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...
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
If you're all going to ride like maniacs, at least do it quietly.
("A Bicycle Built for Two") (uncredited)
Composed by Harry Dacre
Sung by school choir See more