Dead Pan. Image shows from L to R: DS Jason Trotter (John Hollingworth), DCI Alma Blair (Julie Hesmondhalgh), CSM Jo Black (Jane Hazlegrove). Copyright: Savvy Productions.

Dead Weight

BBC Radio 4 comedy drama crime series. 5 episodes (1 series) in 2018. Stars Julie Hesmondhalgh, Jane Hazlegrove, John Hollingworth, Jonathan Keeble and others.


1. Episode One

First broadcast: Monday 25th June 2018

DCI Alma Blair is found lurking behind the weighing scales at Fat Busters. Determined to be anonymous, she is masquerading as a florist, until someone with murder in mind forces Alma into action. DS Jason Trotter is called to the scene and it seems there is another member of the team about to make a surprise appearance.


2. Episode Two

First broadcast: Tuesday 26th June 2018

Who would want to kill Jean Cranberry and why? The team sets out to discover what coated the doughnuts that appear to have asphyxiated the victim and question whether Jean's diabetes played a part in her death.


3. Episode Three

First broadcast: Wednesday 27th June 2018

The team feel no closer to discovering who would want to kill Jean Cranberry and why, when Jason delivers a shocking announcement. Meanwhile, Alma is about to discover that Jo has not been truthful about where she has been and it looks like there is a parasite at large.


4. Episode Four

First broadcast: Thursday 28th June 2018

Jo and Alma really need to talk. There's something slimy lurking at the heart of this murder and Mo has no stomach for it.


5. Episode Five

First broadcast: Friday 29th June 2018

Will there be a sickening end for our Slimmers' Club killer? Will Alma and Jo actually take their relationship to the next level? And what of baby Trotter?