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The Wood Beyond 

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Inspector Pascoe's grandmother dies, and he sets out to discover the truth about his grandfather: why he disappeared during WWI. Pascoe is falsely told that his grandfather was a deserter ... See full summary »


Edward Bennett


Reginald Hill (novel), Ed Whitmore (screenplay)


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Katie Blake Katie Blake ... Ada Pascoe
Shaun Dooley ... Robert Pascoe
Jimmy Reddington Jimmy Reddington ... Arthur Batty
David Blair ... Herbert Batty
John Burton ... Recruiting Sergeant
Ben Crompton ... Olly
Frances Barber ... Amanda 'Cap' Marvell
Steve Money Steve Money ... Davis
David Prosho ... Jimmy Howard
Holly Newman Holly Newman ... Lab Assistant
Julie Hesmondhalgh ... Wendy Walker
Thomas Russell Thomas Russell ... David Batty
Vincent Marzello Vincent Marzello ... Noah Seger
Richard Lynson Richard Lynson ... Seger's Assistant
Mark Spalding ... Don Patten


Inspector Pascoe's grandmother dies, and he sets out to discover the truth about his grandfather: why he disappeared during WWI. Pascoe is falsely told that his grandfather was a deserter but continues his quest. An animal rights group, in a seemingly unrelated incident, attacks a pharmaceutical firm's labs. The leader (Amanda Marvell) escapes to the woods nearby and falls over a skeleton. Dalziel is attracted to Marvell but relentlessly sets out to solve the murder of her disciple, though her Jeep is involved. Flashbacks are used to show the threads linking the two cases. The skeleton is found to have arsenic in the bones; Marvell's brother's death in Africa is suspected not to be accidental; Dalziel discovers the theft of experimental data from the lab, showing it not to have a purely beneficent medical mission in Africa; and Pascoe proves his grandfather was innocent. Written by jeaneva

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Crime | Mystery | Drama








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25 October 1998 (UK) See more »

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['Cap' Marvel and her friends have just been arrested after breaking into a pharmaceutical company to liberate the animals; while she was escaping through the woods, Cap found a skeleton]
Det. Supt. Andy Dalziel: Been having fun, have you? Didn't your mother ever tell you not to play in the woods. You might bump into something nasty.
Amanda 'Cap' Marvell: [looking at Dalziel] It looks like I just have.
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arsenic, medicine, murders and other murders
25 October 2005 | by ivers_1991See all my reviews

The episode is played both under the WWI and present. Inspector Peter Pascoe's grandmother is buried, and he discovers material saying that a doctor murdered soldiers and even his grandfather by arsenic poisoning. The doctor is making experiments of a medicine, Metodine, who is going to help patients with lung problems. This is played in the sight of Robert Pascoe. Pascoe also finds that the hospital he is sent to is isolated as the letters from outside is burned. Meanwhile in 1998, a environment group splits and Dalziel falls in love with the leader as her friend is being killed by the doctor's grandson. The leader's brother is killed in Africa and she finds that tests show that it is given too high arsenic doses to the population.

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