Gently learns that his old informant China Mates has died, after an apparently accidental fall in the nearby town of Wellaby. He suspects foul play when a nurse contradicts the coroner's report and it transpires that her husband, Sergeant Tommy Molloy, took China to hospital and not an ambulance. Gently visits his colleague, Superintendant Alan Shepherd, whose autistic son Danny was robbed by the thieving teenage Blackburn brothers, one of whom has recently disappeared and the other is discovered a gibbering wreck. Gently initially believes that Molloy killed China and blamed the young thugs though ultimately a different cover-up is exposed, which tests Gently's loyalty and earns him the derision of Bacchus.
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Did You Know?
The ambulance in the hospital shot has been used in many 60s based dramas including The Royal and Heartbeat. See more
Near the end, Gently is talking to his old friend Shepherd about corporal punishment being banned 20 years ago. Since the series takes place in the 1960s, this is a clear error since the UK banned it in 1986, not the 1940s. See more
[looking at Durham Cathedral
That's my favourite view, Chief Inspector
I think it's becoming mine too. Why are you here, sergeant?
I'm the Chief Constable's new driver.
You enjoying it?
Yes. I get to go everywhere he goes. Never knew County Durham had so many golf courses.
The Hammer in Me
Performed by Jay Miller See more