Closing the Book

Season 11, Episode 12
Closing the Book title card
Air date 13th January 2002
Written by Johnny Byrne
Directed by Diana Patrick
Episode guide
A Gentleman's Sport
The Leopard's Spots


A man dies naturally on the village green and the police finds robbery plans at his home. Vernon rents horse carriages to tourists but the horses have a will of their own and Craddock's wife has turned up in Ashfordly and suggests a divorce.

Full SummaryEdit

Walter Ames collapses on the village green of Aidensfield and dies. When the police search his cottage for names of relatives they find something much more interesting; complete plans for serious crimes. All crimes have all been committed except one, and they were all planned by someone known only as "The Bookman" by Scotland Yard. The remaining crime is a hit on the Bank in Ashfordly. To prevent the robbery the police keep an eye on all newcomers in the area. Vernon Scripps has a new venture; "Scripps' Roaming Holidays", where tourists can rent a gypsy caravan and drive along given routes through the country. The horse is even very easy to handle as long as you keep it away from Ashfordly Hall - and a few other places... PC Nicholson gets very attentive when an attractive woman asks for Sergeant Craddock at the police station, but PC Ventress thinks he may better tend to Mrs Craddock himself.


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Recurring CharactersEdit

Guest CastEdit


  • "Girl From Mill Valley" by Jeff Beck
  • "The Look of Love" by Dusty Springfield
  • "Autumn Leaves" by The Mantovani Orchestra
  • "Greensleeves" by Jeff Beck
  • "Softly Softly" by Joe Loss
  • "Feel Too Good" by The Move
  • "Some Enchanted Evening" by The Mantovani Orchestra
  • "Hi-Ho Silver Lining" by Jeff Beck
  • "I Ain't Superstitious" by Jeff Beck & Rod Stewart
  • "Tenderly" by Joe Loss



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