suggestion of an unofficial undercover investigation. Jack Halford reluctantly agrees to play the role of elderly relative and manages to secure a place for himself at the home. Like a thorn in Halford's side, Gerry Standing takes great delight in playing the concerned son visiting his old dad and in an ironic twist, neurotic Brian Lane, gets to play his doctor. But it soon becomes clear that the calm facade of the home belies jealousies and petty crimes. With Maggie's family and Leonard insisting the she would not have taken her own life, the team discovers a link to her prescribed medication and that she had a love rival at the home, Pru Saunders. But would a dotty old woman really commit murder for love?
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