Gently and Bacchus are called to Burnsend Colliery, a pit facing closure, where shop steward Arthur Hawkes has been murdered and his body left underground for some days. Fellow miners Billy and Panda are angry because they believe Arthur knew the pit was due to shut and had got a job elsewhere whilst Arthur disapproved of his daughter Hannah seeing young miner Joe Turner and his son held him responsible for his mother's early death. Three hundred pounds is found in Arthur's locker, his winnings from owning a racing greyhound. This leads to Gently uncovering a greyhound doping scandal but it is the revelation of a secret from a quarter of a century earlier which finally unmasks the killer.
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Did You Know?
In wide shots of the colliery, showing the wheels of the winding engine, both wheels revolved in the same direction. This never happened with real collieries: one lift cage always rose to the surface as the other went down underground, in order to balance the load. See more