Fruits of the Earth

Season 1, Episode 2
Fruits of the Earth
Air date 17th April 1992
Written by Johnny Byrne
Directed by Tim Dowd
Episode guide
Changing Places


Kate calls Nick lucky as he is already starting to feel quite comfortable after their move northwards. While Kate fights for Mrs Maskell's right to 'the pill', Nick tries to help her son Alan Maskell to a bank loan.

Full SummaryEdit

Nick is puzzled by a succession of drunken hikers on the moors. A man called Potter is then cautioned for passing on his home made wine which is responsible. Potter also gets accused of indecent exposure, but Nick later discovers this is incorrect. Meanwhile a employee of the local bank reports her husband to be missing. Nick goes searching for the man, but there is no sign of him. Later, he finds out that the man has hung himself because his wife was having an affair with the manager of the bank. Alan Maskell is then refused a loan from the bank to start his own business, but Nick is able to use the mans death to persuades the bank manager to change his mind. Kate has further trouble with Dr Ferrenby after advising Mrs Maskell, a 39 year old mother of six to take the contraceptive pill. This also angers Mr Maskell, who feels it is a threat to his virility.


Main CharactersEdit

Recurring CharactersEdit

Guest CastEdit


  • "All Day and All of the Night" by The Kinks
  • "Hippy Hippy Shake" by The Swinging Blue Jeans
  • "A Picture of You" by Joe Brown & The Bruvvers
  • "You Really Got Me" by The Kinks
  • "My Boy Lollipop" by Millie Small


  • Bill Maynard (Claude Jeremiah Greengrass) is absent from this episode, so his name is removed from the opening titles.
  • Simon Molloy stars as an Inspector in this episode, and he plays DI Shiner in later episodes.



Heartbeat - Series 1 - Episode 2 - Fruits of the Earth50:08

Heartbeat - Series 1 - Episode 2 - Fruits of the Earth


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