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.
Ducking and Diving (#403) Duration: 51:58 STEREO
When an armoured security van is found at the bottom of a lake, a link is made to Michael Dudley who disappeared 17 years ago. Michael's disappearance coincided with the murder of Marie Sinclair. With the discovery of the van revealing that it was ransacked whilst underwater, and with Marie's murder remaining unsolved, the team decides to reopen the case. Andrew Sinclair (Marie's husband and owner of the security firm and the chief suspect at the time) continues to insist he is entirely innocent, but his story doesn't quite add up. A visit to the new owner of the security firm, Steve Palmer, doesn't provide Gerry Standing with records he was hoping to find, but it does result in Palmer making the cash-starved Standing an offer he can't refuse. Brian Lane looks into the dive clubs that would have had access to the lake over the years, which leads him to diving instructors Martin Viner and Trisha, but that appears to be another dead end. Frustrated by the pace of the investigation, Pullman decides to make the dive herself to take a closer look at the van. It's a risky strategy, but it pays off when she finds the murder weapon on the van and the team is able to trace it back to Sinclair. But just when the team finally believes it is getting closer to solving the case, a key witness is murdered.
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The English Defence (#1108H) Duration: 53:45 STEREO
While investigating the murder of 55 year-old interpreter Agnes Bradley, the UCOS team gets a partial DNA match from a teenage boy who once threw a brick onto a motorway as a dare. They interview the boy to see if one of his male relations could be the murderer, only to discover that his mother was raped and they could be looking for a rapist-turned-murderer. Agnes was a chess enthusiast so Gerry Standing and Steve McAndrew interview members of her local club while Sasha Miller and Strickland investigate leads from Agnes's working life, where they meet a Chilean diplomat with a possible axe to grind. Steve McAndrew's elderly father is dying, so he brings him to a London hospice for his last days.
Nine Lives (#404) Duration: 50:02 STEREO
A family feud erupts when a rich, lonely old woman, Dorothy Hepple, is found dead in her home, leaving all her money and property to her beloved cats, rather than her nephew Harry, and niece Caroline. Her body remained undiscovered for two weeks and the cause of death was undetermined, but the fact that her cats were deliberately locked in the house with her body, makes Jack Halford suspicious. There appears to have been no love lost between the late Ms Hepple and her neighbour Tim Cuswell, and while her carer Dale seems to have been devoted to her, his motives are questionable.
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Breadcrumbs (#1109H) Duration: 54:21 STEREO
When cold-crime enthusiast Ellen Barker is murdered, a photo of Dan Griffin is found at her house. Griffin is interviewed by the murder team, who realize that Ellen was a friend of his. The senior investigating officer assigned to Ellen's murder investigation is DCI Grace Mackie, one of Sasha Miller's contemporaries from their Hendon training. Griffin is convinced that the last case Ellen was looking at could lead to her killer, and heads to Minchampton, where a woman called Sally Tunstall was murdered 25 years ago by local lad Dougie Haynes.
Powerhouse (#405) Duration: 50:02 STEREO
The team reinvestigates the 1950s murder of Frederick Tully, a young wages clerk at Battersea Power Station. Patrick Dunne was hung for Tully's murder, but his granddaughter, Hannah is waging a campaign to get Dunne posthumously pardoned. The discovery of a suitcase of used fivers in the attic of the former Tully home sheds new light on the case, revealing a possible blackmail plot. And when Sir Edward Chambers, the key witness against Dunne, retracts his evidence, the team has reason to question the original investigation. But with Hannah reluctant to cooperate with the police, it is left to Gerry Standing to charm her mother, June, in order to gain an insight into the case, which Standing takes a little too literally.
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The Queen's Speech (#1110H) Duration: 59:53 STEREO
When a dug-up time capsule is found to contain a cassette tape made by murdered schoolgirl Amy Taskerland, UCOS are assigned to the case. Sixteen year-old Amy was murdered on the night of her school disco in 1983. The team interviews Amy's best friend Harriet as well as the current headmaster Mr Hines, who had been her teacher. Dan Griffin analyses the strange mix of music and poetry on the tape and discovers that Amy was using words from a speech written in secret for the Queen and only intended for broadcast in the event of a nuclear war. UCOS must find out how this troubled schoolgirl got hold of it in 1983 and whether her possession of this incendiary state secret led to her murder. The team becomes aware that Robert Strickland is keeping his own secret from them - he seems troubled and keeps joining them in the pub. Gerry Standing goes on his future son-in-law's stag night and Miller has her first real romance since the divorce from Ned.
Buried Treasure (#406) Duration: 50:03 STEREO
When Brian Lane's dog Scampi digs up a body during his routine walk on the common, the team finds itself in a very unusual situation before the investigation has even begun. With a confession. Janice Small, the widow of a notorious criminal, admits to killing her husband's lover as soon as she hears news of the discovery of a corpse. Only further investigation reveals that the skeleton is 600 years old, so does the common hide the grim remains of more than one victim?
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The Rock, Part 1 of 2 (#1001H) Duration: 54:13 STEREO
Brian Lane's future at UCOS is threatened after he assaults one of the Met's most successful officers at a retirement function in an act of revenge for his retirement from the force. With a team member down, it's business as usual for Sandra, Steve and Gerry after the discovery of a mysterious gun in the Thames re-opens the unsolved 1998 murder of a playboy shipping heir and a killing that leads the team to the Rock of Gibraltar. In the UK, Brian finds life without police work unbearable and defies his superiors once again by flying out to Gibraltar.
The Rock, Part 2 of 2 (#1002H) Duration: 54:11 STEREO
The team unlock over three decades of secrets and lies on the Rock of Gibraltar and find the link which solves the murder of a playboy shipping heir from '98 and a young local boy from '82. With both cases solved, they return to England where Brian faces a disciplinary hearing. If he is found guilty, it will mean the end of his UCOS days.
Big Topped (#408) Duration: 50:00 STEREO
Pullman's trust in her team is shattered when she discovers they have hidden an important secret about her past from her. The news that her father, a Detective Inspector, killed himself while under investigation for corruption, throws into doubt everything she believed in. Still reeling from the news, Pullman is asked to reinvestigate another family affair - the death of circus ringmaster, The Great Miraculo aka Bert Dignam, at the request of Christy Berlin who has recently discovered that he was her biological father. But will the investigation at Spingles Circus be enough to distract Pullman from feeling utterly betrayed by her colleagues?
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The Sins of the Father (#1003H) Duration: 54:19 STEREO
The team investigate a 16-year-old murder of a young mum by her criminal husband that could be a miscarriage of justice following his release from prison. However, Gerry Standing, who worked on the original investigation, feels very strongly that the conviction should not be called into question. Whilst the rest of the team uncover a web of lies and corruption, Brian Lane knows his days at UCOS are numbered following his quest for justice for Anthony Kaye
Spare Parts (#501) Duration: 49:58 STEREO
Jack confronts his nemesis in court when Ricky Hanson stands trial for his attempted murder, and Gerry faces the consequences of lying to his 'daughter', Emily. The team uncover a shady organ-donor racket when they re-investigate the murder of a wealthy businessman who left a three million pound fortune to a prostitute.
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The Little Brother (#1004H) Duration: 54:22 STEREO
As Lane comes to terms with life after UCOS, Esther asks him to help one of her book club friends find her missing brother - but will his nose for the truth get him into further trouble? And how will his former colleagues cope without their most dogged sleuth? (Final appearance of Alun Armstrong as Brian Lane.)
Final Curtain (#502) Duration: 50:00 STEREO
The team return to the 1992 case of actor Michael Austin, shot dead by his wife on stage during the opening night performance of Death at the Masked Ball. Already a man down when Halford goes AWOL, the case looks like claiming another member of the team as Lane embraces his newfound love of acting and the theatre.
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Cry Me A River (#1005H) Duration: 53:38 STEREO
As recently retired cop Dan Griffin joins the UCOS team, a young woman's paternity test leads to the reopening of a notorious murder case from the seedy underworld of 1980s Soho in which the prime suspect was mysterious ex-jazz chanteuse Angela Gold. Whilst investigating, the team is rubbed up the wrong way by new recruit Dan's methods, especially Gerry, who fears for his own future at UCOS following the departure of Brian and Jack. (First appearance of Nicholas Lyndhurst as Dan Griffin.)
A Face for Radio (#503) Duration: 49:58 STEREO
The team reinvestigates the murder of a popular DJ who died live on air after an arson attack at 80s music station Roxy Radio. Brian Lane is determined to find the missing Jack Halford when Sandra and Gerry threaten to quit rather than work with a new team member.
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Into The Woods (#1006H) Duration: 54:14 STEREO
When blood-stained clothes belonging to Simon Belgrade, missing for five years, are uncovered in Epping Forest, UCOS find themselves trying to solve the conundrum of what seems to have been the perfect vanishing act. Standing finally faces up to a childhood fear, while Griffin is a comfort to Pullman as she passes a milestone and McAndrew makes a big decision about his son.