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?
This episode sees Lee Ingleby reunited with two former co-stars from the comedy series Early Doors: Christine Bottomley, who played his girlfriend "Melanie" and Mark Benton who played "Eddie ". 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
Look, I just want you to know that I think using violence against kids is barbaric.
My dad belted me when I was a kid; didn't do me any harm.
That's a matter of opinion.
The Hammer in Me
Performed by Jay Miller See more