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?
The poem that Barnaby quotes starting "This is the weather the cuckoo likes" is Weathers by Thomas Hardy. He quotes most of verse one. See more
When the intruder is trying to type the password on the keyboard, the number of key-presses does not correspond to the number of characters that appear on the screen. 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