- "The Case of the Missing"
Dawn French [ WPC Softly ], Bill Paterson [ Chief Inspector ], Timothy Spall [ Pathologist ], Stephen Frost [ Sgt Dawkins ], Peter Bland [ Editor ], Geoffrey McGivern [ Mason ], John Boswall [ Judge ], Paul Mark Elliott [ Max Rammell ], Gary Love [ Constable Williams ], Henry Naylor [ Journalist ], Michael Sharvell-Martin [ Mayor ], David Barber [ Boy on bus ], June Ellis [ Woman on bus ], Kate Williams [ Woman on bus ]
A local planning officer has his head set in concrete by three hooded men on a No 49 bus, and is suspended over a river. Overnight WPC Softly (Traffic Division) is mysteriously promoted to Inspector to lead the investigation.
b: 14 Nov 91 w: Ian Hislop & Nick Newman d: Bob Spiers
- "The Girl from Ipanema"
Dawn French [ Maria ], Martin Jarvis [ Maurice Howling ], Jane Asher [ Lydia Howling ], James Cossins [ Sir Hugh Lotterby ], Andrew Dicks [ Child ], Marsha Fitzalan [ Lydia's friend ], Christopher Good [ Leonard ], Jacey Sallés [ Silvia ]
Brazilian au pair Maria arrives to work for businessman & prospective MP, Maurice Howling, and discovers a cocktail of sexual and political intrigue with fatal results.
b: 21 Nov 91 w: Paul Smith & Terry Kyan d: Bob Spiers
- "He Died a Death"
Tony Slattery [ Tony Sparkle ], Dawn French [ Judy Talent ], Kenneth Cranham [ Insp Salford ], Kevin McNally [ Insp Turner ], Stephen Moore [ Basil Hampton ], Gwen Taylor [ unknown ], Kevin Allen [ Simon Pleasance ], Greg Cruttwell [ Timmy Duval ], Robin Driscoll [ Reg ], Togo Igawa [ Japanese tourist ], Ben Miller [ PC Watkins ], Harriet Thorpe [ Sarah Deveraux ]
Fading soap star Judy Talent is in the West End whodunnit The Catflap, with a cast who, in real life, would all gladly murder one another. When one of them gets the lead in a washing powder commercial, the scene is set for onstage and offstage slaughter.
b: 28 Nov 91 w: Ian Hislop & Nick Newman d: Bob Spiers
- "A Determined Woman"
Dawn French [ Rita Proops ], Jim Broadbent [ Selwyn Proops ], Caroline Blakiston [ unknown ], Kathy Burke [ Helen ], Soo Drouet [ Porter ], Michael Sharvell-Martin [ Judge ]
When quantum physicist Rita Proops is made redundant by the university she works for, the only way she can afford to continue her research in her garage is by petty pilfering. Rita does something she regrets. Five years later she sends herself back in time to make amends.
b: 5 Dec 91 w: James Hendrie d: James Hendrie
- "Murder at Tea Time"
Dawn French [ Bunty Breslaw ], Dexter Fletcher [ Colin ], Diane Bull [ unknown ], Jane Booker [ Sally ], Paul Bradley [ Sergeant ], Ben Davis [ Simon Grove ], David Gooderson [ Bert ], David Harewood [ Jonathon ], Geraldine McNulty [ Mandi ], Andy Parsons [ Charlie Dunn ], Rebecca Stevens [ Lizzie ], Marco Williamson [ Donald ]
Bunty Breslaw is the award-winning presenter of a successful children's TV show, Write Away. But her popularity begins to fade with the arrival of Colin, a streetwise young host. She can't stand the competition, and decides to get rid of her rival by forcing him to do extremely dangerous stunts for the program.
b: 12 Dec 91 w: Graham Alborough & Jez Alborough d: Bob Spiers
- "Mrs Hat and Mrs Red"
Dawn French [ Mrs Hat & Mrs Red ], Jim Carter [ Roy Redfern ], Kate McEnery [ Jemima Redfern ], Geoffrey McGivern [ Guy ], Ricco Ross [ Gary ], Claire Cathcart [ Check-out girl ], Beresford Le Roy [ Supermarket manager ], Robert Llewellyn [ Taxi driver ], Brian McCardie [ Supermarket assistant ], Mia Soteriou [ Pianist ], Francesca Brill [ Friend ], Susie Fairfax [ Friend ], Harriet Thorpe [ Friend ], Mathilda Thorpe [ Friend ]
When downtrodded Mrs Hat meets the glamorous Mrs Red in a supermarket, she follows her home to discover a lifestyle beyond her wildest dreams, with luxuries such as bath oil and geraniums. But murder is on the cards.
b: 19 Dec 91 w: James Hendrie & Ian Brown s: Dawn French d: Bob Spiers
Dawn French [ Tina Mellish ], Amanda Donohoe [ Carmela Vessa ], Peter Vaughan [ Doverson ], Colin Salmon [ Lambert ], Emma Amos [ Miss Fleming ], June Ellis [ Mrs Melish ], Geoffrey McGivern [ Security man ], Angela Wynter [ Hotel receptionist ]
Tina Mellish is a failure on the point of suicide. Carmela Vezza is a hired assassin on a mission to kill. What use could they be to each other?
b: 3 Mar 94 w: Steven Moffat d: Bob Spiers
- "Lady Luck"
Dawn French [ Denise Cunningham ], Ann Bryson [ Sheena ], Jonathan Dow [ Gary ], Sean Gallagher [ Sean Lacey ], Bill Moody [ Rubbish dump attendant ], Colin Wyatt [ Police detective ]
Hairdresser Denise Cunningham has just got through to her local radio station and won two free tickets to America, when she is taken hostage by a bank robber.
b: 10 Mar 94 w: Paul Smith & Terry Kyan d: Bob Spiers
- "A Severe Case of Death"
Dawn French [ Maude Jenkins ], Timothy West [ Dr Adams ], Georgina Hale [ Lady Jamieson ], Christopher Adamson [ Mr Beast ], Lucy Benjamin [ Katherine ], Jonathan Cecil [ Mr Warburton ], Soo Drouet [ Gillian ], John Fortune [ Squire Thorpe ], John Duvall [ Young gentleman ], Roy Evans [ Carriage driver ], Susie Fairfax [ Peasant ], David Henry [ Lawyer ], Brian Hibbard [ Mr Satan ], David Gooderson [ First patient ], Henry Naylor [ Second patient ], James Saxon [ Young Adams ]
Maude Jenkins's struggle to become a doctor in noieteenth-century England involves lust, intrigue, a sex change and cigars.
b: 17 Mar 94 w: Chris England d: Marcus Mortimer
- "We All Hate Granny"
Dawn French [ Granny ], James Fleet [ Tom ], Victoria Wicks [ Jocasta ], Paul Mark Elliott [ Jamie de Jongh ], Peter Geeves [ Emil ]
Tom has just lost his job, and Jocasta is finding the children a trial, but soon Granny will be dead, so everything will be fine.
b: 24 Mar 94 w: James Hendrie d: Dewi Humphreys
- "Mangez Merveillac"
Dawn French [ Verity Hodge ], Kevin McNally [ Mr Bogleby ], Jane Booker [ Mrs Bogleby ], Thomas Szekeres [ Rollo Bogleby ], Patricia Hayes [ Mrs Templecombe ], Philip Jackson [ Patron ], Claude Le Saché [ Postman ], Clarke Peters [ American ], Karen Ascoe [ Waitress ], Olivier Pierre [ Mayor ], Philip Bird [ Man in supermarket ], Mia Soteriou [ Woman in supermarket ], Alexander Torriglia [ Gendarme ]
Travel & cookery writer Verity Hodge finds the one corner of France that nobody has written about or visited. But her best selling book Mangez Merveillac changes all that forever with fatal results.
b: 31 Mar 94 w: Ian Hislop & Nick Newman d: Bob Spiers
- "Smashing Bird"
Dawn French [ Vicky ], David Bamber [ Ray ], Hywel Bennett [ Clancy ], Mark McGann [ Tommy ], Ray Winstone [ Terry ]
John Benfield [ Barry Todd ], Philip Martin Brown [ Psycho ], Michael Elphick [ Bill Todd ], Alan Ford [ First villain ], Niven Boyd [ Second villian ], Julie Peasgood [ Waitress ]
Getaway driver Ray and his nightclub singing fiancée Vicky are set to give up a life of crime when a fatal explosion forces Vicky to become a killer. He is killed after a job goes horribly wrong, and the rest of the gang give her a choice: she can help avenge Ray's death, or become their cook.
b: 7 Apr 94 w: Jon Canter d: Dewi Humphreys
- "Girl Friday"
Dawn French [ Sally Fairfax ], Nigel Havers [ Harvey Stafford ], Geraldine McNulty [ Karen ], Paul Moriarty [ Det Const Jobson ], Moira Buffini [ WPC ], Hugo Bower [ Mr Wenders ], Richard Hansell [ Gerry ], Paul Ridley [ Minister ], John Labanowski [ Security guard ], Lisa Orgolini [ Marilyn ], Penny Stuttaford [ Receptionist ], Sy Hollands [ Mrs Stafford ]
Sally Fairfax is a personal assistant to the smarmy philandering Harvey Stafford. Her devotion is severely tested when she returns to the office late one night and finds herself party to a murder.
b: 10 May 96 w: Paul Smith d: Dewi Humphreys
- "A Life or Death Operation"
Dawn French [ Dr Kate Marshall ], John Bird [ Duncan Jupp ], Brigit Forsyth [ Mrs Osman ], Bob Pugh [ Det Insp Morgan ], Steven Spiers [ Det Insp Hooper ], Jo Unwin [ Hilary ], Peter Wingfield [ Giles ], Gavin Campbell [ Himself (presenter) ], Andrew Greenhalgh [ Anaesthestist ]
Sara Powell [ Staff nurse Jane ], Llewella Gideon [ Sister Debbie ], Dan Milne [ Simon ], Neran Persaud [ Naresh ]
Dr Kate Marshall juggles her life between her real hospital work and TV stardom on the popular Accident & Emergency show. But when she has to perform life-saving surgery on the one person who could ruin her career, she develops a murderous glint in her eye.
b: 17 May 96 w: Mark Burton & John O'Farrell d: Dewi Humphreys
- "Dying Live"
Dawn French [ Daisy Talwinning ], Jim Carter [ Gen Alberto ], Helen Lederer [ Vyonne Quail ], John Thomson [ Daniel Hoffmeyer ], Alistair McGowan [ Marcos ], Marcus D'Amico [ Raul Menendez ], Stratford Johns [ Mr Maddox ], Kevin Allen [ Driver ], Bryan Pringle [ Mr Franklin ], Jonathan Coy [ Benjamin Trethansis ], Tres Hanley [ Stewardess ]
When Daisy Talwinning, an abattoir worker sacked because she can't bring herself to kill the cute animals, goes on holiday to Panador in South America, she gets caught up in a case of mistaken identity, just as a rebel leader is about to be executed - the officials think she is the executioner.
b: 24 May 96 w: Steven Moffat d: Dewi Humphreys
- "The Body Politic"
Dawn French [ Linda Bryce ], Hugh Laurie [ Jerry Bryce ], Richard Johnson [ Rev Charles Quentin ], John Bennett [ Det Ch Insp Graham Barlow ], Georgine Anderson [ Mrs Stewart ], Paul Mark Elliott [ Brian Hall ], Susannah Elliott-Knight [ Deborah Case ], Ken Jones [ Mr Belling ], Henry Naylor [ Eric ], Non Vaughan-Thomas [ Jane ]
Leader of the opposition Jerry Bryce and his wife Linda are getting ready to move to No 10, when they discover three rather grisly obstacles under the kitchen floor on the eve of the General Election.
b: 31 May 96 w: Anthony Horowitz d: Ferdinand Fairfax
Dawn French [ Sgt Wendy Hodge ], Minnie Driver [ Sgt Val Cole ], Roger Lloyd-Pack [ Frank Foster ], Clive Russell [ Det Ch Supt Barratt ], Joseph Bennett [ Geoff ], James Callis [ Mark ], George Costigan [ Det Ch Insp Dave Jones ]
When former gangland boss Frank Foster is brought in for questioning about the murder of a policeman, he's interrogated by Sgt Hodge & Sgt Cole, both intent on promotion.
b: 7 Jun 96 w: Jon Canter d: Coky Giedroyc
- "Dead On Time"
Dawn French [ The Grim Reaper ], Danny Webb [ Tony Smedley ], Sophie Okonedo [ Rachel ], Regina Freedman [ Alison Smedley ], Brian Capron [ Chris Bastable ]
The Angel of Death, who is a not-very-Grim Reaper, is given a deadly ultimatum: deliver some souls or be sentenced to a life in Hell.
b: 14 Jun 96 w: Ian Hislop & Nick Newman d: Ferdinand Fairfax
Dawn French [ Lily Wood-Newton ], Joanna Scanlan [ Iris Wood-Newton ], Richard Brain [ Rev Stoop ], Paul Rider [ Freezer repair man ], David Battley [ Mr Gaunt ], Robert Wilfort [ Gaunt Jr ], Matthew Bowyer [ Burglar ], Colin Higgins [ Suit 2 ]
Faced with post-war rationing in the impoverished village of Skinton, sisters Lily and Iris share a secret supply of cakes stored in their freezer. But when the appliance breaks down, the arrival of a repairman leads to murder.
b: 19 Feb 99 w: Nick Vivian d: Coky Giedroyc
- "Going Solo"
Dawn French [ Tracy Phillips ], Sarah Lancashire [ Karen Sullivan ], Jim Carter [ Frank Phillips ], Liam Hess [ Rory Phillips ], Kim Wall [ Yacht salesman ], Toby Longworth [ Estate agent ], Patrick Toomey [ Reporter ]
Tracy Phillips and Karen Sullivan seem an unlikely team to set sail together on a round-the-world yacht race, and they do indeed prove to be ill-matched. Then they capsize.
b: 26 Feb 99 w: Paul Smith d: Tony Dow
- "Whoopi Stone"
Dawn French [ WPC Barbara Greaves / Whoopi Stone ], Jamie Foreman [ Det Supt Neil Brown ], Martin Marquez [ Tony La Paglia ], Christopher Adamson [ Mikey Perugiano ], Len Collin [ John Greaves ], Neil Maskell [ Martin Greaves ], Norman Eshley [ Det Ch Insp Reed ], Will Barton [ PC Grey ], Ron Berglas [ Louie Finkel ], Paul Chahidi [ Hitman ]
WPC Barbara Greaves is a speed cop and bored housewife. A CDI officer offers her the challenge to bring three American drug barons to justice.
b: 5 Mar 99 w: Jon Canter d: Coky Giedroyc
- "Confessions of a Murderer"
Dawn French [ Harriet Snellgrove ], Philip Jackson [ Police sergeant ], Hugh Bonneville [ Insp Dawson ], Graeme Garden [ Alex Docherty ], Paul Putner [ Police constable ], Ricky Grover [ Barman ]
TV crime show addict Harriet Snellgrove dreams of being arrested herself, and is a regular visitor to Nuttley police station to confess to almost every crime committed in the area, but she is never believed. But will the police's repeated rejections lead her to actually commit murder?
b: 19 Mar 99 w: Ian Hislop & Nick Newman d: Edgar Wright
- "Elvis, Jesus and Jack"
Dawn French [ Jill Tanner ], Sean Hughes [ Zack Mitchell ], Chris Langham [ Harry ], Paul Reynolds [ David Flint ], Lorna Brown [ Woman in office ], Nick Stringer [ Insp Hibbert ], Janette Krankie [ Herself ], Jake Wood [ Derek ], Martha Cope [ Andrea ], Emma Woollard [ Nicola ], Hugh Munro [ Elderly man ], Pip Torrens [ News presenter ]
A TV producer fakes the death of a faded rock star in order to save her obituaries department.
b: 26 Mar 99 w: Steven Moffat d: Tony Dow
- "Dinner at Tiffany's"
Dawn French [ Tiffany Drapes ], Frances Barber [ Gloria Twigge ], Isobel Middleton [ Evangeline Brazier ], Peter Serafinowicz [ Tony Frost ], Geraldine McNulty [ Sheila ], Thelma Barlow [ Tiffany's mother ], Gemma Coughlan [ Crying girl ], Joanna Barrie [ Bouncer #1 ], Rita Anamagura [ Bouncer #2 ], Andy Greenhalgh [ CID Officer #1 ], Moray Treadwell [ CID Officer #2 ]
School meal supervisor Tiffany Drapes loves her job, not least because she is in love with the headmistress. But so is PE teacher Evangeline Brazier, and Tiffany gets carried away with jealousy.
b: 2 Apr 99 w: Jonathan Harvey d: Dewi Humphreys