The 1960s lives and adventures of the police constabulary, medical staff and residents of Ashfordly and Aidensfield.
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Series cast summary:
William Simons ...
 PC Alf Ventress / ... (355 episodes, 1992-2009)
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 Oscar Blaketon / ... (342 episodes, 1992-2009)
Tricia Penrose ...
 Gina Ward / ... (338 episodes, 1993-2009)
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 PC Phil Bellamy (323 episodes, 1992-2007)
David Lonsdale ...
 David Stockwell / ... (259 episodes, 1993-2009)
Peter Benson ...
 Bernie Scripps (235 episodes, 1995-2009)
Bill Maynard ...
 Claude Jeremiah Greengrass (155 episodes, 1992-2000)
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Constable Nick Rowan is a English Policeman in the 1960's who decides to be reassigned to the same small village where his wife was born. There, he patrols the countryside as a part of a small attachment in the area dealing with the various events and problems that come up while at same time keeping a eye on Claude Greengrass, the local rogue. Written by Kenneth Chisholm <kchishol@execulink.com>

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10 April 1992 (UK)  »

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In the earlier episodes, when George Ward (Stuart Golland) was in charge of the Aidensfield Arms, it was mentioned on several occasions that the fire in the bar had never been allowed to go out since the pub first opened. This was based on the real-life tradition at The Legendary Saltersgate Inn on the Whitby-Pickering road near the Hole of Horcum, a few miles from Goathland where the Aidensfield village scenes are filmed. It was said that the fire at the Saltersgate stayed lit for over 200 years, reputedly because an early publican had killed a customs officer and buried his body beneath the fireplace, and then lit a fire to avoid the hiding place being detected. See more »

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In the opening titles for Series 18, a shot of David's maroon lorry has been reversed: the lettering on the number-plate is a mirror image. See more »

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Referenced in Drama Trails: 'Doc Martin' to 'Foyle's War' (2008) See more »

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Heartbeat
(Theme song)
Written by Buddy Holly
Performed by Nick Berry
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A comfortable drama for a Sunday evening.
17 August 2005 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

I have enjoyed Heartbeat since it was first screened 13 years ago, and it is still set in the 60's !! Most of the outdoor scenes are filmed in the small village of Goatland which is renamed Aidensfield. I Have been in the pub, the shops, the garage and on the train on a day trip!! The main police station is set in the nearest small town, the name of which slips my mind at the moment. Some scenes are set in the real seaside town of Whitby. Almost all of the cast have changed. I used to like Greengrass but is successors have been a bit too pushy for my liking. One strange thing is that when Alf Ventress was in uniform , he had no medals on his jackets even though one episode was all about his war service in the marines.


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