Dalziel and Pascoe

Season 7 Episode 1

The Unwanted

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Aired Unknown Sep 30, 2002 on BBC
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Pascoe returns home for the grand country wedding of a school friend. Soldier Ian Henslowe is marrying Jill Lowry, favourite daughter of wealthy farmer Ted Lowry. The reception is disrupted by the discovery of a dead body in the Lowry's pig sheds. The victim is Ian's best friend, fellow soldier Martin Wilkie.

Dalziel, who's just returned from a hospital check-up for his dodgy heart, arrives to investigate. Ian's devastated when Jill admits that she was having an affair with Wilkie. Dalziel and Pascoe visit Wilkie's regiment and his home, only to find that it has just been ransacked and set on fire by an intruder; Dalziel tells Pascoe he is too close to the suspects to stay on the case; instead he can remain at his parents' and hope to pick up gossip.

Pascoe does not get on with his father, who has always resented his son's decision not to go into farming, especially after the recent hardships of the foot-and-mouth outbreak. Instead, Bill Pascoe has relied for help on Pascoe's cousin, Terry.

That night, Ian and Jill have a violent row, which is witnessed only by a renegade illegal immigrant, Kemal, and his young daughter Emina. The next day, the bodies of Ian and Jill are discovered. It looks as though Ian has beaten Jill and then taken his own life - until forensic evidence proves that he could not have shot himself. Dalziel investigates the Lowry family more closely. Ted has two other daughters, Megan (also a farmer) and Kate, who works for the post office.

He had just announced plans to give the farm to Jill. Ted, however, points the finger at the illegal immigrants. He had evicted them from his land two nights before and they had been unpaid for their labours. Perhaps one of them had a grudge against Jill?

While Dalziel investigates the immigrants at their detention centre, Pascoe is shocked to discover that his mother, a district nurse, has been tending to Kemal's traumatised daughter at their home. Kemal himself cannot be found - until the next morning, when his corpse turns up in the Pascoes' own cattle shed, killed by a fatal blow to the head.

Certain that Terry is hiding something, Dalziel loses patience with Pascoe's family. He searches the house and finds a video tape. The tape shows Terry and Ted Lowry spreading foot-and-mouth disease using a dead sheep, so that Lowry could claim compensation for the slaughter of his herd. The fraud was filmed by Martin Wilkie and used for blackmail. Following Wilkie's murder, Terry had retrieved the tape from his house, accidentally causing a fire.

Dalziel arrests Ted Lowry, who admits to killing Wilkie in a fit of rage over the continuing blackmail. But who killed Ian, Jill and Kemal?moreless

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