Midsomer Murders: Season 12, Episode 4

The Glitch (23 Sep. 2009)

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An air traffic computer system, based on theories from an eccentric college professor, is denounced by the scientist creating a financial crisis for its backers.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Jason Hughes ...
Jane Wymark ...
Laura Howard ...
Barry Jackson ...
Shaughan Seymour ...
Norman Wayland-Smith
Daniel Snape
Emily Harte (as Josephine Taylor)
Clinton Finn
Helen Markham
Edward Canning
George Jeffers
James Musgrave ...
Tom Jeffers (as James Musgrove)
Joanna Roth ...
Melanie Jeffers


DCI Barnaby and DS Jones investigate the apparent murder of Emily Harte who was run off the road by a car while cycling late at night. The evidence at the scene also suggests that the driver then backed up over her to make sure the job was done. She was a member of the local cycling club and was in a relationship with George Jeffers a professor at the local college. Barnaby quickly concludes that Jeffers was the driver's intended target. Jeffers had several people who might want to get at him. His ex-wife Melanie felt that she was losing her son as he too was spending more time with his father and Emily. Then there's a disagreement with a local technology firm that has built a new air traffic control system built on his theories. Jeffers thinks there a serious flaw and has threatened to go public and the company's CEO Clinton Finn has already taken steps to get the college on his side by endowing a new research building. Throughout all of this, someone locals have dubbed the bucketman... Written by garykmcd

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The poem that Barnaby quotes starting "This is the weather the cuckoo likes" is Weathers by Thomas Hardy. He quotes most of verse one. See more »


When Mrs. Jeffers is leaving for her date, she is wearing a coat. When she returns, she is coatless. See more »


[first lines]
Edward Canning: If you're all going to ride like maniacs, at least do it quietly.
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Daisy Bell
("A Bicycle Built for Two") (uncredited)
Composed by Harry Dacre (1893)
Sung by school choir
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Emily Harte is on her bike when a car runs her off the road and kills her, apparently even backing over her. Barnaby and Jones are called in.

It turns out that Emily was involved with a college professor named Jeffers, and Barnaby realizes that he was actually the target. There are a few people who could have done it: his ex-wife, who felt she was losing her son to him, a tech firm that has built an air traffic control system based on his specifications; Jeffers has discovered a design flaw and demands that the project be stopped or he'll go public.

On top of all this, someone is going around throwing a mixture of paint and glue on passersby.

This episode could have been shorter, as there was unnecessary material in the script. It wasn't an exciting episode, and the denouement was nonexistent. After an entire episode, we get a quick confession and the episode is over.

Beautiful locations as usual, and, of course, Barnaby and Jones.

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