A dustman decides on revenge when he discovers his wife is having an affair with her sister's husband.

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Barry Coates
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Alex Cunningham
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Sophie Cunningham
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Matthew Cunningham
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Simon Cunningham
Ciaran Murtagh ...
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Addressing the camera dustman Barry explains how he found out his wife Angie was having an affair with her boss and brother-in-law Alex, and, having been robbed by a hoodie himself, killed Alex,making it look like a street mugging.Angie confesses to Barry about her relationship with Alex and, taking advantage of her guilt,he persuades her to give him an alibi. Unfortunately he becomes rather too cocky and tells her what happened, the narrative then switching to Angie. Written by don @ minifie-1

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Still Waters Run Deep!!!
8 November 2011 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

Not the best episode I've seen but one of the quirky "black humour" episodes. Around the time of "Murder in Mind" Rob Brydon was the star of "Marion and Geoff" - it was a comedy/drama in which a taxi driver records his feelings and views on life and his soon to be ex wife into a video camera. It was terrific stuff and obviously the producers of "Murder in Mind" thought it might work as a basis for one episode and they were right.

Barry Coates (Brydon) is a waste disposal manager, a job he takes great pride in, that and his new whizz bang mini computer. The episode opens on a family dinner with Barry telling the audience (us) that he has just discovered his wife is having an affair with his brother in law - courtesy of a recording device on his new computer that he had accidentally left on!!! Barry is thought of as the family nerd, a doormat whose feelings are never considered - but inside he is a mass of emotions, or as he likes to put it - "I want to put things right - with the guilty punished of course"!!

He desperately wants to make them pay and one night when he is robbed by a "faceless" thug - hoodie, tracksuit etc, he realises that he could do something similar and just disappear into the night. He puts his plan into action and with his knowledge of garbage pick-up time tables, is able to leave his bag of blood stained clothes in the middle of the garbage route. Now Barry becomes the comfort of the family, seeing the two young boys don't get too distressed. But the dead man hasn't been exactly playing fair. Angela Coates (Geraldine Somerville) realises that, as well as her, he had other mistresses. Barry has involved her in the crime by muddying the evidence and things are looking bad for Angela. Then Angela starts to tell her story to the camera and you realise the game will soon be up for Barry!!!

Geraldine Somerville was quite a popular actress at that time - usually playing very intense characters. I can vividly remember her in "Cracker". It was interesting to see her in such a different role.


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