A young man's murder touches off a search for his girlfriend and partner in ballroom dancing classes.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Jane Wymark ...
Georgine Anderson ...
Rosemary Wood
Frances Kirby
Tony Kirby
Elaine Trim
Richard Budd
Nicola Redmond ...
Marissa Clarke
Ifan Huw Dafydd ...
Paul Bright
Carol Prentice
David Henry ...
Geoffrey Leesley ...
Jim Druce (as Geoff Leesley)


DCI Tom Barnaby and DS Ben Jones investigate the death of Simon Bright who is found dead inside an old World War II vintage Humber parked at an abandoned airfield. From all appearances, the death appears to be a suicide, but the pathologist determines that the man suffered a severe blow to the dead and may in fact have been unconscious when he died of carbon monoxide poisoning. Simon Bright's girlfriend, Laura Sharp, is nowhere to be found, but the death of the aging village Lothario and the attempted murder of another of her friends narrows the list of possible murderers somewhat. Barnaby is convinced that one of Laura's ex-lovers is responsible but given her rather active life, the question becomes which one? Written by garykmcd

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Crime | Drama | Mystery





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12 November 2006 (UK)  »

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Richard Budd (postmaster) states that Laura Sharp used the post office to "cash her giro." In the UK, "giro" is a nickname for the bi-weekly unemployment benefit check. See more »


The Union Flags hung in the hall, on the walls and from the beams (during the dancing to "Goodnight Sweetheart") are hung upside-down. See more »


Cully Barnaby: Where's Dad's investigation taking place at the moment?
Joyce Barnaby: Some village or other.
Cully Barnaby: You've been conned, Mum.
Joyce Barnaby: What?
[Cully indicates Ben, then goes over to him]
DS Ben Jones: Hi, Cully.
Cully Barnaby: Don't tell me what you're doing here; I've already sussed it.
DS Ben Jones: I'm undercover.
Cully Barnaby: Yes, but your feet give you away.
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Chattanooga Choo Choo
Music by Harry Warren
Lyrics by Mack Gordon
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Very Slow Moving and Padded
3 April 2016 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Generally, this had a good plot. Had there been some tightness to the story (perhaps told in one hour rather than an hour and a half) it would have worked better. In order to make this happen we had repetitive scenes and extended ones that did not move the story forward (e.g. All the singing at the dance club). It begins with what appears to be the deliberate asphyxiation by carbon monoxide of two young people. When a jogger finds the car, however, there is just the boy. The girl is nowhere to be found. This sends us on a merry chase. Where is the girl? Upon investigation, it is found the boy died of a blow to the head, not from the gas. It was murder. Now we have a parade of characters who knew the kids. A woman in an unhappy marriage. A pedophile photographer. The father of the boy, etc. Meanwhile, no one can figure out where the girl is. Barnaby figures there was a second figure in the car but has no leads. If this had just been a bit more compact and not so rambling, it would have been a much more interesting offering.

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