The blood-stained clothes of Simon Belgrade are found in Epping Forest, where he disappeared five years earlier whilst out for a run. Frank Miles, Simon's father-in-law and employer, has a ... See full summary »

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The blood-stained clothes of Simon Belgrade are found in Epping Forest, where he disappeared five years earlier whilst out for a run. Frank Miles, Simon's father-in-law and employer, has a history of violence and his daughter Becky, who was heavily pregnant with Simon's child when he disappeared, seems scared of him. She does not want to believe her husband is dead and nor do his mother Eliza and brother Tim, who portray Simon and Becky as the ideal couple. However Simon's friend Dom and his ex-wife Lois tell the team that Simon and Lois were having an affair, as were Dom and Becky. Simon also had a string of failed businesses behind him and was blackmailing Frank over tax evasion, but with no money taken from his account and no passport it seems unlikely that he skipped the country. An examination of a film showing Dom and Simon's childhood haunts in the forest leads to discovering Simon's fate whilst Dan helps Sandra cope with the anniversary of her father's death. Written by don @ minifie-1

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Steve McAndrew: Nine million people in London and one forest; where the hell is everybody?
Detective Superintendent Sandra Pullman: Indoors!
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Was there a murder?
3 September 2013 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

This episode sees the UCOS team called in to investigate the disappearance of a jogger last seen in Epping Forest. The case is being reopened because his works ID badge has turned up covered in blood. There are plenty of suspects and a similar array of motives… it appears that he was involved with his best friend's wife and he had discovered that his father in law had been involved in a massive tax fraud. Of course it is possible he wasn't killed at all; he had talked of returning to The Congo and there are indications that he had made preparations to vanish. While the investigation is going on the team also have a few personal issues; Sandra seems withdrawn and only new member Danny realises anything is wrong, Steve decides it is time to make contact with the sixteen year old son he hasn't seen in years and Gerry is forced to confront an old phobia… his fear of the woods!.

Brian's absence may not have been mentioned this week but it was still felt; it will take some time for Nicolas Lyndhurst's character Danny to fully replace him… that said he does seem to fit in with the somewhat motley group. The story was enjoyable with plenty of suspects to keep the viewer guessing… one even had to guess whether a crime had even been committed until the very end! Of the side stories involving the characters Gerry's provided a few laughs but the other two were rather sad; particularly Steve's; the scene where he spoke to his son's stepfather were heartbreaking. Overall a decent enough episode.


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