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17 Years of Nothing 

The team investigates the murder of an unidentified young woman who was found in the woods some 18 years previously. The original pathologist on the case, Professor Mears, has kept all of ... See full summary »



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Episode complete credited cast:
Susan Jameson ...
Esther Lane
Roy Sampson ...
Alec McCloud
Lady Deeley
Eileen McCallum ...
Mae McCloud
Professor Mears
Michael Megson (as Luke De Lacey)
Kay Stonham ...
Graham Pountney ...
David Hendry


The team investigates the murder of an unidentified young woman who was found in the woods some 18 years previously. The original pathologist on the case, Professor Mears, has kept all of the evidence in the case and has longed for it to be reopened. He has even given the girl a name, "Millicent". Working with what little information they have (the young woman had red hair and had syphilis), they first seek to identify the girl. She also had been cut up by an expert carver. Throughout this time, Gerry Standing is going a bit mad, as he has given up gambling, but every horse he would have bet on has won. Written by garykmcd

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Alan Armstrong previously appeared with Timothy West in "Bedtime". See more »


During the dinner table scene, as Brian is explaining what an ectomorph is, there is a short cut where his wife, Esther, motions to him to stop eating as he is talking. here is a short cut after this where we see Jack's hand lift up a glass of wine. As Brian continues talking, Jack's glass suddenly appears back on the table. See more »


[first lines]
Jack Halford: Kempton.
Gerry Standing: 2:30,Fat Chance, five pound to win.
Jack Halford: Three to one.
Gerry Standing: 3:30, ten pound, Happy Clappy to win.
Jack Halford: Five to one!
Brian Lane: Morning.
Gerry Standing: Weatherby, three o'clock, Mission Accomplished, twenty quid on the nose.
Jack Halford: It was sixteen to one!
Supt. Sandra Pullman: What are you doing?
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In the closing credits, the name of the character played by Susan Jameson was spelled Ester Lane instead of Esther Lane. See more »


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Written by Mike Moran
Sung by Dennis Waterman
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Bone of a young woman found 17 year ago
15 August 2015 | by See all my reviews

UCOS is investigating the death and identity of a young female age 18-25. Her bones were kept in a freezer by a scientist who did some testing. The whole body was not there. It appears she was cut up and left in the woods where some pigs could finisher off. The test showed she had syphilis.

The scientist and his helper found she had red hair. They also used some testing that Yale University had done years since her death an applied that info to their own records.

It is discovered in the end who the female was, what country she came from, what she ate the last time she was a live and who killed her. The science in this episode was interesting. It showed the female had pollen from a certain rare tree that existed in the area were there was a pig farm. UCOS concluded the woman was killed in the area of the tree an moved.

Pretty good episode some humor. When Brian gets an idea watch out he is genius and nuts at the same time. All great actors.

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