When a corporate giant tries to acquire a small but respected relish factory owned and run by a dysfunctional family, a naked body is found in the warehouse.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
John Hopkins ...
Amelia Plummer
Mr Judd
Jasper Britton ...
Anselm Plummer
Dexter Lockwood
David Ross ...
Sam Hardwick
Lizzy McInnerny ...
Caroline Plummer
Ralph Plummer
Ann Beach ...
Sonia Hardwick
Helen Plummer
Benedict Sandiford ...
Alex Hardwick
Tom Bowles ...


A tour of Plummer's famous relish factory ends in tragedy when one of the visitors is crushed against towers of relish bottles and dumped naked into a 200-degree sterilizer. When the dead man is found to be an executive with rival company Fieldway Foods, Barnaby and Scott's investigation uncovers many secrets and lies among the Plummer family. Someone is also trying to frighten matriarch Amelia Plummer. But who feels strongly enough about Plummer's Relish to commit murder? Written by Anonymous

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Crime | Drama | Mystery


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3 April 2005 (UK)  »

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Plummer's Relish appears to be a take off on Branston Pickle, a popular condiment in Britain, dating back to the 1920's. Branston Pickle is used in sandwiches, as DCI Barnaby references, and is most commonly associated with the so-called "ploughman's lunch", a meal of bread, cheese, pickle and often ham. The rough similarity between "ploughman's" and "Plummer's" further reinforces the reference. See more »


[first lines]
Fred: Morning, Mrs Plummer.
Amelia Plummer: Morning, Fred.
Kaye: Morning, Mrs Plummer.
Amelia Plummer: Morning, Kaye.
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A tribute to episode 1?
8 May 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is a classic plot for the series, involving feuding family members and a murder in an interesting location (a relish factory). As it happens, the US Biography Channel premiered this episode on the same day they re-ran the very first pilot episode of MM. Both episodes begin with an elderly lady on a 3-wheeled bicycle, cycling through town greeting various inhabitants. Was this deliberate? Looks like a tribute to me! Annette Crosbie, who has many film and TV credits behind her, puts in another fine performance as a slightly daft old woman whose past figures significantly in the development of the plot. Seeing the pilot with a series 8 episode back-to-back also revealed the development of wrinkles in the main characters. It happens to the best of us.

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