For Art's Sake

Season 9, Episode 17
For Art's Sake title card
Air date 16th January 2000
Written by Andrew McCulloch
Directed by Roger Bamford
Episode guide
Weight of Evidence
A Shot in the Dark


Joe Vaughan, a talented painter from Liverpool comes to Aidensfield to finish his new collection. Tragedy strikes when his cottage is burned down and the paintings are ruined. Greengrass cons his way into getting a grant form the council to do up his non-existent B & B.

Full SummaryEdit

The artist Joe Vaughan has rented a cottage from Lord Ashfordly to do some painting. He has had a bit of a clash with members of the local rugby club and they do what they can to annoy him. A Liverpool gangster, Boyd, is also interested in him and he has sent two goons to do the dirty job. His benefactor Rod Dundas organizes an exhibition at the cottage, but the night after the opening the cottage burns and all Vaughan's paintings are destroyed. Well not all of them, since one of them is missing. Greengrass gets a grant from the counsel for his new "romantic boarding house" and can soon greet his first guests. His old friend Betty persuades him to buy a share of the race horse Alnwick Flyer, which must be sold for tax reasons. There is something about Gina's boyfriend Andy that Oscar Blaketon does not like and he starts to follow Andy around like a shadow.

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