8:30pm – Saturday, August 20 on ABC2
Saturday,20 August 2011 Sam Wood, a police officer in a small Mississippi town, discovers the body of a local industrialist late one evening. He arrests a black man, who is subsequently subjected to a bigoted, insolent interrogation by police chief Bill Gillespie. As it turns out, the black man is himself a policeman. His name is Virgil Tibbs, and he is a top homicide detective in Philadelphia.
Though the two men hate one another, Tibbs and Gillespie are forced to work together to solve the crime.
Tibbs suspects one of the town’s leading citizens, Eric Endicott, an aristocratic relic of the Old South. However, Tibbs realises that his motives in pursuing Endicott are heavily prejudiced and in the end, his investigation clears the man.
Soon thereafter, the case is dramatically broken when Dolores, a seductive teenager, is apprehended with Ralph at the home of an abortionist. Dolores’ brother also arrives, along with four white youths, all gunning for Tibbs. When Tibbs declares that Ralph killed Henshaw while trying to get money for an abortion, a wild free-for-all breaks out. Things are eventually brought under control and the next day, Gillespie drives Tibbs to the train depot. The experience they have shared has taught them a little more respect for one another, and they shake hands.
Directed by Norman Jewison, In The Heat Of The Night stars Sidney Poitier, Rod Steiger and Warren Oates.