Midsomer Murders: Season 2, Episode 3

Dead Man's Eleven (12 Sep. 1999)

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Fletchers Cross is preparing itself for their annual cricket match against neighboring village, Midsomer Worthy. Troy has also been selected to open the batting for the Midsomer team. However, tragedy strikes when the wife of local landowner and cricket captain, Robert Cavendish, is discovered murdered after taking their dog for a walk.

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Daniel Casey ...
Jane Wymark ...
Laura Howard ...
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Robert Cavendish
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Stephen Cavendish
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Jane Cavendish
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Tara Cavendish
Penelope Beaumont ...
Mrs. Wilson
Duncan Preston ...
Colin Cooper
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Christine Cooper
Terence Rigby ...
Ian Frasier
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Zelda Frasier
Zoë Hart ...
Patricia Smith (as Zoe Hart)
Terence Corrigan ...
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Barnaby and Troy investigate the murder of Tara Cavendish, who is beaten to death with a cricket bat near a quarry on her husband's estate. She is the young wife of Robert Cavendish, a local landowner who is also captain of the Fletcher's Cross cricket team. He is disliked by many: his son, Stephen, who resents his father and is having an affair with a local barmaid; Charles Jennings, whom Cavendish recently dismissed from the cricket team; and a group of locals who resent that Cavendish has closed a public footpath that ran across his estate. The mystery deepens when it turns out Cavendish's housekeeper, Emily Beavis, died in a fall at the quarry site some 18 months previously. With that information, Barnaby is convinced that the two deaths are connected. Written by garykmcd

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When Cavendish is showing the detectives his collection of German military memorabilia, he produces a medal which he refers to as the 'Iron Cross First Class'. As can be seen from the ribbon, it is in fact an even higher award, the Knight's Cross, with the further distinction of oak leaves. No serious collector (as Cavendish is apparently supposed to be) would make such an elementary mistake - it would be almost as bad as getting the denomination wrong on a coin or a stamp. See more »

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[Barnaby and Troy have just spotted Joyce Barnaby house hunting]
DCI Tom Barnaby: Oh, please Lord. Not Fletcher's Cross.
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Barnaby's wife Joyce is looking for a new house, now that Cully is moving in with her boyfriend. Fletcher's Cross is also where Troy is playing cricket. And Fletcher's Cross is the scene of a murder which Barnaby and Troy investigate.

Tara Cavendish, the wife of the older Robert Cavendish, is beaten to death by a quarry where she was walking the family dog. The murder weapon? A cricket bat.

Cavendish is a landowner and also the captain of the cricket team, and not a very pleasant man. At all. Suspects about for Tara's murder. By all accounts, she was an uppity woman. Cavendish's son Stephen has a lot of anger; he's cheating on his wife with a local barmaid. Charles Jennings was let go from the team. Then there are the protesters over Cavendish closing a public footpath that goes across his estate.

When Barnaby finds out that the Cavendish housekeeper died from a fall into the quarry 18 months earlier, he wonders if that wasn't murder as well and that somehow, the two deaths are connected. But how? The answer is complicated and unexpected and makes for a good episode. The usual beautiful scenery abounds, and Barnaby with his family is always entertaining. A few twists and turns in this one, but it's not overdone or confusing.


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