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Peter Hammond (screenplay)
Caroline Graham (characters)
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Original Air Date:
4 January 2004 (Season 7, Episode 2)
Barnaby's new Sergeant arrives on the day after the murder of a local shrew occurs, and he is immediately put to work. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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 (Episode Cast) (in credits order) (verified as complete)

John Nettles ... DCI Tom Barnaby

John Hopkins ... Sergeant Dan Scott
Jane Wymark ... Joyce Barnaby
Laura Howard ... Cully Barnaby
Barry Jackson ... Dr. Bullard

John Standing ... Charles Rust
John Normington ... Donald Tew

Helen Lindsay ... Mary Pearce
Michael Simkins ... Gary Thompson
Hilton McRae ... Mathew Spearman
Esther Hall ... Cassie Woods
Helen Grace ... Lynn Spearman

Ruth Jones ... Rachael Rose

Christine Moore ... Shirley Bennett
Daniel Crowder ... Noel Woods
Nina Marc ... Fiona Thompson

Paul Thornley ... Sergeant Gill
Chris Barnes ... Pub Landlord
Alex Belcourt ... WPC
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Episode Crew
Directed by
Peter Smith 
Writing credits
Peter Hammond (screenplay) (as Peter J Hammond)

Caroline Graham (characters)

Produced by
Ian Strachan .... line producer
Brian True-May .... producer
Betty Willingale .... consultant producer
Original Music by
Jim Parker 
Cinematography by
Colin Munn (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Derek Bain 
Casting by
Louise Cross 
Production Design by
Paul Cowell 
Art Direction by
Paul Booth 
Costume Design by
Reg Samuel 
Makeup Department
Penny Bell .... makeup designer
Sally Harrison .... makeup designer
Production Management
David Campbell-Bell .... unit manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Paul Bennett .... third assistant director
Toby Ford .... first assistant director
Simon Morris .... second assistant director
Art Department
Kelly Black .... stand-by art director
Neil Canning .... art department assistant (as Neil Cannings)
Graham Curtis .... production buyer
Patrick Duncan-Burgess .... dressing props
Paul Kearney .... property master
Glenn Taylor .... construction manager
Sound Department
Jeremy Child .... sound editor
Howard Eaves .... dialogue editor
Richard Reynolds .... sound recordist
Liam Ryan .... boom operator
Alan Snelling .... dubbing mixer
Colin Skeaping .... stunt coordinator
Camera and Electrical Department
Eva Arnold .... camera trainee
Andrew Bailey .... gaffer
Jon Best .... best boy
Neil Brown .... focus puller
Matthew Dowler .... electrician
Dave Glossop .... rigger (as David Glossop)
Ricky Hall .... key grip
Will Kendal .... electrician
Josh Lee .... clapper loader
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Abigail Hicks .... costume supervisor
Nigel Hyams .... wardrobe master (uncredited)
Editorial Department
Chris Beeton .... color grader
John Blackwell .... assembly editor
Shane Warden .... on-line editor
William Chetwynd .... conform editor (uncredited)
Other crew
Tim Chambers .... location assistant
Steve Cronick .... production accountant
Sam Mill .... production coordinator
Casper Mills .... location manager (as Casper Mill)
James Nash .... floor runner
Anna Nelson .... assistant coordinator
Christopher Penfold .... script editor: ScriptWorks
Vivianne Royal .... script supervisor
Meredith Wilson .... assistant accountant
Neil Hodge .... head chef (uncredited)
Crew believed to be complete

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Additional Details

USA:99 min (DVD)

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Continuity: Scott's car has one registration plate, BX03 ZZG, then another, BU03 ZZG, then back to the first in minutes. Later it is revealed that the same car has BX03 ZZG for its front plate, and BU03 ZZG at the rear.See more »
[first lines]
Gary Thompson:I checked your bank statement, didn't I. That's how I know.
Fiona Thompson:You couldn't have. We don't get a bank statement till the end of the month.
Gary Thompson:Do you realize we're on the verge of bankruptcy?
Fiona Thompson:I have to be allowed to spend at least a little bit of money on myself occasionally, just even to come here tonight. How was I going to go like this? How was I going to do anything? Nothing. I couldn't have done anything.
Gary Thompson:All right, will you keep your voice down. We're in a public place. Anyway, you might like to know that I went to see the bank manager this morning and I got photocopies of all your statements. That's how I know.
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0 out of 1 people found the following review useful.
Exit Troy, Enter Scott, 14 October 2012
Author: annie-293 from United States

*** This review may contain spoilers ***

Red herrings galore in this episode, and we are left with little satisfactory explanation for the rampant killings. A bit of blackmail seems to set the killer off, but there's no real satisfactory reason as to why the villain keeps on killing (and skulking about looking for more people to kill). As another reviewer noted, the obvious suspect has to be ruled out by any regular watcher of the show, on the grounds that he's so obvious, he can't be guilty.

The show marks the debut of Detective Sergeant Scott. Count me as one glad to see the last of Sergeant Troy, with the running gag of his cloth-headedness and poor driving skills. The new Sergeant, even with the undercurrent of resentment at being banished to the hinterlands from London, takes hold immediately. He's a lot easier to watch as well. Time will tell if he grows into a good working relationship with DCI Barnaby, although with the magic of IMDb to tell us that he lasted for only a few episodes, the answer is probably - no.

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