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0120120827 (BBC7)
20160815 (BBC7)
20160816 (BBC7)

A body with a missing finger and an extra front tooth leads the team to a cannabis factory

The police drama by Amelia Bullmore, starring Maxine Peake, returns for a new series - with a strange case that is set to get more bizarre as the week unfolds.

"You have to be careful of the bizarre, because one man's odd is another man's system."

The episode begins when the body is found of a strangled man, with a missing finger and an extra front tooth. For Craven, alarm bells ring and she suspects the trade mark maiming of criminal mastermind Tony Lau.

The trail leads the team to a domestic address that has been converted into a cannabis factory.

This popular series is created by an all female production crew in Manchester and stars Maxine Peake as DCI Sue Craven.

Produced by Justine Potter

A Red Production Company production for BBC Radio 4.

0220120828 (BBC7)
20160816 (BBC7)
20160817 (BBC7)

The case involving organised crime and cannabis farming continues.

Starring Maxine Peake.

The case involving a cannabis farm and a strangled, maimed South East Asian man's body is getting more and more bizarre as there are indications of serious organised crime at its heart.

The web of crime is getting ever more tangled, with more severed fingers than bodies and the hopeful shrines left in the Cannabis factories suggest desperate people in need of help and hope.

And then there's Craven's regular irregular love life with ex colleague Macca, which is about to hit serious problems when their unusual set up is challenged.

Producer: Justine Potter

A Red Production Company production for BBC Radio 4.

0320120829 (BBC7)
20160817 (BBC7)
20160818 (BBC7)

Craven searches for two missing children and her history with the new boss is revealed.

Starring Maxine Peake.

Craven's new boss is unlikely to give her any slack and the discovery of the "Green Tsunami" of Cannabis factories in Manchester seems to be throwing up an ever increasing list of missing people.

An illegally trafficked Vietnamese immigrant who was caught gardening the crop at a Cannabis factory is not helping, and Craven can't concentrate because her regular irregular lover Macca has finally called the shots and their relationship appears to be over.

Not one of Craven's best days.

Producer: Justine Potter

A Red Production Company Production for BBC Radio 4.

0420120830 (BBC7)
20160818 (BBC7)
20160819 (BBC7)

A call from Craven's mother interrupts this case of modern-day slavery.

Starring Maxine Peake.

The statistics across the globe for modern day slavery are around 27 million and Craven is fast discovering that the trade is still very much alive and well in Manchester.

The Cannabis factory discoveries have revealed the tip of the iceberg of illegally trafficked Vietnamese children and adults, brought in to work as gardeners in a serious case of organised crime.

On top of that there's a "blobby gingernut" on the loose who escaped from a factory where his accomplice was left with a hammer in his head, more bodies to account for....and then there's a phone call. What Craven really doesn't need is this news from her mother. But when did her relationship with her mother ever feel convenient? And where is Craven's on-off relationship with Macca now?

Producer: Justine Potter

A Red Production Company production for BBC Radio 4.

0520120831 (BBC7)
20160819 (BBC7)
20160820 (BBC7)

La Thu Huyen is tracked down, but what of the showdown with Macca and Craven's mum?

Starring Maxine Peake.

The case is looking too big to solve and the body count is rising. Craven and Macca may finally get to talk, if her mum doesn't get in the way - but Craven's priorities are exposed when work, family and love life collide.

Craven must find La Thu Huyen if she has any chance of solving this case. And she must work out a strategy to deal with her mother and her lover at home.

This case concludes - Craven returns as an Afternoon Drama on Radio 4 on Monday 3rd September.

Producer: Justine Potter

A Red Production Company production for BBC Radio 4.