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Season 01, Episode 01 Rachel in Danger (Part 1)

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Feb 22, 1978
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Rachel in Danger (Part 1) Feb 22, 1978 "Shall we meet the Queen? "Peter Warmington returns to England after a long spell teaching at a university in South America. Immediately upon his return, he spots an old acquaintance called Juan whom he enthusiastically invites back to his new flat. Unfortunately, he has no inkling that his "friend" is actually a terrorist, who quickly murders his host and assumes his identity in order to carry out a political assassination.But Juan himself does not realise that Warmington's 10 year old daughter is en route to London to spend her holidays with the father she has never seen. When Rachel arrives at the train station, the transit police become concerned when no-one seems to have arrived to collect her. They take her under their wing and send an officer round to her father's flat to investigate.Taken by surprise, Juan manages to bluff his way through the resultant questions when he arrives to collect his "daughter" from the station. Fortunately for him, Rachel does not suspect anything and the only photograph she has of her father is too indistinct to be of any use. Although slightly uneasy about the whole business, the police hand over Rachel to Juan but - as the sergeant asks a constable as they are leaving - "Why did he take his glasses off to look at the photo..?"Arriving back at the flat, Juan introduces Rachel to her "stepmother" Aiyako - in fact another terrorist. Aiyako and another member of the organisation, Hassel, want the girl killed but Juan manages to convince them to continue with the deception as he believes that Rachel is an asset to their mission. The object of that mission soon becomes clear when Juan cheerfully asks the girl "We've been invited to a royal garden party, Rachel...would you like to go?"As preparations for their mission move into full gear, an unexpected complication arises when, appalled, Rachel finds the body of her dead father in the linen closet. Uncertain of who the man is, she manages to leave behind a message for the police when Juan takes her to have a dress fitted for the party. Attempting an escape, she is caught by Juan and taken back to the flat where the three agree that she must be killed after the mission has been completed. However a fourth member, Wormald, disagrees strongly and virtually blackmails the others into allowing him to take Rachel back to her home in Scotland afterwards. Caught in a bind, the "organisation" agrees and Wormald spends a fearful night alone in hiding.As time slips away, the little girl's message is discovered by the police...but it already may be too late, as Rachel, Juan and Aiyako arrive at the royal reception, invitations in hand, ready to meet the Queen...

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Season 01, Episode 02 Rachel in Danger (Part 2)

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Feb 24, 1978
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Rachel in Danger (Part 2) Feb 24, 1978 Rachel meets her supposed stepmother--in reality, another member of a terrorist group with plans for the upcoming Royal Garden Party at the palace. The conspirators are divided over whether to dispose of Rachel or use her as a front.

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Season 01, Episode 03 Rachel in Danger (Part 3)

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Mar 1, 1978
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Rachel in Danger (Part 3) Mar 1, 1978 One of the team gets cold feet about killing a kid. Left to her own devices, Rachel tries to get a message to the police. She seizes her chance on a shopping outing for the next day's royal event.

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Season 01, Episode 04 Rachel in Danger (Part 4)

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Mar 3, 1978
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Rachel in Danger (Part 4) Mar 3, 1978 Too late, the police uncover the plot against the palace. Rachel's "father" has his target in his sights, while her "stepmother" has her hands on the girl's throat. Unable to rely on the adults in her world, Rachel must find a way to save herself.

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Season 01, Episode 05 A Dog's Ransom (Part 1)

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Mar 8, 1978
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A Dog's Ransom (Part 1) Mar 8, 1978 "Tiiii-na...good dog...Tiiii-na...come heeeerrre..."Edward and Gina Reynolds are an affluent but lonely middle class couple living in Chelsea. Devoted to each other, their other great joy is their white poodle Tina, whom they look upon almost as a child. But a series of unpleasant letters that begin to arrive on a daily basis threaten their cosy lifestyle, with the unknown sender accusing Mr Reynolds of being a "snob" with a "snob dog".Though distressed, they pass the letters off as the work of a crank until their beloved Tina vanishes in the park one night. After searching high and low, they soon discover her fate when another letter arrives and demands 200 pounds for the return of the dog. They acquiesce, and Edward Reynolds leaves the sum between the railings of a fence that evening.But the dog is not returned, and another letter arrives demanding still more money. Turning to the police, Mr Reynolds receives no joy when they fail to take the matter seriously. However a young, ambitious constable named Clarence Duhamel believes he can help the Reynolds and visits their flat with the intention of helping them in his own time.Sadly, unbeknownst to everyone, the dog is already dead - drowned at the hands of a Polish sociopath named Kowajinski. Using confidential information gleaned from his social worker girlfriend Marion, constable Duhamel or "Clarrie" as he is known stumbles across the dognapper and demands the return of the poodle to the Reynolds. However Clarrie does not reckon on the vindictive, bitter nature of Kowajinski, and quickly finds himself outwitted by the old man and accused of taking a bribe.Now under official investigation, Duhamel is pushed into a show of strength as he faces the ire of his police colleagues, who dislike him because of his Cambridge background. One detective in particular - Choley - despises Clarrie, whom he derogatively refers to as "Girlie". Clarrie turns to the Reynolds, whom he feels an affinity with and who begin to look upon him as their own son.Kowajinksi, meanwhile, is released and becomes intent on teaching the interfering constable and his traitor girlfriend a lesson. He begins to watch Susie's flat, and even sends her obscene packages. Enraged, Clarrie trails Kowajinki and beats him so badly that he appears to die. But, in a complete co-incidence, the constable himself is subsequently knifed by football hooligans only a few blocks away, and the thugs escape with the truncheon Clarrie had beaten the old man with.After recovering at the Reynold's, Clarrie faces a new series of accusations surrounding Kowajinsk's death. Despairing and alone, he confides to the Reynolds that he beat the old man to death...but how is he to know that Kowajinski in fact died of strangulation, and that he is in far greater danger than he could ever have imagined?

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Season 01, Episode 06 A Dog's Ransom (Part 2)

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Mar 10, 1978
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A Dog's Ransom (Part 2) Mar 10, 1978

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Season 01, Episode 07 A Dog's Ransom (Part 3)

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Mar 15, 1978
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A Dog's Ransom (Part 3) Mar 15, 1978

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Season 01, Episode 08 A Dog's Ransom (Part 4)

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Mar 17, 1978
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A Dog's Ransom (Part 4) Mar 17, 1978

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Season 01, Episode 09 A Dog's Ransom (Part 5)

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Mar 22, 1978
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A Dog's Ransom (Part 5) Mar 22, 1978

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Season 01, Episode 10 A Dog's Ransom (Part 6)

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Mar 24, 1978
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A Dog's Ransom (Part 6) Mar 24, 1978

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Season 01, Episode 11 The Girl Who Walked Quickly (Part 1)

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Mar 29, 1978
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The Girl Who Walked Quickly (Part 1) Mar 29, 1978 When young student David Cooper (Denis Lawson) disappears, both his girlfriend and his tutor suspect he is in danger. David has a paralysing fear of lifts and other confined spaces and, while the duo are searching for him, his phobia is proving invaluable to a menacing group of people with a sinister and ruthlessly violent agenda.

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Season 01, Episode 12 The Girl Who Walked Quickly (Part 2)

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Mar 31, 1978
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The Girl Who Walked Quickly (Part 2) Mar 31, 1978

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Season 01, Episode 13 The Girl Who Walked Quickly (Part 3)

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Apr 5, 1978
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The Girl Who Walked Quickly (Part 3) Apr 5, 1978

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Season 01, Episode 14 The Girl Who Walked Quickly (Part 4)

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Apr 7, 1978
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The Girl Who Walked Quickly (Part 4) Apr 7, 1978

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Season 01, Episode 15 Quiet as a Nun (Part 1)

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Apr 12, 1978
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Quiet as a Nun (Part 1) Apr 12, 1978 Television journalist Jemima Shore investigates the death of her old friend, a nun who starved herself to death in her convent's tower.

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Season 01, Episode 16 Quiet as a Nun (Part 2)

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Apr 14, 1978
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Quiet as a Nun (Part 2) Apr 14, 1978 Shore learns that Sister Miriam had recently inherited a fortune. While one nun warns Shore to get out while she can, another is all too eager to confide her suspicions.

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Season 01, Episode 17 Quiet as a Nun (Part 3)

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Apr 19, 1978
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Quiet as a Nun (Part 3) Apr 19, 1978 Shore hears of an apparition that haunts the hallways at night and seems to portend death. Flashlight in hand, she goes off in search of the "Black Nun."

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Season 01, Episode 18 Quiet as a Nun (Part 4)

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Apr 21, 1978
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Quiet as a Nun (Part 4) Apr 21, 1978 The schoolgirls speculate that Sister Miriam wanted to leave the convent and had recently changed her will.

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Season 01, Episode 19 Quiet as a Nun (Part 5)

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Apr 26, 1978
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Quiet as a Nun (Part 5) Apr 26, 1978 Shore finds an underground passageway from the crypt to the tower and discovers a link between the dead nun and a missing schoolgirl. Unfortunately, the Black Nun is also on the hunt.

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Season 01, Episode 20 Quiet as a Nun (Part 6)

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Apr 28, 1978
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Quiet as a Nun (Part 6) Apr 28, 1978 With Shore's life in danger and the future of the convent at risk, help arrives from an unexpected source.

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Season 01, Episode 21 The Limbo Connection (Part 1)

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May 3, 1978
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The Limbo Connection (Part 1) May 3, 1978 After a bout of heavy drinking, Mark Omney cannot account for his movements over the last 12 hours. When he sobers up, he learns that his wife Clare, has had a car accident.

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Season 01, Episode 22 The Limbo Connection (Part 2)

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May 5, 1978
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The Limbo Connection (Part 2) May 5, 1978 Omney suspects that Clare is being held against her will at Meadowbank Clinic. Or has she finally left him, sick of his drunken and aggressive behavior?

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Season 01, Episode 23 The Limbo Connection (Part 3)

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May 10, 1978
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The Limbo Connection (Part 3) May 10, 1978 For help, Omney turns to Annabelle Fraser, his old girlfriend. He is convinced that a conspiracy is afoot--and that Clare is sending him covert messages. For help, Omney turns to Annabelle Fraser, his old girlfriend. He is convinced that a conspiracy is afoot--and that Clare is sending him covert messages.

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Season 01, Episode 24 The Limbo Connection (Part 4)

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May 12, 1978
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The Limbo Connection (Part 4) May 12, 1978 Omney attends the funeral of one of the clinic's former residents, suspecting his wife's body lies inside the coffin. Later that night, he and Annabelle return to find out for themselves.

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Season 01, Episode 25 The Limbo Connection (Part 5)

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May 17, 1978
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The Limbo Connection (Part 5) May 17, 1978 The police catch Omney red-handed, and a deadly attack leaves him with only one way out.

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Season 01, Episode 26 The Limbo Connection (Part 6)

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May 19, 1978
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The Limbo Connection (Part 6) May 19, 1978 Omney turns up the heat on Meadowbank, which is forced into the most desperate of measures.

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