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  • Heartbeat is set in the 1960s, in the fictional Yorkshire town of Aidensfield. The first seasons focus on the lives of London policeman Nick Rowan, who moves to the village with his doctor wife Kate. Nick's police colleagues feature in the series, under the leadership of the crusty but kindhearted Sergeant Blaketon. Blaketon's nemesis is Claude Jeremiah Greengrass, poacher and occasional small-time fence. Greengrass is a regular patron of the Aidensfield Arms hotel, run by George Ward and his pretty niece Gina. It's here at the pub that we see much of the day-to-day social interaction in the series. Heartbeat is based on the Constable books by Nicholas Rhea.There have been a load of Heartbeat coppers over the years. They are listed below:Sgt Oscar Blaketon PC Alf Ventress PC Phil Bellamy PC/Sgt Nick Rowan PC/DC Mike Bradley Sgt Raymond Craddock PC Tom Nicholson Sgt Dennis Merton PC Steve Crane Sgt George Miller PC Rob Walker PC Geoff YoungerThe musical theme, originally performed by Buddy Holly, is performed here by original show star Nick Berry.moreless

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  • S 18 : Ep 24

    Sweet Sorrow

    Aired 9/12/10

  • S 18 : Ep 23

    Pass the Parcel

    Aired 9/5/10

  • S 18 : Ep 22

    The Open Door

    Aired 8/29/10

  • S 18 : Ep 21

    My One and Only

    Aired 8/22/10

  • S 18 : Ep 20

    Jobs for the Boys

    Aired 8/15/10

  • Cast & Crew
  • Peter Benson

    Bernie Scripps

  • Steven Blakeley

    PC Geoff Younger

  • John Duttine

    Sgt George Miller

  • Derek Fowlds

    Oscar Blaketon

  • Lisa Kay

    Carol Cassidy

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  • Quotes (18)

    • Greengrass: You had better be careful Mr. Blaketon, my solicitor could get you for slander. Blaketon: One day Greengrass your solicitor will have me for murder!

    • Phil: After getting hold of tickets to see The Searchers Linda has been dying to see The Searchers! She'll be eating out of my hand! Nick: Linda? What happened to Maureen? Phil: Oh, she was a Beatles fan! Couldn't be having that!

    • Nick: So, should I bring her in? Blaketon: On what charge? You've got the word of a burglar and all you witness are dead!

    • Bellamy: I may be a little bit drunk and I may be a little bit soft... Greengrass: It'll grow on you Phil! Bellamy:... But I'm not that drunk and I'm not that soft! Flaming animal rescue!

    • Greengrass: It would be a flaming copper that won it!

    • Greengrass: You'd better get your "glad-rags" on Bernie, because I'm takin' you somewhere were someone will be takin' theirs off!!

    • Craddock: Out on the beat Constable Ventress, let's get some fresh air into those smoke filled lungs! Bellamy: Immitating Craddock Come on now Constable Ventress, get outside on the beat - there's a good boy! Note: Bellamy's line is deleted from reruns of this episode but can be seen on the Heartbeat Chronicles VHS. It is well worth a look if you can!

    • Craddock: Ash Ventress: Sarge? Craddock: On your collar! Ventress: Oh, Sarge!

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    Notes (478)

    • Music: (There's) Always Something There to Remind Me by Sandie Shaw (1964) Hippy Hippy Shake by The Swinging Blue Jeans (1963) Stranger on the Shore by Mr. Acker Bilk with The Leon Young String Chorale (1961) Boom Boom by The Animals (1964) Do You Love Me? - Sung by Group in the show from the original hit song by Brian Poole & the Tremeloes (1963) Twist and Shout - Sung by Group in the show from the original hit song by The Beatles (1963) Tutti Frutti - Sung by Group in the show from the original hit song by Little Richard (1957).

    • Nicola Headley is not mentioned in the credits.

    • Music: All Day and All of the Night by The Kinks (1964) Hippy Hippy Shake by The Swinging Blue Jeans (1963) A Picture of You by Joe Brown & The Bruvvers (1962) You Really Got Me by The Kinks (1964) My Boy Lollipop by Millie (1964).

    • For once Bill Maynard is removed from the opening credits - and he is absent in this episode,

    • Music: Show Me Girl by Herman's Hermits (1964) Bits and Pieces by The Dave Clark Five (1964) Needles and Pins by The Searchers (1964) I'm into Something Good by Herman's Hermits (1964) Shout by Lulu and the Lovers (1964) House of the Rising Sun by The Animals (1964) I Like It by Gerry and the Pacemakers (1963) Don't Let the Sun Catch You Crying by Gerry and the Pacemakers (1964) A Hard Day's Night by The Beatles (1964).

    • This episode is available on VHS along with 1.04 - Playing With Fire

    • Bill Maynard returns to the opening credits that now enlist 5 of the cast.

    • Music: Good Golly Miss Molly by The Swinging Blue Jeans (1964) Help by The Beatles (1965) You're No Good by The Swinging Blue Jeans (1964) If You Gotta Make a Fool of Somebody by Freddie and the Dreamers (1963) A World Without Love by Peter and Gordon (1964) I Believe by The Bachelors (1964) Do You Want to Know a Secret? by Billy J. Kramer and the Dakotas (1963) Ramona by The Bachelors (1964) Tell Me When by The Applejacks (1964).

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    Trivia (21)

    • This episode was originally broadcast on a Friday night on 9pm so the restraints on language, violence & nudity is fairly down to a minimum. In the scene where Nick & Kate are in bed and the phone goes so Nick has to go downstairs' to answer it (just before the adverts come on usually) there was a scene in which we see Niamh Cusack's bare chest. The scene has not been shown since but is available on VHS.

    • When this episode first aired a piece of Heartbeat music played in the scene where the barn with the cows in burned down. In reruns of this episode however "Help" by "The Beatles" is used instead. The original is available on the "Heartbeat: Rumours - Playing With Fire" VHS.

    • There is a scene in which Kate has to give a consulatation to a women who thinks she may have breat cancer. During this scene we see her bare breast, this was alright to show on the original broadcast because it was aired after 9pm. The image has not been seen since but is available on the "Heartbeat 1" VHS.

    • This episode is available on the “Heartbeat: End Of The Line - Keep On Running” video. There is a scene in which a stripper’s bare chest is shown but for some reason this tape is rated PG. It should be rated 15!

    • In the scene where Nick is in a London strip club with a London copper there is a scene in which one of the stripper’s bare chest is shown. As this episode was originally aired at 9pm on a Friday night it was okay to show this. The scene has not been shown since but is on the “Heartbeat: End Of The Line - Keep On Running” video.

    • This is the first and only time we see where Blaketon lives, when Nick visits to tell him about Kate's pregnancy.

    • Kate's car is registered "596 JUM".

    • William Simon is not mentioned in the ending credits even if he is acting in the episode.

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    Allusions (6)

    • Kate buys Nick a record of The Beatles for his birthday. The Beatles were an English group in the 1960s.

    • Nick and Kate see Alifred Hitchcock's movie 'Strangers On A Train'. Its plot is a huge inspiration to the character 'Harold Jenkins'.

    • St. Columba (Dec. 12th, 521 - June 9th, 597), abbott of Iona. He christened the Northern Picts i. e. Inverness and more.

    • Both Eileen and Blaketon are somewhat occupied by a book: "The Use of Lateral Thinking" by Dr. Edward de Bono.

    • Wild Thing is played during the first strip scene. Wild Thing was a 1969 song by Jimi Hendrix. This means that this episode must have taken place in 1969!

    • The mystery of the disappearing Police Box was never solved. Since the shape of the Police Box has been associated with the TARDIS from Doctor Who and the fact that there is no explanation why the Police Box disappeared, this episode could imply that the Doctor was in the area during the events in this episode.

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  • Fan Reviews (12)
  • lovely song

    By jjyjkjg123, Dec 21, 2014

  • heartbeat dvds

    By JamieChisholm, Jul 23, 2012

  • A wonderful Brit. show set in the beautiful Yorkshire country side.

    By loreelee, Apr 05, 2009

  • Just started watching this in Canada. It's a clean, decent show and reminds me of the 60's and 70's. Well done show.

    By Lesabre500, Mar 18, 2009

  • I love it especially Rob N Phil Rob n phil bezzi mates lol Geoff is kinda stupid but sweet

    By smithy-4-eva, Apr 06, 2007