Heartbeat (1992– )
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In the Bleak Midwinter 

The Frankie Rio Trio once belonged at the top of the charts, but popularity has dropped and now they are struggling for a comeback. Now finances are so low they have to skip a hotel bill. ... See full summary »

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Gerard Lowe
Ram John Holder ...
Danny Flowers
Alan Price ...
Frankie Rio
David Lonsdale ...
David Stockwell
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Vernon Scripps
Vicki Lee Taylor ...
Rachel Godwin
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PC Phil Bellamy
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PC Rob Walker
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Oscar Blaketon
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Bernie Scripps
William Simons ...
Alf Ventress
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Adam Turner
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Trevor Godwin
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Brian Turner (as Tim Carlton)
David Woodcock ...
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The Frankie Rio Trio once belonged at the top of the charts, but popularity has dropped and now they are struggling for a comeback. Now finances are so low they have to skip a hotel bill. They are on their way to Aidensfield, where they will stay with their old friend Vernon Scripps until an important gig in Whitby. On the way pick up a young woman, Rachel Godwin, and her baby and give her a lift to Aidensfield where her parents live. She has run away from a maternity hospital because she does not want to give up the baby for adoption and is now on her way to her parent's house in the village. While she calls her mother to prepare her Frankie is scared off by the sight of PC Walker and the trio drives off without knowing they have an extra passenger. Written by Carsten Pedersen

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26 December 2004 (UK)  »

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Alan Price's character Frankie Rio plays and sings "House of the Rising Sun", a hit single in 1966 for The Animals of which Alan Price was a member. See more »

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Heartbeat - Bleak Midwinter
21 May 2006 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

Whilst I have seen most of the Heartbeat Series, this episode has warmth that breaks through the snow swept landscape of North Yorkshire on a cold wintry day. It was though the unmistakable voice of Alan Price that really made it unforgettable. Though he has aged his voice and music haven't. The two performances at pub piano and on village stage evoked memories of days now long past.

Perhaps the story line was weak and one that most people will have come across many times before. But that can be said about countless films, soaps, and novels. In the end it is the actors' performances, settings and direction that make or break the presentation. The main characters in this episode combined with a Star whose name was once a household word lifted and warmed the heart, while the move in the background music from 'Sixties' to 'Carols' also played a part in making this 'Heartbeat' a cut above the rest.


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