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DC Mickey Webb goes undercover on the mean streets

DC Mickey Webb goes undercover on the mean streets
DC Mickey Webb goes undercover on the mean streets

It’s a hard life living rough on the streets of London, even at Christmas… In part one of this two-parter, DCs Mickey Webb and Jacob ‘Banksy’ Banks are shivering on the banks of the River Thames, waiting to examine a body that has been fished out of the water. He’s a young bloke called Jake Evans, dressed in expensive clothes but a shabby coat. Curious… Investigations reveal the coat belongs to a local vagrant, Reggie (played by Jay Simpson, best known as Desk Sergeant Ian Brooke in Foyle’s War). Talking to Jake’s fiancee, Susie, DC Grace Dasari finds out that Jake had been volunteering at a shelter for the homeless. Now all they have to do is work out how he ended up dead in Reggie’s coat. Mickey’s having more luck than Banksy with the local homeless population, so he stays on the streets and gains the trust of Nicola, who leads him to Reggie. Not knowing Mickey’s a detective, they share some drinks with him and, talking about Jake’s death, Mickey hears that Reggie suspects someone called Greg. Mickey contacts Banksy and tells him where he can pick up Reggie. But at the police station Reggie clams up. All he’ll reveal is that someone is terrorising the homeless, but he won’t say who… *The story concludes on Tuesday, 29 December.

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.