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The 1960s lives and adventures of the police constabulary, medical staff, and residents of Ashfordly and Aidensfield.
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William Simons ...
 PC Alf Ventress / ... 355 episodes, 1992-2009
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 Bernie Scripps 235 episodes, 1995-2009
Bill Maynard ...


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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Release Date:

10 April 1992 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

Classic Heartbeat  »

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(274 episodes)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


The series is named after the song "Heartbeat", which peaked at number thirty in the UK for Buddy Holly in 1959, and then posthumously in 1960. A cover version of the song was performed by Nick Berry, who starred as Police Constable Nick Rowan, and was used as the theme tune for this series. It reached number two on the UK singles chart in 1992. See more »


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 »


Claude Jeremiah Greengrass: I'm nearly an old age pensioner!
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Referenced in The Cult of...: All Creatures Great and Small (2008) See more »


(Theme song)
Written by Buddy Holly
Performed by Nick Berry
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As watchable as "Coronation St"
19 December 2000 | by See all my reviews

If you like Brit drama/comedy(or even if you don't, particularly) then you'll go for this ongoing prime-time soap opera set in an English country village - unlike the "Street" the accents render the dialogue comprehensible, so I cannot tell you the location.

The characters are diverse, interesting, and believable. "Heartbeat"'s hero, an ordinary British bobby is neither Sherlock Holmes nor Dirty Harry...he simply gets the job, done, dealing with from poaching to blue murder through daylight robbery, as does the series,itself. The episodes are distinguished by low key writing resulting in high-key entertainment.

I never discuss the acting in any given review, and sometimes wonder why other reviewers bother to. I assume that the cast in any production is performing splendidly. After all, if you're in the 4 % of the thousands of aspiring actors who actually make a living at their craft, you gotta be good!

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