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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Theodolite error!
12 August 2013 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

Ah, Mr. Nettles. I've seen this episode twice now, and as it reaches the part where the inspector hauls out a theodolite to check a sight-line I cringed for the second time. John, if the necessity should ever occur again in your acting career, that you have to set up a theodolite, please take a 5 minute lesson from a surveyor or a construction site engineer. All the best. N.P.Lawton (Civil Engineering Instructor at Fanshawe College, London ON, Canada)(Retired) That's all I want to say, but the powers that be are insisting on ten lines and a summary. I don't want to do either of those things. In order to prove the alignment, the theodolite would need to be carefully placed in a particular spot, or "over-lined" to get an exact line. and the plate has to be levelled in two directions at right angles to each other using the three thumbscrews on the levelling head. Hope it's long enough now NPL

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