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Old School Ties

Series 9 - Episode 2 Old School Ties



We are lacking a Trickster now that James Bolam’s Jack has left the series as the remaining trio stride into a typical adventure, where they talk to lots of shifty types and everyone fires off lists of names of people who might be involved. There’s a slippery businessman, too, without which no episode is complete.

The gang arrives at a public school after a skeleton is found. It turns out to be the body of a staff member who’s been missing since 2007 and every one of his erstwhile colleagues behaves suspiciously, while the snooty headmistress (Susannah Harker) looks down her nose at the oikish old geezers. But they won’t be put off, oh no indeed.


In their first case without trusty colleague Jack, the team members reinvestigate the disappearance of PE teacher Jason Bowe when the remains of a body are discovered near the elite public boarding school where he taught. Unfortunately, their snooping could not have come at a worse time for the staff, who are preparing to welcome a local MP to open their new computer centre - but what they do glean tells them the dead man seemed very much a loner. However, it soon turns out he got on much better with his students, forming close and inappropriate relationships with several. But could his behaviour have rattled someone enough to kill him? Susannah Harker and Nicola Walker guest star.

Cast & Crew

Brian Lane Alun Armstrong
Sandra Pullman Amanda Redman
Gerry Standing Dennis Waterman
Elizabeth Clayton Susannah Harker
Archie Milgrow Brian Pettifer
Esther Lane Susan Jameson
Helen Hadley Nicola Walker
Eleanor Higgins Phoebe Fox
Oliver Lebbon Sam Crane
Melissa Parks Lucy Phelps
Lucas Graves Tony Gardner
Jacob Longley Billy Matthews
Geoffrey Parks Tom Knight
Director Julian Simpson
Producer Tom Mullens
Writer Julian Simpson
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