Barnaby and Troy, with an actor tagging along for research, investigate a slashed painting at a museum, which later turns out to be the site of a murder.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Daniel Casey ...
Alan Bradford
Sandra MacKillop
Charles MacKillop
James Tate
Eleanor Bunsall
Anne Quarritch
Linda Marquis
Roger Sloman ...
Ralph Bailey
Ed Waters ...
Nico Bentley
Charles Simon ...
Marcus Lowrie


Barnaby and Troy are called in to investigate at the museum in Aspen Tallow when the painting of a local historical figure, Jonathan Lowrie, is slashed. When the museum's curator is subsequently assaulted and Lowrie's direct descendant is murdered, the detectives must unravel another mysterious knot. Barnaby does focus on one important clue, however: a packet of smoked mackerel inadvertently dropped in the cemetery. Meanwhile, they are joined by Nico, Cully's actor boyfriend, who has landed a part in a TV series as a detective sergeant. Written by garykmcd

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Crime | Drama | Mystery


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5 February 2000 (UK)  »

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When D.C.I. Barnaby and Sgt Troy arrive at Tate's house they have their siren and rotating light switch on when they get out of the car. But when Ralph steals the car a minute later, the rotating light is no longer on the car. See more »


[first lines]
Alan Bradford: By 3:30 that afternoon, August the 1st, 1644, the fighting was over.
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References Ghostbusters (1984) See more »

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Surely a Challenge to Keep Track of, but Worth It
16 February 2016 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I was a bit bored at the beginning of this episode, but it was worth hanging on for the developments. What starts out as a simple case of vandalism (the cutting up of a valuable portrait from a past century) develops into a case of anger and revenge. There are numerous characters from a woman who says she can get vibrations from the graves of people, including one who is buried right in the middle of a museum, to another, who begins to see spirits and who begins to doubt her sanity. This is a simple view of what takes place and there are numerous layers at work here. People are close mouthed about their involvements with one another, but we can see incredible tensions. The museum is at the center of everything. But there are some far more basic issues warranting investigation. Money and jealousy are often at the center of things and this is no exception to that. Some have criticized the supernatural implications of this offering, but Barnaby's clashing with his usual rational approach makes that just fine.

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