White Ghost (Special 1996)
by: Paul Abbott
by: Richard Standeven
was a one-off Cracker special screened a year after the final
series finished in 1995.
killers rely on the flimsiest of excuses to commit the most
heinous crimes" - Fitz
is in Hong Kong on a lecture tour, a few months before it is due
to handed back to China after a hundred years of British rule. He
has difficulty blending in with the locals and immediately gets on
the wrong side of DCI Janet Lee Cheung.
Dennis Philby is an English man
whose business in Hong Kong is going badly just when he finds out
his girlfriend, Su Lin Tang, is pregnant. When Dennis finds out
that Su Lin wants to have an abortion, he imprisons her in a
storage crate and kills Peter Yang, the man who wanted to take
over Dennis’ business. He beats Yang over the head with a trophy
and ties his hands together.
Fitz is called in to help the Hong
Kong police with their inquiries. His assistance is conditional on
Penhaligon being flown over to help him. When Fitz goes to the
airport to collect her, he finds (to his great disappointment)
that Wise has been sent instead because Penhaligon had recently
been promoted to inspector.
next victim is Dr. Sunny, the man who was going to perform Su
Lin’s abortion. Fitz concludes that the murderer is a Westerner
because the victim’s hands are tied together as if involved in
Christian prayer. Fitz also believes that the motive for both
these killings is humiliation: The victims were envied by the
killer for their power and by killing them the murderer has
achieved a victory of sorts over them.
Su Lin, in a desperate attempt to
gain her freedom, asks Dennis to marry her. He is delighted but
insists that she remain in captivity until they are married. He
begins to make arrangements for her to have a British passport so
she can return to England with him.
Fitz and Wise begin to interview all
the Western business associates of Peter Yang, including Dennis.
Their investigation comes up with nothing until, after reading Dr.
Sunny’s appointments diary, they realise that Dennis Philby’s
girlfriend was due to have an abortion.
personally performs the wedding between himself and Su Lin and
then kills a British civil servant who refuses to grant Su Lin a
passport because the marriage licence that Dennis presented was a
The police finally arrest Dennis at
a Chinese market. During Fitz’s interrogation, Dennis reveals
that his mother had had an affair which produced him and that his
father had resented him when he was growing up because he clearly
was someone else’s son. Dennis has had a fear of the dark for
most of his life because his mother locked him in a garage while
she had sex with her lover. Dennis’ feelings of isolation and
not belonging have been enhanced by his status as a white
Westerner living in a land where he clearly did not fit in. Dennis
wants Su Lin to have the baby so he can take it back to England to
his father and thus create a new family that would exclude his
tells Fitz that he has killed Su Lin which Fitz does not believe.
He convinces Cheung to release Dennis in an attempt to find out
where he is holding Su Lin. When Dennis is leaving the police
station, Fitz tells him that Su Lin had already had an abortion.
This so enrages Dennis that he drives to the tanker where he is
keeping Su Lin and begins to cover it with petrol. Fitz arrives
and tells Dennis that he lied and that Su Lin is still carrying
Dennis’ child. Seemingly unconvinced, Dennis drives straight at
the tanker but at the last minute turns the car at a petrol
container and blows himself up.
Guide written by Graham Price
Unofficial Guide To Cracker 1999-2006