Audrey Chadwick's corpse is found on a church altar and, whilst she told her parents and landlady she was a nurse, the not so happily married Bacchus recognizes her as a hostess at a Playboy-style drinking club he has used, called Rakes, run by brash American Patrick Donovan. Audrey had had an abortion - news to her volatile boyfriend - and the doctor who performed it tells Gently it was because she had been raped. Margaret Bishop, an anti-abortionist, heads a group picketing to close Rakes but her husband is Donovan's lawyer and very much at odds with Margaret's views. He admits intimacy with Audrey but denies rape, nonetheless making him the prime suspect. After the murderer has been unmasked the club is shut down and Gently, having earlier accused Bacchus of being out of condition for his youth, bizarrely takes him on in a charity boxing match. Written by
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Did You Know?
The Rakes Club is obviously a thinly-disguised version of the Playboy Club with Foxes rather than Bunnies wearing analogous provocative costumes. The plot is set in the early 60's as the first of the Playbot clubs opened in Chicago in 1960. See more
In the final scene the murderer is executed. Murder by stabbing became non-capital in Britain in 1957, several years before the series is set. See more
I trust that bloke about as far as I can throw him.
Don't take up poker, Sergeant!
References Doctor Who
We Shall Overcome
Traditional protest song, musical and lyrical adaptation by Zilphia Horton
, Frank Hamilton
, Guy Carawan
and Pete Seeger
Performed by the God Squad See more