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Series 9 - Episode 6
Love Means Nothing in Tennis
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Never mind the crimes that need solving, it’s those delightful little subplots that give
it’s special comic elan. Brian (Alun Armstrong) is on subplot drill this week: he falls for the idea that his dog Scampi has a future modelling for adverts. So to prepare for the big shoot Brian decides to give Scampi a bath with, as you can imagine, hilarious consequences.
Mind you, it’s a flawless performance from the dog playing Scampi disappointingly uncredited), who holds her own in a strong guest cast that includes Alexei Sayle, Tamzin Outhwaite and Molesley from Downton Abbey (aka Kevin Doyle). As for this week’s case, it involves a murdered teenage tennis star.
The death of a teenage tennis star occupies the team when it is suggested her suicide jump two years earlier was anything but. They soon find several people with motives for her murder, including her coach Nick and agent Anthony, but it seems the one with the most to benefit from the girl's demise was her great rival Fawn Brammall - a shy and subdued player who proves difficult to question. Meanwhile, Gerry wonders if he did enough to encourage his own daughter's sporting ambitions and Brian hatches a plan to turn his dog into a movie star. Detective drama, guest starring Tamzin Outhwaite and Alexei Sayle.
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