Joyce talks Barnaby into enrolling in a spa located in a remodeled manor house but the bodies start to pile up when he's there.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Jane Wymark ...
Miranda Bedford
Luke Archbold
Phoebe Archbold
Julian Woodley
Sally Giles ...
Natasha Fox
Angus Barnett ...
Kenny Pottinger
Kitty Pottinger
Carter Smith


Barnaby accompanies Joyce to Swaveley Manor health spa,run by fussy Luke Archbold and his wife Phoebe.Luke is in a right of way dispute with Phoebe's former best friend,Miranda Bedford,who has written a novel,and her volatile handyman Carter Smith. Demanding guest Kitty Pottinger is found drowned in the flotation chamber and soon afterwards Luke is killed by a faulty weights machine. The spa faces closure and evidence points to Carter having killed Luke,though Barnaby believes he was framed. Kitty's husband Kenny disappears but is found,having survived an attempt on his life. Before Barnaby retires,handing over to his cousin John,he has exposed a fake medium and discovered that the killer had dual motives - hatred for the Pottingers and a need to stop Miranda 's book being published - both instances being fit for murder. Written by don @ minifie-1

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2 February 2011 (UK)  »

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Tom Barnaby Goes Out with a Dud
6 June 2012 | by (Metairie, LA) – See all my reviews

Sadly, this was the last episode starring John Nettles and instead of making it something special and memorable, it was as if everyone were in a hurry and just threw something together. For example, in previous episodes, we've seen Tom and Joyce in bed on several occasions – Blood Will Out and Country Matters come to mind – and every time, Joyce has been to Tom's right. However, in this episode, they are reversed and Joyce is to his left, indicating everyone was in too much of a rush to pay attention to details.

Then there is Barnaby's preoccupation with his father's death and impending physical examination. There is NOTHING more boring in TV mystery shows than time wasted on the star's personal life. No one cares about the star's emotional problems, drinking, love life, etc., viewers are only interested in the setting, what leads up to the crime, the crime itself, and how it is solved. All information concerning the star's personal life is superfluous.

Of course, this episode had its share of "ridiculous moments," e.g., Barnaby's confessing his fears to a woman covered in a mud pack, whom he mistakenly believes is Joyce. I assume this was supposed to be comical, but instead was just asinine. And, as always, Joyce was silly as ever!

Finally, the characters were lackluster as were the murders. This entire episode was a huge disappointment. I really expected something more from the producers and writers for John Nettles' last episode.

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