7:30pm – Monday, December 7 on 7TWO
Tonight on HEARTBEAT: Not long after convicted murderer Henry Stoddard (John Bowe) is released from prison for the murder of PC Machin fifteen years earlier, the locals are targeted by a spate of vandalism. After Ventress (William Simons) is deliberately knocked down by a car, the police are adamant it is Henry seeking revenge on Blaketon (Derek Fowlds) and Ventress for putting him away.
Henry confides in Walker (Jonathan Kerrigan) that he has always been an innocent man despite it being his car and rifle that were used in the killing. He tells Walker that on the night of the killing, he was supposed to be going with Rob’s father to sell on some rustled sheep over in Whitby, but Rob’s father backed out leaving Henry to go alone. Walker begins to question the evidence of the case all those years ago.
Meanwhile, PC Machin’s son, Peter (Stephen Hoyle), is on a personal vendetta to seek revenge on the man he believes robbed him of a father and, armed with a rifle, he heads off to find Henry.
Walker searches through the old records from the case and when he comes across Machin’s notebook, it’s a race against time to stop Peter from pulling the trigger and killing a potentially innocent man. However, if Henry wasn’t the killer, will Walker be able to find the real killer and a motive? Does Henry’s nephew, Dennis (Matthew Dunster), know more about the murder than he is letting on?
Elsewhere, Peggy’s (Gwen Taylor) wayward driving leads to her digging out her old birth certificate and discovers she is actually of noble blood – and Ashfordly stock, no less! She wastes no time in attempting to cash in by laying claim to a hefty chunk of the Ashfordly’s assets, much to Lord Ashfordly’s (Rupert Vansittart) disbelief. However, after closer scrutiny, is the certificate as genuine as Peggy would hope?