Gently and Bacchus go to a family holiday camp to investigate staff and holidaymakers, after the body of one of the bluecoats is washed up nearby.

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Isabella Walters ...
Little Girl
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Megan Webb
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Justine Leyland
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Cherry Stretch
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Todd Stretch
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Gary Manners
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Agnes Webb
Sean Kenney ...
Patrick Webb
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Amelia Young ...
Gail Arnold
Lisa Riley ...
Sylvia Ryan
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Rachel Coles is now working with Gently but Bacchus, already angry at the restrictive access ex-wife Lisa gives him to their daughter, is not exactly welcoming. The team is called in when the body of Megan Webb is found on a beach. Megan worked at the Bluebird holiday camp run by brother and sister Todd and Cherry Stretch, anxious to keep the camp their father opened in the family despite falling numbers of guests. Megan's correct mother Agnes was unsympathetic to her daughter's desire to become a performer but, having paid a secret visit to her and watched her sing, she admits to being proud of her. Bacchus takes a dislike to Gary Manners, Megan's boyfriend and self-styled ladies man who, on the night of the murder, was having sex with married Sylvia Ryan - for money. Indeed Gently realizes that many of the staff, male and female, were working as prostitutes to keep the camp afloat and that Megan's reluctance to take part ultimately would lead to her death. Not only does Gently solve... Written by don @ minifie-1

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When Gently and Bacchus interview Megan's cabin-mate, Gail, they address her as Miss Smith. However the character is listed in the credits as Gail Arnold. See more »

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Death of a Bluecoat
13 February 2014 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

As this episode opens the body of a young woman is found on Saltburn beach. She is wearing a distinctive blue coat which leads Gently and Bacchus to a local holiday camp, where it turns out she worked. The camp's manager is keen to project the image that the camp is happy and successful but it soon becomes apparent that it isn't all happiness in camper-land. It would appear that the girl, Megan Webb, had been involved with one of the male bluecoats but nobody wants to talk about her relationship and the circumstances of its ending. As more questions are asked it becomes apparent that few people told the truth when asked about where they were on the night of Megan's death… this includes her parents who were particularly cold when they learnt of their daughter's death. Away from the case Bacchus is having problems of his own; he thinks he deserves more than one weekend a month with his daughter but his ex-wife disagrees; something that is affecting his professional life too.

This was another entertaining episode with plenty of suspects as well as a few motives… including the real motive which didn't cross my mind until it was exposed! There may not be a mounting body count, as is common in murder-mysteries, but it was still fairly gripping… the viewer only has to wonder who did it not who will be next! The cast put is a solid performance and the makers nicely capture the era… the holiday camp setting provides a good excuse to include some well-known songs from the era. The subplot involving Bacchus's desire to see more of his daughter provides some nice character development and gives him an excuse to be more grumpy than usual. Overall this was another decent episode even though the story felt light compared to last week's series opener.


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