As a result of a staff shortage, DI Lewis returns to the force temporarily. Newly promoted DI James Hathaway and DS Lizzie Maddox investigate a case of arson on a private hunting ground owned by Tom Marsten and neurosurgeon Alistair Stokes. They had purchased the grounds from Gillian Fernsby who still lives there in a small house. She is only one of several suspects however when Stokes is subsequently found shot. Junior surgeon Simon Eastwood had a difficult relationship with Stokes after he complained that Stokes had consumed alcohol before he performed an operation on Rizwan Nooran leaving the lad a vegetable. It's rumored that Eastwood may have been having an affair with Stokes' wife Erica. Nooran's parents now care for him. Both Marsten and Stokes had also been receiving threats from animal rights activists. Marsten is arrested after the police learn he had recently increased the partners' life insurance and ballistics confirms it was Marsten's rifle that fired the fatal bullet. ...
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With Hathaway now an Inspector, and Lewis reduced to a relatively minor role, these Season 8 episodes can be considered the unofficial "(Inspector) Hathaway" Season 1. See more
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"You will always feel afraid. You should always feel afraid."
Well, they haven't heard it before. My point is that surgery is violent, and the day that stops frightening you is the day you should give up your job.