When a local DJ is crushed to death at a traditional girls' boarding school, DCI John Barnaby discovers that murder and deception are never far away from the quaint villages.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Edna Doré ...
Granny Brightwell
Susan Engel ...
Harriet Wingate
Lucy Briers ...
Jessica Wingate
Jamie Cameron
Kate Cameron
Charlotte Cameron
Dave Doggy Day
Sid Mitchell ...
Thomas Brightwell
Gwyneth Keyworth ...
Daisy Keeping ...
Darren Clarke ...


DCI John Barnaby arrives in Causton on his cousin Tom's retirement. Jones misses his old boss and the two men do not gel, especially as Barnaby seems dismissive of Jones' efforts to restore a vintage car once driven by local racer Duncan Palmer for a classic car competition hosted at her school by frosty headmistress Harriet Wingate. Palmer faked his death in the 1960s but was actually found dead in Midsomer some years later. His old team-mate Peter Fossett is judging the contest and the entrants include Peter's brisk, bossy daughter Kate Cameron and her ex-husband Jamie, now in love with Harriet's shy daughter Jessica. Kate will do anything to win, enlisting the help of the other judge, radio D.J. Dave 'Doggy' Day, who is found murdered. Soon after another young man is killed, who turns out to be involved with Kate's precocious schoolgirl daughter Charlotte in drug dealing. After Barnaby has discovered that Duncan Palmer was Jessica's father, he confronts the killer, but has cause to... Written by don @ minifie-1

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Crime | Drama | Mystery





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23 March 2011 (UK)  »

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John Barneby is Tom's cousin in the show. See more »


Peter Fossett explains to Dave Doggy Day how to start a vintage Alvis. One of his instructions is to advance the ignition when starting, this is not true. The ignition timing should be retarded when starting then advanced when the engine is running. Dave Doggy Day later repeats the incorrect instruction. See more »


Harriet Wingate: [Knowingly to Jones] I know a girls' school is an irresistible magnet to young men. Eh, Jones?
[She laughs]
Harriet Wingate: Ha-ha!
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References The Sweeney (1975) See more »

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Great start with the new Barnaby
14 November 2015 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I really liked this episode. I like this Barnaby a lot more than I did the previous one. I never really cared for the character of Joyce either. I was never able to decide if it was the actress playing the role or if she was just given really lame scripts to work with.

I liked the numerous bits of humor throughout this episode. I like murder mysteries and trying to figure out who dunnit but if the mysteries also have some humor throughout I like them even more.

There were a couple of things that really did not add up but overall a really great start for the new actor taking over the starring role.

I am looking forward to all the rest of the episodes with this new guy. I think that they will be a lot more enjoyable than the others were.

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