The Glitch is the fourth episode of the twelfth series of the popular ITV crime drama Midsomer Murders and was originally broadcast on 21st July 2009.


Abrasive Clinton Finn, the head of an American software company based in Midsomer, fumes at the police's inability to catch the Bucketman, a local who targets speeding drivers from the company, including Finn, and throws red paint over them. DCI Barnaby however has a more pressing case, the murder of schoolteacher Emily Harte, deliberately knocked from her bicycle at night and run over. However Emily had been loaned her cycle cape by boffin George Jeffers, who would seem to be the intended victim. Not only is his ex-wife in a relationship with Finn but he has antagonized the American by withdrawing the extremely costly air traffic control system he designed for Finn's company due to a glitch.


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 that the locals have dubbed the Bucketman has been throwing buckets of paint mixed with glue on unexpected passersby.



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Midsomer Murders Series 12 Episode 4 - The Glitch Preview

Midsomer Murders Series 12 Episode 4 - The Glitch Preview


The following actors and actresses who appeared in this episode have also appeared in the following episodes

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