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Philanderer Alan Marsh (Charles De’ath – The Last Detective) is found badly beaten in a hotel room. Is it a simple case of him being caught in the act by an angry husband? That’s what it looks like to Sergeant Jo Masters and Pc Benjamin Gayle when they arrive at the hotel and find Mark Pierce (Alec Newman – Hope Springs) shouting the odds…

Mark’s wife Julia (Emily Bruni – Personal Affairs) had booked the hotel room that Alan is found in – but she’s disappeared. And Mark didn’t attack Alan. In fact, he doesn’t even believe Julia’s having an affair… But the police trace Julia to a friend’s home and she says she is cheating on her husband. So, what’s going on? Forensic evidence shows that it was a man called Craig Chapman (Ryan Pope – Ideal) who assaulted Alan – and he was arrested overnight for drink-driving. Craig admits the assault, claiming Alan owed him money. But the detectives think there’s more to this than anyone is admitting…

DS Stevie Moss discovers that the last number Julia rang from her mobile was Craig’s. How do they know each other? And why did Julia set up Alan for a beating? When Mark’s shown Craig’s photo, he tells the officers the man is Julia’s brother – and he’s been dead for 15 years. But it’s no ghost in custody…