A year after the shooting incident which wounded them both Gently persuades a disillusioned Bacchus to accompany him to Newcastle where vagrant Simon Thomas has died in police custody. He was apparently part of a protest group demonstrating against the demolition of houses for building clearance, a demonstration which turned into a riot where policeman Ashton was fatally wounded. Resentful of the investigators the local police close ranks though all deny a revenge killing. When WPC Coles, who found Simon's corpse, is apparently forced to resign on grounds of negligence Gently believes she is taking the rap for her male colleagues. Discovering the true motive for Simon's death Bacchus regains his confidence as he helps Gently arrest the real killer.Written by
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The form of caution used at the end includes "it may harm your defence if you do not mention, when questioned, something which you later rely on in court". However, that wasn't introduced until 1994. See more »
[earlier Bacchus questioned a witness very forcefully]
I like it when you're a bastard. You're quite good at it.
I had a good teacher.
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There is something about this episode, it is the way they manage somehow to capture so much anger. Bacchus is angry at the injustice of being shot, the community are naturally aggrieved by being forced out of their homes, and the Police are angry by having to confront the people being evicted.
There is a depth and realism on show in this episode, that is quite incredible, it's a very sombre episode, totally devoid of any humour, it's quite from, unforgiving, but very poignant.
Once again I'm impressed by the dynamic between Shaw and Ingleby, and I like that their relationship has remained complicated and fractious, I thought after their shared experience in the Cathedral that they might have gotten closer.
This series never fails to impress, this is another gem of an episode. 9/10
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