New Tricks: Season 7, Episode 4

Dark Chocolate (30 Sep. 2010)

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A recent sexual assault on Helen Vestry in her cake shop is identical to two unsolved rapes which occurred ten years earlier at the Pyramid Chocolate factory,run by unpopular Duncan Miller.... See full summary »



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Episode complete credited cast:
Helen Vestry
Duncan Miller
Tilly Shaw
Sian Brooke ...
Eileen Harrison
Mick Shaw
Alex Close
Rudi Dharmalingam ...
Arun Kumar
Rory MacGregor ...
Liam Braine


A recent sexual assault on Helen Vestry in her cake shop is identical to two unsolved rapes which occurred ten years earlier at the Pyramid Chocolate factory,run by unpopular Duncan Miller. All the victims were blonde and the attacker smelt strongly of sweat. The team's investigations also uncover a trilogy of seemingly unrelated disasters which befell the factory at the time - the suicide of a female worker,who was not raped,the discovery of a severed finger in a chocolate bar and the prosecution of contract cleaner Alex Close for using illegal immigrants in his work force. As the connection between the three events emerges it seems likely that a murder also took place in the factory,though the rapist is still very much alive. Written by don @ minifie-1

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[first lines]
Det.Supt.Sandra Pullman: [accepting drink from spa attendant] Thank you.
[answering her mobile phone]
Det.Supt.Sandra Pullman: Gerry, what do you want? It's my day off.
Gerry Standing: Yeah, I know. Listen, I'm sorry about that, Guv, but I need your help.
Det.Supt.Sandra Pullman: Why, what's happened?
Gerry Standing: No no no, nothing like that. It's just... listen... I'm giving up cigarettes.
Det.Supt.Sandra Pullman: Gerry, well done! That's fantastic!
Gerry Standing: And I just wondered whether you'd by my fag buddy.
Det.Supt.Sandra Pullman: Your what?
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References Mary Poppins (1964) See more »


Nudger Bar Song
Performed by James Bolam and Dennis Waterman
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Chocolate factory, rape, illegal immigrants and more
17 September 2015 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is a very interesting episode. Women are raped in the chocolate factory and the rapist was never found after many years. The case was not closed because they never found out who the rapist was. A woman worker killed herself. It was thought she was raped too. She was from another country. A finger was found in chocolate and no one knew who it belonged to but it was saved by the police in a bottle to preserve it.

This story tells how DNA can be used years later and still work. A owner of a cleaning company use to hire illegal immigrants from Bangladesh to clean the places of businesses. Everyone in the factory and businesses connected with the chocolate factory had the men take DNA test. It was thought one of these men were the rapist. The illegals got deported. Sandra says they got deported and the rapes continued so how could it have been one of the men from Bangladesh. Gerry says they can still get back into the country with fake IDs. The cleaning business owner was arrested for hiring illegals he later changed the name of his company.

There was a lot going on in the factory a married co-worker was having an affair with his wife's friend. He had been arrested for violence so they thought he may have been the rapist. Brian gets the finger that was stored in a jar that had been covered with chocolate at the factory. He has it tested and they come up with the DNA of a foreigner on the finger and under the finger nail was the DNA of the man that killed him. The foreigner did not show up at work so they don't know if he is dead or deported.

In the beginning Gerry tries to stop smoking cigarettes. He calls up his boss Sandra and wants he to be his "fag buddy". He explained to her that a "fag buddy" is a person he can go to help him give up smoking. Gerry coughs a lot when he is not smoking. He ends up not smoking cigarettes but sneaking and smoking cigars.

In the end they find out the DNA of the rapist was substituted by someone else and that is why that person did not get caught Interesting investigating and methods used.

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