Dr Joe Aston is a forensic psychologist, working in the controversial field of recovered memory, on attachment to the police in Teeside.


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0101Doctor Joe Aston Investigates - Introductory Episode2001120720031024
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Scientist Grace Hayle and her boss were working alone in the laboratory.
Now he's dead and she's the only suspect in a murder case.
She claims to have no memory of what happened and there's little evidence to go on.
An expert in "recovered memory" attempts to uncover the truth.
A forensic psychologist tackles a scientist accused of killing her boss. With Jeremy Swift
A forensic psychologist tackles a scientist accused of killing her boss. David Napthine's drama stars Jeremy Swift.
A forensic psychologist tackles a scientist accused of killing her boss.
 
0102Making Waves2003103120090520 (R7)
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A confused man claims to have witnessed a murder, so the police turn to Dr Joe Aston.
A confused man claims to have witnessed a murder, so the police turn to forensic psychologist Dr Joe Aston. Stars Jeremy Swift.
A diver suddenly remembers what he thinks was a murder.
Joe must try to make sense of his confused memory of that night.
When the case reaches court, they both face tough sessions in the witness box.
When a man claims to have witnessed a murder, the police call in Dr Joe Aston.
When a man claims to have witnessed a murder, the police call in forensic psychologist Dr Joe Aston.
Stars Jeremy Swift.
A scientist is suspected of murdering her boss.
Dr Aston helps police investigate.
When a man claims to have witnessed a murder, the police call forensic psychologist Dr Aston for help.
A confused man claims to have witnessed a murder, so the police turn to forensic psychologist Dr Joe Aston.
 
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In Middlesbrough a small-time criminal lies dead in the passenger seat of a taxi.
The police suspect the involvement of a criminal gang.
Tommy Sheldon, the driver, is in severe shock and can remember nothing after his fare got into the taxi in Bishop Auckland.
Despite the risks the police feel is involved, Joe Aston works with Tommy by retracing his journey from Bishop Auckland to Middlesbrough in the hope that his memory will begin to emerge.
But perhaps this is an experience that Tommy would prefer not to remember?
Dr Joe Aston helps police probe a taxi driver who is their only witness to a murder, but remembers nothing. Stars Jeremy Swift.
Dr Joe Aston helps police probe a taxi driver who is their only witness to a murder.
Dr Joe Aston helps police probe a taxi driver who is the only witness to a murder.
Dr Joe Aston helps police probe a taxi driver who is the only witness to a murder, but remembers nothing. Stars Jeremy Swift.
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A spate of random attacks on women is baffling the police.
When another psychologist, Beth Webster, claims to see a link between them, she is put on the case.
So at a time when Joe Aston's attachment to the force is up for review, he finds himself sharing an office with a rival.
But when Joe does some recall work with DI Anne Reynolds, who has attended many of the scenes of the attacks, his thinking brings him into conflict with Beth.
Which of the two 'experts' will be proved right?
Dr Aston feels threatened when a rival psychologist investigates a series of attacks.
Dr Joe Aston feels threatened when a rival psychologist is hired to investigate baffling attacks on women. Stars Jeremy Swift.
 
0201Taken By Surprise2005092620060814A financial adviser is abducted and only released when his employer pays the ransom.
Joe resorts to unorthodox methods to secure a positive identification of the main suspect.
0202Can't See For Looking2005100320060821A witness to an arson attack thinks she saw a rhinoceros throwing a petrol bomb.
Dr Joe Aston, an expert in recovered memory, tries to discover what she really saw.
0203 LASTBest Forgotten20051010 Forensic psychologist Dr Joe Aston uncovers some information about an unsolved robbery case in 1952.
The problem is that it's Joe's elderly uncle Tom and his friend who are implicated.

Duration

  • 45 Minutes

Genre

  • Genre: Crime, Drama

Main Cast

Pid

Series 01 episode 02 cast

Series 01 episode 03 cast

  • DI Anne Reynolds - Janet Dibley
  • Tommy - Vincent Friell

Series 01 episode 04 cast

  • DI Anne Reynolds - Janet Dibley
  • Beth Webster - Tessa Peake-Jones

Series 02 episode 01 cast

Series 02 episode 02 cast

Series 02 episode 03 cast

  • dc geoff patten - Paul Brennen
  • di anne reynolds - janet dibley
  • frankie - maurice roeves
  • sue - sheila tait
  • tom - Colin Maclachlan

Trivia

  • This was first a one-off Afternoon Play in 2001; it was then repeated as the first episode of the first series in 2003 and called Doctor Joe Aston Investigates.
  • For the BBC7 broadcasts it was renamed as Introductory Episode
  • The other three episodes in the first series had the blurb: "Three new cases for psychologist Joe Aston as he continues his work with the police in Teeside."
  • Can't See For Looking and Taken By Surprise were repeated as part of Radio 4's The Memory Experience Season.
  • BBC7 announcers have claimed this was commissioned for that station rather than Radio4.

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