Tom Mitchell is a newspaperman through and through and is quite simply the best crime man on the street. His job of obtaining facts is hampered by police and made deadly by the criminal underworld, but his success depends entirely on secrecy and concealment of the facts. Whether investigating robberies, racism or terrorism, the hard-nosed "Mitch" will get his story and deal justice in the process. 1. Something Private A 10 year old boy is reported missing from his home in the heart of Cotswolds. His body is found three miles away. Mitch, Crime reporter for a tabloid National Newspaper, hears of the murder and decides to report on the crime. The unwillingness of the villagers to talk to outsiders makes the job of discovering the why's and wherefore's of the snatch a tricky task. 2. Sleeping Dogs A tip from a friend, a possibility of a newspaper story, leads Mitch to a deserted part of Luton Airport and to the arrival of an unscheduled flight from Warsaw. A coffin is speedily unloaded and put into a waiting hearse. A woman in black follows another car as the hearse quickly leaves the airport. Mitch is intrigued and follows - who was in the coffin, why all the secrecy - Mitch thinks he knows....... 3. Business as Usual Following a jewellery shop raid, one of the thieves is followed by a local Police Inspector, married with two children. The thug is cornerd and shoots the PI - who dies en route to the hospital. Reporters flock to the provincial town to follow the story and the police hunt to find the killer. 4. Who Must Remain Anonymous Elderly local residents in South London, intimidated by young criminals most of whom are black, are too frightened to inform the police in case of any recrimination or revenge. Mitch decides to write an article describing the grim life he has found in South London. There is an immediate storm both from the blacks, who feel unfairly blamed, and from the police, who resent Mitch's insinuation that they cannot keep control of their area. A meeting of representatives of both the police and the black community to discuss Mitch's articles, results in the beginning of new hope and communication between the residents. 5. Fit-Up A young petty criminal, Freddy Lawson is saved from a sentence following his conviction for a minor thieving offence. He knows he owes his good fortune to two detectives, who he promises to pay back. Mitch is only too aware that police often give petty criminals lenient treatment in return for information but in this case, the two bent coppers intend to blackmail Lawson indefinitely and make money out of him. Mitch is contacted by Lawson's uncle to help. Mitch arranges to tape any phone conversations and for photo's to be taken. He then takes all his evidence to his news editor, who is nervous to publish the police corruption case without any substantial evidence... 6. Squealer Following a long criminal career, Reg Grey marries and promises his wife he will go straight. Three years after his marriage, police break into his home and arrest him for a robbery he committed in 1979. Mrs Grey goes to Mitch's newspaper for help and explains to Mitch that a tip-off from a police informer led to her husband's crime being discovered so long after the event. The informer is Jack Frost 'Supergrass'. His information has led to the conviction of scores of criminals. On Frost's release from prison and with his new identity, he books into a hotel with his girlfriend Babs - that evening Frost is shot in the head while sleeping - who pulled the trigger? 7. Postmans Knock Four armed men attack security guards as they carry a wages sack into a hospital. A heroic postman, passing by witnesses the scene and throws himself at one of the gang - The postman is shot and seriously injured. As the story becomes known, Mitch and many other reporters arrive in the area to investigate and more complications become unveiled. 8. Saturday Night Mitch decides to go hunting. He and his socialworker girlfriend - Jo, have been invited to a party, but Mitch sends her ahead and they agree that he will meet her there later whilst he gleans locally for a news item. He does find plenty to report on - but goes to great lengths to get his information - he even suffers his tyres being stolen from his car - parked in a local street. Ironically, on arriving late at the party, Jo suddenly remembers that she didn't give Mitch a phone message. It was from his Editor - with an urgent story to follow up! 9. A Family Matter Mitch's son Paul develops acute appendicitis whilst on a walking holiday in Northern England. Paul is rushed to a local hospital for an emergency operation. Mitch goes to see Paul and Mitch's estranged wife Susan is already there waiting for news of his condition. Meanwhile, on Mitch's way to a local hotel where he is going to stay the night, he offers a young couple a lift in his car. One, a Pakistani named Zaman Khan, the other his girlfriend, Sheila. Mitch discovers that Zaman has just been discharged having been treated in hospital following being beaten up by three youths in a shopping precinct. Mitch is intrigued to know why Zaman is so paranoid about the police and is trying so hard to avoid their investigations into his case. 10. Nature of the Beast A Cabinet Minister's wife is seriously injured in a bomb attack on the Minister's home. The Right Wing extremist's responsible send a tape recording to Mitch outlining their motives. He decides to write a full investigative report on extremists in the UK. To get to the heart of the story, he adopts a cover identity and infiltrates the neo-Nazi group.
Mitch - The Complete Series