|Jack Meadows||Service Record|
Introduction to Sun Hill[edit | edit source]
He made guest appearances as a Detective Superintendent in the early 1990s in the episodes A Fresh Start, Action Book, Witch Hunt, Lying-in-Wait, Plato for Policemen, Furthers, The Harder They Fall, Domestic, Wide of The Mark, Hitting The Mark, Nutters, Profit and Loss and On The Take. He was introduced as a regular character in 1992 in the episode Re-Hab, to replace DCI Kim Reid. Meadows arrived at Sun Hill having been demoted from Detective Superintendent for lack of supervision, although many believed his demotion was the result of a corruption case (in "On The Take", Meadows' sergeant of three years was found to be corrupt and he never realised it, calling into question his competence), which was brought up during the fallout of the Don Beech scandal. He was brought in over the head of an initially resentful DI Frank Burnside, who had been acting DCI.
The Days of Superintendent Tom Chandler[edit | edit source]
Meadows has gone on to survive a number of crises whilst at Sun Hill. He faced charges of lack of supervision after Beech went on the run for murdering DS John Boulton. Jack was left in no doubt by new Superintendent Chandler that he was in danger of losing his job. However, Chandler underestimated Meadows, who hung around to haunt – and ultimately destroy – him with Mickey Webb when long term friend Derek Conway, and Webb's love interest Kate Spears, were killed during the events of a race war that Chandler failed to deal with. When they discovered Chandler had raped a woman at Hendon, he armed himself, and locked himself and his pregnant wife, DS Debbie McAllister, in Meadows' office. As CIB closed in at Sun Hill, Chandler turned the gun on himself and McAllister gave birth to Chandler's premature baby, a boy called Andrew.
Divorce and Relationships[edit | edit source]
Jack's Achilles heal is his weakness for younger women. He was happily married for 28 years to school-teacher Laura, but when their children left home the cracks in the marriage began to show. She resented his overriding commitment to the job when he was nearly shot on an investigation. The marriage ultimately ended when Laura thought Jack was having an affair with Debbie, however Jack was simply helping her out with her baby. Jack was annoyed Laura didn't trust him after all their time together and told her he would file for divorce.
During a period of separation, Jack became involved with a high-class escort, Rachel Heath, who had his son. Webb told Meadows he was compromising his career, and they had a falling out. Webb tried to make up by helping Rachel, when a punter was assaulting and robbing her fellow escorts. Webb managed to track down a suspect, Martin Delaney, but a custody mix-up saw him bailed, and he viciously assaulted Rachel. Mickey went chasing after and was raped by Delaney, which he kept secret at first but then confided in Jack. Webb left Sun Hill to join MIT, but he returned when Delaney absconded in 2005. Webb remained at Sun Hill until the finale, and saw Jack as a mentor and father figure.
Detective Inspector Neil Manson[edit | edit source]
In 2003 a new DI arrived at Sun Hill. Neil Manson was a fast track detective eager to reach the heights of DCI. His vital asset was his father-in-law, the Deputy Assistant Commissioner Roy Pearson. Manson took an immediate disliking to DC Eva Sharpe, who gave Jack evidence that Pearson was using rent-boys. Meadows chose not say anything because Manson discovered Meadows' fling with Rachel Heath. Meadows' determination to keep Eva at Sun Hill failed and she transferred to MIT thanks to Mickey Webb. Jack and Neil’s feud was noticed by Superintendent Adam Okaro, and he brought in a new DC, Jo Masters, to defuse the situation. In early 2005 Masters and fellow DC Suzie Sim discovered Pearson's involvement with rent boys and Manson vowed to destroy Pearson's reputation, however Pearson resigned from the force and migrated to Spain. Manson had a fling with an undercover journalist, PC Andrea Dunbar, and when she was killed, Manson went on leave. Webb returned to Sun Hill as a DS with the National Crime Squad, with evidence suggesting Manson was corrupt. The evidence was forged by someone, but Meadows fought to prove Manson's innocence. Webb was implicated and he and Jack nearly fell out with one another. The corrupt officer turned out to be DS Liz Garrett, Mickey's fiancée. Manson left Sun Hill when Pearson re-emerged and was stabbed to death trying to steal a tape from a blackmailer. Manson joined MIT and investigated when a dying convict accused Meadows of corruption, but Manson, Nixon and Webb cleared Meadows' name. Meadows and Manson now shared a mutual respect, and Manson returned to Sun Hill when Sergeant Dale Smith was arrested for killing his girlfriend Louise Larson. When the show ended in 2010, Jack Meadows had just been re-promoted to Superintendent, thus making it quite probable that a promotion for Neil Manson would have taken place.
Detective Constable Zain Nadir[edit | edit source]
In 2006 Meadows' senior officer, Superintendent Adam Okaro, was promoted to Chief Superintendent and became Borough Commander. The new Super, John Heaton, an eager to impress officer who just got promoted from DCI, demanded an increase in combating drug crimes, and Jack sent DC Zain Nadir undercover with a drug supplier, Kristen Shaw. Zain and Kristen got close and fell in love. He compromised a major drug deal bust and escaped with Kristen and a hostage, PC Honey Harman, but Honey's better judgement ended with a struggle and Kristen's gun went off, killing Honey. Zain's involvement was discovered and he was sent to jail for 10 years for perverting the course of justice. Zain's actions made Jack question his own judgement when DI Samantha Nixon was put in danger during an undercover operation to ensnare a group selling babies illegally. Zain returned to the scene in late 2007 when drug dealing was rife in the prison Zain was in. He helped to trap the dealers but the ringleader broke out of prison, so Zain was briefly taken out to track down the suspect. After an armed siege, Jack was injured but Zain overpowered the suspect and rescued two hostages and Meadows. Jack promised to have Zain transferred to an open prison.
Promotion to Superintendent[edit | edit source]
Jack worked on several major cases in his last two years as Detective Chief Inspector. They included a gunman targeting Superintendent John Heaton due to his knowledge of a smuggling ring involving a corrupt MP, the death of teenager and a major gang running riot on a local estate, a serial bomber who killed a Sun Hill PC, a major drug smuggling ring, a cold case involving a serial killer and a human trafficking ring that saw his well deserved promotion to Superintendent when John Heaton revealed that he was transferring to another station "The Position is yours if you want it" which Jack jumped at the chance...
On his first night as Sun Hill's Governor, he had to deal with the attack of a 18 year old black male Daniel Zuzullu who had been assaulted and a 17 year old lad Oliver Mitchell who had been run over by a lorry on a main road whilst on the run from Sgt Callum Stone; his second major event was on the Sunday after when a local football match was beginning; that morning, he spoke to Stevie Moss who had been promoted to DS about an assault of a man in a bar; but when she asked Meadows about her trying her best to find a witness to the assault the night before Howard Prentice; the Supt revealed that the match had taken every uniformed officer; however Meadows asked Stevie "Are you the only CID on Sunday cover?" which Moss answered "Mickey owes me a favor" which Jack ordered to "Get Mickey out of Bed!" which she replied "Nice One!"
That morning however, Commander Lisa Kennedy told Jack that Sgt Callum Stone who had returned to duty following a recent suspension for apparently assaulting a member of the public, the Sergeant was put on "Intelligence" to make things even worse, looking for Howard Prentice, Stevie informed Mickey that she had discovered a burnt out car on Millhouse Road which Stevie called Mickey and asked him if it was on the planned route for the football fans which DC Webb told her "No, no your well clear" without contacting the IBO Suite where Meadows and Kennedy were during the operation not on the planned route for the football fans; which made it a lot harder when Meadows and Kennedy both noticed Stone leading a bunch of officers into a crowd of football supporters
Jack remained at Sun Hill until the series finale in 2010.
Service Record[edit | edit source]
- Main article: Service Record
- 1990 - Promotion To DSI/Transfer To AMIP
- 1992 - Demotion To DCI/Transfer To Sun Hill
- 2002 - Acting Superintendent (covering for deceased Tom Chandler)
- 2005 - Acting Superintendent (covering for an absent Adam Okaro, due to family grievance)
- 2005 - Leave of Absence: Spend time with his son
- 2009 - Promotion: Superintendent
Family and Relationships[edit | edit source]
- Laura Meadows (divorced in 2003)
- Debbie McAllister (lovers: 2004)
- Benjamin Meadows (son, with Laura: born c1980)
- Lucy Meadows (daughter, with Laura: born c1982)
Notes[edit | edit source]
- Jack Meadows was the longest serving CID character with 17 years on the show as DCI between 1992 and 2009, beating DC Jim Carver who was a DC between 1988 and 1999.
- Jack was also the longest serving Top Brass character, with 18 years serving as DCI, then Superintendent, between 1992 and 2010. He beats Charles Brownlow who had sixteen years as Chief Superintendent between 1984 and 2000.
- He was the fifth longest serving character, beaten by June Ackland (1983-2007) & Reg Hollis (1984-2008) who both served for 24 years, and Tony Stamp (1987-2009) & Jim Carver (1983-2005), who served for 22 years.
Major Storylines[edit | edit source]
- 1992: Demoted from Detective Superintendent at AMIP, transfers to Sun Hill as DCI
- 2000: Nearly loses job in light of Don Beech scandal
- 2003: Nearly fired during investigation into paedophile ring
- 2006: Accused of corruption by dying convict
- 2008: Police operation in Germany
- 2009: Conviction/promotion to Superintendent
- 2012: Guest appearance on SOKO Leipzig
DCI Kim Reid
|Detective Chief Inspector
Superintendent John Heaton