A boy goes missing and the entire village heads out in search of him; and Sidney, Geordie, Leonard and Mrs. Maguire all take steps in a new direction.
When a little boy is abducted, personal pressures on Sidney and Geordie come to a head.
Sidney arrives at a Romany camp, but when someone is killed, he is prime suspect.
Sidney and Geordie join a local cricket team to play a match against nearby Whittlesford, but team captain Geoff Towler (Peter Davison) seems to have an objection to talented young Pakistani batsman Zafar. After the match, a buffet ends badly when contaminated beer leaves everyone feeling ill – but a worse fate awaits Zafar, who is later found to have received a fatal dose of arsenic.
Drama series set in the 1950s, adapted from the novels by James Runcie. When Sidney Chambers begins receiving sinister anonymous phone calls, he realises he is connected to a series of murders targeting respected figures in the community. Is Sidney next on the killer’s list of victims?
A factory worker dies in what appears to be a drunken accident, but Geordie suspects foul play. However, secret forces are determined to shut down his investigation. Mrs Maguire is confronted by a face from the past, while Sidney wrestles with his conscience, as his feelings for Amanda clash with his sense of duty – leading to accusations of hypocrisy from Leonard.
Leonard gets caught up in an armed robbery at the village post office, and manages to identify the masked culprit. Geordie takes no chances when going to arrest the criminal, who has a record of similarly violent crimes – but is surprised to discover that the suspect has been murdered. Meanwhile, a second robbery occurs, carried out by a man and a woman who have adopted the dead robber’s trademark of disguising himself with a gas mask. Back at the Vicarage, the atmosphere is tense between Sidney and Amanda.