Undertaker Patrick Pennyman is found dead with his wrists slashed and suspicion turns towards a spiritualist church.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
John Hopkins ...
Jane Wymark ...
Elizabeth Key
Mary Jo Randle ...
Janet Pennyman
Thomas Marr
Anne Marr
Liza Sadovy ...
Rosetta Price
John Whittle
James Griss
Julian Curry ...
Ronald Burgess
Linda Spurrier ...
Sylvia Burgess
Kathryn Pogson ...
Eve Whittle


Det. Supt. Barnaby and DS Scott investigate the murder of Patrick Pennyman, an undertaker in the village of Fletcher's Cross. The man's wife thinks he committed suicide but the pathologist determines he was killed. The man died soon after his return home after attending a service at the local spiritualist church, itself the source of some controversy in the village. As the investigation progresses, the police learn that Pennyman was generally disliked. Former employees, business partners and others all had a grudge against him of one sort or another. Barnaby believes the head of the Spiritualist church to be a charlatan and while there is a link to the ever increasing number of murder victims, the solution to the crimes is to be found in an illicit love affair. Written by garykmcd

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Crime | Drama | Mystery


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10 October 2004 (UK)  »

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[first lines]
Eve Whittle: Let us start with a prayer.
Rosetta Price: Great Spirit, we welcome you. Place a pyramid of protection over this building, and around every home represented here this evening. We ask our guides and the doorkeepers who help us to be with us during this meeting. We speak to you in love, and light, and truth, and leave ourselves in your loving hands. Eternity was yesterday, and is today, and continues forward forever.
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enjoyable episode, and Scott is starting to grow on me
30 October 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Det. Supt. Barnaby and DS Scott go to the village of Fletcher's cross to investigate the murder of an undertaker in "Things that Go Bump in the Night." At first it looks like a suicide, in fact, that's what his wife thinks, but the man was killed upon his return from a spiritualist church.

The organization is disliked by the village because a woman, Liz, conducts séances there. The man's wife thinks he committed suicide but the pathologist determines he was killed. He wasn't well liked, so there are plenty of suspects.

Barnaby isn't one to give credibility to psychics, so he believes the head of the church is a fraud. When there are more murder victims, he is able to put the pieces together.

I wouldn't call this a fabulous mystery as far as motives and twists, but it's good enough. I didn't care for Barnaby's assistant Scott that much at first, but I like him better in each episode. Unfortunately he'll be gone soon, but all the assistants were good.

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