Heartbeat is set in the 1960s, in the fictional Yorkshire town of Aidensfield. The first seasons focus on the lives of London policeman Nick Rowan, who moves to the village with his doctor wife Kate.
Nick's police colleagues feature in the series, under the leadership of the crusty but kindhearted Sergeant Blaketon. Blaketon's nemesis is Claude Jeremiah Greengrass, poacher and occasional small-time fence. Greengrass is a regular patron of the Aidensfield Arms hotel, run by George Ward and his pretty niece Gina. It's here at the pub that we see much of the day-to-day social interaction in the series. Heartbeat is based on the Constable books by Nicholas Rhea. There have been a load of Heartbeat coppers over the years. They are listed below: Sgt. Oscar Blackton
PC. Alf Ventress
PC. Phil Bellamy
PC. Nick Rowan
Sgt. Nick Rowan
PC. Mike Bradley
DC. Mike Bradley
Sgt. Raymond Craddock
PC. Tom Nicholson
Sgt. Denis Merton
PC. Steve Crane
Sgt. George Mi
A visiting conman confesses to a life of crime after crashing his car. Carol Cassidy the district nurse, visits a terminally ill woman, but she has to face a stubborn husband's violent resistance. A party of French visitors visit Aidensfield.
There is anger in Aidensfield after a convicted rapist returns. An old flame arrives from CID which surprises Rob. An old redcoat pal is helped back on his feet by Peggy.
A Russian spy is suspected and Ashfordly Police join forces with CID and British Intelligence to track him down. Peggy asks David to help her as she thinks she has found evidence of a murder.
Deefer is in the boot of Peggy's car when it is stolen. Rosie has an admirer, but he is unwelcome. Unfortunately for her, he won't take no for an answer. Phil is persuaded to share his feelings by Gina.
An intruder is shot by a decorated war hero, but the case is clouded by secrets from the past. Rosie is concerned that Bernie is concealing financial troubles at the garage, but Peggy might have the answer to their problems when she meets a salesman. Carol Cassidy deals with a pregnant teenager.
Some threats are made to a local beauty queen. Peggy is up to her tricks again, this time in an attempt to beat the bookies. PC Geoff Younger starts to be firmer in his approach as a policeman.
A dangerous gang leader holds Rob hostage. It is the annual Aidensfield v Scarsdale cricket match, but whilst the Aidensfield team think strategically, Scarsdale think up a plot to foil Aidensfield's chances of winning.
When a local boy runs away on the moors, concern quickly grows for his welfare. Phil and Gina set up Rob on a double date, while Carol contemplates her finace's return. Peggy and David are broke and so consider selling some prized possesions. Ashfordly Police have a nasty infestation.
A sniper is lurking in Aidensfield which puts the lives of the villagers at risk. David is left in charge of Peggy's ice cream van, which produces some interesting results.
Rob gets accused of police brutality at a protest at a local airfield. Sergeant Miller is surprised when he recognises one of the protestors. Elsewhere, a snake is on the loose.
Carol rushes off to treat an emergency, and whilst doing so absent-mindedly leaves her medical bag in her car. It contains dangerous drugs and Carol has to fight for her career when local boys steal the bag. Peggy and David are left in charge of Bernie's funeral parlour, but a suspicious client turns up.
Blaketon is attacked when he helps a guest at the Aidensfield Arms search for her son. It is Peggy's birthday, but she goes on a date with an old friend instead of David. Walker pressurises Bellamy about his troubles and his case is made known.
Bernie is about to inherit lots of money when a supposedly dead person returns, who also tries to claim it. A girl's father is embarassed when she unexpectedly gives birth. Aidensfield is waiting for any news about Bellamy.
Rob Walker and Carol Cassidy think that a lady may have been abused, but it is difficult to make her talk. Some troublesome children are outfoxed by Younger whilst Phil and Gina have some good news.
PC Younger arrests a local man on suspicion of poisoning, but he dies in custody after being given a pill. When Carol Cassidy traces a miracle cure to a young herbalist. A radio journalist visits Adensfield and benefits from the town's hospitality.
Gina's new cellar man falls under suspicion when a valuable pendant is stolen from a guest at the Aidensfield Arms. Geoff succumbs to the need for speed, and Peggy searches for a deal on a new set of wheels.
Lord Ashfordly's new estate manager enforces a rent increase. PC Walker is called out to oversee the eviction of a tenant, then has to investigate an attack on the manager's car. Peggy is concerned about David's odd behaviour.
It's Gina & PC Bellamy's wedding day, but will any problems occur? It starts snowing in Aidensfield, but the local gritter has mysteriously disappeared.
Rosie is attacked after finding a dead body. This leads Walker and Rachel to discover a sinister local cult. It isn't Christmas, but Peggy still tries to sell some turkeys.
A psychic offers to assist the police, after the vicar's wife is murdered. Peggy loses some dynamite.
The police station comes under siege which endangers the policemen's lives. As locals gather at 'The Aidensfield Arms', Peggy tries to prove that the moon landing is a scam.
PC Walker and Nurse Carol Cassidy have a disagreement over handling a domestic situation. An attractive widow catches Bernie's eye - but does she only want his money?
During an investigation, Miller comes under suspicion. Walker's sergeant's exam results have arrived and David wants to set up a playboy mansion.