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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.
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The reason none of Nicholas Rhea's original stories were adapted for this series was because some of the real Greengrass's activities were rather bizarre, and because one of his reminiscences was a near duplication of a James Herriot story (the one about the dog who was put to sleep because he was thought to have been attacking sheep, only to be proven innocent after the fact when the real culprit was shot to death somewhat later, after he had died).
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The real Greengrass was a real chameleon who had the ability to switch to a proper courtroom voice whenever he was brought to trial.
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Derek Fowlds and William Simons were the only main-cast actors who have remained with the show over it's entire 18-season run.
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Although it has never been mentioned on the show, Aidensfield has a charter from King Henry VIII that allows the people to maintain their own churches.
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The theme song "Heartbeat" by Buddy Holly is performed by Nick Berry, who played PC Nick Rowan. The "Heartbeat" theme reached number 2 on the UK singles chart in 1992.
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Geoffrey Hughes final appearance as Vernon Scripps in Sleeping Dogs (#16.13) was broadcast on 6th May 2012. Geoffrey Hughes passed away on July 7th, 2012 at age 68.
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Peter Benson (Bernie Scripps) and Geoffrey Hughes (Vernon Scripps) both had guest roles in the original series of "Doctor Who", during the 1980s.
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Charlie Brooks, who played Julie Langley-Smythe in Another Piece of My Heart (#16.4), was set to return to the series as a regular cast member, but was not able to return, due to her commitment on "Eastenders", which he reprized her role as Janine Butcher, after leaving the soap opera in 2004.
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Episode #16.4 (Another Piece of my Heart) was given an warning before airing on ITV due to it's "Containing scenes of domestic violence".
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David Stockwell was voted "One of British television's greatest idiots".
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Set during an unspecific point of the 1960s, the series actually ran for eight years longer than the decade it was set in.
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