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Echoes of the Dead 

The drowning of a woman in a bathtub becomes the first murder in a series of copycat murders imitating infamous murders from the past.


(as Nick Laughland)


(screenplay) (as Peter J Hammond), (based on characters by)

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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Sarah Barnaby
Jo Starling
Bernard Flack
David Orchard
Melanie Kilburn ...
Yvonne Flack
Malcolm Merryman
Fran Carter
Thomas Arnold ...
Nikki Rowntree
Len Merryman


Dianne Price is drowned in the style of the Brides in the Bath murders of almost a century earlier. Blessed Be the Bride is scrawled in lipstick on her bathroom mirror. Her grieving flatmate Jo, who works at a donkey sanctuary run by hard-drinking Liz Tomlin and her antagonistic son Sam, takes the opportunity to escape her voyeuristic landlord Bernard Flack to move in with vet Fran Carter but Fran too is killed, also in a copycat murder from the 1930s, again bridal-related. Pub landlord Matt Rowntree, an ex-cop, is married to Nikki, a former madame whose girls specialized in dressing up fantasies, which arouses Barnaby's suspicions but then an elderly couple are slain, with Just Married daubed on their car and Bridal Suite on the door. Bernard's voyeurism actually saves Jo's life as he calls the police to arrest the murderer, out to claim a fifth victim. The killer turns out to be a deranged and embittered religious maniac, out to slaughter people they believe to have acted immorally,... Written by don @ minifie-1

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20 April 2011 (UK)  »

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Adrian Rawlins and Pam Ferris both appeared in the Harry Potter franchise. Rawlins as James Potter and Ferris as Aunt Marge Dursley. See more »


Dr. Bullard: [Visibly shaken after seeing the murdered elderly couple] There's no breathing space with this maniac!
DCI John Barnaby: Maniac's the word. We're probably wasting our time lookin' for a rational explanation.
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Echoes of the Dead reverberate: AWFUL AWFUL AWFUL
14 October 2014 | by See all my reviews

3 stars is way too generous. I've not watched any of the episodes since Dudgeon took over, wanting to rest with John Nettles portrayals. I'll still give him another chance or two, but after that, if it still doesn't catch my interest, I'm off to discover some other murder stories. As other people have wondered, why in the world didn't Barnaby guard the poor girl so she needn't have been pestered by the maniac? The suspects were of no interest and barely suspected and poor Pam Ferris, whom I always like, had nothing to do but screech and look loathsome. Dudgeon may be okay but his character's personality is not anywhere near as inviting as John Nettles' Barnaby. And give something to Hughes to do as his cohort; have their interplay more playful and not so mean-spirited (on the part of Barnaby). All in all, towards the end, it was more of a speed forward affair. Disappointed greatly. Was hoping for the continuation of some class.

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