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

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John Hopkins ...
Jane Wymark ...
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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
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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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On the tombstone of the magician's assistant, the name is Claire. In the credits, the name is Clare. See more »

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Jennifer Carter: All right, let's see if this'll stay up this time, unlike last year. Will you check the mince pies? I want to get the brandy butter done in plenty of time.
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one of my favorites!
26 November 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

off the top of my head i can not think of an episode i enjoy as much as this one, it has magic, revenge, murder (of course) and above all a great story! watching this episode is a great way to spend a holiday with you (fellow murder loving) family.

some reviews have said this episode is slow but i disagree, yes it builds up to a climax bit it's never slow.

and pay attention, because as always, everything is key and the end.

if you enjoy this episode half as much as i did you are going to love it and it's cast of crazy characters, everyone from the family dog, to the young boy magician in training.


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