During the Christmas days Barnaby has to solve an explosion as well as a number of murders near a freight company while trying to cope with his acting CS who has very strong beliefs about teamwork.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Jane Wymark ...
James Parkes
Penny Galsworthy
Caroline Halsey
Nick Fletcher ...
Gus Gallagher ...
Dale Mitchinson
Sidney Livingstone ...
Don Mitchinson
Tom Beard ...
Tim Galsworthy
Elspeth Rae ...
Layla Barkham
Alexandra Morris ...


In the run-up to Christmas, Barnaby and Jones find themselves, thanks to their very young 'wonder boy' chief superintendent, on a team-building exercise at the local Territorial Army Centre, run by Matt Parkes. Colonel Parkes is a highly respected man, unlike his womanizing waster of a son, Jamie, who is hated by all,even Caroline, his grand-mother, whose daughter died giving birth to him. Especially bitter is Penny Galsworthy,wife of another T.A. officer and garage owner Tim, whose daughter killed herself after being impregnated by Jamie, and she stalks him obsessively. George Barkham, another soldier, missed out on being promoted to a partnership at Matt Parkes' haulage firm, thanks to Jamie, who is also black-mailing George's daughter. The Parkes' yard is torched, causing an explosion and a watch-man almost killed. Then a criminal associate of Jamie and Jamie himself both meet their maker in quick succession. Ultimately Barnaby has the sad duty of arresting somebody who has rid the... Written by don @ minifie-1

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Crime | Drama | Mystery





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24 December 2008 (UK)  »

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Did You Know?


Tim Pigott-Smith and Judy Parfitt are son-in-law and mother-in-law in this entertaining episode of "Midsomer Murders." They also played son-in-law and mother-in-law in the excellent mini-series "Jewel in the Crown." See more »


Cotton, Jones and Barnaby are handcuffed together, standing on the stumps on the obstacle course. When Jones steps over to Barnaby's stump, they fall backward together, still cuffed - but in the very next shot the handcuffs are removed from all three. See more »


[first lines]
James Parkes: Now stay there one moment.
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Adeste Fideles
("O, Come, O, Ye Faithful") (uncredited)
13th Century English carol of disputed authorship
Sung by choir on soundtrack
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Out of the Ordinary
2 May 2016 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

While all this is somewhat intriguing, it involves a contrived ghost story. It concerns a charlatan and his followers, messing with the supernatural. It also is about jealousy between two people at opposite ends of the spiritual spectrum. People are dying and it appears that somehow ghosts are involved. Barnaby's dull, unimaginative wife begins to fall for it, accusing her husband of not having an open mind. The interesting thing is that she's jumps to conclusions. He's the relational on. Unfortunately, things could not be left well enough alone and we end up with a supernatural plot, with some kind of open ended, unexplainable result. The beauty of this series has always been that Barnaby can use pure logic and knowledge of human nature. The conclusion pretty much ruins the whole episode.

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