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The Glitch 

An air traffic computer system, based on theories from an eccentric college professor, is denounced by the scientist creating a financial crisis for its backers.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
... DCI Tom Barnaby
... DS Ben Jones
... Joyce Barnaby
... Cully Barnaby
... Dr Bullard
... DC Gail Stephens
Shaughan Seymour ... Norman Wayland-Smith
... Daniel Snape
... Emily Harte (as Josephine Taylor)
Nigel Whitmey ... Clinton Finn
... Helen Markham
... Edward Canning
... George Jeffers
James Musgrave ... Tom Jeffers (as James Musgrove)
Joanna Roth ... Melanie Jeffers


DCI Barnaby and DS Jones investigate the apparent murder of Emily Harte who was run off the road by a car while cycling late at night. The evidence at the scene also suggests that the driver then backed up over her to make sure the job was done. She was a member of the local cycling club and was in a relationship with George Jeffers a professor at the local college. Barnaby quickly concludes that Jeffers was the driver's intended target. Jeffers had several people who might want to get at him. His ex-wife Melanie felt that she was losing her son as he too was spending more time with his father and Emily. Then there's a disagreement with a local technology firm that has built a new air traffic control system built on his theories. Jeffers thinks there a serious flaw and has threatened to go public and the company's CEO Clinton Finn has already taken steps to get the college on his side by endowing a new research building. Throughout all of this, someone locals have dubbed the bucketman... Written by garykmcd

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Crime | Drama | Mystery






Release Date:

23 September 2009 (UK)  »

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Did You Know?


Two actors in this episode have played characters in different Poirot series. Philip Jackson played Inspector Japp in quite a few episodes of the David Suchet series and Jonathan Cecil played Hastings in the Peter Ustinov made for TV episodes ("Murder in Three Acts," etc.). See more »


When Mrs. Jeffers is leaving for her date, she is wearing a coat. When she returns, she is coatless. See more »


[first lines]
Edward Canning: If you're all going to ride like maniacs, at least do it quietly.
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Daisy Bell
("A Bicycle Built for Two") (uncredited)
Composed by Harry Dacre (1893)
Sung by school choir
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Those Bikers Were Pretty Tiresome
13 May 2016 | by See all my reviews

There are a couple things at work in this episode. First of all, there is a group of people who ride bicycles together, a kind of club. I have ridden quite a lot myself, but I find this kind of group, with its smug self importance, to be hard to like. It's not the bikes; it's the people. The central conflict involves a tenured professor who has made some serious inroads into some kind of quantum theory that will allow successful airline traffic control. Another man, who is presented as the villain (because he has no respect for the bike riders) has invested huge sums of money in the former man's theories. The problem is that the scientist sees a glitch in the system that could potentially cause death to thousands of people. So he withholds his research. The investor, an arrogant ass, becomes the target of a reactionary who mixes glue and red paint and pours it on the guy's cars. Also, on the driver if he happens to be around. Unfortunately, a young woman, who is blameless in any of this, gets killed, run over by a car. It is suspected that she was mistaken for the guy because she was riding his bike. The second subplot is that the university is hoping for huge financial gains from research done under its umbrella. It's an interesting episode.

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