This episode sees the racial unrest that is sweeping the United States reach British shores as Enoch Powell launches his tirade against immigration. But racial harmony can be found at the 'all-nighters' that take place in 1968, where disillusioned young people, black and white, escape the boredom of factory life to dance the night away to imported soul music. In Newcastle, the haven of equality found at the Carlton Ballroom all-nighter is destroyed when a young black girl, Dolores Kenny, is murdered, leading Gently to uncover a disturbing and racialist undercurrent growing within the local community. Written by
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Did You Know?
Various characters were shown watching Enoch Powell's infamous "Rivers of Blood" speech on TV. This dates the episode exactly, as the speech was made on 20 April 1968 to the General Meeting of the West Midlands Area Conservative Political Centre. Gently refers to Dr. Martin Luther King in the past tense. King had been assassinated earlier in the month on April 4. See more
During the chase scene Charlie runs into a scrap trailer and passes under a yellow crane arm. A few moments later the shot is re-used and cut at a different point. See more
[very upset when he sees Joseph reading some provocative Black Panther literature
What are you readin' this for? Put it away! You will learn nuthin' but hate from these men! They will make things worse, not better, for you.
Spirit in the Dark
Written and performed by Aretha Franklin See more