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After a bent detective is discovered on the force, the UCOS team is tasked with investigating his only unsolved case. In 1998, assistant brewer Graham Thompson was found drowned in a vat of... See full summary »


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Alun Armstrong ... Brian Lane
James Bolam ... Jack Halford
Amanda Redman ... Det Supt Sandra Pullman
Dennis Waterman ... Gerry Standing
Anthony Calf ... D A C. Strickland
Sheila Hancock ... Grace Pullman
Donald Sumpter ... Bobby 'Tar' Mcadam
Beth Cordingly ... Anna Hodgkiss
Jonathan Firth ... Julian Felspar
Adam Howden ... Dr. Steven Lilwall
Julie Cox ... Jacinta Felspar
Ellie Haddington Ellie Haddington ... Jean Bennett
Trevor Cooper ... Malcolm Hagley
Ronald Pickup ... Sir Wilfred Felspar
Rachel Fielding Rachel Fielding ... Stevie Swaithling


After a bent detective is discovered on the force, the UCOS team is tasked with investigating his only unsolved case. In 1998, assistant brewer Graham Thompson was found drowned in a vat of beer at Felspar Breweries. The dead man's girlfriend has always maintained that it wasn't an accident. Everyone concerned, including Sir Freddie Felspar ,says he was a brilliant brewer and a great loss. The original investigator failed to interview either of Sir Freddie's children and son Julian is now the company's Chief Executive. The brewery had won the gold medal for its beer 5 years running but in 1998 they lost to a small brewery that made its reputation on the win. The team now wonder if industrial sabotage may be at the root of the mystery. Meanwhile, Sandra continues to investigate her late father's activities while he was on the job. Written by garykmcd

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The daughter of the brewery owner asks Amanda Redman and Dennis Waterman whether they are a couple. In the series they are not, but in the 80s they actually did have a relationship in real life, See more »


[first lines]
TV Reporter: [on TV] After hearing the guilty verdict, Deputy Assistant Commissioner Robert Strickland gave this reaction.
D A C Strickland: It is hard to comprehend how a detective of McAdam's rank and experience could have deceived his fellow officers for so long.
Gerry Standing: 'Cause you were in charge of him, you pillock!
D A C Strickland: We will now undertake a full and thorough review of all the major investigations led by DCI Mcadam during the last fifteen years.
Brian Lane: Ouch.
Jack Halford: Fifteen years.
Gerry Standing: Pity the poor bastards who've got to sort that lot ...
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Sung by Dennis Waterman
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Man found dead in beer brewery vat
1 September 2015 | by ctyankee1See all my reviews

Graham an employee is found dead years ago in a factory that makes beer. He was in the brewing vat, a very deep large tub. The factory is owned and operated by Sir Felspar and his son Julian. Graham was very good at his job.

This story was interesting but hard to understand if you don't know whats involved in making good beer and the competition against other companies.

Sandra the boss is trying to get her mother settled and wants a better relationship with her. Sandra heard that her father a cop now dead killed a man without cause. Sandra wants to find out what happened. She finds out her father was cheating on her mother and was in love with a prostitute who had a child 4 years old. From her search and investigation her father did kill a man but he had cause to that was not brought out. The man he killed was trying to strangle the 4 year old son of the prostitute who was hiding behind a curtain.

The story was good but there are so many character it is hard to remember who is who.

A funny part of the scene is Brian, Jack and Gerry go to the brewery while Jack talks with the owner inside Gerry and Brian sneak in and steal bottles of beer from different years. The were told that one of the years something was done to the beer that no one liked. They take the beer back to the office and start comparing it and in the mean time are getting drunk. They keep opening the bottles and saluting each other and the bottle from 1998 is the one that taste nasty. The are drunk and acting silly.

Brian is still in the brewery locked in and getting sick from the smell that makes him pass out.

It seems part of the plot has to do with genetically modified barley which is illegal to use for beer in England.

Lots of stuff going on. As an aside there are 7 actors that have blue eyes. Sandra, her mother, Jack, Brian, Gerry, Julian and Jacinta. There probably are more but I wanted to see the episode and I was getting distracted. I thought this was a lot of blue eyed characters in one episode.

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