It's so strange that this series has received such an average rating. . . ITS A CLASSIC!
From the moment I first saw this episode I was hooked and couldn't stop watching. Yes, to people who may be used to something more fluffy like Law and Order or Ally McBeal when things go off on many tangents may not enjoy this program. People who like a serious british drama with an incredible ensemble cast and gripping story lines will eat this up in seconds, with numerous appearances by the stars before they were famous along the way.
Brilliant story telling and John Thaw at his best ever.