Gently and Bacchus are given an insight into the complexities of the emotionally wrought world when the adopted child of a middle-class couple is kidnapped.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Stephen Groves
Frances Groves
Katie Anderson ...
Peter Bacchus
Faye Castelow ...
Hazel Joyce
Esther Dunwoody
Molly Roberts ...
Holly Lucas ...
Susan Faulkner
Andrew Frame ...
Andrew Fleming
Terence Hillyer ...
Farmer Kennedy
Jordan Dawes ...
Jessica Hargreaves ...
Young Frances


Faith, the recently adopted baby daughter of Stephen and Frances Groves, is abducted in broad daylight, leading Gently and Bacchus to the home for unmarried mothers from where the couple got Faith. Mrs Dunwoody, the owner, tells them that Faith had a twin brother and the mother Susan Faulkner disappeared with him after Faith's adoption but, when traced, Susan is unable to help the enquiry. After a kidnap ransom demand proves to be a red herring, Gently discovers that both Frances and Stephen have guilty secrets from the past, which, in one case, will solve the case. Bacchus meanwhile reconciles with his father after years of hostility. Written by don @ minifie-1

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Crime | Drama | Mystery





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9 September 2012 (UK)  »

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16 : 9
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When Gently and Bacchus go looking for Hazel Joyce, the camera pans across to follow Bacchus from the car to the seafront. As it does so, a modern car (a Vauxhall Nova) is seen parked in a side road. See more »


[a few years ago, Hazel Joyce was an unmarried mother who had a baby at Esther Dunwoody's adoption clinic but decided not give him up for adoption; now she works for Esther and the two of them are doing a sales pitch to prospective adoptive parents]
Esther Dunwoody: All our babies come with a clear biography and a clean bill of health. We want our adopters to have as much information as possible on which to base their choice. Hazel?
Hazel Joyce: Just think of it like a bring-and-buy sale. We bring them. You buy them.
Esther Dunwoody: Hazel.....
Hazel Joyce:
Esther Dunwoody:
Hazel Joyce:
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Esther Dunwoody:
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References Peyton Place (1964) See more »


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Very emotional and heartbreaking
23 July 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

A middle aged couple adopt a baby girl named Faith. Faith's adopted parents had tried for years to have their own baby.

Faith gets kidnapped and Gently and Backus speak to a number of people. One is the lady that runs the adoption agency which is a Christian agency.

As I said in other reviews Christians are put in a bad light. The agency seems to take "donations" that are supposedly for the home but it looks like you can buy a baby and the highest bidder get the child.

Gently is trying to find out who would kidnap the baby. During the course of the movie it comes out that the adopted father Mr Grove had a affair with someone and also it appears his wife is having an affair.

It shows the hardship of pregnant girls who love their babies but put them up for adoption to have a better life. They have 3 months to change their mind to get their baby back but they are not told this by the agency. So who kidnapped Faith? Is it the real mother or someone who wants to get revenge on the Groves.

Around 15 minutes before it ends secrets are revealed and tears are shed for things hidden years ago. I think these things should be pondered in regard to how you affect someone's life, even your own children. Be prepared to cry.

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