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Hopjoy Was Here: Part 2/Lonelyheart 4122: Part 1 

After solving the mystery of the missing Hopjoy, Chief Inspector Purbright turns his attention to a "lonely hearts" killer, whose next victim might be the fragile-seeming Miss Teatime. But she's deceptive.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Detective Sergeant Love
Moray Watson ...
Chief Constable Chubb
Sergeant Malley
Gordon Periam
Doreen Periam
Gary Watson ...
Michael Robbins ...
John Tordoff ...
Barbara Bolton ...
Miriam Cork
Lynn Dearth ...
Bernadette Croll
Sister Horton
Brenda Bruce ...
Lucilla Teatime
Gillian Martell ...
Sylvia Staunch


Purbright and Love locate Hopjoy's car which has been borrowed by his house mate Gordon Periam who, it seems, is on his honeymoon having married his fiancée after the recent death of his mother. Periam thinks nothing of Hopjoy's absence as thee were frequent and sometimes lengthy. They soon start to pull together the information they need to solve the case. The forensic analysis reveals that blood found in the bathroom was from a pig as were the acidified remains found in the drains. In fact, a pig had been stolen from a nearby farm as was a carboy of acid from a garage. Hopjoy was heavily in debt as well owing respectable sums to all types of merchants in the village. It all leads Purbright to an inevitable conclusion. The police are soon onto a new case when when a middle-aged woman, Mrs. Banister, apparently disappeared. The case has similarities with the disappearance of another 2 months previously. Written by garykmcd

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Crime | Drama | Mystery



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15 May 1977 (UK)  »

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Most unusually, instead of treating "Hopjoy Was Here" as a story spread over two full episodes, this episode terminates the "Hopjoy" storyline some 35 minutes into the show and devotes the remaining quarter-hour or so to the beginning of the next story, "Lonelyheart 4122", which terminates at the end of the following week. The other two stories in the series both occupy two full episodes. See more »


Detective Inspector Purbright: It just goes to show that, as Marx said, time wounds all heels. Oh, not Karl Marx, sir. Groucho.
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What has happened to Mr. Hopjoy, the salesman? And why are secret agents so interested in him?
19 April 2012 | by See all my reviews

This charming cop show was set in and around Flaxborough, a small, prosperous English town near the coast, the sort of tranquil place, full of solidly respectable citizens, where nothing nasty ever happens - or so you'd think. In fact, the town has a bad tendency to become a sort of British Peyton Place at the slightest opportunity; but nothing that ever happens there can shock the unflappable Inspector Purbright. Faced with the possibility that the missing Mr. Hopjoy - who leaves behind a long trail of unpaid bills, disappointed mistresses and angry husbands - may have been a spy (but for whom?), the Inspector sets to work. Anton Rodgers's Purbright is a terrific character - impeccably polite, but incapable of being fooled (or threatened) by even the most plausible or influential of citizens. An array of fantastical possibilities is suggested in the early stages of the story - only for all of them to be hilariously deflated in Part Two.

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