Young love proves to be dangerous for Dawn when she falls for Billy Garrett, the barman filling in at the Aidensfield Arms while Oscar putts his golf before business – and she’s not the only one who should be wary of Billy the kid. A saboteur is targeting farmer Harry Brown and Pc Joe Mason discovers there’s a long list of people who aren’t happy with Harry. The case becomes more serious when his wife, Rose (played by BAFTA winner Phyllis Logan), is nearly killed after the brakes fail on their car. Then Harry’s farm is set alight. It’s young Billy who rescues him – and it’s Billy who wants him dead. But Harry doesn’t know that when he goes to the pub to thank Billy. He finds out when Billy turns on him with a shotgun. Meanwhile, Peggy and David are creating their own drama. Peggy’s solicitor, Ronnie Smethers (a recurring role for Tim Brooke-Taylor), hires her to take an inventory of items in the home of recently deceased Mrs Brooks. That’s Peggy’s invitation to help herself to anything with any value, but David is worried. Something’s going ‘bump’ in the attic and he’s sure it’s Mrs Brooks’ ghost. When Peggy takes a look, though, she gets a big surprise.
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Patrick McLennan is a London-based journalist and documentary maker who has worked as a writer, sub-editor, digital editor and TV producer in the UK and New Zealand. His CV includes spells as a news producer at the BBC and TVNZ, as well as web editor for Time Inc UK. He has produced TV news and entertainment features on personalities as diverse as Nick Cave, Tom Hardy, Clive James, Jodie Marsh and Kevin Bacon and he co-produced and directed The Ponds, which has screened in UK cinemas, BBC Four and is currently available on Netflix.
An entertainment writer with a diverse taste in TV and film, he lists Seinfeld, The Sopranos, The Chase, The Thick of It and Detectorists among his favourite shows, but steers well clear of most sci-fi.