The gruesome discovery of a farmer's eviscerated body in an ancient stone circle is made just days before the spring equinox.


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Episode complete credited cast:
Tamzin Malleson ...
Sergeant Trevor Gibson
Evan Jago
Susan Brown ...
Leticia Clifford
Ezra Canning
Caradoc Singer
Claudia Harrison ...
Eleanor Preston
Aidan Hardy
Colin Tarrant ...
Justin Shevlin ...
Alex Preston


Alex Preston is murdered and his corpse placed in the Crowcall stone circle in a field on his land. He was intending to plough the field, setting him at odds with the New Dawn druids, all of whom have alibis. His wife Eleanor was two-timing him with her fencing instructor, and local cop Trevor Gibson destroys her alibi but when Leticia Clifford, a leading druid, is killed in the same way as Alex, crimes of passion are ruled out. As Barnaby and Jones disagree over the possibility of Gibson's involvement Barnaby seeks the advice of local historian Caradoc Singer, hoping to discover if the killings were motivated by greed or bound up with popular superstitions such as the Sleeper Under the Hill. Written by don @ minifie-1

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Crime | Drama | Mystery





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21 September 2011 (UK)  »

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The druid woman suspect makes a reference to the Spring equinox being two days away, yet when Jones misses a call on his mobile, the date is shown as 28th April. This would be over month past the Spring equinox. See more »


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Evan Jago: Whitney, come. Whitney! C'mon, Whitney.
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The New Dawn Druids-cult
25 February 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

A man is murdered and his corpse placed in the Crowcall stone circle in a field on his land. Parts of his body were removed. There is some kind of religious symbol near the body so the police go to the cult leader a female.

The police go and talk to the members of this cult. There is conflict with the owner. He does not want them on the land.

This episode is with John Barnaby and and not Tom. The police coroner is now a woman not the one that was with Tom Barnaby.

John Barnaby is quick witted and at times funny. There is tension between him and Jones. Sometime John comes off as too confident but there seems to be a little more humor in the series which is needed.

The story is interesting but the end does not seem to justify the means. To me the mystery was good but the reason for the deaths make no sense.

In the story the characters mention "Physical violence is alien to them" this druid cult. Comments made by cult members and others give this cult a pass and no criticism voiced like they do with Christianity in most episodes where churches or church figures are used. I want to point this out as another cult episode with no the writers keeping negative things out.

It is different than the episodes with Tom Barnaby/Nettles. John Barnaby's wife is into body stuff like yoga. Joyce was into music and art. All seem to be to self idolatry and phony town societies.

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