Nine years after Ferdy Villers killed himself, his family reunites for Christmas, unaware that someone is out for revenge.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
John Hopkins ...
Jennifer Carter
Margery Mason ...
Lydia Villiers
Bruce Alexander ...
Dominic Jones
Mel Martin ...
Kate Frears
Philip Quast ...
Ross Villiers
William Chubb ...
Digby Frears
Alice Patten ...
Emily Hide
Dominic Colenso ...
Aidan Carter
Rory Copus ...
Howard Frears
Phoebe Frears

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With his parents-in-law visiting for the holidays, DCI Barnaby is almost relieved to be called out when Lydia Villiers claims she was pushed down the staircase. When she dies, the police have a possible murder case on their hands. The Villiers family has re-united for Christmas including a long lost brother, Ross, but there are many secrets in the house. One subject that is not talked about much is the suicide of one of the siblings, Ferdie, nine years previously. Several of the young adults in the house, children when their uncle took his life, have memories of the incident. When the police learn that Ferdie's fiancée also committed suicide soon after his death, they have a better understanding of who might be seeking revenge. Written by garykmcd

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Crime | Drama | Mystery





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25 December 2004 (UK)  »

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A magician named Ferdy
27 February 2015 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

He lives in a big house with his sister Jennifer and her son. Ferdy is a magician and wants to make money as a magician. He puts and ad for a assistant to help him with his magic act. Ferdy is shy and so is the woman Claire that applies for the job. They fall in love.

Ferdy's sister Jennifer is a bully. She makes fun of him, tells him to get a job and more. He ends of dead and they say it was suicide. The assistant Claire that he hired killed herself soon after.

The family never discussed the death of Ferdy until a Christmas gathering 9 years later. Jennifer tells everyone what to do. She does not want anyone to talk about it. Ferdy's death. Two more deaths come during this Christmas gathering at the house.

The nephew Howard the youngest boy remembers his uncle and does magic tricks like him. He is very smart and tells the family what he thinks and also tell the Barnaby that he thinks his great aunt was pushed down the stairs.

This is a good mystery with many characters in a big old house. It has a surprised ending and also a funny one with Barnaby and his in-laws that are over for Christmas.

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