Tony Garnett — Executive Producer

Episodes 24

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Episode 1

1x1
October 19, 1998

Probationary policewoman Mel Draper, seriously hung-over and worse for wear following a night out with her mates, is called to investigate a suspicious death following complaints from a neighbour who notices a foul stench coming from the flat above.

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Episode 2

1x2
October 26, 1998

Giffen attempts to reason with a suicidal man on the roof of a department store. Danny, after rescuing a damsel in distress, finds himself engaging in a bizarre sex game, brought on by the excitement provoked by his policeman's uniform.

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Episode 3

1x3
November 2, 1998

Colin's attempts to stay out of trouble are thwarted when he reverses into a minibus taking a group of girls out on a hen night. Mel is taken aback when she meets her mates queuing up to go into a club and who are obviously uncomfortable about being seen with a policewoman. Mike and Natalie have a narrow escape when they come face to face with a man wielding a sawn-off shotgun.

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Episode 4

1x4
November 9, 1998

It's the day of Mike's stag night, and Mike, Natalie and Mel are all called to early morning domestics on the Skeetsmore Estate. Later, at his stag party, Mike gets increasingly drunk and morose and then realises that his feelings for Natalie run far deeper than merely professional...

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Episode 5

1x5
November 16, 1998

Natalie is called to a store selling baby goods where a heavily pregnant woman has been caught on camera stealing a pram. Meanwhile, Danny is called to investigate an alleged missing child. The child's father fears that his daughter is in danger after she is not returned by his ex-wife... a suspicion that is later confirmed...

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Episode 6

1x6
November 23, 1998

Mel and Jaz are in trouble. Mel has not performed particularly well during her probationary period, and Giffen is given the go-ahead to sack her if the need arises. Jaz attends a theft at a corner shop. He recognises the assailant and refuses to chase him down the street. The Asian shopkeeper is not happy and vows to file a complaint. Dean responds to a disturbance on the Skeetsmoor Estate and gets a serious beating. Despite four radio calls for help, no-one goes to his assistance...

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Episode 7

1x7
November 30, 1998

Responding to a reported burglary, Mel and Jaz are met by the young man who lives at the address who assures them that it is a false alarm. Called back to the same property, they later meet the lady who actually owns the house and who insists that she lives alone. Natalie gets the opportunity to settle an old score... with tragic consequences...

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Episode 8

1x8
December 7, 1998

Tensions are running high on the Skeetsmoor Estate. Rumour has it that Skillet was beaten up in custody before he died. Colin is worried that Dean is out of control as he can't resist having a go at mourners as they leave Skillet's funeral. Danny attends the funeral to offer his condolences to the family. Things turn ugly as the storm which has been brewing all day eventually breaks...

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Episode 1

2x1
October 11, 1999

It's early morning, and Mel hasn't even left for work yet. Finding slimy DS Wakefield at the door of her new flat, with flatmate Rosie in tow, is not a great start to the day. Relocated to a rural nick out at Shepley, Wakefield has arrested Rosie for possession with intent to supply.

Wakefield searches Mel's bedroom, and is delighted to find a small amount of dope. He leaves without making it clear what he'll do, leaving Mel facing possible dismissal from the Force.

Natalie, on the other hand, is after promotion. She's pushing herself to pass her sergeant's exams but is anxious about the Skillet inquiry. If she doesn't come out of it well, her career will also be on the line. The result is due by the end of the shift and self-obsessed Nat can think of little else, even when Giffin is called away by his mother's death, appointing Nat as acting sergeant. She can't afford any fuck-ups.

The first crisis quickly erupts down in custody, where the excitable Dean over-rea

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Episode 2

2x2
October 18, 1999

Dean Wishaw's behaviour has been increasingly belligerent, so Giffen places him under Roy's wing - 'puppy walker to Scoobie Doo'. First up is a search for bail-jumper Leo Crolla:

Dean: I've got it in for this lad - he's been taking the piss.... Roy: You take everything personal don't you? What's the matter with you?

Crolla gets away ('Don't worry, this estate's his fuckin' universe'), but instead they find a 13 year old smack addict, Debbie Sharpe, and take her home to her mother's. Roy invites Dean to his house for refs (meal break), where Dean sees photos of him in his army uniform. Roy reminisces about his army career and his early days in the force: 'The miner's strike... all the overtime you could handle. That's when the job started to change though - became a bloody profession. Never been the same since.'

Crolla has been spotted in a pub. When Roy and Dean arrest him, Dean spots someone he hasn't seen for a long time. This seems to de-stabilise Dean, who ove

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Episode 3

2x3
October 25, 1999

Danny Rylands, who's been off work since his beating at the Skillet wake, is interviewed by a psychiatrist. He must convince her that he's ready to return to work, but his feigned nonchalance makes him seem obstructive. Quizzed about recent traumatic events - especially the death of the child, Lyndsay Wilcox - the cracks show: 'I felt responsible.. I should've got there sooner... I am guilty.' The psychiatrist decides to advise against his returning to work.

Colin Jellico is looking forward to quizzing of a different nature - a pub quiz, which he's persuaded some of the scale to join in. Paired with Mike, they answer a call to a local park where a bevy of drunks have been brawling. Colin wants to take an old dosser, Charlie Gillespie, into custody for his own protection. Mike overrules him.

Mike feels more concern when he bumps into Brewer, father of the baby recently born in custody. Brewer admits that Kelly's on smack; he's worried about the baby. Mike checks on Kelly, and finds th

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Episode 4

2x4
November 1, 1999

Sergeant Giffin is frustrated: he wants to take direct action against the drug dealers up at the Skeetsmoor, but Newlands is playing the waiting game. Giffin grabs his chance when thirteen year old Debbie Sharpe finally ODs. Jaz, keen to be in with CID, hassles her friend Davo for information. Davo, not the brightest of boys, admits that Terry Reynolds, a well-known dealer, is back in town, and has a heroin stash in his house. Whilst Newlands and Stowe are out for the day, Giffin deviously applies for a warrant.

To Mel, Debbie was more than a 'Scrote', and is tearful at her death. And Scrotes have feelings too: Davo is devastated at the loss of his friend. During the shift, the scale deal with other pathetic individuals driven to petty crime by poverty and a Kafkaesque system. Nat and Mike pick up a shoplifter - Vinnie Clark - caught trying to steal a Posh Spice doll for his daughter's birthday. And Alison Brennan, with a husband inside and two kids to feed, is

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Episode 5

2x5
November 8, 1999

It's the day of Debbie Sharpe's funeral, and the Skeetmoor has turned out en masse. Mel attends to monitor the mood as she tries to balance her professional duties with her growing sympathies for the women. And that's not the only complication: she's started sleeping with Darrell Stone.

As the ceremony concludes, word gets round that Reynolds has been bailed. Davo has disappeared, and without him as witness the court was unable to remand Reynolds. The scale feel let down by the court, but the estate blames them. Tension is high, and a support unit is standing by in case of trouble. The women of Skeetsmoor have had enough: led by local counsellor Jo Warren, they decide it's time to take action.

This is a rough shift for Maggie Hayes, Personnel Officer, to spend out with the scale. Paired with Dean, he rather enjoys showing her the ropes although he misconstrues her remarks about cottaging as an admittance of being gay. This spreads quickly round the station. Like most of the scale, th

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Episode 6

2x6
November 15, 1999

Mel's is accused of 'going native' - it's isolating her from the rest of the scale. In the locker room Mike warns her 'It's just a job at the end of the day - don't get so involved.' She's sent to deal with the neighbours from Hell, but as with most such disputes there's little she can do beyond warning the rowdy Walsh family against whom the complaint has been made.

Later, however, Giffin informs her he's had an anonymous call about twenty year old Trevor Walsh, who's allegedly involved with fourteen year old Becky Jennings. Trevor is a Schedule One Sex Offender so he orders Mel to 'sort it out'.

A check on Becky reassures Mel that there's no immediate danger and Darrell confirms this. He knows Trevor, and believes he's trying to make good. Besides, if the police arrested everyone having under-age sex 'they'd have to bring in the army'. Nevertheless, GIFFEN orders her to cover her back and get a Social Worker involved.

Colin's first day as the Schools Liaison Officer goes well. He enj

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Episode 7

2x7
November 22, 1999

Mike wants to start the shift with a bacon butty at the local caff with some of the scale. Kennett has other ideas: she's got work to do. Pissed off with her abrasive and officious manner the lads play a practical joke: they leave her cuffed to a railing while they enjoy their sarnies. Only when Kennett is accosted by two men do they put her out of her misery and release her. Kennett doesn't see the funny side at all.

Mike tries to convince her that this was an initiation rite: they've all been through it. But Kennett is not impressed. Meanwhile Nat's theft turns out to involve an old mucker of Inspector Stowe's. Ex-inspector Northam has had his wallet nicked but wants it dealt with someone more senior. In the end, Giffin is forced to attend, and Northam ends up punching him. Giffin takes him in.

Meanwhile Roy and Dean are called to deal with a row at Hassan cabs and discover that Jaz has been moonlighting: he's dented someone's car with his cab. Now working for CID, he soon 'finds

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Episode 8

2x8
November 29, 1999

HQ sends two investigating officers to look into Kennett's allegation against Giffin. The scale fears that the handcuff prank will come to light, especially Natalie who is acting sergeant during Giffin's suspension. This could end her chances of promotion.

Mike is also tense and dents a squad car. Nat sends him to work in custody where he spends the day clearing up diarrhoea. Colin also has a crap day: a store calls him to investigate a young boy who's defecated on one of their videos. He knows the boy -Hughie, who has a tyrannical step-father. When Colin goes to see Hughie's mother she decides she's had enough and vows to take all her children away from her bullying husband.

Mel, whose relationship with Darrell is thriving, goes plain clothes in the park to try and entrap a flasher. His victim is the daughter of Phil Hughes, a publican and friend of Roy's.

Roy himself has heard reports that Saheed Ifraz, an Asian teenager, has been dealing dope. Roy spends all day looking for Saheed,

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Episode 9

2x9
December 6, 1999

Mel and Darrell - in bed together - are disturbed by a kid at the door. There's trouble up at the Reynolds's house. Both Mel and Darrell rush up there, to discover Gina Barry (who Mel knows from the women's group), and Maureen Skillet, spray painting Reynolds's house. They're furious because they've heard Reynolds has got off. As a squad car pulls up Mel makes a run for it. But she's concerned as to where this disinformation has come from. Reynolds's case has only been delayed, not cancelled.

The next morning, Giffin is back on duty following the collapse of Kennett's complaint. Kennett herself has been transferred, but there's another missing face. Mike only pops in to pick up his belongings - he really meant it: 'You know why I took the blame for Kennett? I was fed up - I was looking for a way out.'

Giffin has to deal with Terry Reynolds. He videoed the women vandalising his house and wants them arrested. Mel is called in to identify the women and some of the scale are sent out to

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Episode 10

2x10
December 15, 1999

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Episode 1

3x1
September 18, 2000

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Episode 2

3x2
September 19, 2000

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Episode 3

3x3
March 21, 2001

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Episode 4

3x4
March 28, 2001

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Episode 5

3x5
April 4, 2001

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Episode 6

3x6
April 11, 2001

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