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

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John Hopkins ...
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Jennifer Carter
Margery Mason ...
Lydia Villiers
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Dominic Jones
Mel Martin ...
Kate Frears
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Ross Villiers
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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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25 December 2004 (UK)  »

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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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Christmas in the crumbling manor house
23 December 2008 | by (Seattle) – See all my reviews

I delayed watching this episode on DVD until just before Christmas, and was glad I did. Its amusing but fairly tepid, and the acting isn't bad. There is a particularly well-written part played quite cleverly by a young boy. Despite the usual red herrings, it was rather easy to guess early on whodunit, and generally why; however I was relieved that, for a change, at least it wasn't another psycho killer! Its a bit Agatha Christie-like, as relatives gather at the old family manse -- servant-less and crumbling away -- for a forced and increasingly tense attempt at celebrating the holiday, as things begin to go ominously wrong.


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