Troubled solicitor Nick Turner falls from the roof of his home, is this suicide disguised as murder?



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
John Hopkins ...
Jane Wymark ...
Steve Hope
Vicki Hopps ...
Felicity Turner
Nick Turner
Antonia Wilmot
Otto Benham (as Oliver Ford Davis)
Sara Kestelman ...
Robert Daws ...
Jack Wilmot
Rebecca Charles ...
Viv Marshall


Young solicitor Nicholas Turner, plagued by financial problems, falls from the roof of his house as his wife witnesses the event through the front windows. As Barnaby and Scott investigate the possibility of foul play, Turner's neighbor and friend, Jack Wilmot mysteriously disappears. Two eccentric friends of Wilmot's, an obsessive wine snob and an unsuccessful game show host, fall under suspicion as Barnaby begins to turn up details of an elaborate fraud involving all four men. before long, DCI Barnaby has two bizarre murders on his hands amid a flurry of broken and empty wine bottles. Written by Gabe Taverney (

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Crime | Drama | Mystery


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13 March 2005 (UK)  »

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[first lines]
Steve Hope: [Sarah fondles his right buttock] Mmm, yes! Oh, it's you.
Sarah: Cheeky sod! Who else is it going to be?
Steve Hope: I have my admirers.
Sarah: In your dreams you do. Anyway, get a move on. I want you to do that shopping on the way back.
Steve Hope: How's it going inside?
Sarah: Mr Turner hasn't got up yet, and Mrs Turner is downstairs taking coffee with Mrs Wilmot. They're just rushed off their feet.
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Well Crafted and Quite Bizarre
24 March 2016 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Other have done a fine job of evaluating this episode. My two cent's worth has to do with the creativity of the murders, the nice pairing of Barnaby and Scott in the wine cellar, faced with literally carving their way out (and not being missed by anyone). The murder victims are crass and unkind people and seem deserving of their fates. Of course, the mechanics of their demises is a bit far fetched. How someone could put together the incredible machinery and have it work so successfully is hard to fathom. But, then, that is how the gauntlet is thrown down. It would seem that someone so adept at accomplishing these results would take a bit more care when it comes to being caught. This is about gamesmanship and this is not an terribly unusual plot element throughout moviedom. I have to say I was taken in and the writing is fine here. I also enjoyed Barnaby's wife having the time of her life without him. It should give him pause.

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