A British businessman operating in Hong Kong has feelings of inferiority and turns to murder when he faces bankruptcy.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Commander Gordon Ellison
Dennis Chan ...
D.C.I. Janet Lee Cheung
Dennis Philby
Rene Liu ...
Su Lin Tang (as Liu Jo Ying)
Peter Yang
Claudia Malkovich ...
Pik Sen Lim ...
Wei Wei
Cecil Chang ...
Al Tang
David Tse ...
Junior Detective
Chaplin Chang ...
Hotel Manager
Sai-Kit Yung ...
Pathologist (as Stuart Ong)
Glen Goei ...
Dr. Frank Sunny
Zoë Hart ...
Catherine Wilson (as Zoe Hart)


Dennis Philby owns his own company in Hong Kong and business has not been going well. Through his own incompetence he is going bankrupt and one of his customers offers to buy him out. At home, Dennis is thrilled that his girlfriend is pregnant but when she hears of Dennis financial troubles, tells him that she will get an abortion and wait until their lives are more stable to start a family. This pushes Dennis over the edge: he kills the potential buyer for his company and his fiancé's doctor. He also imprisons her, intending to keep her captive until the baby is born. Fitz is in Hong Kong on a lecture tour and works with the local police to find the killer. He arranges for them to request the services of DS Penhaligon, only to have DCI Wise show up to help him. Written by garykmcd

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Crime | Drama | Mystery






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28 October 1996 (UK)  »

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[Fitz begins a lecture by singing the Jim Reeves song "Distant Drums"]
Dr. Eddie 'Fitz' Fitzgerald: I'm singing that song and the hairs on the back of my neck are standing up. Why? Because the only time my dad ever whistled that tune was when he was trying to control his temper. And since he never *did* control his temper, it was always a prelude to a slap round the back of the head. That is negative conditioning. Now, of course, I claim it made me a better man. At the time, it just made me a faster runner. But for all he ...
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Distant Drums
Written Cindy Walker
Performed by Robbie Coltrane
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