The Best Episodes Directed by Roger Bamford

Sympathy for the Devil

#1 - Sympathy for the Devil

Heartbeat Season 11 - Episode 17

A new health food shop in Ashfordly demands goatmilk, so Vernon and David keep goats, but without a proper pen the goats attack Blaketon's and others' gardens. A guest house suffers an intrusion but nothing seems to be stolen, Sue Dixon and her teenage daughter have just moved in but there's no harmony between them,

star 10.00
3 votes
The Leopard's Spots

#2 - The Leopard's Spots

Heartbeat Season 11 - Episode 13

Sgt. Merton, freshly demoted from CID, arrives at the police station to take on the new roll as Sergeant. When Ventress brings a disqualified driver in, Alf is threatned if he takes the further, the driver will reveal his past. Oscar presuades Alf to come clean, and Merton is understanding. The driver is later arrested on a drugs case. David attempts to get fit at a gymn, but things don't go too smoothly.

star 9.60
5 votes
Class Act

#3 - Class Act

Heartbeat Season 11 - Episode 22

star 9.40
5 votes
Buried Secrets

#4 - Buried Secrets

Heartbeat Season 14 - Episode 9

When an ex-army officer is found dead in his home, suspicion is cast on his money-hungry wife. And Rosie ends up with more admirers than she bargained for when she goes on a blind date.

star 9.00
5 votes
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Who Won the War Anyway?

#5 - Who Won the War Anyway?

Auf Wiedersehen, Pet Season 1 - Episode 2

Neville is suspended from work when his boss finds out that he's a bricklayer rather than a carpenter. Watching a group of men playing football, Neville spots an unexploded bomb which has been unearthed by a mechanical digger. He raises the alarm and is hailed as a hero. The boss finds a bricklaying job for him. There's a sudden vacancy because Oz has been in a fight with a group of Germans and has been sacked. The German workers go on strike until Oz is reinstated.

star 8.93
75 votes
Off the Rails

#6 - Off the Rails

Heartbeat Season 14 - Episode 20

A crime wave hits Ashfordly train station as a number of freight wagons mysteriously vanish, giving the police a tricky case to crack, but a sandwich could provide a vital clue. Peggy has plans to make some fast money when she decides to play dirty in the local bowls tournament, while a night out in Whitby proves eventful for Walker and Helen.

star 8.75
4 votes
Suspicion

#7 - Suspicion

Auf Wiedersehen, Pet Season 1 - Episode 4

Something very expensive goes missing from the hut and they all begin to suspect each other. So in a bid to catch out the culprit various plans are hatched but as usual all of them end in failure. But in the end it turns out that the thief isn't one of them at all but someone from outside the hut.

star 8.66
74 votes
Held In Trust

#8 - Held In Trust

A Touch of Frost Season 10 - Episode 3

DI Frost pursues a paedophile suspected of abducting a 10-year-old boy from a Denton Town football match. Initially, Frost is unsure whether the lad simply ran away or is genuinely the victim of a kidnapping, but when the boy is found dead and a man is found dead following a hit and run incident, the identity of the latter creates a frightening link to the missing child. When a second child turns up dead in a deserted quarry, Frost is in a desperate race against time to stop a third child being murdered. While Frost is contending with this a note arrives from a secret admirer and Mullet tries to push Frost into a promotion he doesn't want.

star 8.55
99 votes
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If I Were a Carpenter

#9 - If I Were a Carpenter

Auf Wiedersehen, Pet Season 1 - Episode 1

Dennis, Neville and Oz head for Germany, looking for work as bricklayers. They get work in Dusseldorf, but only two bricklayers are needed. Dennis makes out that Neville is a carpenter so that the trio can stay together. Neville isn't too happy with his work, since his carpentry skills are very limited. He decides to call it a day and head back home. That night, he goes out on the town and has too much to drink. He wakes up next morning with a tattoo on his arm, dedicated to someone named Lotte. He decides that he'll have to stay in Dusseldorf for the time being.

star 8.52
90 votes
Private Lives

#10 - Private Lives

Auf Wiedersehen, Pet Season 1 - Episode 7

Dennis is getting it together with Dagmar from the site office. He takes her off to a hotel for a romantic interlude. Meanwhile, Wayne and Barry are 'on the pull' and have met up with a couple of Swedish air hostesses staying at the same hotel. Oz decides to play a practical joke on them, so he rings the hotel and leaves a message telling Barry and Wayne to go up to a particular room. The room is occupied by a German couple who think they're being mugged. Wayne and Barry have to 'do a runner' from the hotel. Their escapades ruin Dennis and Dagmar's chances of a romantic evening.

star 8.51
71 votes
Money, Money, Money

#11 - Money, Money, Money

Heartbeat Season 14 - Episode 1

A new recruit causes a stir at Ashfordly police station. PC Rob Walker was brought up in Aidensfield but his family life was far from perfect and his father dabbled on the wrong side of the law. Oscar Blaketon remembers Walker senior all too well and he still has some unfinished business with Rob. Meanwhile, Ben and Liz's fund-raising efforts appear to have rubbed off on Vernon, who begins to show his charitable side.

star 8.50
10 votes
Desperate Measures

#12 - Desperate Measures

Heartbeat Season 9 - Episode 21

Roy Brooks gets a suspended prison sentence for horse theft, but later in the evening a racing horse is stolen from Lord Ashfordly and his estate manager is seriously knocked down. Bernie Scripps happens to tell Greengrass that he once was psychic.

star 8.43
7 votes
Benefit of the Doubt (2)

#13 - Benefit of the Doubt (2)

A Touch of Frost Season 8 - Episode 2

With the railroad murder solved, Frost tries to come to terms with having an previously unknown daughter. Detective Reid is sent to look for contraband cigarettes, but is found nearly dead on a public toilet. Was he high, or did Frost´s lookalike have anything to do with it? Meanwhile, Frost eliminates suspect after suspect in the surgeon murder, and ends up saving several lives.

star 8.42
57 votes
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The Accused

#14 - The Accused

Auf Wiedersehen, Pet Season 1 - Episode 6

Neville meets a German girl in a bar and they share a taxi home. The girl is later assaulted and Neville is arrested by the police for the assault and protests his innocence. but none of his English friends are of any use to him, it takes a group of German workers from the building site to track down the real culprit and force him to give himself up to the police, and therefore freeing Neville.

star 8.40
73 votes
Quo Vadis, Pet

#15 - Quo Vadis, Pet

Auf Wiedersehen, Pet Season 2 - Episode 13

Dennis manages to get the upper hand, forcing Ally Fraser to "wipe the slate clean". Oz has a fling with Ally's girlfriend, Vicki. He also wins the Spanish lottery. The day of the wedding arrives and Barry and Hazel are married at sea. Ally Fraser turns up in another boat, closely followed by a Customs boat. The series ends with Kenny Ames' yacht heading for Tangiers, with the Customs in hot pursuit.

star 8.33
39 votes
When the Boat Goes Out

#16 - When the Boat Goes Out

Auf Wiedersehen, Pet Season 1 - Episode 13

It's just about time to pack up and go home now that the German government has decided that all foreign workers will have to register and pay income tax. Dennis has decided to go back to Vera, so he plans to spend one last night with Dagmar. The rest of the lads go out on the town. When they get back to the building site, a fire starts and the hut is burnt to the ground. They all go round to stay the night at Dagmar's place. Next day, the lads go their separate ways and Dennis, Neville and Oz catch the ferry back to England.

star 8.27
48 votes
For Art's Sake

#17 - For Art's Sake

Heartbeat Season 9 - Episode 17

The painting artist Joe Vaughan seeks peace in Aidensfield, bu he runs into brawls and controversies with members of the local rugby club and the police takes him into custody, until Jackie Bradley makes a judge release him. Then his house is burnt down.

star 8.20
5 votes
Cowboys

#18 - Cowboys

Auf Wiedersehen, Pet Season 2 - Episode 6

A plumber named Harry Blackburn, who's mad about Country and Western music, joins the gang temporarily. He talks the gang into going for a night out at a Country and Western pub, where "Big Willie Osborne" does a turn. The lads go on strike in protest against Ally Fraser's treatment of Dennis. Fraser sends a gang of 'heavies' around to teach the strikers a lesson. The lads give them a "good kicking".

star 8.14
51 votes
No Sex Please, We're Brickies

#19 - No Sex Please, We're Brickies

Auf Wiedersehen, Pet Season 2 - Episode 7

Ally Fraser wants the conversion work at Thornley Manor to be finished quickly. He offers the lads some more work renovating his villa in Spain. Arthur Pringle discovers that Wayne didn't bother to get an import license for his German car. He tells the Customs & Excise and they impound Wayne's car. The lads help to get the car back and manage to finish the work at the manor. Before leaving, they brick up Arthur's front door.

star 8.13
48 votes
The Long Weekend

#20 - The Long Weekend

Heartbeat Season 10 - Episode 16

Lord Ashfordly plays host to the Livonian Prince Nikolas and hires Vernon Scripps to bodyguard his distinguished guest. Not an easy task as it turns out because the prince is a great lover of liquor and will rather pay a visit to the Aidensfield Arms than to his lordship's wine cellar. Lord Ashfordly is not the only one awaiting guests. Mike Bradley is expecting his niece Anne and her friend Louise, but the two girls turn out to be very modern teenagers and not the cute little kids he imagined. They are more into parties than trips around the countryside. Dr. Summerbee has given up her job at the hospital in favour of Dr. Bolton's old practice in Aidensfield. Phil has a very special assignment for Bernie Scripps. He intends to propose to Gina and wants Bernie to drive her to a very romantic place. But Bernie has to help his brother and sends David instead. Only when you give directions to David you have to be _very_ specific!

star 8.00
3 votes
Poison Pen

#21 - Poison Pen

Hetty Wainthropp Investigates Season 2 - Episode 1

Helga Allowby, a self-described spinster, has been accused of sending noxious poison pen letters to the residents of her village - and she wants Hetty to prove her innocence. Hoping to penetrate the mistrust that pervades the village, Hetty goes undercover as Tara Hall, a visiting painter. When Hetty turns up next on the mailing list, she suspects that Miss Allowby is guilty of bad penmanship.

star 8.00
39 votes
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Mistaken Identity (1)

#22 - Mistaken Identity (1)

A Touch of Frost Season 9 - Episode 1

A body with no identification is found in a local reservoir, and a couple fall victim to a brutal killer in their own home. Frost is assigned a new, female, West Indian detective constable, Ronni Lonnegan, and gets off to a bad start with a few racially-insensitive remarks. He then reluctantly accepts the help of a psychological profiler, psychiatrist Pam Hartley, who he met at a conference. Meanwhile, there is an inspection of Denton Police underway, and Frost's old-fashioned methods are not endearing him to the inspector, so Supt Mullett is forced to give him more support than usual.

star 7.99
109 votes
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For Better or Worse

#23 - For Better or Worse

Auf Wiedersehen, Pet Season 2 - Episode 12

Hazel arrives in Spain and Barry tries to get wedding plans sorted out. Ally Fraser suggests that the happy couple should get married on Kenny Ames' yacht. Unbeknown to the lads, Fraser plans to use the wedding as a cover for smuggling his money into Spain.

star 7.97
38 votes
The Astral Plane

#24 - The Astral Plane

Hetty Wainthropp Investigates Season 2 - Episode 4

Hetty gets mystical as she investigates Maurika Rome, a spiritualist suspected of using séances and blackmail to prey on the savings of the recently widowed. When Hetty goes undercover and invents a late husband she wishes to contact, she begins to wonder if Mrs. Rome isn't the real thing - until a woman claiming to be her "late husband's" illegitimate daughter shows up demanding money. Geoffrey's secret romance with Rome's daughter, Sara, threatens to undermine Hetty's carefully laid trap - and nearly causes him to quit the agency.

star 7.97
36 votes
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Marjorie Doesn't Live Here Anymore

#25 - Marjorie Doesn't Live Here Anymore

Auf Wiedersehen, Pet Season 2 - Episode 8

Oz goes back to Newcastle and finds that his wife Marjorie has moved away and someone else is living in his flat. He goes to his son Rod's school and waits for the lad to come out. He learns that Marjorie is now living with an Italian named Sandro. She plans to move to Italy with him, taking Rod with her.

star 7.95
44 votes
Mistaken Identity (2)

#26 - Mistaken Identity (2)

A Touch of Frost Season 9 - Episode 2

Background enquiries turn up two previous deaths, which appear related to the case. But their initial suspect, armed bank-robber Charlie Lehman, turns out to have died in prison over a year earlier. As they work to profile the killer they are hunting, Frost starts to get close to Hartley personally as well as professionally, though neither realises just how closely she is linked to the case until it is almost too late. Frost has a race against time to find where she is being held.

star 7.94
95 votes
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The Alien

#27 - The Alien

Auf Wiedersehen, Pet Season 1 - Episode 9

MacGowan is a violent Irish nutcase. Nobody on the building site likes him and he's always getting into fights and causing trouble. And with Bomber away he ends up as an unwelcome guest in the hut. However the lads find an ingenius way of getting rid of him.

star 7.93
44 votes
Another Life

#28 - Another Life

A Touch of Frost Season 11 - Episode 1

After a seven-month long suspension, Frost is back on the job. His first case is a floater in Denton River, with £6000 in his pockets. The man also carries with him a list with four sets of mysterious numbers, and the keys to two different cars. The local dance competion is the venue for another drama: a missing con man who recently switched dance partner, and a woman with a Hollywood name and a terrible temper - who keeps on ordering new fridges for her dance partners... But Frost is more interested in getting his teeth back in order after a particularly vicious lollipop.

star 7.93
116 votes
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A Minority of One

#29 - A Minority of One

A Touch of Frost Season 2 - Episode 1

Frost is assigned a new, West Indian detective constable, Clive Tanner; transferred in to help him investigate a string of commercial burglaries, which leads him to a black family on the local Eastdean estate, that he calls ""the crime academy"", while feeling guilt over the death of one of his informants. Will the arrest of the apparent culprit lead to accusations of police racism?

star 7.89
187 votes
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Law and Disorder

#30 - Law and Disorder

Auf Wiedersehen, Pet Season 2 - Episode 11

The lads have a few days off work. Ally tells them to make a real effort to persuade everyone that they're tourist rather than illegal workers.

star 7.89
36 votes
Benefit of the Doubt (1)

#31 - Benefit of the Doubt (1)

A Touch of Frost Season 8 - Episode 1

While Denton´s female population has to watch out for a con man posing as Frost, Frost himself has more dire concerns: a woman found dead by the railroad. To top it off, Frost has to work with a soon-to-be wash-out with possible drug problems. Then a disliked surgeon goes missing, and turns up dead.

star 7.86
107 votes
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Scoop

#32 - Scoop

Auf Wiedersehen, Pet Season 2 - Episode 10

Spain turns out to be a bit of a let-down, with a distinct lack of the 'action' some of the lads were looking forward to. The gang have problems with the local police after they go swimming in someone's pool, thinking it belongs to Ally Fraser. A British journalist thinks the lads are a gang of bank robbers on the run. They end up being featured in all of the British tabloid newspapers.

star 7.85
39 votes
The Girls They Left Behind

#33 - The Girls They Left Behind

Auf Wiedersehen, Pet Season 1 - Episode 3

Oz's wife, Marjorie, hasn't heard from him for quite a while and she's getting desperate for money. She goes to see Dennis' wife, Vera, and asks her where the lads are in Germany. Oz gets a letter from Marjorie, but marks it 'not known at this address' and sends it back. He takes a trip to watch a football match, gets drunk and wakes up on a plane bound for Newcastle. He makes his way home and gives Marjorie a sob story about not having any money. When Oz is still missing after several days, the lads back in Dusseldorf auction off his belongings and send the proceeds to his Newcatle address. He reappears to find that Marjorie has, apparetly, got the money she wanted from him after all.

star 7.84
50 votes
A Law for the Rich

#34 - A Law for the Rich

Auf Wiedersehen, Pet Season 2 - Episode 3

The gang, minus Barry, arrive at Thornley Manor to start the renovation work. One of the locals reports them to the police, thinking they're housebreakers. They're staying at a local pub, where landlord Arthur Pringle takes an instant dislike to them.

star 7.82
49 votes
The Fugitive

#35 - The Fugitive

Auf Wiedersehen, Pet Season 1 - Episode 8

The lads go off for a weekend's fishing in the country, where they meet up with an English hitchhiker who is very mysterious, The lads suspicions grow when he later runs away from the police. However after a large confruntation the lads find out the truth, the young lad turns out to be AWOL from the Army. The lads persuade him to do the right thing and return to his unit.

star 7.81
42 votes
Another Country

#36 - Another Country

Auf Wiedersehen, Pet Season 2 - Episode 4

It's discovered that Thornley Manor is a listed building, so the lads are forced to stop work. Arthur Pringle throws everyone out of the pub after he catches Wayne in bed with his daughter.

star 7.77
48 votes
A Home from Home

#37 - A Home from Home

Auf Wiedersehen, Pet Season 2 - Episode 5

The lads can't find accommodation because Arthur Pringle has 'put the word out' about them. They have to 'rough it' in Thornley Manor. Then they find an amateur video showing sexy goings on at the Manor - with Arthur Pringle as one of the stars.

star 7.77
43 votes
Dead End

#38 - Dead End

A Touch of Frost Season 14 - Episode 2

A bus driver and conductress are abducted. Frost is unhappy at being paired with DS Marsh, who made a complaint about him 15 years before.

star 7.77
132 votes
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Hasta la Vista

#39 - Hasta la Vista

Auf Wiedersehen, Pet Season 2 - Episode 9

After some delays, the lads finally set out for Spain, Dennis gets a phone call from Ally in the departure lounge saying they are not going yet due to complications. These are all sorted out, and they fly out that weekend, pretending to be tourists and sharing a plane with the Spennymoor and district senior citizens society.

star 7.72
36 votes
The Return of the Seven (1)

#40 - The Return of the Seven (1)

Auf Wiedersehen, Pet Season 2 - Episode 1

Barry needs some help to finish renovating his house in Wolverhampton before he marries his girlfriend, Hazel. He sends out an SOS to his old pals from Dusseldorf. Dennis, Neville, Wayne and Bomber turn up to help out. They all go off for a drink and come back to find an intruder in Barry's house. It's Moxey - unknown to the others, he's escaped from prison.

star 7.71
52 votes
Wise Guy's

#41 - Wise Guy's

Heartbeat Season 9 - Episode 23

Franco Mazzetti has suddenly died, so Greengrass finds guts to buy one of his vans to sell fish and chips from. He's soon mixed into a brawl between the Mazzettis and another local business family. Ventress is put on a harsh crisp bread diet by his wife, so his heart, and especially his stomach fall victims to the charm of a lonely widow.

star 7.67
6 votes
Stag at Bay

#42 - Stag at Bay

Heartbeat Season 9 - Episode 13

A couple of poachers attacks Lord Ashfordly's stags with a brutality that's unheard of. A headmistress makes Jackie Bradley put pressure on the police to enforce an injunction. Greengrass rents Bernie Scripps' bearer to start up as driving instructor.

star 7.57
7 votes
Dead Male One

#43 - Dead Male One

A Touch of Frost Season 3 - Episode 3

Frost's Saturday afternoon is disrupted by the discovery of a man's body floating in the river, and it turns out that he is not who he claimed to be. Events become more intriguing when the star player of a local soccer team collapses during a press conference, following an incident on the pitch in which he received head injuries.

star 7.56
112 votes
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Negative Vibes

#44 - Negative Vibes

Heartbeat Season 9 - Episode 8

A car driver smashes the front of a shop. Greengrass brings one of his mates to hospital but it's in vain, and to the widow's deep despair the body is given to the medical students in a last will. Bradley and his newly wed have negative vibes over late working hours and what's the secret at Strensford Tavern?

star 7.38
8 votes
The Return of the Seven (2)

#45 - The Return of the Seven (2)

Auf Wiedersehen, Pet Season 2 - Episode 2

Dennis has to go back to Newcastle to see his boss, Ally Fraser. While he's there, he meets up with Oz and brings him back to Wolverhampton. Ally Fraser asks him to put together a work gang to renovate an old manor house in Derbyshire.

star 7.36
50 votes
Puppet on a String

#46 - Puppet on a String

Heartbeat Season 9 - Episode 4

Alison keeps secrets away from her parents and burns a letter in the fire place. Ventress stops smoking to live up to his status as temporary leader of the local police while Craddock is away on teaching duties, and soon Bellamy and Bradley longs for Craddock!!

star 7.13
8 votes
In Sickness and in Health

#47 - In Sickness and in Health

Heartbeat Season 14 - Episode 12

A kidnap case leaves Vernon's plans for Liz and Ben's wedding in chaos, while Helen's dreams of a fresh start for her and Matt look set to be shattered. Jenny is relieved when she finally gets a medical diagnosis explaining her recent symptoms, but the news brings a difficult decision for husband Dennis, who has to choose between his wife and his police career.

star 7.00
6 votes
Killing Me Softly

#48 - Killing Me Softly

Heartbeat Season 10 - Episode 19

Renalto Pisconi is the manager of a gambling casino with distribution of counterfeit money on the side. Pisconi's father-in-law Reginald White, who owns the casino, is the leader of the counterfeiters with Denise as a third partner. The police get on their tracks through their former bartender John Garrick, who is arrested for using some of the counterfeit money at the Aidensfield Arms. Oscar Blaketon's car is broken beyond repair. Since he always wanted an MG Vernon Scripps gets the idea to sell classic sports car and he knows just the man to supply them. Soon Oscar Blaketon is the proud owner of his dream car, a red hot MG A - with the emphasis on "hot".

star 6.83
6 votes