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Scene in Series 1 Episode 5

Episode 5 | Written by Matthew Graham

- Monday 6th February 2006, 9pm, BBC ONE

- Saturday 18th March 2006, 12.30am BBC TWO Sign Zone

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The murder of a Manchester United football fan results in another clash of methods between modern day cop DI Sam Tyler and traditionalist DCI Gene Hunt. They suspect that a City fan is to blame, which means the dangerous possibility of a hooligan riot between the two rival teams during a derby match that weekend.

Coming from 2006, Sam has seen how these small incidences of violence grow until eventually a disastrous situation ensues. In a bid to prevent any further violence, Sam, Gene and WPC Annie Cartwright go undercover to gather evidence in the local pub - Gene's ideal job!

Gene sets out to drink the pub dry and get in with the local hard nuts like pub regulars Paul Bond and Malcolm Cox. Sam is concerned about their chances of finding the killer before too late, while his relationship with the murdered man's young son brings memories of his own father flooding back. He realises that the forthcoming match is the last ever that he went to with his dad, back when he was just four years old.

With the press using the murder to fuel the flames of hate between rival fans, Sam believes that the only way to prevent a full scale riot is to prove that the murder wasn't football related.

A United supporter's scarf gives Sam the lucky break he needs to make an arrest - which leads him to a killer and motive he hadn't expected - and throws him into the middle of a full-scale riot.

Pleased at having averted any worse trouble, Sam is then suddenly unsettled when a four-year old boy passes him on his way to the big match...

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