The Barnabys plan to renew their wedding vows for their 25th anniversary when Tom is distracted by a murder committed with an Indian sword in Badger's Drift.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Daniel Casey ...
Angela Wentworth
Simon Fletcher
Richard Bayly
Ian Eastman
Brenda Eastman
Agnes Sampson
Claire Williams
Gordon Gostelow ...
Reginald Williams


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 garykmcd

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20 January 1999 (UK)  »

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Blindfolded Boy: Simon! Simon! Simon, please! Simon, Simon. Agh!
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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
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One of the first, one of the best - it's back to Badger's Drift
30 October 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Barnaby and Troy return to Badger's Drift to investigate more strangeness. Now, it's the murder of Richard Bailey, a man who had just learned he had a malignant brain tumor. So why kill him? There are some suspects -- Bailey was working on redeveloping some property, Tye House, and making it into a golf course and housing. His childhood friend, Ian Eastman, didn't get the development because Bailey had gone with a bigger firm. And lots of people in town are against the development.

When there's a second murder, Barnaby's ideas about the motive go out the window. What links the murders? The answer can be found many years earlier.

Really terrific story and mystery, with a dash of humor, as Barnaby isn't happy to be back in Badger's Drift. Also, he and Joyce are celebrating their 25th anniversary and rather than go on a trip, Joyce has decided they should renew their vows. Of course, Barnaby's head is firmly in the case. The denouement is a surprise. Very enjoyable mystery, on the dark side.

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