When a young girl wakes up from a mysterious coma, she finds that no one knows what happened to her boyfriend, who disappeared around the same time she was attacked.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Tamzin Malleson ...
David Farmer
Harriet Farmer
Dr. Laura Parr
Jamie Carr
Olivia Carr
Edward Stannington
Alan Robson
John Henshaw ...
Arthur Potts
Fay Ripley ...
Caroline Potts
Vivian Stannington
Wendy Robson


Teenager Harriet Farmer is attacked in woods on her way to elope with boyfriend Finn Robson and left in a coma. Finn vanishes and a year later, as the annual Bishopwood chess tournament begins, Harriet wakes up with temporary amnesia. The chess club president, unpopular writer Edward Stannington is murdered, his sole heir being his dippy aunt Vivian. Barnaby learns that Stannington is the father of a young chess prodigy whom he has disowned and was out to discredit his chess rival, Alan Robson, Finn's father, the millionaire creator of a computer chess game. Furthermore unhappily-married hotelier Arthur Potts wanted the victim to invest in his ailing business and was refused. After Harriet's father is also murdered her kindly doctor, Laura Parr, and Barnaby take the girl to the woods where she was attacked to see if she can recall the events of the previous year. Her memories eventually lead to the unmasking of the killer, a face from the past of one of the families with a revenge ... Written by don @ minifie-1

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Crime | Drama | Mystery





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9 January 2013 (UK)  »

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Reunites Julie Graham and Cheryl Campbell who starred in William and Mary (2003 - 2005) See more »


After the death of David Farmer, there is a scene with Dr. Parr, DCI Barnaby, and Harriet Farmer. Harriet - a year-long coma patient with an obvious tracheotomy at the beginning of the episode - shows no sign of even the faintest scar at this point. This sort of wound would leave a scar even years later. See more »


[first lines]
DCI John Barnaby: [holding sombreros] Remember these?
Sarah Barnaby: [laughs] I try hard not to.
DCI John Barnaby: 1996, we bought these in Puerto Vallarta; you wore a red dress.
Sarah Barnaby: Los Cabos, and the dress was blue.
DCI John Barnaby: [to Sykes] Least I got the year right.
DCI John Barnaby: [follows Sarah outside] We went dancing in these.
Sarah Barnaby: Yeah, that's Tequina for you. Right. Boxes are for charity, bags are for recycling; so, take your pick.
DCI John Barnaby: You can't give these to charity.
Sarah Barnaby: No, you're right; no-one's that desperate. Recycling it is then.
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17 September 2016 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

As "The Sicilian Defence" begins, we see a teenager, Harriet Farmer (Jo Woodcock) leaving her father (Richard Lumsden) a note and running away, into the woods. She's about to meet her boyfriend, Finn (Royce Pierreson), and elope.

Something happens at the rendezvous point; Harriet is hit and left in a coma. No one has seen Finn, who apparently left town.

A year later, the Bishopwood Chess Tournament is taking place at the time that Harriet wakes up with amnesia. Then the chess club president, Edward Stannington (Nicholas Rowe) is murdered, leaving his aunt Vivian everything.

On investigation, Barnaby finds out that Stannington was the illegitimate father of a young chess genius, whom he wants nothing to do with. Also, Stannington's rival, Alan Robson, Finn's father, has created a computer chess game and Stannington wants to discredit him.

The list of enemies continues. Arthur Potts, an unhappily married man, wanted Stannington to invest in his faltering business, but he was turned down.

Then Harriet's father is murdered and Dr. Laura Parr and Barnaby try to jog Harriet's memory by taking her into the woods. Her memory finally returns. A killer is exposed, and there's a surprise in store for the village.

The Sicilian Defense is a chess move, normally a starting move, and not a particularly unique one.

This was a good episode. Neil Dudgeon doesn't bother me any longer but I don't feel he adds anything either.

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