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When Dave Cutler, the local postman, is found with his throat slit, DCI Barnaby and DS Troy are on the case. Cutler it seems had slept with most of the woman in the village so between spurned lovers and irate husbands, there are any number of suspects. They are assisted by the local police in the form of the very attractive WPC Jay Nash, to whom Troy takes a instant liking. When a second and then a third murder takes place, the police realize they have a far more complex motive that simple jealousy.
- John Nettles as DCI Tom Barnaby
- Daniel Casey as Sgt Gavin Troy
- Jane Wymark as Joyce Barnaby
- Fleur Bennett as Debbie Shortlands
- Adam Blackwood as Keith Shortlands
- Prue Clarke as Mary Yeatman
- Robert Glenister as John Field
- Del Henney as Mike Yeatman
- Nicky Henson as Simon Reason
- Alan Howard as Owen August
- Celia Imrie as Louise August
- Barry Jackson as Dr. George Bullard
- Gillian Kearney as WPC Jay Nash
- Kate Maberly as Holly Reid
- Marian McLoughlin as Barbara Judd
- Morris Perry as Ben Barrow
- Neville Phillips as Priest
- Kim Thomson as Janet Reason
- Rupert Walz as Dave Cutler
- Philip Whitchurch as Ade Jessell
- Peter Whitear as Dog Handler
- Rachel Woolrich as Tammie
- Ray Donn as Police Officer (uncredited)
Prior to the Episode
In the Episode
Body Count Notes
- During each murder, the killer plays the song "The Creep" written by Ken Mackintosh.
- This is the first episode in which an attempt is made to kill an investigating officer.
- The knife used in the first two killings is most likely known as a Billhook or Firewood Knife. Ade Jessell is seen using a similar knife for trimming small branches.
The following actors and actresses who appeared in this episode have also appeared in the following episodes