In Not For Publication Sue and Bill find their stories converging. Bill is writing a story about the hard times being faced by a local quarry company and Sue is writing a profile of Westdale’s Borough Architect. Quarmby, the owner of the quarry is claiming that there has been wholesale corruption on the council since the architect, Fearnley, took over three years earlier. He claims that Fearnley is deliberately choosing to use a more expensive quarry further away in exchange for perks (including a nice E-Type Jag.
Meanwhile Sue is sure that there is no substance to the story, she knows that a few years before Fearnley had a substantial win on the pools (which was the starting point of her story on Fearnley to begin with). Bill isn’t sure who to believe and decides to do a little extra digging.
A big story about council corruption could do wonders for his bid to get to Fleet Street.
An excellent episode even though neither Hadleigh nor Walters appear. Eventually both Bill and Sue come around to the same way of thinking and realise that Fearnley is indeed a corrupt official.
UK / ITV – Yorkshire / 1×50 minute episode / Broadcast Friday 18 October 1968 at 9.00pm
Writer: Martin Hall / Production Design: Malcolm Goulding / Director: Peter Moffat
Series: Gazette Episode 12 (of 13)
Michael Blackham as Bill Spence
Gillian Wray as Sue Jackson
David Langton as Fearnley
Alan Cullen as Rawson
Billy Russell as Quarmby
Alan Hockey as Armitage
Terry Adams as Bowles