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Dead Man's Eleven 

Fletcher's Cross is preparing for annual cricket match when the wife of local landowner and cricket captain is murdered after taking dog for a walk.


Jeremy Silberston


Anthony Horowitz (screenplay), Caroline Graham (characters)

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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
John Nettles ... DCI Tom Barnaby
Daniel Casey Daniel Casey ... Sgt. Gavin Troy
Jane Wymark ... Joyce Barnaby
Laura Howard ... Cully Barnaby
Robert Hardy ... Robert Cavendish
Anthony Calf ... Stephen Cavendish
Annabelle Apsion ... Jane Cavendish
Felicity Dean ... Tara Cavendish
Penelope Beaumont Penelope Beaumont ... Mrs. Wilson
Duncan Preston Duncan Preston ... Colin Cooper
Imelda Staunton ... Christine Cooper
Terence Rigby ... Ian Frasier
Delia Lindsay ... Zelda Frasier
Zoë Hart Zoë Hart ... Patricia Smith (as Zoe Hart)
Terence Corrigan Terence Corrigan ... Charles Jennings


Barnaby and Troy investigate the murder of Tara Cavendish, who is beaten to death with a cricket bat near a quarry on her husband's estate. She is the young wife of Robert Cavendish, a local landowner who is also captain of the Fletcher's Cross cricket team. He is disliked by many: his son, Stephen, who resents his father and is having an affair with a local barmaid; Charles Jennings, whom Cavendish recently dismissed from the cricket team; and a group of locals who resent that Cavendish has closed a public footpath that ran across his estate. The mystery deepens when it turns out Cavendish's housekeeper, Emily Beavis, died in a fall at the quarry site some 18 months previously. With that information, Barnaby is convinced that the two deaths are connected. Written by garykmcd

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Crime | Drama | Mystery


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Release Date:

12 September 1999 (UK) See more »

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Bentley Productions See more »
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Stars three of the main cast of the Harry Potter series in Imeda Staunton, Robert Hardy and Toby Jones. See more »


When explaining why she is telling Barnaby that Steven Cavendish is lying, Mrs. Cooper quotes a verse from the book of Philippians but attributes the words to Jesus instead of Paul. See more »


[Barnaby and Troy have just spotted Joyce Barnaby house hunting]
DCI Tom Barnaby: Oh, please Lord. Not Fletcher's Cross.
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very good
23 November 2013 | by blanche-2See all my reviews

Barnaby's wife Joyce is looking for a new house, now that Cully is moving in with her boyfriend. Fletcher's Cross is also where Troy is playing cricket. And Fletcher's Cross is the scene of a murder which Barnaby and Troy investigate.

Tara Cavendish, the wife of the older Robert Cavendish, is beaten to death by a quarry where she was walking the family dog. The murder weapon? A cricket bat.

Cavendish is a landowner and also the captain of the cricket team, and not a very pleasant man. At all. Suspects about for Tara's murder. By all accounts, she was an uppity woman. Cavendish's son Stephen has a lot of anger; he's cheating on his wife with a local barmaid. Charles Jennings was let go from the team. Then there are the protesters over Cavendish closing a public footpath that goes across his estate.

When Barnaby finds out that the Cavendish housekeeper died from a fall into the quarry 18 months earlier, he wonders if that wasn't murder as well and that somehow, the two deaths are connected. But how? The answer is complicated and unexpected and makes for a good episode. The usual beautiful scenery abounds, and Barnaby with his family is always entertaining. A few twists and turns in this one, but it's not overdone or confusing.

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