Wycliffe: Season 2, Episode 5

Four and Twenty Black Birds (16 Jul. 1995)

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Reclusive old farmer George Totts goes missing after his house is torched, as does a young mystery man who rang the emergency services. He turns out to be Stephen Ling, estranged son of the... See full summary »

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Episode complete credited cast:
Lennox Greaves ...
Patrick Rowland
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Stephen Ling (as Charles De'ath)
Christopher Driscoll ...
Inspector Perry
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Jimmy Yuill ...
Adam Barker ...
Helen Masters ...
Aaron Harris ...
DS Dixon
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Rob Mills (as Rene Zagger)
Isabelle Weil ...
Jenny Prentice
Julia Chambers ...
Anne Dutton
Ian Redford ...
Alan Dutton
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Div. Com. Thomas
Jonathan Docker-Drysdale ...
Dr. Gale (as Jonathan Drysdale)
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Reclusive old farmer George Totts goes missing after his house is torched, as does a young mystery man who rang the emergency services. He turns out to be Stephen Ling, estranged son of the local vet, whose surgery is also set alight after a theft. The boy's hand is burnt and Wycliffe surmises that he is hiding old George. Certainly both he - and neighbouring farmer Mrs. Prentice - have something to hide. Written by don @ minifie-1

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Interesting but confusing
8 September 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Story starts out with a man getting hit by a car. The driver goes to a phone box and someone is in it. The driver tells the person to call the police and the person in the box said there was a fire up the hill and he called the authorities regarding that. The driver of the car goes to where the fire is to see if he can help.

This episode is very confusing. It is about arson and unexplained characters who do do not want help the police.

I did not like this episode. Most of the people would not talk. Wycliffe and Lucy were catering to the criminals to get info. They did not act like cops who wanted to protect the public. Lucy and Wycliffe gave them excuses like "it could have been an accident" "who are you protecting" tell us this and tell us that. They ended up leaving with no information from the people they question. The people were rude and got away with it. They were not brought to the police station accept for one man who had burns on his hand.

In the end when the plot does not make much sense to me and all the excuses were made by people that knew about the fires, the man that hit by the car and other crimes. Locals made excuses for their actions the story ends and you don't hear what the charges are against the people in fact you don't think they are charged as all. Not a good ending for a story when police Wycliffe and his crew of good detectives were thorough, there should have been a better ending to the story and people should have been held responsible for their cover-up and other actions.


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