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
When Jim is chasing Charlie Watt through the scrapyard a camera operator is visible in the background just as Jim puts his right hand on the hull of a blue boat. See more
Gary sells fish. He sells sole - just the wrong kind.
God Save the Queen
Performed by a mob of racist thugs See more