The BEST Episodes of Heartbeat (1992)

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Nov 20, 2020

Network: ITV1

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

Closing the Book

#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.

star 10.00
3 votes
Directors: Diana Patrick
Writers: Johnny Byrne
Second Chances

#2 - 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.

star 10.00
2 votes
Directors: Diana Patrick
Writers: Douglas Watkinson
Sympathy for the Devil

#3 - 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,

star 10.00
2 votes
Directors: Roger Bamford
Writers: Jeff Dodds
Coming of Age

#4 - Coming of Age

Season 11 - Episode 18 - Aired Feb 24, 2002

star 10.00
2 votes
Directors: Gerry Mill
Writers: Andrew McCulloch, John Flanagan
Love Hurts

#5 - Love Hurts

Season 11 - Episode 19 - Aired Mar 3, 2002

star 10.00
1 votes
Directors: Bren Simson
Writers: Andrew McCulloch, John Flanagan
Windows of Opportunity

#6 - Windows of Opportunity

Season 11 - Episode 20 - Aired Mar 10, 2002

star 10.00
2 votes
Writers: Douglas Watkinson
The Shoot

#7 - The Shoot

Season 11 - Episode 21 - Aired Mar 17, 2002

star 10.00
3 votes
Directors: Noreen Kershaw
Writers:
Love's Sweet Dream

#8 - 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.

star 10.00
3 votes
Bread and Circuses

#9 - 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.

star 10.00
1 votes
Directors: Jonas Grimas
Writers:
For Whom the Bell Tolls

#10 - 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.

star 10.00
2 votes
Swan Song

#11 - 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.

star 10.00
2 votes
Directors: Declan O'Dwyer
Writers: Susan Wilkins
Strangers on a Train

#12 - 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.

star 10.00
1 votes
Directors: Pip Short
Writers: Susan Wilkins
Friends and Relations

#13 - 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.

star 10.00
1 votes
Directors: Noreen Kershaw
Writers: Susan Wilkins
Auld Acquaintance

#14 - 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.

star 10.00
2 votes
Wine And Roses

#15 - 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.

star 10.00
1 votes
Keeping Secrets

#16 - 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.

star 10.00
1 votes
The Leopard's Spots

#17 - 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.

star 9.50
4 votes
Directors: Roger Bamford
Writers: Peter Gibbs
Nowhere Man

#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.

star 9.50
2 votes
Directors: Matt Bloom (II)
Writers: Peter Mills
Mixed Messages

#19 - 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.

star 9.50
4 votes
Living With The Past

#20 - 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.

star 9.50
2 votes
Affairs of the Heart

#21 - 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

star 9.43
7 votes
Directors: John Anderson
Writers: Jane Hollowood
Who's Sorry Now?

#22 - 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.

star 9.33
3 votes
Directors: Gerry Mill
Writers: Candy Denman
Class Act

#23 - Class Act

Season 11 - Episode 22 - Aired Mar 31, 2002

star 9.25
4 votes
Directors: Roger Bamford
Writers:
Substitute

#24 - 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.

star 9.20
5 votes
Directors: Gerry Mill
Writers: Ron Rose
Bad Penny

#25 - Bad Penny

Season 7 - Episode 18 - Aired Jan 11, 1998

Somebody has been snatching Gina's empty bottles and PC Bradley has offered to stake out the pub. Meanwhile his past is catching up with him due to the death in custody case. His former girlfriend Penny turns up in Aidensfield with her baby son Tommy claiming that Bradley is the father. But also the gangsters Linden and Martin, who Bradley helped put away when he was with the Met, are eager to get hold of him when their sentences are reversed. Greengrass is "liberating" some fish from Lord Ashfordly when he befriends the tramp Tessa, who is doing a little liberating ...

star 9.20
5 votes
Directors: Garth Tucker
Writers: Peter Barwood