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In 2001 pathologist Bob Ruxton gave a verdict of accidental death on palaeontologist Bernard Fletcher, who died from a supposed fall at a dinner given by Mondial Oil Company in Bernard's ... See full summary »



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Abigail Davies ...
Andrea Naylor
Vicki Pepperdine ...
Diane Fletcher
Bob Ruxton
Marie Braden
Mark Slater
Barry Drake
Sarah Winslow
James Winslow
Bill Armstrong ...
Michael Ratcliffe (as William Armstrong)
Graham Bohea ...


In 2001 pathologist Bob Ruxton gave a verdict of accidental death on palaeontologist Bernard Fletcher, who died from a supposed fall at a dinner given by Mondial Oil Company in Bernard's museum. Now that verdict is declared unsound and the UCOS team reopen the case. Bernard supported ecology and disapproved of Mondial's work but, though married, he was a ladies' man having an affair with colleague Marie Braden. Marie's ex-boyfriend, Mark Slater quit the museum to set up as a trader in fossils, a lucrative business and it was alleged that Bernard sacked him for stealing exhibits. Mark would also seem to be the lover of Sarah, wife of James Winslow, Mondial's managing director. Bernard was certainly murdered but was the motive marital jealousy or greed? Jack is amazed when Bob Ruxton drops a bombshell. Written by don @ minifie-1

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[first lines]
Det.Supt.Sandra Pullman: [Brian opens a storage locker] Brian!
Jack Halford: Well, say what you like about Bob Ruxton, but he never kept you waiting.
Brian Lane: Aye, he was a good man. Always had time for a chat.
Gerry Standing: And he always pulled the rounds. The nights I've been on the hit-and-miss with Doc Ruxton...
Det.Supt.Sandra Pullman: Yeah, well, that kind of behaviour might account for his having been suspended, mightn't it?
Jack Halford: It's a hard thing for a man to be publicly pilloried after a long and distinguished career.
Det.Supt.Sandra Pullman: He's not being pilloried, Jack. He's facing ...
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Fossil collections and murder
12 May 2015 | by See all my reviews

A man died in a museum and the case is re-opened because they think he was murdered. UCOS "Unsolved Crime and Open Case Squad" investigates.

The investigators consist of retired cops. Jack, Jerry and Brian are working on the case. This episode like others has many people in it and many circumstances often confusing to understand but interesting.

Brian is brilliant, has a great memory and is a recovering alcoholic who will not use a car. Jerry is a x-cop. He is like a womanizer and has a few x-wives, multiple kids but pretty honest. Jack is a widower who is more of a loner and very serious about his job. They all work together with Sandra their boss and solve old closed crimes but re-opened for some reason.

The people involved in this are stealing fossils worth a lot of money and selling them by another man who once worked at the museum.

There are a lot of partners in crime. One of the funny parts of this episode is that Jerry breaks into one of his x-wives houses with a key and is with Brian who is scared. Jerry is after an old fossil he left with his x and thinks it might be worth money. He has a museum administrator who knows about fossils examine it. She tells him it is not worth much and he gets mad and swears. Then she tells him what it is. It looks like a stone, it is fossilized animal dung. Lots of laughs.

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