Meanwhile, David takes charge of the taxi firm whilst Vernon is pre-occupied with yet another disastrous scheme, and deals with sick children, snakes - and shoplifting OAP's!Guest cast: Stuart Farrell, Roger Griffiths, Tom Goodman-Hill, Madaleine Moffatt First Appearance of Ryan Early as PC Tom Nicholson A series of crimes lead to a local nursing home, and Blaketon is asked to investigate the owner of the home by the son of a former patient when his mother and a number of residents die after leaving the owner everything in their will.
Meanwhile, Vernon's promise to provide a Christmas tree for the villagers doesn't go according to plan when David has a small mishap with the Christmas lights.
Guest cast: Ciarán Griffiths, Sophia Myles, Kate Mc Loughlin, Ben de Sausmarez, Anne O'Brien, Gabrielle Cowburn, Jerome J.
Meanwhile, Vernon expands Bernie's funeral empire by turning an isolated field into a pet cemetery, much to his brother's discomfort, and discovers there's a big demand for his new service.
Guest cast: Joseph Aston, Simon Lenagan, Gareth Farr, Olive Pendleton, Veronica Roberts, Christopher Wilkinson, Tim Smith First Appearance of Sarah Tansey as Jenny Latimer It's Christmas, and whilst Mike tries to reunite a blind women with her lost dog, Tricia receives a visit from an old friend, a beautiful actress trying to evade the paparazzi.
Elsewhere, Vernon and David fall out when strange events occur at the cottage, until they discover they have a new house guest, whilst Bellamy moves in with a depressed Mike after Jackie's departure.
Guest cast: Stephen Hoyle, Amanda Fairclough, Tracey Briggs, Lisa Marie Boucher, Vicki Lee Taylor, Sharon Muircroft, Tony Turner, Billy Fane, Gilian Cally Tricia turns to Mike for support as she faces disciplinary action for supplying the contraceptive pill to teenage girls, and a reporter fishing for dirt on the controversial story causes further trouble for the village doctor, while Carl Lomax escapes from custody after he is charged for the attack on Ashfordly Police Station, and goes on the run with his girlfriend.Guest cast: Kate Rutter, Frankie Hough, Robert Swann, James Weaver, Andy Linden, Neil Jackson, David Robertson First Appearance of Duncan Bell as Sgt Dennis Merton Mike and Ventress are convinced something ghastly is afoot when a long-buried farming feud becomes linked to a series of violent crimes, and both sides are united in their reluctance to involve the constabulary.Meanwhile, Joyce Jowett poses a threat to another of Vernon's madcap schemes when he tries to open up a cinema in the village. Tricia suspects the Colonel's money-driven son as he is intent on whisking his father off to a retirement home and taking over his estate, whilst Gina starts acting like Aidensfield's answer to Mata Hari when Blaketon becomes wary of a guest at the pub.Meanwhile, Ventress tries to salvage his reputation when a photo of him sleeping on the job is printed in the Ashfordly Gazette.Guest cast: Fiona Victory, Freddie Jones, Alastair Sims, Josh Moran Ventress and Tom investigate a series of accidents at a carpet factory and must determine whether it was the result of negligence or sabotage, when a prodigal son returns to claim his inheritance and the vengeful former manager refuses to be dismissed without a fight.Guest cast: Clive Mantle, Jonathan Ryland, Geoffrey Banks, Will Norris, Kerry Wotton, Stan Rowe When an elderly man dies, Mike finds plans for a number of serious crimes amongst his possessions.