It is November 5th, Guy Fawkes Night, 1930.
Bonfires are blazing, rockets burst. In a country lane, revellers discover a car that has been set on fire. At first they assume that this is the work of vandals taking the Guy Fawkes spirit a little too far, then they notice, sitting at the wheel, a body, charred beyond recognition. The initial assumption is that the owner of the car, Mr William Hodge, a successful travelling vacuum cleaner salesman has taken his own life by flooding the car with petrol and lighting a match. The post mortem, however, reveals that Mr Hodge was either unconscious or dead before the fire was lit.
When Tommy Blamire, a local criminal, is charged with the murder, barrister Arthur Skelton believes him to be innocent, so sets out to prove as much and ensure justice is served.
David Stafford began his career in theatre. He has written numerous dramas, comedies, biographies and documentaries including two television films working with Alexei Sayle and Benjamin Zephaniah.
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