Fox hunting, taxidermy and Oscar Wilde are part of the backdrop as Barnaby and Troy investigate a series of murders, beginning with that of a tramp in the woods.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Daniel Casey ...
James Fitzroy
Sarah Fitzroy
Grahame Tranter
Diane Fletcher ...
Marcia Tranter
Sarah Winman ...
Kate Tranter
Ron Pringle
Janet Dale ...
Betty Pringle
Jeanne Hepple ...
Linda Wagstaff
Jane Wood ...
Cathy Gurdie
Fred Ridgeway ...
Ben Gurdie


While Barnaby is away on holiday his replacement, the soon to be retired Ron Pringle, arrests Billie Gurdie for the murder of a tramp who lived in the woods near the village of Upper Marchwood. When Billie's father is also found dead in the same woods some three weeks later, an apparent suicide, Barnaby seriously questions the coincidence. When the post-mortem reveals the second death to also be murder, Barnaby is certain that both murders were committed by the same person. Written by garykmcd

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tramp | boy | poacher | taxidermy | suicide | See All (59) »


Crime | Drama | Mystery





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31 December 1999 (UK)  »

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The voice of Kreacher and voice of Dobby from the Harry Potter films both appear in this episode. Kreacher was by Simon McBurney and Dobby was by Toby Jones. See more »

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Rich People Up to No Good
12 February 2016 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Barnaby and his family are vacationing in France when a murder is committed. A strange old man is the victim. A less skilled but senior detective, Pringles, acting in Barnaby's place, quickly arrests a young man and pretty much assures his conviction. Of course, with Tom on the case, we know there is going to be a lot more to look into. The whole thing revolves around a fox hunting group which serves as a kind of inner-circle social group. Once again, there is some history that influences things, including the disappearance of a man who was declared dead, leaving a wealthy widow. Cully's theatre career again is a focus.

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