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Terry Hodgkinson (screenplay)
Caroline Graham (characters)
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Original Air Date:
9 January 2005 (Season 8, Episode 3)
Barnaby and Scott follow a trail of dead people involved in the collecting of rare orchids. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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 (Episode Cast) (in credits order) (verified as complete)

John Nettles ... DCI Tom Barnaby
John Hopkins ... Sergeant Dan Scott
Jane Wymark ... Joyce Barnaby

Laura Howard ... Cully Barnaby

Barry Jackson ... Dr Bullard
Marty Cruikshank ... Madeline Villiers (as Marty Cruickshank)
Sai-Kit Yung ... Jimmy Fong (as Stuart Ong)

Harriet Walter ... Margaret Winstanley
Richard Attlee ... Henry Plummer (as Richard Atlee)
Amanda Harris ... Deborah Plummer

John Nettleton ... Munro Hilliard

Helen Ryan ... Mrs. Hilliard
Richard Simpson ... Feather
Geoffrey Streatfeild ... Jonathan Makepeace
Matt Bardock ... Harry Rose
Geoffrey Chater ... Brother Robert
Anthony Smee ... Captain Tucker
Victoria Lennox ... Mrs. Maitland

Timothy Bateson ... Mr. Jocelyn

Chooye Bay ... Weng Tu Ho (as Chooi Beh)

Mo Zinal ... Boy (as Mo Zainal)

Episode Crew
Directed by
Peter Smith 
Writing credits
Terry Hodgkinson (screenplay)

Caroline Graham (characters)

Produced by
Ian Strachan .... line producer
Brian True-May .... producer
Betty Willingale .... consultant producer
Original Music by
Jim Parker 
Cinematography by
Colin Munn (director of photography)
Film Editing by
John Blackwell 
Casting by
Louise Cross 
Production Design by
Paul Cowell 
Art Direction by
Paul Booth 
Costume Design by
Reg Samuel 
Makeup Department
Penny Bell .... makeup designer
Sally Harrison .... makeup artist
Production Management
David Campbell-Bell .... unit manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Toby Ford .... first assistant director
Daniel Goldstein .... third assistant director
Bella Merritt .... second assistant director
Art Department
Neil Canning .... stand-by art director (as Neil Cannings)
Graham Curtis .... production buyer
Ron Dawling .... stand-by props (as Ron Dowling)
Patrick Duncan-Burgess .... dressing props
Paul Kearney .... property master
Kenny Palmer .... stand-by props
Glenn Taylor .... construction manager
Sound Department
Jeremy Child .... sound editor
Howard Eaves .... dialogue editor
Richard Reynolds .... sound recordist
Liam Ryan .... boom operator
Alan Snelling .... dubbing mixer
Colin Skeaping .... stunt coordinator
Camera and Electrical Department
Andrew Bailey .... gaffer
Jon Best .... best boy
Neil Brown .... focus puller
Alice Canty .... camera trainee
Matthew Dowler .... electrician
Dave Glossop .... rigger (as David Glossop)
Ricky Hall .... key grip
Will Kendal .... electrician
Josh Lee .... clapper loader
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Abigail Hicks .... costume supervisor
Nigel Hyams .... costume assistant
Editorial Department
Chris Beeton .... colour grading
Simon Giblin .... on-line editor
Samantha Winter .... assistant editor
William Chetwynd .... conform editor (uncredited)
Location Management
Casper Mills .... location manager (as Casper Mill)
James Nash .... location assistant
Other crew
Natalie Collison .... assistant script editor
Rhian McCosker-Smith .... production coordinator (as Rhian Griffiths)
Alex Moat .... script supervisor
Stephanie Payne .... assistant coordinator
Christopher Penfold .... script editor: ScriptWorks
Meredith Wilson .... production accountant
Crew believed to be complete

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Additional Details

UK:94 min
UK:12 (video rating) (2005)

Did You Know?

The producers clearly wanted to suggest a botanical name with title of this episode, 'Orchis fatalis'; orchids get their name from a resemblance to the testicle. So, the title could be translated as 'Fatal testicle'.See more »
Factual errors: Professor Margaret Winstanley attempts to convert Roman numerals into Arabic Numerals and determines that 'VXCIX' is '5,999'. Not only is it wrong, 'VXCIX' is complete gibberish. '5,999' is 'V (with a line atop it) CMXCIX.See more »
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Jimmy Fong:There they are. I made those marks last year.
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1 out of 1 people found the following review useful.
Socrates' Revenge, 16 March 2016
Author: Hitchcoc from United States

From a rowing regatta to a flower club, the focus here is on the orchid. A pair of enthusiasts go to Borneo and come up with the rares orchid in the world. They smuggle it to England, ready to make a massive killing. However, the only killing that happens is to the lady upon her return. We learn all kinds of things about these amazing flowers. The problem is that the purity of the plant is no match for the impurities of the people. The orchid in question is worth over a couple hundred thousand pounds and when you are holding the title to this, greedy fingers begin to go into action. This is a reasonable satisfying episode which teaches us about a hobby that has huge implications, including three murders.

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