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Michael Aitkens (screenplay)
Caroline Graham (characters)
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Original Air Date:
1 January 2008 (Season 11, Episode 1)
A 90 years long feud between two families, the Hicks and the Hammonds, appears to have escalated to murder. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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 (Episode Cast) (in credits order) (verified as complete)

John Nettles ... DCI Tom Barnaby
Jason Hughes ... DS Ben Jones
Jane Wymark ... Joyce Barnaby
Barry Jackson ... Dr Bullard

Donald Sinden ... Colonel Henry Hammond

Malcolm Sinclair ... Johnny Hammond

Samantha Bond ... Arabella Hammond
Charlotte Lucas ... Sophie Hammond
Charlie Covell ... Kate Hammond
George Cole ... Lionel Hicks

Brian Capron ... Dave Hicks
Gemma Craven ... Judy Hicks

Grant Ibbs ... Danny Hicks
Tom Harper ... Will Hicks
Lloyd Hutchinson ... Mickey Ryan
Marcia Ashton ... Biddy Dixon
Robert Morgan ... Martin Chadwick

Graham Seed ... Dr Tibbs

Kirsty Dillon ... WPC Gail Stephens
Jeremy Gittins ... Officer
Robert Blythe ... George Miller

Barry Aird ... Derek
Josh Stanley ... Duggie Hammond
Will Featherstone ... Tommy Hicks

Episode Crew
Directed by
Richard Holthouse 
Writing credits
Michael Aitkens (screenplay)

Caroline Graham (characters)

Produced by
Ian Strachan .... line producer
Brian True-May .... producer
Betty Willingale .... consultant producer
Original Music by
Jim Parker 
Cinematography by
Colin Munn (director of photography)
Film Editing by
John Blackwell 
Casting by
Louise Cross 
Production Design by
Paul Cowell 
Art Direction by
Paul Booth 
Costume Design by
Reg Samuel 
Makeup Department
Penny Bell .... makeup designer
Suzan Broad .... makeup artist
Production Management
James Nash .... unit manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Kathryn Gregory .... third assistant director
Simon Hedges .... second assistant director
Anna Loewy .... third assistant director
Bella Merritt .... first assistant director
Art Department
Simon Buret .... dressing props
Chris Cunningham .... production buyer
Ron Dawling .... stand-by props (as Ron Dowling)
Patrick Duncan-Burgess .... dressing props
Gary Fox .... stand-by props
Paul Kearney .... property master
Helen Player .... stand-by art director
Tilly Scandrett .... art department assistant
Glenn Taylor .... construction manager
Chris Walker .... art department assistant (uncredited)
Christopher Michael Walker .... art department artist (uncredited)
Sound Department
Peter Bond .... dialogue editor
Gareth Bull .... dubbing mixer
John Downer .... sound editor
Richard Reynolds .... sound recordist
Liam Ryan .... boom operator
Special Effects by
Stuart Browne .... special effects technician (uncredited)
Alastair Vardy .... special effects supervisor (uncredited)
Colin Skeaping .... stunt coordinator
Paul Kennington .... stunt double (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Andrew Bailey .... gaffer (as Andy Bailey)
Jon Best .... best boy
Neil Brown .... focus puller
Alice Canty .... clapper loader
Martin Cox .... electrician
Dave Glossop .... rigger (as David Glossop)
Ricky Hall .... key grip
Tim Hyson .... camera trainee
John Powell .... electrician
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Abigail Hicks .... costume supervisor
Wyn Vaughan-Humphreys .... costume assistant (as Wyn Humphreys)
Editorial Department
Chris Beeton .... color grader
Simon Giblin .... on-line editor
Helen Paszyn .... assistant editor
William Chetwynd .... conform editor (uncredited)
Other crew
Samantha Arnold .... production coordinator
Rob Campbell-Bell .... location assistant
Casper Mills .... location manager (as Casper Mill)
Alex Moat .... script supervisor
Christopher Penfold .... series script editor: ScriptWorks
Jeremy Ranson .... assistant accountant
Emily Rudge .... production secretary
Meredith Wilson .... production accountant
Crew believed to be complete

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Additional Details

93 min

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5 out of 9 people found the following review useful.
Feud for thought, 8 June 2010
Author: LCShackley from United States

This episode revolves around a feud between two families, one posh, one common, that began during World War 1. Right there we have the first logistical problem. One of the families is descended from a VERY young soldier who was killed in 1916. We are supposed to believe that he was old enough to have children at the time (although he looks like a teenager in the flashback), and that his son (played by the venerable George Cole) is still alive and kicking in 2007. He would have to be at LEAST 90 years old (even though one character refers to "80 years"). The generational time-line of the characters doesn't make sense.

Then of course, since there is a feud, there must also be a romance...or two... between characters from the two families. No surprise there. What IS surprising is the relatively explicit nudity, which has not been a regular part of MM in the past.

But overall, the characters are even more two-dimensional than usual, and there's not much suspense in the unraveling of the murder. And as others have pointed out, there are difficulties with the logistics of the electrical "gizmos" used to bump off the victims. Not one of the best, but it was fun to see George Cole and Samantha Bond, two of my favorites.

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