BOYS (SERIES 3)
by: Paul Abbott
by: Hilary Bevan Jones
by: Charles McDougall
Screened: 06/11/95 (Part 1), 13/11/95 (Part 2)
Stabbed her. You
killed her" - Bill
Penhaligon and the other officers at Anson Road C.I.D. attend
Jimmy Beck’s funeral. Fitz meets Beck’s sister (who turns out
to a barrister even though Beck had told Fitz that she was a
nurse) who asks him how her brother had gone so badly wrong. It
turns out that Beck had talked about Fitz constantly when he rang
home and his sister wanted to put a face to a “friend”.
Penhaligon causes a scene at the wake when she gets very drunk.
Fitz calls her a taxi and turns down her offer to go back to her
house and sleep with her.
Bill Preece/Nash, a 17 year old boy
who is living in a children’s care home, breaks into the factory
where he is doing work experience and is found by the foreman,
Stuart Grady. There is an unspoken but palpable chemistry between
the two and Grady lets Bill sleep on the floor in his flat.
Grady’s landlady, Mrs. Franklin finds Bill in the flat the next
morning, she assumes that he is a rent boy and threatens to call
the police. Grady is so distressed that Bill stabs Mrs. Franklin
to stop Grady from being unhappy. She is only wounded and Grady
has to deliver the fatal blow to prevent his friend from going to
Before they can leave the flat, Mr.
Franklin comes home and finds his dying wife in the cellar trying
to get out. He falls down into the cellar with her where he is
later found by the police and charged with his wife’s murder.
Grady is questioned by DC Alan Temple and tells him that Bill is
his son. Fitz concludes that Mr. Franklin does not have the
courage or strength to commit murder and that they are looking for
two killers. However, he mistakenly assumes that it is a man and a
woman team (like Sean and Tina in ‘To Say I Love You’).
Fitz’s home life is still extremely torrid since Judith seems to
be going through postnatal depression following the birth of their
son. She is also being increasingly drawn to Fitz’s brother as a
source of comfort.
clothes shopping with Grady at a local supermarket, Bill sees a
couple who had been his foster parents when he was 7 and follows
them home. Diane, Bill’s former foster mother, calls his social
worker, Ian McVerry, who comes to the house and attempts to take
Bill back to the children’s home. Grady prevents this from
happening and he and Bill chase after McVerry in their car.
Enraged that McVerry had come between him and his former family,
Bill (with Grady’s help) kills McVerry outside a nightclub.
When the police and Fitz are called
to the scene of the murder, Fitz concludes that this crime is
emotionally identical to the death of Mrs. Franklin. He also
decides that they are looking for an older and a younger man.
Through McVerry’s day planner, the police realise that the last
call out McVerry had was to see Bill Nash. When they visit his
place of work, they are told that he was friendly with Stuart
Grady who lived in the same house as Mrs. Franklin.
Alan Temple tries to get DC Skelton
to say that he interviewed Grady. Penhaligon overhears this
conversation and berates Temple for it. He tells her that he has
Beck’s diary which he gives to her. Penhaligon destroys the book
and thus achieves a certain amount of closure on her rape.
Bill and Grady attempt to burn their car, Bill’s leg catches
fire and Grady takes him to hospital. The police are notified that
two men were seen setting fire to a vehicle and they arrest Grady
at the hospital although Bill escapes.
Fitz interviews Grady and tells him that he understands the pain
that Grady has gone through trying to conceal his sexuality. Fitz
says that it is tragic that he has never told any man (including
Bill) how he has felt. Even when Grady was in the almost
exclusively male environment of army, he repressed his same-sex
desires by picking fights with other soldiers.
Grady eventually admits his role in the two murders and tells Fitz
where Bill will be hiding. However, Bill has tracked Diane and her
son (whose birth prompted her to abandon Bill just before she was
meant to adopt him) to an amusement park. Bill takes both of them
hostage and demands Grady be released and both of them be given a
car. Grady arrives with Fitz and tells Bill that he loves him.
Just before Bill can give Grady the gun, police snipers open fire
and Bill is killed. Grady holds Bill’s lifeless body in his arms
and cries out in agony.
Guide written by Graham Price
Unofficial Guide To Cracker 1999-2006