The murder of a village blow-hard, who had few supporters among his neighbors, happens while a gathering of travelers is taking place.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Daniel Casey ...
Jane Wymark ...
Orville Tudway
John Duttine ...
Will Saxby
Muriel Saxby
Hector Bridges
Tricia George ...
Jenny Bridges
Fleur Bridges
Rowena Cooper ...
Tilly Dinsdale
Felicity Dinsdale
Ian Thompson ...
Peter Fairfax
Daniel Betts ...
Stefan Miller


A complicated set of relationships by marriage (where each of a pair of married couples was previously married to their current spouse's ex) makes it more difficult for Barnaby and Troy to unravel the motive behind the killing of an ex-Army man who still thought he was commanding a squadron of fellow villagers. The appearance of a traveling band of nomads for a festival adds to the list of suspects, as well as a possible second victim. Written by Ron Kerrigan <>

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Crime | Drama | Mystery





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19 September 1999 (UK)  »

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Hector Bridges wears the regimental tie of the Royal Irish Fusiliers. It would be a question as to whether he served in that unit, because it was amalgamated in 1968 (with the Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers and the Royal Ulster Rifles) and thenceforth was known as the Royal Irish Rangers. See more »


D.C.I. Tom Barnaby: [seeing Troy] What news from the front?
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References Matilda (1996) See more »

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On the Move, Literally
11 February 2016 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

A group of "travelers," which Americans would probably call Gypsies, gets permission to set up on the grounds of large home. The neighbors are aghast and begin to protest. Soon a former military man/vigilante takes on the task of bringing his "soldiers" to drive these people away. Granted, they are pesky and annoying, stealing small livestock and racing their horses around the estate, but most of the village enjoys them in small doses. When the aforementioned man is killed, of course, it falls on them. An interesting aspect is that not only do the neighbor's abhor this guy, but his wife goes on without much emotion. There is also a daughter seems largely affect by one particular fellow, whom we find out has a connection to the house and the victim. Barnaby and Troy have a light touch in this one because they have a respect for the underdog and see these people livening things up. Of course, they warn them that they have limited patience. A subplot is Barnaby not fitting into a suit and being force to diet. Troy is given the task of riding herd on him, checking his lunch bag and harassing him. A nicely plotted episode with a neat, complex ending.

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