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
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This is the first episode with Neil Dudgeon top billed and not John Nettles. See more
Sgt Jones says that when Palmers remains were found in his racing car under a sheet, under some bales of straw in a barn it was assumed that the death was suicide since his gun was next to him without at anytime wondering how after committing suicide the dead man managed to hide himself under a sheet and several bales. See more
DS Ben Jones
Are you interested in classic cars, sir?
DCI John Barnaby
Only if it's got a flashing light and gets me home quickly,
References The French Connection