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Small Mercies 

The body of a local troublemaker and lady's man is found dead in the model village which is the chief tourist attraction of Little Worthy.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Joyce Barnaby
DC Gail Stephens
Harriet Compton
Paul Bentall ...
Edward Palfrey
Matilda Sturridge ...
Christa Palfrey
Sanchia McCormack ...
Jackie Tanner
Rebecca Rix
Annabel Johnson
Mike Johnson


The police investigate the murder of Richard Tanner who was stabbed and found dead in the model village in Little Worthy tied to the ground like Gulliver from Gulliver's Travels. He was found by the grounds-keeper and model maker Ben Moss who has worked for the owners, sisters Hillary and Harriet Comptom. Tanner wasn't very well liked in the village and was viewed as a troublemaker by many. He was known to have had romantic entanglements with the local school teacher Rebecca Rix and Krista Palfrey, daughter of the local hotel owner Edward Palfrey. He wasn't very pleased with his daughter's relationship Tanner and he didn't like the way Krista treated his girlfriend, Berrnice, leading to a tension-filled home situation. At the annual silly boat race to mark the end of the tourist season, another person is killed and later still there is a third victim. There is clearly someone in the village who is out for revenge. Written by garykmcd

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Crime | Drama | Mystery






Release Date:

28 October 2009 (UK)  »

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Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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The model village is Beckonscot Model Village in Beaconsfield, England. See more »


[first lines]
Bob Moss: [setting model figure upright] Hey! On your feet, Thomas, there's a good lad.
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And The Green Grass Grows All Around
Lyrics by William Jerome
Music by Harry von Tilzer
Performed by Emma Stansfield and Olivia Colman
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A Really Creative Episode
13 May 2016 | by See all my reviews

First of all, the setting is so interesting. It takes place in and around a miniature village. Can I assume that such a village exists and that the creators didn't have to build the entire set? Anyway, a man who is generally despised is found in this village, dead, anchored with cords, the way Gulliver was when the Lilliputians tied him down. Soon we are introduced to other characters. The caretakers of the village are falling on hard times. The village isn't bringing in much cash and people are dependent on it for their livelihoods. There are a couple of elderly ladies, one of whom is very edgy and curt; the other more calm. There is also a man who is the caretaker and a miniature artist. Living nearby is a man who takes care of two women, one a goth-like woman who surrounds herself with images of death. The other is a prissy sort of mama's girl (or so we think). They are at odds. The former is murdered and suspects are hard to find. The conclusion is a bit hard to swallow but satisfies the plot.

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