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 ...
Jane Wymark ...
Amelia Plummer
Mr Judd
Jasper Britton ...
Anselm Plummer
Dexter Lockwood
David Ross ...
Sam Hardwick
Lizzy McInnerny ...
Caroline Plummer
Ralph Plummer
Ann Beach ...
Sonia Hardwick
Geraldine Alexander ...
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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[first lines]
Fred: Morning, Mrs Plummer.
Amelia Plummer: Morning, Fred.
Kaye: Morning, Mrs Plummer.
Amelia Plummer: Morning, Kaye.
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It's Tough to Get Parboiled!
25 March 2016 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is my favorite kind of mystery. It has a cast of characters, each carrying their own baggage, but beset with arrogance and smugness. It centers around a relish factory that has been known to people for years. Unfortunately, it has fallen on hard times and is not producing the income it once did. This brings about an effort by one of the Plummer sons and his wife to try to get the majority owner, a wimpy guy who just wants to watch birds (Ralph, pronounced the British way, like RAIF). One morning, a man is found in chamber used to process food. He has, for all practical purposes, been cooked. Who is he? Why was he there. As is usually the case, Barnaby and Scott are not award of some serious history here that they must discover to move on. The attractive wife of the birdwatcher catches Barnaby's eye. There are times when he seems to have roving one and his wife, who is bland but perfect for him, suspects he is captivated. The beauty of this episode is that there is little obvious, but the conclusion is quite nicely conceived. There is a nice performance by a British actress, Annette Crosby, as the matriarch, who borders on dementia, but is also the most aware of all. Good job.

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