Barnaby donates time to the local amateur when Joyce is cast in a revival of "Amadeus," but complications arise when the leading man is murdered onstage.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Daniel Casey ...
Jane Wymark ...
Denyse Alexander ...
Agnes Gray
Janine Duvitski ...
Deirdre Tibbs
Ian Fitzgibbon ...
David Smy
Geoffrey Hutchings ...
Colin Smy
Bernard Hepton ...
Harold Winstanley
Doris Winstanley
Sarah Badel ...
Rosa Carmichael
Ed Waters ...
Nicholas Bentley
Avery Phillips (as Nick Woodeson)
Richard Huw ...
Tim Young


Barnaby and Troy investigate the death of Agnes Gray, a middle-aged resident of Ferne Basset whose body is found floating in the river. The autopsy reveals that she was suffering from advanced cancer, but she was beaten to death with a metal bar. The police find her home ransacked and her clothes shredded. They also learn that she lived quite frugally and gave most of her money to charities. When Agnes's cousin Esslyn Carmichael dies on stage during a performance of the local theatrical society, Barnaby must determine what hidden secret has driven someone to murder. Written by garykmcd

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Crime | Drama | Mystery





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29 March 1998 (UK)  »

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When the supposedly dead woman is first seen floating underwater as the rowboat goes over her, she obviously has her cheeks puffed out, indicating that she is alive and holding her breath. See more »


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D.C.I. Barnaby: You'll give yourself indigestion.
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All the Elements There, but a Bit Confusing
1 February 2016 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The episode starts the usual exciting way with a murder. An elderly lady is genuflecting in front of a Madonna and child statue, when someone comes up from behind and stabs her. Now we cut to a theatre which is ruled over by a wicked an who abuses not just the people on stage, but apparently most who come into his life. The actors are putting on a performance of Amadeus. Barnaby's wife has a non-speaking part in it. We get to meet a whole group of people. A rather plain, timid stage manager and the guy who has a thing for her. A couple of gay men who run a bookstore. An insufferable, but quite talented actor who has the role of Salieri. He is married to a tart who is fooling around with someone else. He also has some connection to the murder victim. In a bizarre scene that sets everything in motion, he dies when someone who removes the protective tape from a straight razor prop. He accidentally cuts his own throat (I have to admit that this is just a bit far-fetched, but it is the significant event. As is usually the case, Barnaby and Troy must deal with a literal cast of characters. The question one asks from the beginning. We find out early that she has been donating enormous sums of money to animal causes. This one is a bit of a step down, but it's still pretty entertaining.

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