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  • Neil Bolton, played by David Michaels
    reconciliation with Maggie David commented at the time Maggie is naturally stunned she has heard nothing from him for all this time and suddenly not only do I turn up on the doorstep but I am working at the same hospital The question was would she accept his renewed interest David and Kazia Pelka had already played the roles of lovers in a 1985 production of Shakespeare s Twelfth Night so series 7 promised some romantic chemistry But Neil Bolton made a dramatic exit from Heartbeat halfway through series 8 See Melissa s Heartbeat page for a fan s eye view of Neil Bolton Rhea about Neil Bolton The doctors who have appeared in my books have usually been fairly senior G P s who have lived and worked in Aidensfield for many years Neil Bolton a rather serious and somewhat aloof young doctor has now come to work in the area but his arrival did cause some concern not least in his estranged wife Nurse Maggie In a village like Aidensfield the doctor is very much a part of the community just like the vicar the nurse and the policeman and I am delighted that Heartbeat continues to feature

    Original URL path: http://www.nicholasrhea.co.uk/heartbeat/nbolton.html (2016-02-17)
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  • Maggie Bolton, played by Kazia Pelka
    mother whom she was nursing I ve enjoyed working with my on screen partners said Kazia David Michaels who played Neil and I have worked together before and Paul who plays Graham was great fun too Maggie does grow very fond of Graham You ll have to wait and see if this is what leads her to leave Aidensfield Kazia recalled her last scenes vividly I was in floods of tears and found myself seeing ghosts all over the set of series gone by she laughed My past flashed before my eyes When it got to actually filming my last scene however when I m meant to be in tears it wasn t happening at all I didn t know what to do The director was giving me a couple of minutes to prepare and it wasn t working I was meant to go into the pub for a surprise party with Jason and Fiona and I said to Fiona I just can t cry and she grabbed hold of my shoulder and said Kazia you re leaving leaving us forever and you ll never see any of us ever again And I went all right ready She felt awful about it afterwards but she knew how to get me started and it certainly had the desired effect Leaving confirmed to Kazia what favourite memory of Heartbeat she ll take away with her There were many on screen moments but I ll recall all the legendary nights we spent in Goathland with the fantastic crew On my last night there everyone was at the hotel to say goodbye and we had a sing song I always sang American Pie It was only when I was singing on this night that the bye bye bit of the lyrics hit me and

    Original URL path: http://www.nicholasrhea.co.uk/heartbeat/mbolton.html (2016-02-17)
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  • Kate Rowan, played by Niamh Cusack
    of the earlier series But Kate Rowan is diagnosed with cancer and she dies in what must have been one of the most captivating and emotional episodes of the entire series Niamh Cusack played the role of Kate she comes from a strong acting dynasty Her popularity with viewers created a need for a sensitive and careful transition to her successor Jo Weston played by Juliette Gruber Read more about

    Original URL path: http://www.nicholasrhea.co.uk/heartbeat/katerowan.html (2016-02-17)
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  • Jo Weston, played by Juliette Gruber
    gown nearly reduced Juliette to tears It was weird she admits Every last detail down to the garter was so accurate and felt so real I was fine until we came to film the scene where we had to exchange our vows Then I just broke out in a sweat I kept telling myself that I was only acting and shouldn t cry I could feel my bottom lip trembling which is what happens to me when I m very nervous or very moved by something Nick and I had to look into each other s eyes and hold each other s hands The service was intensely emotional but I managed to pull myself together eventually There is a special episode of the newly weds in Canada where they continue their married life Despite her relatively recent start in Heartbeat Juliette Gruber insists that she is happy to go when her screen partner does We get married in the series and so when Nick goes so do I It works very well in the story because it means that it will be a happy ending there are no broken hearts Juliette Gruber is a niece of actor Walter Matthau and

    Original URL path: http://www.nicholasrhea.co.uk/heartbeat/joweston.html (2016-02-17)
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  • Archived Weblog Entry - 07/13/2011: "A Stationmaster's Garden"
    So what better than a story featuring the nefarious Claude Jeremiah Greengrass I conjured up a tale about Claude s childhood dream of seeing the Flying Scotsman but even when he was fully grown he d never seen the famous green steam engine One night he was doing a spot of poaching and at 3am took a short cut home through Aidensfield railway station and the station master s garden Whilst he was trespassing on railway property he heard someone stealing scrap metal from a pipe wagon the station lights came on as he shouted at the gang of thieves They ran off but he couldn t hang around otherwise he d risk being suspected of the theft So he concealed himself as the lights blazed and then lo and behold the Flying Scotsman steamed through Aidensfield station It was on a secret test run after repairs Claude couldn t believe what he was seeing but he daren t tell anyone otherwise he d be accused of theft So he sneaked home leaving a brace of pheasants hanging on the station master s garden gatepost Ralph liked my story and soon I found myself in a meeting with staff at the North York Moors Railway discussing how to transport a massive 9 ton railway wagon from Pickering to Birmingham by road and where to obtain several dozen railway sleepers None of this seemed to faze Ralph and by the first week of June thanks to the generosity of North York Moors Railway volunteers the wagon a railway seat station lamp porter s trolley and other items of old railway equipment were delivered to the garden festival site Several metres of track and railway sleepers were provided by Doncaster Trackworks Then began the daunting and backbreaking task of putting it all

    Original URL path: http://www.nicholasrhea.co.uk/author/archives/00000077.html (2016-02-17)
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  • The Curse of the Golden Trough: a Montague Pluke book
    to a modest folk museum on the North York Moors It houses a collection of snuff boxes one of which is a miniature replica of the famous trough But when he arrives to examine the snuff box he finds that only days earlier it had been stolen during a daring and puzzling raid Detective Inspector Pluke now needs all his investigative acumen his knowledge of folk lore and his expertise

    Original URL path: http://www.nicholasrhea.co.uk/books/golden.html (2016-02-17)
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  • Garland for a Dead Maiden - a Montague Pluke book
    knowledge of moorland folklore becomes vital to the investigation A maiden s garland was discovered with the body but why would a murderer take the time and trouble to bury the garland a symbol of purity with the victim Pluke s research unearths that others have also died in Devil s Dump in 1821 a shepherd name Featherstone drowned in its depths and again in 1872 another tragedy occurred in

    Original URL path: http://www.nicholasrhea.co.uk/books/maiden.html (2016-02-17)
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  • Archived Weblog Entry - 03/26/2014: "Blacktoft Sands RSPB Reserve"
    of teals swimming on it another lots of wigeon and many have a variety of gulls ducks geese and waders Best of all were the unrestricted views of marsh harriers as they hunted for prey Avocet photographed by Dave Cornwell on the Essex Marshes The reserve is noted for two other dramatic species black and white avocets with their upward curving beaks are a regular sight They roost on the reserve and leave at dawn to go to their feeding grounds If you want to see them you need to get up early or visit at dusk Perhaps the king of Blacktoft is the bittern After being hunted as food having their habitats destroyed as marshlands were drained and then having their rare eggs targeted by collectors there is no wonder their numbers declined almost to the point of extinction However thanks to careful conservation numbers have increased and the familiar booming call said by some to be like that of a bull can be heard on many reserves including Blacktoft Sands We stayed for more than four hours fascinated by the sights around us On our way home we were held up for 45 minutes as Goole Bridge which spans the River Ouse was closed to road traffic A huge container ship was approaching it must have measured the length of a small street We got out of the car to watch as the pilot cautiously manoeuvred the bulky vessel through the narrow gap It was a spectacular sight and a first for us as it made its leisurely way to the Humber out to the North Sea and beyond Tomorrow we have a Danish friend and keen collector of my books coming to visit She wants to see the place that gave me the inspiration for my latest

    Original URL path: http://www.nicholasrhea.co.uk/author/archives/00000090.html (2016-02-17)
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