A Wild West show comes to Ford Florey and a serial killer starts to eliminate villagers in a "wild west" fashion related to a parcel of disputed swamp land.



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Episode complete credited cast:
Jane Wymark ...
Jack Fincher
Caroline Langrishe ...
Susan Fincher
Leo Fincher
Fergal Jenner
Jude Langham
Justin Avoth ...
Mary Morgan
Malcolm Storry ...
Adam Burbage


At a Wild West show in Ford Florey, Faye Lennox is murdered. She was the estate manager and lover of unpopular farmer Jack Fincher, who is engaged in a long-standing dispute with neighbour Silas Burbage over a piece of waste-land. Soon afterwards Fincher is lassoed and dragged to his death. There is no shortage of suspects - the Burbage family, long-suffering wife Susan who is seemingly very close to stepson Leo, Dan Malko, who wants the waste-land as a permanent travellers' site and Mary Morgan, whose dog Fincher shot. Jude Langham, a local craftsman who blames Fincher for his father's death, claims to have the document which will settle ownership and he is attacked by an intruder out to steal it. He had made phone calls to the three parties interested in the land just before his attack. But one is also murdered and another person will die before Barnaby works out who is responsible for blood on the saddle. Written by don @ minifie-1

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Crime | Drama | Mystery





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8 September 2010 (UK)  »

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The poker hand of Aces and Eights is known as the Dead Man's Hand because that is the hand legend alleges Wild Bill Hickock held when he was assassinated. The term "dead man's hand" predates Hickoks death, the composition of the hand varied with place and time. It wasn't until the 1920s that the hand was aces and eights, two each with any kicker. it also wasn't until the 1920's that Hickok was alleged to hold a "dead man's hand" of any kind. See more »


In the final 'shootout' Jones finds a Colt SAA 'Peacemaker' loaded with a 9mm/ .38 blank. He takes out the blank and replaces it with a 44-40 WCF LIVE round. You can't put a 44-40 live round into a gun chambered for 9mm. Also inn the UK the guns used in Old West re-enactment are blank firers chambered for 9mm/ .38 and cannot five a live round due to the barrel being fully or partially blocked See more »


[first lines]
Mary Morgan: [screams loudly then runs outside] Help! Help me! He's murdered Danny! Help! Help!
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References The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (1966) See more »

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lost interest
1 August 2015 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The Midsomer area and the Wild West - a contradiction in terms.

This episode was confusing and not interesting. There is a wild west show in Ford Florey, where a woman named Faye Lennox is murdered. She was the lover and also managed the estate of one Jack Fincher. Fincher and his neighbor, Silas Burbage, have been fighting over a piece of land for years. Fincher dies soon after Lennox

A lot of suspects, of course: Susan Fincher (Caroline Langrishe), her stepson Leo, Dan Malo, who wants the land as well, Mary Morgan, whose dog was shot by Fincher, and Jude Langham, who blames Fincher for his father's death.

Langham says that he has the document that shows the ownership of the land. He calls all the parties interested, but then he is attacked.

There's another murder before Barnaby figures it all out.

Badly put together script, and the land kind of gets lost in the whole intrigue. Personally I don't know what Barnaby and Joyce were doing there Always wonderful to see Caroline Langrishe, who was in Lovejoy and Chancer. Cowboys in Ford Florey - who would have believed it.

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