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)
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 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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The first series was broadcast post-watershed in the UK (after 9pm) and featured more adult material than was present in later episodes, such as a brief shot of Niamh Cusack topless and a scene of a man hanging from a tree. 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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Claude Jeremiah Greengrass: I'm nearly an old age pensioner!
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Referenced in Drama Trails: 'Doc Martin' to 'Foyle's War' (2008) See more »

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Heartbeat
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Written by Buddy Holly
Performed by Nick Berry
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A familiar, lovable favourite
26 October 2006 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

"Heartbeat" is often criticized for its highly formulaic presentation and the fact that the makers no longer work to the realistic 1960s time-line. I can understand those concerns with the show, rolling my eyes at the fact that the show was first set in 1964 and has now been going about 14 years.

However, I think the type of program "Heartbeat" is should be taken into account before giving this show the thumbs down and negative reviews. Basically, it is meant to be that warm, enjoyable, pleasant, family-friendly, predictable and lovable show that it has become over the last 13 years. With a mixed bag of some reality, some comedy, some drama and nothing is taken too seriously.

I personally am glad they carry on making the show and did not stop after 6 years. And I look forward to when 15 and 16 are shown in Australia! :-) Ohhh and I must say - I'm not much into cars, but I quite like seeing the '60s cars on screen, hearing the '60s music and the scenery that have all been significant aspects of the show's success.


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