Barnaby and Troy investigate the murder of Richard Bailey who is found in his home in Badger's Drift hacked to death. Bailey had recently received bad news from his doctor who informed him that he had a brain tumour. The are many possible suspects, including villagers who oppose Bailey's plan to redevelop a major property, Tye House, into a golf course and residential housing estate and his childhood friend, Ian Eastman, who lost out on an opportunity to develop the new property. Cully Barnaby gets an opportunity to work with Simon Fletcher, a one-time resident of Badger's Drift who is now a well-known director and also happens to be a childhood friend to Eastman and Bailey. When a second murder is committed, the detectives must find a motive that is linked to events some 30 years earlier. Written by
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A coconut shy is a traditional game frequently found as a side-stall at English fun-fairs. The game consists of throwing wooden balls at a row of coconuts balanced on posts. Typically a player buys three balls and wins each coconut successfully dislodged. In some cases other prizes may be won instead of the coconuts. The word "shy" in this context is an English term meaning to toss or throw. See more
When Ian Eastman says that Felix was not to take off the rope around his neck or to touch it, Felix is shown with his hands tied behind his back. This would have prevented Felix from touching the rope at all, and would never have indicated a suicide rather than a murder because no one could hang himself once his hands had been tied behind him. See more
Simon! Simon! Simon, please! Simon, Simon. Agh!
Eternal Father Strong to Save
(For Those in Peril on the Sea)
Music by John B. Dykes
Lyrics by William Whiting
Performed by John Nettles See more