Barnaby investigates the murder of a boy during a traditional annual race at an exclusive private school but meets with resentment.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Daniel Casey ...
Jane Wymark ...
Marcus Heywood
Desmond Barrit ...
Jonathan Eckersley-Hyde
Tom Beard ...
Martin Fulmer
Eamon Boland ...
Ray Starkey
Roger Brierley ...
Anthony Talbot
Daniel Talbot
Luke de Woolfson ...
Paul Starkey (as Luke De Woolfson)
Charlie Meynell
Dudley Carew
Jane How ...
Miranda Talbot
Paula Jacobs ...
Mrs Bosworth


The Devington school has a long history of educating the privileged members of society and many have gone on to illustrious careers, such as in the Diplomatic Service. The Talbot family in particular has a long association with the school with three generations having attended. When Daniel Talbot is killed during the St. Malley's Day race, the same day his elderly grandfather dies of natural causes, Barnaby and Troy investigate. They find ongoing feuds between the school and villagers, a conspiracy theorist who thinks the school is the center of criminal activity, students who are having drinking parties at the local pub and the ongoing affairs of the school's secretive Pudding Club. The discovery of a long-held school secret leads to the discovery of the murderer. Written by garykmcd

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22 September 2002 (UK)  »

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When visiting local crackpot Dudley Carew, Troy picks up and examines a magazine entitled "The Conspiracy Gazette", featuring a cover story "The Truth About Crop Circles" with a crop circle photo on the cover. This magazine from Carew's desk looks strikingly similar to a magazine seen on the desk of Lloyd Kirby, a UFO True Believer in "The Electric Vendetta" which centered around crop circles. See more »


Indicating that script revisions occurred during filming, Barnaby comments to one witness that "a boy was found murdered in the woods yesterday", when in the final version the victim is not found in the woods, but staggers back to Devington school and expires in the quadrangle. See more »


DCI Tom Barnaby: Smothered by a meat pudding, flattened by the roller and bashed about the head. Not necessarily in that order.
Sergeant Gavin Troy: Think it could be accidental, sir?
DCI Tom Barnaby: No time for jokes, Troy.
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The Snobs Have It
24 February 2016 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I really enjoyed this. It had a band of suspects whose wealth and status was based on a history that defies honor. They set themselves up with a false superiority. They believed they were the chosen ones. I also enjoyed the setting, a posh school where centuries of rich people have gone. They use the expression, "Wasn't up to it," to mean that if one doesn't do virtually anything for the school, they can be denied favor. David, a young man and son of the most influential force in the school (an actor who is the spit and image of Prince Charles) is murdered during a traditional race. Barnaby and Troy must root through a web of self-importance to get at the truth. There is a society called the Pudding Club which is supposedly the Creme de la Creme of the college. They are a ruthless group, seeing themselves above the societal laws they supposedly hold up: honor, patriotism, strength. There are some great peripheral characters, including Mr. Carew, a confirmed conspiracy theorist, who isn't as nutty as he would seem.

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