The BEST Episodes of Heartbeat
Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!
Last Updated: Sep 17, 2021
Heartbeat is set in the 1960s, in the fictional Yorkshire town of Aidensfield. The first seasons focus on the lives of London policeman Nick Rowan, who moves to the village with his doctor wife Kate. Nick's police colleagues feature in the series, under the leadership of the crusty but kindhearted Sergeant Blaketon. Blaketon's nemesis is Claude Jeremiah Greengrass, poacher and occasional small-time fence. Greengrass is a regular patron of the Aidensfield Arms hotel, run by George Ward and his pretty niece Gina. It's here at the pub that we see much of the day-to-day social interaction in the series. Heartbeat is based on the Constable books by Nicholas Rhea. There have been a load of Heartbeat coppers over the years. They are listed below: Sgt. Oscar Blackton PC. Alf Ventress PC. Phil Bellamy PC. Nick Rowan Sgt. Nick Rowan PC. Mike Bradley DC. Mike Bradley Sgt. Raymond Craddock PC. Tom Nicholson Sgt. Denis Merton PC. Steve Crane Sgt. George Mi
#1 - Closing the Book
Season 11 - Episode 12 - Aired Jan 13, 2002
A man dies of a heart attack on the village green. The police invesitgate a robbery of banknotes from the station. The theives hire & use a holiday caravan of Vernons, as a get away. However its not long before the caravan breaks down and the notes are discovered Craddocks wife, meanwhile, has turned up in Aidensfield and when he tells her that she matters more than his career, they decide to make up and leave Aidensfield together.
#2 - The Great Ming Mystery
Season 11 - Episode 15 - Aired Feb 3, 2002
The owner of a large house has recently acquired a ming varse. While he is on holiday, David looks after the house, however he leaves after he learns some other people have moved in. It turns out they are responsible for the missing vase.
#3 - Second Chances
Season 11 - Episode 16 - Aired Feb 10, 2002
Helen Jones returns home walking her dog and surprises a young intruder who strikingly resembles her run-away husband decades ago. Later David finds him in Vernon's barn, and soon Vernon is involved in the wine processing business.
#4 - Sympathy for the Devil
Season 11 - Episode 17 - Aired Feb 17, 2002
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,
#5 - Coming of Age
Season 11 - Episode 18 - Aired Feb 24, 2002
#6 - Love Hurts
Season 11 - Episode 19 - Aired Mar 3, 2002
#7 - Windows of Opportunity
Season 11 - Episode 20 - Aired Mar 10, 2002
#8 - The Shoot
Season 11 - Episode 21 - Aired Mar 17, 2002
#9 - Love's Sweet Dream
Season 11 - Episode 24 - Aired Apr 14, 2002
Mike and Tricia get involved in a domsetic violence case. tricia seems unwell all the time, complaining of headaches as she goes to the primary school, Jenny puts this down to her stress with Mike- she'd told him that she's in love and he didn't respond. Later After the woman has left her violent husband the husband hides in tricias house, Tricia returns home from a funeral only to be attacked, she manages to escape into the garden where she colapses, Mike later finds her.
#10 - Bread and Circuses
Season 12 - Episode 12 - Aired Dec 29, 2002
Bellamy is smitten with Alice, the victim of a handbag snatch. Merton and the others are trying to track some valuable porcelain figures stolen in Whitby when a similar theft occurs at Mr Osbourne's.
#11 - For Whom the Bell Tolls
Season 12 - Episode 13 - Aired Jan 5, 2003
Lord Ashfordly is concerned about falling royalties from High Rigg Quarry and asks Blaketon to investigate. The police are concerned about a quantity of explosives which have gone missing from the quarry just before a visit by the defence minister.
#12 - Swan Song
Season 13 - Episode 20 - Aired May 2, 2004
Alf Ventress is stunned to learn that a change in working regulations means that he will have to retire from the force. Meanwhile, Merton and his team go in search of a phantom sheep shearer, and romance is in the air as Blaketon acquires an admirer and Gina is asked out on a date by hunky Australian Kevin Kelly.
#13 - Strangers on a Train
Season 13 - Episode 21 - Aired May 9, 2004
David has a near miss when a man is thrown from a train and rolls down the embankment into the road and the path of his oncoming car. Merton's subsequent investigation turns up a lad called Tommy fleeing the scene of the crime, and a thieving auctioneer about to make off with some valuable antiques. Meanwhile, Vernon decides to open up a donkey sanctuary and Ventress takes up a civilian administration post at the police station.
#14 - Friends and Relations
Season 14 - Episode 19 - Aired Apr 17, 2005
Clare finds herself under suspicion when a wild party ends in tragedy with a drugs-related death, and Miller is annoyed to have to reprimand Walker once again when he discovers his participation in the drunken revelling. David is put in a tricky situation when his Aunt Peggy arrives in Aidensfield and sets up an illegal vodka still, while Ventress is quick to reveal the newcomer's dubious history to Oscar and Gina.
#15 - Auld Acquaintance
Season 15 - Episode 12 - Aired Dec 18, 2005
The police are on high alert when a mysterious visitor arrives at Ashfordly Hall, and a runaway boy causes trouble in the village. Blaketon and Peggy are at loggerheads once again when a festive conflict of interest results in a Santa showdown.
#16 - Wine And Roses
Season 15 - Episode 21 - Aired May 21, 2006
A dead body is found in the river. This puts Debbie Bellamy under suspicion as witnesses describe her fleeing the scene. David and Peggy are invaded by hippies. Rob and Helen attempt to make friends again and patch things up. Rob proposes to Helen.
#17 - Keeping Secrets
Season 15 - Episode 23 - Aired Jun 4, 2006
It is Helen and Rob's wedding day and Rob does not know that his sisters have organised a surprise reception with the help of the local community. There are persistent noisy neighbour complaints and the police are called in. However, things soon take a nasty turn when the complainant's mentally ill wife decides to take the law into her own hands. Gina discovers that Jack's nude painting of her is to go on public display, she gets help from Rosie to burn the portrait, Jack therefore apologises to Gina but she tells him its too late and its over between them.
#18 - Nowhere Man
Season 13 - Episode 19 - Aired Apr 25, 2004
Steve Crane must fathom a mystery surrounding the arrival in Ashfordly of a man with no memory and blood-stained clothes. Meanwhile Vernon turns the tables on the two businessmen who tried to con him, and Jenny is furious with Dennis when he stands her up yet again.
#19 - Living With The Past
Season 15 - Episode 13 - Aired Jan 1, 2006
Convicted murderer Henry Stoddard's release from prison coincides with a spate of vandalism, and locals presume he is responsible for the petty crime. But when the former jailbird insists he did not kill PC Machin all those years ago, Walker reopens the case and races to stop Machin's son exacting revenge. Meanwhile, Peggy sees the chance to make some money when her birth certificate suggests she is related to Lord Ashfordly.
#20 - The Leopard's Spots
Season 11 - Episode 13 - Aired Jan 20, 2002
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.
#21 - Mixed Messages
Season 17 - Episode 23 - Aired Sep 21, 2008
Peggy arrives home to find more than the usual load of rubbish outside her doorway, including a broken disused toilet. When PC Joe Mason arrives, David shows him a pile of headed notepaper from Heston House.
#22 - Affairs of the Heart
Season 7 - Episode 12 - Aired Nov 16, 1997
It's Nick and Jo's wedding day! The episode starts with Nick's stag night, where he receives several bottles of very potent wine from Claude and a suspect garden ornament from Blaketon! The next day Nick goes for a drive but has to stop for a road accident, involving a man who's girlfriend had driven a car at him when he told her he was married. She panics and drives off in Nick's car. Stranded, Nick has to run for help and finds someone to take the injured man to hospital. Back at the police house Phil and Alf are getting worried about Nick's absence. Nick phones Phil to tell him what's happening and then its a mad dash to the church. Meanwhile Blaketon is devastated to discover that he has failed his medical and will have to retire. The ceremony is lovely and Katie and Maggie are bride's maids. Nick's Granddad is annoyed that Greengrass is selling off his jellied eels to his own family, Phil is nervous about his speech and Nick tells Jo he's taking her to Spain for their honeymoon. I
#23 - Who's Sorry Now?
Season 14 - Episode 11 - Aired Nov 21, 2004
A new doctor arrives in Aidensfield, and Merton is put under pressure when Jenny becomes convinced that he is having an affair.
#24 - Class Act
Season 11 - Episode 22 - Aired Mar 31, 2002
#25 - Substitute
Season 7 - Episode 14 - Aired Nov 30, 1997
Alf has to deal with a group of travellers who have a grudge against him. Alf is determined to catch them at whatever crime they're about to commit. He feels guilty for not convicting them of a crime they committed in the past during which one of his old colleagues was crippled. Alf spends time observing them and making notes, but unfortunately he is spotted and they take him and tie him up in a horse box. It is a race horse that they intend to steal, but during the process Alf makes his escape and drives off in the horse box. They follow him but road blocks have been set up and the thieves are caught. Greengrass lets some guides camp on his land but it proves more hassle than he bargained for.