Out of the Blue

Season 12, Episode 14
Out Of the Blue title card
Air date January 12th, 2003
Written by Jane Hollowood
Episode guide
For Whom the Bell Tolls
The High Life


Vernon and David are involved in a traffic accident when the tanker they are driving clips the side of a green van speeding on the wrong side of the road; Mike and Sgt. Merton arrive at the crash site and notice a thick black substance leaking from the tanker.

Full SummaryEdit

Vernon Scripps and David are on their way in a tanker when they are forced off the road by an oncoming car. None of them get seriously hurt when the tanker overturns, but Vernon Scripps has a temporary loss of memory. Dr. Alway gets him admitted to his own hospital The Royal in Elsinby. The contents of the tanker ooze out on the ground and into a river and several people show signs of poisoning. Vernon Scripps is the only one who knows what is in the tanker, and the hospital staff will not let anybody talk to him. Getting the tanker contents analysed will take days and meanwhile nobody is allowed to use the tap water because of the suspected poisoning.


This episode is the pilot episode of the popular Heartbeat spin off Hospital Drama, The Royal. This episode is also briefly referred to in Sleeping Dogs, when Vernon returns 'from the dead' to take David to Spain with him and to share in his latest business venture. Its revealed then again what was in the leaking tanker.