Chief Inspector George Gently and Detective Sergeant John Bacchus investigate the murder of Gunter Schmeikel, who is found at the bottom of the harbor. The man drowned but his back had been broken, so it clearly wasn't an accident. Gunter had lived in England as a POW during World War II and had worked on Old Jim Hardyment's farm. It's only been 20 years since the end of the war and there is still a good deal of anti-German sentiment. The dead man's son and daughter-in-law, Wilhelm and Trudi Schmeikel, are lying to the police about their whereabouts on the evening of Gunter's death. It also appears that Wilhelm is under investigation for embezzling funds from his father's business. As well, young Jimmy Hardyment may hold hard feelings against Gunter who had an affair with his mother. Meanwhile, Gently is concerned when he learns that Sgt. Bacchus is having money troubles.
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A 'B' reg MGB would have been registered between Jan and Dec 1964. Since the story was set in 1964, Sgt. Bacchus' car would have been worth considerably more than his £100 asking price as the cost new was over £750. See more
John Bacchus is trying to sell his car. It is a 1964 MGB. In the episode we learn that the year the episode takes place is the same year 1964. If advertising the car for £100 he would have had his arm 'ripped off'. A new MGM would have cost in the region of £700. Being just a few months old and presumably pretty low mileage he could have taken it to a dealer and got £500 for it. See more
The Lampton Worm Song
Written by C.M. Leumane
Performed by Wolf Kahler
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