Goodbye China Inspector George Gently


Goodbye China

Detective drama set in 1966. Gently and his sidekick Bacchus investigate the suspicious death of Gently's ex-snout, China.


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BARKING

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BARKING

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Grub!

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-Is there any booze?

-Shut up, John, man. Course there's no booze.

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It's a spastics' home. Spaccas don't drink.

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What do you want?

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-Bacon sandwich?

-Chips?

-Nah, I cannot do chips, man.

-I want chips.

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Sherry!

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Mmmm. Mm-hm.

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Mm.

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# ..Hammer me mammy gave me

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# But when I grow up I can hammer me mammy

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# And serves her right for hammering me. #

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Who done these, do you think? The spastics? Crap, aren't they?

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-What do they give them gold stars for, man? They're pathetic. Dave...

-HE MOANS

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Here, John. Give us some of that.

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Hmm.

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RADIO PLAYS

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Oh... Mmmm.

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-Who's this other one?

-It's the Prime Minster, man.

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Are you a spastic or summat?

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No, but he looks like one. Aren't you?

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I hate backwards kids and spastics. They should be strangled at birth.

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Especially ones that don't even look at you. How! Spacca!

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Look at us when I'm talking to you!

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What shall we do to him?

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WHOOPING AND SHOUTING

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Faster, John. John, faster...

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Hold on tight, spacca.

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Ma'am.

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You're looking at me favourite building, Mr Gently, sir.

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Do you know, I think it's mine now.

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-I'm sorry. I don't know your name, Sergeant.

-Thompson.

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I know you from afar, Chief Inspector.

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You're the famous George Gently, scourge of the London villains.

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-Well, I think they survived.

-Well, you're ours now, though.

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-You'll never leave this place, you know.

-You work in this building?

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-Sort of. I'm the Chief Constable's new driver.

-Ah. Enjoy it?

-I love it.

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I get to go everywhere he goes.

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I never knew Durham had so many golf courses.

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Nice meeting you at last, Chief Inspector.

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Nice meeting you too, Sergeant.

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Sir.

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Morning, sir.

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Hello, sir.

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Could you pop down to the cells, Sarge? There seems to be a problem.

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-You look ridiculous with that tash on.

-Thank you, Sarge.

-Taylor.

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-The Chief Constable got a new driver?

-Don't he, Guv?

-What?

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Looks ridiculous with that tash. Doomed to failure with women.

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-Women don't like tashes.

-Mine does.

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-What.

-Sorry, sir, the new... What were you saying?

-A new driver.

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-You don't have a woman!

-As a matter of fact I have.

-Oh, aye?

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Been hanging round the Blind School again have you? Taylor, she's coming.

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Yep. I can hear her stick tapping along the floor.

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-Will you shut up, Sergeant?

-Shall I tell them you're going down, sir?

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-What?

-The cells.

-Is it urgent?

-Don't know.

-That means "no".

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-I'll be there in a minute.

-What would you like me to do, sir?

-About what?

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-The Chief Constable's new driver.

-Nothing.

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Taylor, aren't you forgetting something?

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Where's our elevenses, man? Hmmm? Two cups of tea, plate of biscuits.

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The future's arrived.

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If this is the future I don't like it.

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Look at this. Tea, milk, no sugar. Tea, sugar, no milk.

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Tea, no milk, no sugar...

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No cup.

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What's it taste like?

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Warm water, cold milk, no tea.

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That machine's supposed to free up police time,

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save highly-trained officers like myself.

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-Taylor.

-Sir?

-Shut up and go away.

-Sir.

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Highly trained(!) So why are you here?

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-Are you going down to the cells or shall I tell them ten minutes?

-Yes!! Yes, I'm going.

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-Is he drunk?

-Cannot smell nowt on him, Sarge.

-Why's he here?

-Sleeping on a park bench.

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Couple of milk bottles on the grass.

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We think he nicked them off somebody's doorstep.

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What's your name? Huh? What's your name? MAN WHIMPERS

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This was in his pocket.

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"David Blackburn." Have you been drinking, David?

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Apart from milk, I mean?

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Right. Where are you from?

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"Higher Sutton Farm, Wellaby on Tees?" Is this your address, David?

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Hmm? Ah, we've got lift off. Right.

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Well, listen, David. Why don't you go home to Wellaby

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and be a nuisance there, OK?

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Instead of Durham. David?

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Do you want me to give you a clip around the head, David?

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DAVID WHIMPERS

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-I never even touched him.

-Our John...

-Huh?

-Our John.

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-What?

-Our John.

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Our John? Who's our John? Is that your brother, is it?

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What about him?

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What's your problem, David?

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Let him sober up and get him on a bus home.

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And don't waste any more of my time today, OK?

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Ten minutes of my life. Gone forever.

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Guv? Summat wrong?

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China's dead.

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Oh...

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"Dear Mr Gently, I write to tell you of the death of my brother-in-law Robert Mates

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"that you knew from when he was a detective with you in London..."

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Detective(?)

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He sometimes used to say that he'd been a detective.

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It made him feel a bit more important than being a paid informer.

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"He often talked about his friendship and..."

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"..his friendship and admiration for you. He will be much missed by..."

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Hmm. Yeah. "Yours faithfully, Mrs Eleanor Mates".

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-When did you last see him?

-About three months ago.

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'He called me at the office. Asked me to meet him.'

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-Here he is now. Mr Gently!

-China.

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I said he'd come. Didn't I say he'd come? Have a seat.

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-I haven't got much time, China.

-Kenny. Norma. Mr George Gently.

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-So you're the man he's always telling us about?

-Hello. China.

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-Get the man a drink, man, Kenny.

-No, thanks.

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-We've got things to talk about.

-Ah wait, George, let your hair down.

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This is your old mate. We're old mates. Me and Mr Gently.

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-We go back a long way.

-China, you said this was urgent.

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-You said you'd got information for me.

-It is, it is...

-What is it?

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Oh... What was it? There was something.

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-Get your hands off me beer.

-I never touched your beer...

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Come with me.

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-I'm sorry, Mr Gently. I'm sorry.

-There was no information, was there?

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-Go on.

-No, no, that wasn't...

-Wasn't it?

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-I'll pay you back when I get on my feet.

-You're an embarrassment, China.

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Do you know that? To yourself and to me. This has got to stop.

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-I'm sorry, Mr Gently.

-I don't want you to be sorry.

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I want you to do something about it.

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I'm working on some new leads for you.

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It'll be like the old days, you and me cracking cases side by side.

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No. I don't want you to work on any leads for me. Ever. It's finished.

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As a snout you've been information-free for a long time.

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-And do you know why? Cos you're drunk all the time.

-What do you want?

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I want you to go back to London. Or preferably Dublin.

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I want you to lead a different kind of life cos this one's going to kill you.

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Here.

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This is to give you a new start in life. Go on.

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You never think... I never thought I'd turn out like this. I'll write to you.

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I'll write to you when I'm back on me feet.

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It would be better if you didn't. You can't use me as a crutch forever.

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I don't want to hear from you again. OK?

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-Goodbye then, Mr Gently.

-Yeah.

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Here he comes.

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-'What happened to him?'

-'He died alone. They found him in some old building near a dog track'

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-where he was living as a vagrant. He had a fall.

-Oh.

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And I meant to give him a push in the right direction.

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Maybe I pushed him too far.

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Can I see the back of his head, please?

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Thank you.

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-You all right, Guv?

-Yeah.

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-Find anything?

-No.

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His nose was broken.

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Well, he fell over, Guv.

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Maybe.

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The Coroner's report doesn't mention a broken nose.

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He drank himself senseless every night of his life. He was an accident waiting to happen.

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Maybe.

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Good afternoon, I'm James Lafferty, the Coroner's Officer.

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-Mr Lafferty.

-And you are Chief Inspector George Gently.

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It's an honour to meet you.

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Your reputation travels before you.

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Really?

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So, Mr Gently,

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what are you doing in our little town?

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I told you in my letter.

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You wrote the report on the death of Robert Mates for the Coroner,

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on the basis of which a verdict of accidental death was recorded.

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Your letter didn't say where your interest lay.

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Mr Mates was a personal friend.

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Oh, I see.

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You described him as a vagrant.

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On what basis?

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His condition, his clothes, the place he was found,

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there was no evidence of any fixed abode.

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Nobody reported him missing.

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When did you last see your friend?

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-Three months ago.

-How was he?

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Drunk.

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But he wasn't living rough.

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Perhaps something happened in the meantime.

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Men of his age can sometimes lose their grip on life when misfortune occurs.

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The death of a wife or losing their job.

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What was his occupation?

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He worked for me. Unofficially.

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Sometimes. He didn't have anything else.

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I knew him as "China".

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How can you be sure his death was accidental?

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Ah well, an ambulance was called to a dilapidated building,

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known to be used by vagrants, where your friend "China"

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had suffered a fall while under the influence of alcohol.

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How do you know he had a fall?

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That was the judgement of the ambulance men. Based on his injuries.

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There were no post-mortem photographs attached

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to the report I received.

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-Weren't there?

-No, there weren't.

-I asked for them to be sent.

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No matter. I've had a look for myself.

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-Who called the ambulance?

-Er...

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..It was anonymous. It's all there in the full report...

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Full report? I've had longer Christmas cards.

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Then what happened?

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He was taken to St Mary's where he died that night of a subdural haemorrhage.

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He fell heavily against an old filing cabinet

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and gashed his head severely, the report says.

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I've just been for a look.

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There wasn't any blood.

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It's been cleared up. As you'd expect.

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And that's all I know.

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You were in the service yourself?

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25 year.

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Then I got myself what I believe is known as "a cushy little number"

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-as the Coroner's Officer.

-Here?

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-I beg your pardon?

-You served here?

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Yes. Here, in Wellaby.

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Well, thank you very much, Mr Lafferty.

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-Wasn't there a bit of a problem in this force a while back?

-Huh?

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A whole nightshift dismissed for thieving?

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Oh, yeah.

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Breaking and entering, and fencing stolen goods and that? There was a joke, wasn't there?

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Two coppers out on the beat in Wellaby, one says to the other,

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"Lend us a packet of fags till the shops close".

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-Can I say something, Guv?

-Yeah, if you like.

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Isn't this a waste of police time, asking nurses and that?

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Look, I understand your problem. Right?

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Sorry, what's my problem?

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China.

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You know, he hero-worshipped you.

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You brought him up north and then you fired him, because he was useless.

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-Then he drifted off to Wellaby and drank himself to death, but you know what?

-What?

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He would've drunk himself to death anyway, it's not your fault. That's all I'm saying.

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Right? It's not your fault.

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Are we done with the cod psychology?

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Yes. Next fish, please.

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Good. Well, I don't need you on this one. You can go home.

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-Ah, Guv! Why are you being...

-John, John, go home.

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OK.

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Right. I won't be a minute.

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-I don't have much time, mister?

-Gently.

-Right. We're short-staffed this week.

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So. It's about a friend?

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Yes, you nursed him apparently.

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He died here three weeks ago, he had a head injury,

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a fall, apparently? Robert Mates?

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Oh, yes. It was sad. He never regained consciousness, poor man.

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Well, that's my first question answered, thank you.

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I was hoping to try and find out how he spent the last months of his life.

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You were close?

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No. Well, dunno.

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Yes, in a way.

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My wife was unaccountably fond of him and he worshipped her.

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But he went on one bender too many, he had a fall and hit his head,

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so, er... well, thank you for your time.

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And thank you for seeing him off.

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Mr Gently, your friend wasn't drunk. I would've smelled it on him.

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I was told he was.

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I spend half me life dealing with drunks

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-and there was no alcohol on his breath.

-What about his clothes?

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Well, not exactly Savile Row, but...

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Not dirty, not torn?

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No, no, no. They were clean. Well cared for.

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He even darned the holes in his socks.

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-HE LAUGHS

-Really?

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So you didn't think he was a vagrant, then?

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Vagrants don't darn their socks.

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So he must have been living somewhere? He had an address?

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-He must have, but I never found out where.

-What about his pockets, nothing at all?

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Well, I don't know, I suppose the police took his stuff before they brought him here.

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Hmmm.

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His nose was broken. Have you any idea how?

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He had a fall.

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He fell and injured the back of his head and the front of his face at the same time?

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It does happen, yeah. Who did you say you were again, exactly?

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I'm sorry about...

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China wasn't living rough and he wasn't drunk.

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What?

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This is Nurse Molloy, she was with him at the time.

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-This is my Sergeant, Mr Bacchus.

-Right.

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Sergeant, you're a policeman? You never said you were a policeman.

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Yes, I'm sorry. I should have said.

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I'm Detective Chief Inspector George Gently.

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If you should remember anything about the day he died,

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would you give me a call on this number?

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Yes, course.

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And Nurse, if you could you please treat this conversation as confidential?

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Yes. Bye.

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And thank you.

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BREATHES IN HEAVILY

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-Nice.

-Huh?

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What have I done now?

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You're really, you're just a one-track-mind premier cretin, aren't you?

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What?

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-MIMICS HIM

-"Nice".

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She was wearing a wedding ring. Did you notice or don't you care? "Nice".

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-Unbelievable.

-She was nice, I like looking at women, should have a look at one yourself sometime.

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-She said "police".

-Huh?

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-She said China was brought to the hospital by the police.

-So?

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The Coroner's Officer said it was an ambulance.

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Well, maybe she was confused.

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No, no, no, she was absolutely clear.

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Right, so you're a policeman delivering a critically ill man to the hospital,

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why would you spend time emptying his pockets?

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To find out who he was.

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OK, John. You like looking at women.

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A change came over Nurse Molloy. When I introduced you, she seemed nervous, why's that?

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I just have this effect on women, Guv.

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It was because until that moment she didn't realise she'd been talking to a policeman.

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Oh, man. What are we doing now?

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I've just been talking to Nurse Molloy?

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Lucky you.

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-I need to talk to her again.

-Well, you can't. She's gone home.

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-What's she gone home for?

-Migraine.

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That was a bit sudden, weren't it?

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Well, that's what migraines are like!

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We're going to look a pair of clowns

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if she's in a darkened room with a bag of frozen peas on her head.

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That's it.

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I don't think she was saying "Not tonight, darling, I've got a headache". Do you?

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-What time's he home?

-He's on the backshift.

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DOOR BUZZER

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I'll get it.

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Afternoon.

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I'm Detective Chief Inspector Gently, this is Sergeant Bacchus.

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May we speak to Mrs Molloy, please?

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I'm, er, I'm afraid she's not in.

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-Well, she is, pal, cos we've just seen her letting you in.

-Who are you, please?

0:24:300:24:35

She's my um, brother. I'm her brother.

0:24:350:24:39

But she's got a migraine, she's not very well so...

0:24:390:24:42

Are we going to clart about all day or shall we get this over with?

0:24:420:24:46

Are you positive

0:24:570:24:59

that my friend was brought into hospital by the police, Mrs Molloy?

0:24:590:25:03

-Erm, did I say that?

-Yes, you did.

0:25:030:25:05

I think maybe I was confused. It was an ambulance.

0:25:050:25:08

So who emptied his pockets?

0:25:080:25:10

I don't know.

0:25:100:25:11

Do you have a husband, Mrs Molloy?

0:25:110:25:14

Yes.

0:25:140:25:15

Where is he?

0:25:150:25:16

At work.

0:25:160:25:18

-What does he do?

-He's a policeman.

-Oh.

0:25:180:25:21

Was he by any chance the policeman who brought Mr Mates to hospital?

0:25:210:25:25

I told you, it was ambulance men.

0:25:250:25:27

What does your brother do?

0:25:270:25:29

I haven't got a brother.

0:25:290:25:30

GEORGE LAUGHS

0:25:300:25:32

Mr Collison here?

0:25:320:25:34

I, er, I work in a school.

0:25:340:25:36

Oh, right.

0:25:360:25:37

You're absolutely rubbish at this, aren't you? The pair of you.

0:25:400:25:43

At what exactly?

0:25:440:25:46

Adultery.

0:25:460:25:48

-You can't just barge in here, into my house and make ridiculous allegations.

-Can't I?

0:25:480:25:54

What's your husband's name?

0:25:540:25:56

Molloy. Surprisingly.

0:25:560:25:58

You're in absolutely no position to get cocky with me, pet.

0:25:580:26:01

Does he work at the local nick?

0:26:010:26:04

-Why?

-I might just give him a call.

-No, please. Don't.

0:26:040:26:07

I see you wear a wedding ring, Mr Collison.

0:26:070:26:11

I have a wife and three children.

0:26:110:26:14

How about you?

0:26:140:26:15

No. No children.

0:26:150:26:17

Does your husband know about this?

0:26:170:26:18

I... I don't think so.

0:26:180:26:20

Well, what a mess.

0:26:220:26:24

I have told you all I can.

0:26:240:26:25

But not all you know.

0:26:250:26:27

Now why is that, Mrs Molloy?

0:26:270:26:29

What is it about the death of Robert Mates that you don't want me to know?

0:26:290:26:33

Nothing. I don't know anything.

0:26:330:26:35

All right.

0:26:350:26:36

What were the names of these ambulance men?

0:26:370:26:41

I will find out sooner or later, Mrs Molloy.

0:26:410:26:43

It wasn't an ambulance. A police car brought him in.

0:26:430:26:46

Yeah, I see.

0:26:460:26:48

And who was driving this police car?

0:26:490:26:51

-My husband.

-Yeah.

0:26:510:26:54

There's a criminal offence called wasting police time.

0:26:540:26:57

-I think we should charge her, Guv.

-Don't you threaten her.

-What are you going to do about it?

0:26:570:27:02

My husband is a very kind man. He stayed at the hospital all night.

0:27:020:27:06

He stayed until Robert Mates was pronounced dead, you mean.

0:27:060:27:10

-Yes.

-Yes.

0:27:100:27:11

He was clearly very concerned.

0:27:110:27:14

DOOR OPENS AND A MAN WHISTLES

0:27:140:27:17

Well, well!

0:27:200:27:21

Full house, huh?

0:27:220:27:24

Paul, you rascal. I thought I recognized the car.

0:27:250:27:30

You'll have the neighbours talking, huh?

0:27:300:27:33

How are you, love? Bad migraine?

0:27:330:27:36

How did you know?

0:27:360:27:38

Because I phoned the hospital to let you know I'd be coming home early.

0:27:380:27:41

Well?

0:27:430:27:44

Who are your friends?

0:27:450:27:47

Chief Inspector Gently.

0:27:470:27:50

-Sergeant..?

-Bacchus.

0:27:500:27:53

Ah, Mr Gently.

0:27:530:27:54

A pleasure to meet you, sir.

0:27:550:27:57

Sergeant.

0:27:570:27:58

Can you shed any light on the death of Robert Mates?

0:27:590:28:03

-Who?

-The old man. The one that fell, that you brought to the hospital.

0:28:040:28:08

Oh, him.

0:28:080:28:10

No.

0:28:100:28:11

What, nothing at all?

0:28:110:28:14

Such as how he broke his nose perhaps?

0:28:140:28:16

Or what happened to his belongings?

0:28:160:28:19

Have you got permission from my guvnor to question me now, Chief Inspector?

0:28:210:28:25

No, but I will have.

0:28:250:28:27

HE LAUGHS

0:28:290:28:30

HE WHISTLES

0:28:340:28:35

Can you stop that?

0:28:350:28:37

What's that?

0:28:370:28:39

-He knows about those two.

-Oh, yes. 100%.

0:28:440:28:47

Tomorrow I'd like to find out what else he knows.

0:28:470:28:50

You do some digging about the other fella.

0:28:500:28:53

And make some discreet enquiries, off the record, about the local nick here.

0:28:530:28:58

-Such as what?

-Allegations of police brutality.

0:28:580:29:01

Any history of unexplained deaths in police custody.

0:29:010:29:05

I thought you might fancy a proper cuppa.

0:29:210:29:23

I hate that machine.

0:29:230:29:25

I can't even work it.

0:29:250:29:27

-Sugar?

-No.

0:29:300:29:33

You're working late, Sergeant.

0:29:350:29:38

Yes, he's got a golf club dinner.

0:29:380:29:40

No, no, no. You mustn't tell me that.

0:29:400:29:42

-Why not?

-Because that's not official business.

0:29:420:29:45

He should be getting a taxi home and paying for it himself, not charging the ratepayer.

0:29:450:29:50

-It's true what they say about you, isn't it?

-What's that?

0:29:500:29:53

Unbending. Rules is the rules.

0:29:530:29:55

Well, they are, aren't they?

0:29:550:29:58

Well, I've broke one. I shouldn't be in here.

0:29:580:30:01

And why are you in here, Sergeant?

0:30:010:30:03

Call us "Liz" and I'll tell you.

0:30:030:30:06

Why are you here, Sergeant?

0:30:060:30:09

My God, you don't make life easy, do you, Chief Inspector?

0:30:110:30:15

For others, or yourself. I'm sorry I disturbed you.

0:30:150:30:20

Honestly.

0:30:200:30:21

Liz?

0:30:250:30:26

I'm sorry.

0:30:300:30:32

I have a son. Ten-year-old. By my ex-husband.

0:30:330:30:37

He's training to be a hooligan.

0:30:370:30:39

I want someone to show him how to fish.

0:30:390:30:43

Somebody told me you'd know all about it.

0:30:430:30:45

I see.

0:30:470:30:48

-Sarge.

-Busy.

-David Blackburn, that kid you saw in the cells.

-Who?

0:30:510:30:55

David Blackburn. He was reported missing a couple of weeks ago by his employer.

0:30:550:30:59

He works in a motor workshop.

0:30:590:31:01

So what? Not our problem any more. Tell Wellaby police that we sent him home.

0:31:010:31:05

-What? Is that the Paul Collison stuff?

-Aye.

0:31:050:31:09

It just swallows your money!

0:31:090:31:10

Who is this Blackburn lad?

0:31:100:31:13

Just another idiot that needs a good hiding.

0:31:130:31:15

We've gone completely soft in this country. Kids just bloody laugh at you.

0:31:150:31:19

Why was he laughing at you?

0:31:190:31:21

Well, he wasn't actually, he was crying.

0:31:210:31:23

OK, Paul Collison, 33, married, three kids, we knew that already.

0:31:230:31:27

He's got a degree in sociology and education.

0:31:270:31:30

Just what the country needs, that, ain't it?

0:31:300:31:33

Works in an Approved School. That'll be the education.

0:31:330:31:36

And shags Nurse Molloy in his spare time. That'll be the sociology.

0:31:360:31:40

Hey?! I think he's irrelevant, Guv.

0:31:400:31:42

Will you behave yourself?

0:31:450:31:46

Sorry.

0:31:460:31:47

See you Sunday, George.

0:31:490:31:50

Mind your own business.

0:31:550:31:57

My lips are sealed. Unlike hers.

0:31:570:31:59

DOORBELL RINGS

0:32:130:32:14

George Gently, as I live and breathe.

0:32:160:32:19

Alan.

0:32:190:32:21

Your guvnor and I knew each other in London.

0:32:210:32:24

-Didn't he tell you?

-No. No, he didn't.

0:32:240:32:26

He was my first boss in CID.

0:32:260:32:28

And now you outrank me, Superintendent.

0:32:280:32:30

That'll be the day. Welcome, John.

0:32:300:32:33

-Sir.

-No, I'm Alan. Come through. Lunch in the garden.

0:32:330:32:37

Business first, eh?

0:32:430:32:46

I spoke to Tommy Molloy this morning.

0:32:460:32:49

Tommy is a lovely man, honest as the day is long. Cheers.

0:32:490:32:53

Cheers.

0:32:530:32:55

It was Tommy who took the call about your friend being in a bad way.

0:32:550:32:59

He picked him up and took him to the hospital rather than

0:32:590:33:02

wait for an ambulance

0:33:020:33:03

because he could see he was very poorly.

0:33:030:33:05

He only wishes he could have got there quicker.

0:33:050:33:08

I also spoke to that idiot Lafferty at the Coroner's Office.

0:33:090:33:13

I fired him from the force my second week in command.

0:33:130:33:16

He shouldn't have been given the job he's got, but there you are.

0:33:160:33:19

There was no evidence to support what he told the coroner

0:33:190:33:22

about your friend being a drunk and a vagrant. Pure prejudice,

0:33:220:33:26

stupid assumptions. Laziness, actually.

0:33:260:33:29

I've made my views known to the coroner

0:33:290:33:31

and I don't expect Lafferty to be long in that job either.

0:33:310:33:34

I see.

0:33:340:33:35

The verdict of accidental death still stands, though.

0:33:350:33:39

-You're not happy with the verdict, then?

-Course I'm not.

0:33:390:33:42

I'll be honest with you, George.

0:33:420:33:45

We've got a problem in this town.

0:33:450:33:47

Young lads who think they can get away with going around doing

0:33:470:33:50

whatever they like.

0:33:500:33:51

Such as picking on defenceless old men. Giving them a hiding,

0:33:510:33:55

just for the fun of it. Wouldn't be the first time.

0:33:550:33:58

Any young lads in particular?

0:33:580:34:00

I've got my suspicions. There's a pair called the Blackburn brothers.

0:34:000:34:05

Can you tell me where to find them?

0:34:070:34:10

George. You're on my patch. I'll take care of it.

0:34:100:34:13

They haven't been seen since the night your friend met his death.

0:34:130:34:17

That makes me suspicious.

0:34:170:34:19

Will you leave it to me, George?

0:34:190:34:21

Course, Alan.

0:34:210:34:24

Good.

0:34:240:34:25

And there is nothing to be gained from you talking to Tommy Molloy.

0:34:250:34:29

Well, That's good enough for me.

0:34:320:34:34

Ah! My infinitely better half.

0:34:340:34:37

-Pat.

-Pat.

0:34:370:34:39

George, lovely to meet you. I'm going to embarrass you both now.

0:34:390:34:43

-You're the nearest thing my husband's got to a hero.

-Well, yes, that is embarrassing!

0:34:430:34:47

-John.

-Pat.

0:34:470:34:50

-Where's Danny?

-Oh, he's coming. Danny?

0:34:500:34:52

Manners, young man. Look, visitors.

0:34:550:34:58

-Hello, Danny.

-Hello.

0:35:000:35:02

He has no speech, really.

0:35:090:35:11

But he can understand what you say.

0:35:110:35:14

When he wants to.

0:35:140:35:15

I'll go and get the rest of the lunch.

0:35:180:35:20

I had no idea, Alan.

0:35:200:35:22

He's a great lad.

0:35:220:35:23

Looks like a full-time job.

0:35:230:35:25

Well, he's a handful, but aren't all growing lads?

0:35:250:35:29

Pat does get worn out.

0:35:290:35:31

No respite care available anywhere?

0:35:310:35:33

He goes to the local kids' home every other weekend. They're very good with him.

0:35:330:35:38

-Is that why you're still here? After ten years?

-As opposed to being where?

0:35:380:35:42

Almost anywhere. The Met? I thought you'd be an Assistant Commissioner by now.

0:35:420:35:46

He's happy here, George. He's really happy.

0:35:460:35:50

I don't think London's the right place for Danny.

0:35:520:35:54

-Here you are, Danny.

-Mm.

0:36:050:36:07

What you got there, Danny?

0:36:100:36:11

He loves his aeroplanes.

0:36:110:36:12

He's not going to touch them, Danny, are you, George?

0:36:120:36:16

No, no, no, no. Aeroplanes.

0:36:160:36:18

-Mad about his aeroplanes, aren't you, Danny?

-Hmmm.

0:36:180:36:21

The thing is, George,

0:36:210:36:23

his whole world needs to be in order all the time.

0:36:230:36:25

Everything in order, or it throws him.

0:36:250:36:27

You've got some gaps here, Danny.

0:36:270:36:29

Yeah. We're trying to get him the complete set,

0:36:320:36:36

but they stopped printing them years ago.

0:36:360:36:38

It's good to see you again, George.

0:36:380:36:41

Good to see you too, Alan.

0:36:410:36:43

-How you doing, Danny?

-Hmmm.

0:36:490:36:52

What?

0:37:050:37:06

Blackburn.

0:37:070:37:09

I heard.

0:37:090:37:10

It's the lad we had in the cells.

0:37:100:37:12

Yes.

0:37:120:37:13

Well, why didn't you let me say something?

0:37:130:37:16

Did you believe all that stuff about the accidental death verdict being Lafferty's fault?

0:37:170:37:22

No. It was bullshit.

0:37:220:37:23

Yeah, correct.

0:37:230:37:24

The Coroner's Officer always takes his cue from the police,

0:37:240:37:28

especially if he's a former police officer himself.

0:37:280:37:31

-He was bullshitting you about Molloy.

-Yeah, only about 100%.

0:37:310:37:34

So what's going on, huh? You knew Shepherd in London.

0:37:340:37:37

What, is he bent?

0:37:370:37:38

No. no. He's straight as an arrow.

0:37:380:37:41

So for Alan Shepherd to be sitting there blowing smoke in my face,

0:37:410:37:45

there's got to be a good reason. He's protecting somebody.

0:37:450:37:49

-Molloy?

-It's a fair bet.

0:37:490:37:50

Can you remember the Blackburn lad's address?

0:37:500:37:53

Yeah, it's a farm up in the hills.

0:37:530:37:56

Let's go.

0:37:560:37:58

Yeah?

0:38:210:38:22

I'm Sergeant Bacchus, this is Chief Inspector Gently.

0:38:220:38:27

Not from round here, are you?

0:38:270:38:29

No, we're from Durham.

0:38:290:38:30

Mr Blackburn, isn't it?

0:38:300:38:32

Aye, what's wrong?

0:38:320:38:34

You have a son.

0:38:340:38:36

Take your pick. I've got two.

0:38:360:38:39

John and David.

0:38:410:38:42

All right, yes. Is David here?

0:38:420:38:44

Why?

0:38:440:38:46

Well, he's been sleeping rough. He's got himself into trouble for thieving.

0:38:460:38:50

Oh, aye? Well, he's not here.

0:38:500:38:53

-He was reported missing a while ago.

-Not by me.

0:38:530:38:55

-No. By his employers.

-Probably hiding from the police.

0:38:550:38:58

-Why?

-Pair of them got drunk and smashed up the spastics place.

0:38:580:39:02

The what, sorry?

0:39:020:39:03

Where they put the spastic kids.

0:39:030:39:05

-Oh!

-The coppers come knocking on the door the next day.

0:39:050:39:08

-Your sons make a habit out of being hooligans, do they?

-They're animals, the pair of them.

0:39:080:39:13

-Were they charged?

-I've no idea. Mebbies. They haven't come back here, that's all I know.

0:39:130:39:17

Hang on a minute. So...you haven't seen them since the arrest?

0:39:170:39:22

-How long ago was that, you say?

-Few weeks.

0:39:220:39:25

You don't seem very bothered, man. They're off the rails.

0:39:250:39:28

-Don't you feel like doing something about it?

-They're not normal.

0:39:280:39:31

When they were bairns, if the game was the Japs and the English, wanted to be Japs.

0:39:310:39:35

Cowboys and Indians, they want to be the Indians.

0:39:350:39:39

I bought one of them a puppy for his birthday,

0:39:390:39:41

-the other one drowns him in the sink.

-Does it occur to you to give them a good hiding?

0:39:410:39:45

I've had the skin off their back many a time. Didn't make any difference.

0:39:450:39:49

No wife, Mr Blackburn?

0:39:490:39:52

She went when they were six. Wish I'd gone with her.

0:39:520:39:55

I'd like to take a look in David's room, if you wouldn't mind.

0:39:550:39:59

People don't know how to control their kids these days.

0:40:070:40:10

Bit young for nostalgia, aren't you?

0:40:100:40:13

Discipline... that's what I'm talking about.

0:40:130:40:15

What more do you want him to do? Chop their hands off?

0:40:150:40:18

-Nah, he doesn't give a monkeys, man.

-You didn't see the pain in his eyes?

0:40:180:40:22

What you looking for, anyway?

0:40:270:40:29

Nothing special.

0:40:290:40:31

What's that about, huh?

0:40:360:40:39

"Ha, ha, you're a pansy, you cried like a bairn, I win."

0:40:390:40:44

-That's charming, that, ain't it?

-No idea.

0:40:440:40:47

Thank you, Mr Blackburn.

0:40:470:40:48

How old is your other son, Mr Blackburn?

0:41:040:41:06

16, just gone.

0:41:060:41:08

Does he like aeroplanes?

0:41:080:41:10

Aeroplanes? No. Why?

0:41:100:41:12

Just wondered. Would you like us to find him for you?

0:41:120:41:16

Not on my account.

0:41:170:41:18

-Can you remember which day they were arrested?

-20th of March.

0:41:190:41:23

You seem very sure.

0:41:230:41:25

Wife's birthday.

0:41:250:41:26

-And do you know who the arresting officers were?

-Aye. Tommy Molloy.

0:41:260:41:30

Sergeant Molloy?

0:41:300:41:31

Aye.

0:41:310:41:33

-Do you know him well?

-He's up here that often he should have a season ticket.

0:41:330:41:37

Well, if either of your lads turn up,

0:41:390:41:41

would you call me at my office on this number, please?

0:41:410:41:45

So. On the 19th of March, China dies

0:42:010:42:06

of head injuries, delivered to...

0:42:060:42:08

-Are you listening?

-Yes.

0:42:080:42:10

Delivered to hospital by Sergeant Molloy.

0:42:120:42:14

The very next day, Sergeant Molloy arrests the Blackburn lads

0:42:140:42:18

and their father hasn't seen them since.

0:42:180:42:20

So what next?

0:42:200:42:22

I want to know what happened

0:42:220:42:24

when Danny Shepherd met the Blackburn lads.

0:42:240:42:27

What makes you think that?

0:42:270:42:28

Because the other half of Danny's aeroplane cards

0:42:280:42:31

were in a drawer in that room.

0:42:310:42:33

So what else is there? Get a search warrant.

0:42:330:42:36

We need to find those Blackburn brothers

0:42:360:42:38

and get a sight of their police files.

0:42:380:42:42

And if Molloy has got a season ticket to that pig farm,

0:42:420:42:45

there's got to be a file an inch thick.

0:42:450:42:47

See if you can get hold of that.

0:42:470:42:49

I'll go over Alan Shepherd's head, get formal permission to question Molloy.

0:42:490:42:53

Do you want to have a go?

0:43:080:43:10

Come on, have a go.

0:43:130:43:15

Come on, get up. There you are.

0:43:150:43:19

You can do it.

0:43:190:43:21

You see that. Hold onto that.

0:43:210:43:24

Put your hand up there. Yeah. See.

0:43:240:43:27

Go!

0:43:280:43:30

OK. Good try. You've got to let go.

0:43:300:43:34

Let's tighten this up. OK.

0:43:370:43:40

Hold onto that. Push that back.

0:43:400:43:44

OK, let it go. Whooosh! Good one.

0:43:440:43:47

Good cast. Put the brake on.

0:43:470:43:50

Good lad. He's got it.

0:43:520:43:54

It's all about relaxing.

0:44:000:44:04

There's no record of the Blackburn boys being arrested on 20th March.

0:44:170:44:22

And here's another thing. There's no record of their being questioned, cautioned,

0:44:220:44:26

or anything else in the last three years.

0:44:260:44:28

-There's no police file on them at all.

-That can't be right.

0:44:280:44:32

How come Molloy's got a season ticket at the pig farm?

0:44:320:44:35

I've got Taylor going through all the court and magistrates' records. They might tell a different story.

0:44:350:44:40

-But you better get up to that pig farm.

-Can't. I can't get a search warrant.

0:44:400:44:44

I tried three magistrates and they all say it's just a fishing trip, we have no evidence of any wrongdoing.

0:44:440:44:49

Do you want me to break in, Guv?

0:44:560:44:58

-Do you want to ask a different question, John?

-Can I have the afternoon off, Guv?

-Absolutely.

0:44:580:45:03

John.

0:45:030:45:04

Don't get caught.

0:45:040:45:06

A small thank you from Raymond. And from me.

0:45:090:45:11

Oh... There was no need. Thank you.

0:45:110:45:16

Go on, open it.

0:45:160:45:17

I'll wait till I get home.

0:45:190:45:20

All right.

0:45:210:45:23

Don't forget dinner tonight.

0:45:240:45:26

HE WHISTLES

0:45:410:45:43

Who are these men?

0:45:460:45:48

My solicitor.

0:45:480:45:49

Why do you need a solicitor?

0:45:490:45:50

-Why not?

-Why not what?

0:45:500:45:52

-Why not have a solicitor?

-Why not have a solicitor what?

0:45:520:45:55

Sir.

0:45:570:45:58

Thank you.

0:45:580:45:59

You have no right to a solicitor, you are not charged with anything. Please leave.

0:45:590:46:04

Now.

0:46:040:46:05

This one?

0:46:100:46:11

Police Federation.

0:46:110:46:13

This isn't a union matter, nor a disciplinary hearing. Get out, please.

0:46:130:46:17

-But I've got a right...

-You haven't got a right to anything.

0:46:170:46:20

This is a police investigation into a suspicious death. Get out.

0:46:200:46:23

Why did you take everything from Mr Mates' pockets before getting him medical treatment?

0:46:280:46:33

-Who told you that?

-Your wife.

0:46:330:46:35

So?

0:46:370:46:39

I was looking for clues to his identity.

0:46:390:46:41

And you thought that was more important

0:46:410:46:43

-than getting him seen by a doctor, did you?

-Well, I just...

0:46:430:46:47

There are two hospitals in your town. The Sanderson and St Mary's.

0:46:470:46:50

The Sanderson is closer, but you drove him to St Mary's, why?

0:46:500:46:54

I wanted him to be in the best hands.

0:46:540:46:56

Best hands for him or for you?

0:46:560:46:58

I don't understand, sir.

0:46:580:47:00

Your wife was on duty at St Mary's that night

0:47:000:47:03

and she took charge of his care. That a coincidence?

0:47:030:47:06

Completely.

0:47:060:47:07

All right. Well, your wife also told me that Mr Mates was dressed well

0:47:070:47:12

and did not smell of drink.

0:47:120:47:13

Why did you tell the Coroner he was a vagrant?

0:47:130:47:16

Because he was living rough in the old offices where I found him.

0:47:160:47:20

The Coroner's officer, now fearing that he was about to be drummed out

0:47:200:47:24

of the Brownies for the second time in his miserable life,

0:47:240:47:27

has very kindly supplied me with the contents of China's pockets.

0:47:270:47:32

Or at least as much as you decided to hand over.

0:47:320:47:35

A wallet containing two pounds, ten shillings.

0:47:370:47:42

A letter from his brother in Ireland, years old,

0:47:420:47:45

which is how he got his next of kin,

0:47:450:47:48

and some keys.

0:47:480:47:49

Now, why would a homeless man have keys?

0:47:520:47:54

You knew he wasn't a vagrant, didn't you? So why the lies? What happened?

0:47:540:48:00

-Did you break his nose, Sergeant?

-Course not.

-I think you did.

0:48:000:48:04

Did something happen between you and China?

0:48:040:48:06

Had he done something to get himself in police custody?

0:48:060:48:10

No. He was never in custody, I've told you.

0:48:100:48:12

You're lying to me.

0:48:120:48:13

HE WHISTLES

0:48:150:48:17

-Stop whistling.

-Was I whistling?

0:48:170:48:20

Don't mess me about, sonny boy, or I'll come over that desk

0:48:200:48:23

and smack your face.

0:48:230:48:24

Now, the very next day, you went to Higher Sutton Farm

0:48:280:48:31

and arrested John and David Blackburn, correct?

0:48:310:48:35

-What's that got to do with anything?

-Correct?

-Yes, sir.

0:48:350:48:39

There'd been an incident at a care home. Somebody wrecked the kitchen.

0:49:100:49:14

The Blackburns had been causing trouble earlier on in the town.

0:49:140:49:17

So it seemed logical to question them first.

0:49:170:49:20

And they have a record as long as my arm as vandals

0:49:200:49:23

and all round public nuisances. Correct?

0:49:230:49:26

-Yes, sir.

-No. Not correct.

0:49:260:49:29

There are no records of any inquiries into any offences

0:49:290:49:32

in the last three years by either of these boys.

0:49:320:49:34

So, once again, why are you lying?

0:49:340:49:38

Why are you interested in the Blackburns?

0:49:380:49:40

Here's how it works, Sergeant,

0:49:400:49:42

I ask the questions, you give the answers.

0:49:420:49:45

I don't know what you're talking about, sir.

0:49:450:49:47

-Why didn't you charge them with the wrecking of the kitchen?

-Because we had no witnesses.

0:49:470:49:52

All we could do was lock them up for a day, try and scare them a bit,

0:49:520:49:56

put the frighteners on them.

0:49:560:49:58

The frighteners? What's that mean?

0:49:580:50:01

They were beyond the law, the pair of them.

0:50:010:50:03

It was as if there was nothing you could do to stop them.

0:50:030:50:07

Sir?

0:50:080:50:10

-Are we done now?

-No, we're not.

0:50:100:50:12

# Baby, I feel good

0:50:170:50:21

# From the moment I rise

0:50:210:50:24

# Feel good from morning

0:50:240:50:28

# Till the end of the day

0:50:280:50:29

# Till the end of the day

0:50:310:50:32

# You and me

0:50:350:50:37

# We live this life

0:50:380:50:40

# From when we get up

0:50:420:50:44

# Till we go sleep at night

0:50:440:50:49

# You and me, we're free

0:50:490:50:52

# We do as we please, yeah

0:50:520:50:55

# From morning

0:50:550:50:58

# Till the end of the day

0:50:580:51:00

# Till the end of the day

0:51:020:51:04

# Yeah, I get up

0:51:040:51:06

# And I see the sun up... #

0:51:080:51:10

PIGS GRUNT

0:51:100:51:13

# ..And I feel good, yeah

0:51:130:51:15

# Cos my life has begun

0:51:150:51:19

# You and me, we're free

0:51:190:51:23

# We do as we please, yeah

0:51:230:51:26

# From morning... #

0:51:260:51:27

Whoa! Whoa! Go and eat your swill or something.

0:51:270:51:32

# ..Till the end of the day

0:51:320:51:33

# Till the end of the day

0:51:360:51:39

# Till the end of the day... #

0:51:390:51:41

-Something interesting?

-Very.

0:52:120:52:15

Superintendent Shepherd has a son, Danny, do you know him?

0:52:170:52:21

Yeah. I think I've met him, yes. Yes, I have met him.

0:52:210:52:26

How?

0:52:270:52:28

Just...socially, I dunno, really.

0:52:280:52:33

What, you and your wife are friends of the Shepherds?

0:52:330:52:37

My wife and me...don't have a social life together these days.

0:52:370:52:43

We don't have any kind of life together.

0:52:450:52:47

You still love your wife, don't you, Sergeant?

0:52:490:52:53

The sun rises and sets cos of her.

0:52:530:52:55

Always will.

0:52:570:52:59

Danny sometimes sleeps over at that care home, doesn't he? At weekends?

0:53:030:53:07

Was he sleeping there the night the Blackburns wrecked the kitchen?

0:53:090:53:13

No.

0:53:130:53:15

KNOCKING

0:53:150:53:18

-Sir.

-Thank you.

0:53:180:53:20

This is a running total of the court appearances by juveniles

0:53:260:53:32

in THIS authority over the last three years.

0:53:320:53:36

Would you like to guess the number?

0:53:360:53:38

Not really. No. I've never been any good at guessing.

0:53:380:53:41

2,403.

0:53:410:53:43

THIS is the corresponding information from your authority,

0:53:450:53:50

which has roughly half the population.

0:53:500:53:52

So you'd expect, what, about a thousand?

0:53:520:53:54

I've never been good at arithmetic either.

0:53:560:53:58

88.

0:53:590:54:01

Hmm.

0:54:010:54:03

So, are the kids in your town particularly well-behaved, Sergeant?

0:54:040:54:09

Yeah. They are.

0:54:110:54:12

MOTORBIKE ARRIVES

0:54:260:54:30

PIGS GRUNT

0:54:500:54:52

# Ahh, ahh, ahh

0:54:570:55:02

# Ahh, ahh, ahh

0:55:060:55:11

# I don't hear you knock upon my door

0:55:140:55:17

# I don't have your lovin' any more

0:55:180:55:23

# Since you been gone I'm a-hurtin' inside

0:55:230:55:25

# Well, I want you, baby by my side, yeah

0:55:270:55:31

# I'm cryin', I'm cryin'...

0:55:310:55:34

# Ahh, ahh, ahh

0:55:380:55:42

# Ahh, ahh, ahh... #

0:55:460:55:51

We meet again, David.

0:55:560:55:59

Bike is stolen, needless to say.

0:56:000:56:02

Er... He saw us inside the house, Guv.

0:56:020:56:07

Sorry.

0:56:110:56:12

OK, David.

0:56:180:56:19

HE MUTTERS TO HIMSELF

0:56:190:56:22

Now, tell us, where have you been

0:56:220:56:24

since Sergeant Molloy arrested you for smashing up that kitchen?

0:56:240:56:28

Apart from here, nicking milk bottles, that is.

0:56:280:56:30

Hmmm?

0:56:300:56:32

Has your brother, John, turned up yet?

0:56:370:56:41

Our John?

0:56:410:56:42

Aye. Your John. Have you any idea where he is?

0:56:420:56:47

HE MUTTERS

0:56:470:56:49

There are numbers totted up on the wall beside your bed, David.

0:56:490:56:53

6, 12, 18, 24. What do they mean?

0:56:530:56:56

Six what, David?

0:57:000:57:04

Who cried like a bairn, David? Was it you?

0:57:040:57:08

Was it John?

0:57:090:57:11

It's all right. All right.

0:57:190:57:22

Get two officers in here.

0:57:220:57:23

Pick him up.

0:57:280:57:30

Hold him down.

0:57:350:57:36

Ahh, ahh!

0:57:390:57:42

All right. That's enough. Stop!

0:57:420:57:43

Oh.

0:57:460:57:47

All right, you can go.

0:57:490:57:51

Now!

0:57:530:57:54

I don't want to be hit any more.

0:57:560:57:58

Nobody's going to hit you any more, David. Sit down, son.

0:57:590:58:02

Go on. You're all right.

0:58:020:58:04

Who did this to you, David?

0:58:070:58:08

Could you tell me?

0:58:110:58:12

Where did it happen? Can you tell me that?

0:58:130:58:17

Was it a police station?

0:58:170:58:19

The approved school.

0:58:210:58:22

-Get this lad to a hospital.

-Come on, David.

0:58:250:58:28

CHILDREN SHOUT

0:58:550:58:58

WHISTLE BLOWS

0:59:210:59:23

PE for psychopaths, is it?

0:59:360:59:38

Murderball. It builds character.

0:59:380:59:40

Apparently.

0:59:400:59:42

A lad named David Blackburn has been severely beaten.

0:59:420:59:46

He says it happened here.

0:59:460:59:48

We don't do beatings here.

0:59:480:59:49

He isn't one of your inmates.

0:59:490:59:51

So what's it got to do with me?

0:59:510:59:53

-Your wife seems nice.

-What?

0:59:550:59:57

-Yeah. We had a little chat with her earlier.

-You didn't...?

0:59:571:00:01

What? Mention your affair with Nurse Molloy? No. No.

1:00:011:00:04

But I will.

1:00:051:00:07

What you want to see is down here.

1:00:091:00:11

We call it the confinement block, but actually it's what was the punishment block.

1:00:241:00:28

It's not used these days, thank God. Well, not by us anyway.

1:00:281:00:31

But by somebody else?

1:00:311:00:33

Look, I just want you to know

1:00:341:00:36

that I think using violence against kids is barbaric.

1:00:361:00:39

My dad belted me when I was a kid.

1:00:391:00:41

Didn't do me any harm.

1:00:411:00:43

That's a matter of opinion.

1:00:431:00:45

Your wife says you're upping sticks and moving south. Why's that?

1:00:461:00:50

Because I came into this to set children free.

1:00:501:00:54

And instead I lock them up and teach them how to play murderball.

1:00:541:00:58

-I've applied for a post with the Probation Service.

-Told Mrs Molloy yet?

1:00:581:01:02

Yes.

1:01:021:01:03

Abandoning ship, are you?

1:01:031:01:06

-Why don't you shut your face, Sergeant?

-Oi.

1:01:061:01:08

So, tell me.

1:01:101:01:12

Blackburn brothers.

1:01:121:01:14

-They were kept here.

-How long?

1:01:141:01:16

-Two weeks.

-Two weeks?!

-Who by?

1:01:171:01:20

HE WHISTLES

1:01:211:01:24

Why?

1:01:241:01:27

They were being taught a lesson.

1:01:271:01:29

You see, there's a feeling abroad, a mood of anger,

1:01:291:01:35

a growing belief that the new methods,

1:01:351:01:37

you know, ponces like me with my first class honours degree

1:01:371:01:41

telling them to look at the child as a whole, that those ideas have failed.

1:01:411:01:46

That only one thing works, only one thing ever did work,

1:01:461:01:50

and it's time to bring it back.

1:01:501:01:53

And you know what?

1:01:561:01:57

Wellaby's probably the quietist, safest little town in England.

1:01:571:02:01

So where does that leave me and my sociology degree?

1:02:011:02:04

-And you're telling me that there was nothing you could do to stop this?

-Like what?

1:02:041:02:08

Write to the Manchester Guardian? Go to the police?!

1:02:081:02:11

Nah, you had something to lose, didn't you?

1:02:111:02:16

Your bit on the side. What was it he said to you?

1:02:161:02:19

That he'd tell your wife that you were shagging his wife?

1:02:191:02:23

That's exactly what he said, as a matter of fact.

1:02:231:02:25

He wanted his own key. Said he couldn't use the local nick like he normally did

1:02:251:02:29

and these rooms are separate from the rest of the school,

1:02:291:02:32

so he could come and go as he wanted, nobody would know what was going on.

1:02:321:02:35

What had they done that was so terrible that they had to be locked up for two weeks and flogged?

1:02:351:02:41

-I don't know. I didn't ask.

-Didn't care, you mean.

1:02:411:02:43

-So they were taught a lesson, then what?

-Last week, the key was given back to me.

1:02:451:02:49

What happened to the brothers?

1:02:491:02:51

Sent home, I suppose. To be better human beings.

1:02:511:02:54

Well, David Blackburn isn't a better human being, he's a gibbering wreck.

1:02:541:02:57

-And his brother's vanished off the face of the earth.

-I'm sorry about that, but that's not my problem.

1:02:571:03:03

You think not?

1:03:031:03:04

Guv. Guv.

1:03:041:03:06

Calm down.

1:03:081:03:11

You should have done a degree in common sense, mate.

1:03:111:03:15

You've aided and abetted. And when we find John Blackburn, you'll be charged.

1:03:151:03:20

But...

1:03:201:03:22

But, but, but, but what?

1:03:221:03:23

It's my career.

1:03:231:03:26

Ta-da! Sorry, better late than never, though, eh!

1:03:291:03:33

Oh, no, fine.

1:03:331:03:34

Yes? No? Maybes?

1:03:361:03:40

Yeah, yeah.

1:03:401:03:43

You say the nicest things, George.

1:03:431:03:46

So, good day?

1:03:471:03:50

Mmm, no.

1:03:501:03:54

Bad day.

1:03:551:03:56

Yeah.

1:03:561:03:58

Do I get a drink?

1:04:001:04:01

Sorry.

1:04:011:04:04

I don't like wine.

1:04:041:04:05

Beer?

1:04:111:04:13

Bacardi and coke?

1:04:131:04:14

Uh-huh.

1:04:141:04:16

Well. I had a bad day, as well. I got the sack.

1:04:201:04:23

Oh, sorry.

1:04:231:04:26

Back on traffic duties for me. Look out, A1, here I come!

1:04:261:04:30

Well, don't smother us with sympathy, George.

1:04:341:04:37

Why'd you get the sack?

1:04:371:04:39

Because, apparently, I talk too much.

1:04:401:04:43

-I'm getting this all wrong, aren't I?

-No, no.

1:04:481:04:51

I do. I do it. It's what happens.

1:04:511:04:55

I try a bit too hard.

1:04:551:04:57

It's not as if people haven't told us over the years.

1:04:581:05:02

I try and do the right thing,

1:05:021:05:04

I even think I'm doing the right thing,

1:05:041:05:07

but somehow, I always seem to end up doing the wrong thing.

1:05:071:05:11

How does that happen, George?

1:05:111:05:13

My son hates me because I left his father.

1:05:151:05:20

-For another man?

-Who left after three months.

1:05:201:05:23

I have made a complete mess of everything.

1:05:261:05:28

Liz.

1:05:311:05:32

Shall you and I try and have a nice supper,

1:05:361:05:38

and to hell with the world for one night, eh?

1:05:381:05:41

I'd like that.

1:05:411:05:43

Yeah. Me too.

1:05:431:05:44

But I have to tell you, I am not a father for your son.

1:05:471:05:50

-I'm not a father for anybody.

-Well, I think that's a shame,

1:05:531:05:57

because I reckon you'd make a great dad.

1:05:571:06:01

The sort of dad who'd do anything for his kids.

1:06:011:06:04

Sir. I've got all the neighbouring forces on the lookout for John Blackburn,

1:06:061:06:11

but there's no joy yet. He's probably hiding somewhere, scared stiff, just like his brother.

1:06:111:06:16

You all right?

1:06:171:06:19

The lad's been missing a long time.

1:06:191:06:22

Easy... Easy...

1:06:221:06:25

You don't have to be here for this.

1:06:351:06:38

Paul's applied for a job in Surrey.

1:06:391:06:42

Are you going with him?

1:06:441:06:46

No.

1:06:461:06:49

-Did he ask you to?

-No.

1:06:511:06:55

Would you have gone?

1:06:551:06:57

You deserve better than this, Tommy. I'm sorry.

1:07:031:07:06

The world would be a painful place if we all got what we deserved, huh?

1:07:081:07:13

I love you, Terry.

1:07:171:07:18

-Why?

-I just do.

1:07:201:07:22

I've been shagging another man for a year.

1:07:231:07:26

Not only have I been shagging another man for a year,

1:07:261:07:29

I've barely even bothered to hide it.

1:07:291:07:32

We all make mistakes.

1:07:321:07:35

You're the... You're the softest, daftest man I've ever met.

1:07:411:07:47

HE LAUGHS

1:07:471:07:50

What on earth have you got to laugh about, eh, Tommy?

1:07:501:07:54

I dunno.

1:07:541:07:56

What is it, Tommy?

1:08:001:08:01

I've made a bad mistake, Terry. A bad one.

1:08:081:08:14

You're a disgrace to your uniform. You know that?

1:08:151:08:18

My husband is a good man.

1:08:181:08:19

"Good man? Good..." No. I don't want to hear about it, pet.

1:08:191:08:22

Yeah. Well, you're going to. My husband is a good man.

1:08:221:08:26

This country is going to the dogs.

1:08:261:08:28

It's turning into a horrible, frightening place for old people.

1:08:281:08:31

-I've heard it all before, love.

-..for vulnerable people. What are you doing about it? Eh? Or you?

1:08:311:08:36

Well, at least my husband, he has the guts to do something.

1:08:361:08:40

You know about his unusual methods for controlling crime, do you?

1:08:401:08:44

The whole town knows, Chief Inspector. They just don't know what it is they know.

1:08:441:08:48

You'll be late for work, love.

1:08:481:08:50

I'm not going to work. I'm staying here.

1:08:501:08:52

-Where's John Blackburn?

-Tell them, Tommy. It's time to start living in the light. Both of us.

1:08:561:09:01

All I wanted was to hear them say the word "sorry".

1:09:051:09:08

I wanted them to say sorry for what they did.

1:09:091:09:13

And to mean it.

1:09:131:09:15

I wanted them to understand what they did was despicable.

1:09:171:09:20

I thought it was the last chance they'd ever have to become

1:09:201:09:23

decent human beings.

1:09:231:09:25

# When I was a laddie I lived with me mammy and many's a hammer me mammy gave me

1:09:251:09:29

# But when I grow up I can hammer me mammy and serves her right for hammering me

1:09:291:09:33

# When I was a laddie, I lived with me mammy and many's a hammer me mammy gave me... #

1:09:331:09:37

I was trying to do the right thing for my town.

1:09:371:09:40

Trying to...

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I went too far, didn't I?

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What happened, Sergeant? Why can't we find John Blackburn?

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You're late for school. The school of hard knocks,

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where you will eventually learn discipline. And respect.

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Out yous get.

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Where's the body?

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-I buried it.

-Tommy...

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-Where?

-Up on the moors.

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Get your coat.

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I'd never find it. It was pitch black.

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I see. Who helped you bury it?

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Nobody.

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Did it by yourself?

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Yes, sir.

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You don't believe me, do you?

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You have to bury a body pretty deep.

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Shallow graves always open up. The weather. Foxes.

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A lot of digging for one man.

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-How about the beatings? That all your own work as well?

-Yeah.

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One more question. If you had to describe Alan Shepherd...

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..what would you say?

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I'd say he was the finest man I ever met.

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We have got GBH, false imprisonment, illegally disposing of a body,

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-perverting the course of justice...

-You didn't believe all that stuff

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about burying a body on the moors, did you?

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-Where is he then?

-Get in.

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Ah, God.

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Lafferty and Molloy served in this force together.

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He knew Lafferty well enough to ask him

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to cover up the facts of China's death.

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I think that he asked the coroner's officer for another favour.

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Excuse me. Have you got an appointment?

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Don't need one.

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A lad named John Blackburn is unaccounted for.

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Have you got any unidentified bodies in your care?

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Just one.

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Is this your son John?

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Yeah.

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I'm sorry. It seems he took his own life.

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He tried the same thing twice after his mum left.

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Never known a lad hate the world so much. Specially other kids.

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Did you give your permission for what happened to your sons?

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I couldn't cope with them any more.

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I see.

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Well, perhaps you'd better take a good look at what was done to him.

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Body arrive in an ambulance?

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I believe it was a police vehicle.

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Oh, you do surprise me. Driven by whom?

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Was it your old pal Sergeant Molloy?

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No.

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No, it wasn't Tommy Molloy.

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You really like this bloke, don't you?

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He's an outstanding man. Outstanding public servant.

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Do you want my advice?

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No.

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Let me have those cards, will you?

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He's upstairs giving Danny a bath. He'll be down in a minute.

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He often talks about you, you know.

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"If only there were a few more like George Gently."

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George. Sergeant. Say "hello" to Mr Gently and Mr Bacchus, Danny.

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Mmmm...

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Hello, Danny. I've brought something for you.

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Oh, look, Danny!

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Can you thank Mr Gently for me, Danny?

1:15:001:15:03

Mmmm...

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No, no. Careful, Danny, you'll squeeze the life out of him.

1:15:041:15:08

Shall we put them in order on the table?

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Mmmm.

1:15:101:15:11

Why don't you do that upstairs?

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Yes. Come on, Danny. Say good night to Mr Gently and Mr Bacchus.

1:15:281:15:34

Danny, come on. Say good night...to Mr Gently and Mr Bacchus.

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I'll be up to read you a story, Dan.

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Where did you find them?

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In a drawer in the Blackburn lads' bedroom.

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Should've looked.

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Yes. You should have. Did they hurt Danny, Alan?

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Badly.

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Why didn't you just charge them? Let the courts deal with it?

1:16:231:16:27

With Danny as the only witness? What chance was there?

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So you decided on a different course of action?

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I thought, "There'll be a spark of human decency in them.

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"There's bound to be. Is in all of us."

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I put them together with Danny in a room.

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Let them see how much they'd hurt him. They laughed.

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The younger one - who was the more vicious of the two - said...

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Said - and I quote -

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"You think a judge is going to take any notice of a window-licker like him?"

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"Window licker"?

1:17:031:17:06

The kids from the care home, when they're taken out for a day,

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they travel through town in a bus.

1:17:091:17:11

They often press their faces against the glass...

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Some of the locals find it funny.

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Did you authorise the beatings, Alan?

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I not only authorised them, I carried them out.

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Whatever Tommy Molloy has told you, it wasn't him. It was me.

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Tommy's...too loyal for his own good. In all sorts of ways.

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Why? What did you hope to achieve?

1:17:351:17:38

Corporal punishment was banned 20 years ago,

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and for one very good reason - it doesn't work.

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I'm surprised you thought otherwise.

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But it does work, George. I hate to admit it but it does work.

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-It's been going on for years here, hasn't it?

-Yes.

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Have you never given a thick ear to some young lout

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you've come across giving a mouthful of abuse to an old lady?

1:17:581:18:02

Yes. I have.

1:18:021:18:03

Have you never wished a magistrate could still order

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six strokes of the birch on some little thug and thought,

1:18:061:18:10

"Yes, that is exactly what that kid needs at this stage in his life -

1:18:101:18:13

"something to pull him up short, make him think twice

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-"before he does it again"?

-Yes, sometimes I have wished that.

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Do you ever look at the world and think to yourself,

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-"is society a better place because we no longer use violence on young thugs?"

-No.

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I look at the world and I ask myself, "What does the law say?"

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Never break the law, George? For the greater good?

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Sometimes.

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-Why?

-To try and get things right. To try and do the right thing.

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And what is the right thing? How do we get it right?

1:18:431:18:47

I ask myself those questions every day. I don't know the answers.

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-You've got a decision to make, George.

-Yes.

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John Blackburn hanged himself because of what you did to him.

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I had to break those lads, George. I had to,

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-because of what they might say about Danny.

-Which was what?

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Is this where China comes into it?

1:19:071:19:11

China got into this story the same way Pontius Pilate

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got into The Creed.

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Wrong man in the wrong place at the wrong time.

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LAUGHTER AND JEERING

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Oi, spacca, dance!

1:19:301:19:32

Check his pockets. In his pockets, man!

1:19:331:19:36

It's aeroplanes.

1:19:391:19:40

You've made the spacca cry!

1:19:401:19:42

You've got some cards!

1:19:421:19:44

LAUGHTER

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Hey, hey, what's going on? Leave the lad alone.

1:19:461:19:51

Here, son.

1:19:511:19:54

Here's the rest of them. Look, here!

1:19:541:19:58

You ought to be ashamed of yourselves. Gimme those.

1:19:581:20:02

LAUGHTER

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This way! The old cacker thinks he's the Lone Ranger!

1:20:041:20:08

Over here!

1:20:081:20:11

He's up!

1:20:111:20:12

Give him his cards back!

1:20:161:20:19

We haven't got them, man! He's got them!

1:20:201:20:24

Danny!

1:20:241:20:26

No, son.

1:20:261:20:28

-He's killed the Lone Ranger!

-Hang him, hang him!

1:20:311:20:37

Hang the spacca!

1:20:371:20:39

Cops... Haway!

1:20:401:20:42

Danny!

1:20:421:20:44

Danny doesn't know his own strength.

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He's a gentle lad, but he can lose his temper.

1:20:541:20:58

And a court might not understand him.

1:20:581:21:00

He needs proper care, not to be drugged

1:21:001:21:04

and straitjacketed in some vile Victorian asylum.

1:21:041:21:07

I couldn't let that happen.

1:21:071:21:09

I had to try to break them so they would never tell.

1:21:091:21:13

Oh, you broke them all right, Alan.

1:21:131:21:16

I'll carry that with me to my grave.

1:21:161:21:19

But I won't say I'm sorry. It was my boy or them.

1:21:211:21:26

No contest.

1:21:271:21:28

It's up to you what happens next, George.

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But let me say this and then I'll be silent.

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Without me, Pat will not be able to cope with Danny.

1:21:361:21:41

He will go into an institution and he will never come out again.

1:21:411:21:45

I just want you to understand that. That's all.

1:21:461:21:50

Guv.

1:21:521:21:54

Guv. Let's go home.

1:21:591:22:02

Stand up, please.

1:22:091:22:10

Alan Shepherd.

1:22:171:22:19

I'm arresting you on charges of grievous bodily harm,

1:22:191:22:22

false imprisonment and perverting the course of justice.

1:22:221:22:26

You do not have to say anything,

1:22:261:22:28

but anything you do say may be used in evidence.

1:22:281:22:31

Do you understand?

1:22:331:22:34

Yes, George. I do understand.

1:22:341:22:39

I really do.

1:22:421:22:43

What do you think he'll get?

1:22:561:22:58

Dishonourable discharge. Probably a prison sentence.

1:22:581:23:02

Molloy the same. Takes more than one man to hold a lad down and birch him.

1:23:021:23:05

-You happy with that, are you, sir?

-No. I'm not.

1:23:051:23:07

It's not up to me or you or Alan Shepherd to decide who is

1:23:091:23:13

under the law and who's above it.

1:23:131:23:15

You see...

1:23:151:23:17

What?

1:23:171:23:19

It was a cold night. China wasn't wearing a coat.

1:23:191:23:22

Ah, sir...

1:23:221:23:23

So he wasn't out for a walk, was he?

1:23:231:23:26

He had to have heard something. Gone to help Danny.

1:23:261:23:30

You wait in the car.

1:23:381:23:41

Evening. I'm sorry to trouble you. I'm a police officer.

1:23:561:23:59

We're carrying out an investigation.

1:23:591:24:01

It's nothing serious, but I wonder if I might come in for a moment.

1:24:011:24:04

Excuse me. Thank you.

1:24:051:24:07

Who lives here, do you know?

1:24:131:24:15

I've only just come here. An old man, I think.

1:24:151:24:17

-Ever seen him?

-No.

1:24:171:24:19

Hello?

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VOICES AND LAUGHTER

1:25:481:25:51

-Faster!

-Hold on tight, spacca!

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"Dear Mr Gently.

1:26:431:26:46

"I have turned over a new leaf now, just as you told me to.

1:26:471:26:52

"You were cruel to be kind, and I thank you for it..."

1:26:521:26:56

Hey! Leave the lad alone.

1:26:561:26:57

"..Because I think I figured out how to do things right.

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"I think you will be proud of me now.

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"No more booze.

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"I have a nice little place here, and will make friends I'm sure.

1:27:071:27:11

"Hope you are well and giving them villains a hard time as ever.

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"Take care of yourself. No reply needed, you are busy, I know.

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"Your old friend, China."

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Goodbye, China.

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