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The Flying Club 

The owner of Finchmere airfield is dropped from a plane to meet a gruesome death. Are anti-craft campaigners behind his murder? Or does it link back to a WW2 mission?



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Chris Nightingale ...
Bernard King
Alex Darnley (as Oliver Rix)
Gavin Hopkirk
Eddie Rayner
Jessie Rayner
June Whitfield ...
Duggie Wingate
Perry Darnley
Sally Jackson
Stephanie King
Miranda Darnley
Giles Wilding


Bernard King, owner of Finchmere airfield, is knocked unconscious and dropped to his death from a plane. The wrench used to hit him belongs to elderly mechanic Duggie Wingate, who has long been in a feud with Molly Darnley, whom he claims sent his sister Ellie to her death when both women were in the Air Transport Auxiliary in World War Two so she could marry Ellie's lover Henry. Molly's weak son Perry, Bernard's business partner, is being taken to court by a local protest group, led by Eddie Rayner, who blames the Darnley family for the death of his wife. The Darnleys also have financial problems and Molly is shocked to discover that Perry, goaded by his cynical wife Miranda, hopes to sell Finchmere. Nelson then discovers that the airfield is being used for smuggling and wonders if smugglers killed the two victims to keep them quiet. An air display is held, featuring young pilots Alex, Perry's son, and Duggie's great-nephew Gavin Hopkirk, who are love rivals for Eddie's daughter ... Written by don @ minifie-1

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5 February 2014 (UK)  »

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[first lines]
DCI John Barnaby: [on phone] And how is the next member of the House of Barnaby? Still trying to kick his way out? Or hers? Uh-huh, good. I hope you and your mum aren't overdoing the whole baby-buying thing. Will grow, you know; they're not bonsai. OK, love to your lot. Bye.
[hangs up]
DCI John Barnaby: [to Sykes] You know what this is, don't you? This is going to be the end of life as we know it. No more peace and quiet for us, when the baby arrives. How many of these things do you have?
[Sykes barks three times]
DCI John Barnaby: You do...
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References North by Northwest (1959) See more »

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good episode with a throwback to Hitchcock
25 September 2016 | by See all my reviews

"The Flying Club" is a very good episode from Season 16.

However, before reading this review, read the review that is titled "Competently made bit of hokum" as the person who wrote this knows his planes, and what he had to say was interesting.

A flying instructor, Bernard King, is hit on the head and flown in his own plane over a lake and dropped. DCI Barnaby and DS Nelson are on the case.

The flying club is run by Perry Darnley. He is from a family of fliers; his father flew during WW II, and his mother delivered planes to bases as a member of the Air Transport Auxiliary. Darnley's son flies for the RAF.

They find the murder weapon in an employee's work box. This man carries a very heavy grudge against the elder Mrs. Darnley. He denies having anything to do with the murder.

There are a few possible motives for the murder as well as suspects: the company was being restructured which would cause people to lose their jobs. Then there is a second murder, reminiscent of a famous scene in a Hitchcock film. The victim had a record of landing at night with no lights. Barnaby suspects a smuggling operation.

Good episode, with the usual past secret coming to light, but this time not attached to the murder.

Barnaby's alone with Sykes as his wife is off visiting, and there are some cute scenes with the two of them.

June Whitfield, who plays the ditsy mother on Absolutely Fabulous, is absolutely fabulous here in a dramatic role as a proud, accomplished woman. I read a little about her after seeing this - being American, I didn't realize that she has had an amazing career.


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