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The Sleeper Under the Hill 

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
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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16:9 HD
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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 reviewers were tough on this one
22 March 2016 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The reviews on this site delve into some technical errors in "The Sleeper on the Hill" from season 14, but fortunately or unfortunately, those aren't things I could pick up on.

This is a case where Alex Preston, a local farmer, is murdered and his corpse placed in the Crowcall stone circle in a field on his land. He intention to plow the field was against the New Dawn druids, but when Barnaby investigates, they all seem to have alibis. Preston's wife was having an affair with her fencing instructor, but a friend of Jones', Trevor Gibson, a local police officer, proves that alibi false. A major druid, Leticia, is killed as Alex was. So a crime of passion is out anyway.

Barnaby thinks Gibson is hiding something and Jones violently disagrees. Barnaby speaks with a local historian, Caradoc Singer, trying to discover if the killings have to do with druid superstition or just plain greed.

This is pretty good, with Neil Dudgeon showing more personality than previously. Barnaby and his wife and dog are younger and have a different lifestyle from Barnaby and his wife Joyce -- maybe the producers were trying for a slightly different demographic, probably figuring the people who started watching the show 14 seasons ago are dead.

What I like about these episodes is that Jones seems to have a bigger part in them, not just in screen time, but in a more active way, and he's delightful.

"Sleeper on the Hill" is a good episode with enough goings on to keep one interested.

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