The near decapitation of the local postman, whose hyperactive libido also makes him the village lothario, leads to a series of grisly murders involving other promiscuous villagers.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Daniel Casey ...
Fleur Bennett ...
Debbie Shortlands
Adam Blackwood ...
Keith Shortlands
Prue Clarke ...
Mary Yeatman
Del Henney ...
Mike Yeatman
Nicky Henson ...
Simon Reason
Owen August
Louise August
WPC Jay Nash
Holly Reid
Barbara Judd

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When Dave Cutler, the local postman, is found with his throat slit, Barnaby and Troy are on the case. Cutler it seems had slept with most of the woman in the village so between spurned lovers and irate husbands, there are any number of suspects. They are assisted by the local police in the form of the very attractive WPC Jay Nash, to whom Troy takes a instant liking. When a second and then a third murder takes place, the police realize they have a far more complex motive that simple jealousy. Written by garykmcd

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postman | pub | lothario | boredom | voyeur | See All (26) »


Crime | Drama | Mystery


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16 September 2001 (UK)  »

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Interesting and in Some Ways Outrageous
21 February 2016 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The object of many off color jokes has to do with the guy who services all the married women in a community. The first murder victim here is one of those. He is a postman who shares time with his customers (take that Cliff Klaven!). Anyway, during one of his rounds, he is savagely attacked, nearly decapitated. It turns out that most of the husbands are quite aware of this guy, and, hence, quite a pool of suspects emerges. Of course, this sets up quite the possibility for Barnaby and Troy to focus on minutiae as they sift through the evidence. A significant aspect of the crimes is that big band music is heard as the murders are being committed. One interesting subplot is Troy's falling for a pretty young officer who is aiding in the case. She lives in the village and is a fount of information. She is also kind, but has some baggage we really don't know about. This is a decent episode, returning to some of the more bizarre stuff that makes good theatre.

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