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{{Infobox episode|series_and_ep_number = Pilot Episode|image1 = image:The-killings-at-badgers-drift.png|airdate = 23 March 1997|village_or_location = [[Badger's Drift]]|writer = Anthony Horowitz|director = Jeremy Silberston|previous_episode = None|following_episode = [[Written in Blood]]|series = Pilot|image = image:The-killings-at-badgers-drift.png|previous = None|next = [[Written in Blood]]}}'''The Killings at Badger's Drift''' is the pilot episode of the popular [[ITV]] crime drama [[Midsomer Murders]] and was originally broadcast on 23rd March 1997.
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{{Infobox episode
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|series_and_ep_number = Pilot Episode
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|image1 = image:The-killings-at-badgers-drift.png
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|airdate = 23 March 1997
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|village_or_location = [[Badger's Drift]]
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|other_locations = [[Brighton]]
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|writer = [[Anthony Horowitz]]
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|director = [[Jeremy Silberston]]
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|previous_episode = None
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|following_episode = [[Written in Blood]]
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}}'''The Killings at Badger's Drift''' is the pilot episode of the popular [[ITV]] crime drama [[Midsomer Murders]] and was originally broadcast on 23rd March 1997.
   
 
==Background==
 
==Background==
The episode was adapted from the novel of the same name by author [[Caroline Graham]] and was screenplayed by Anthony Horowitz, who was also well-known for adapting dramas such as Foyle's War and Agatha Christie's Poirot. It was directed by Jeremy Silberston. It is the first appearance of [[Tom Barnaby|Detective Chief Inspector Tom Barnaby]] and [[Gavin Troy|Detective Sergeant Gavin Troy]], played by [[John Nettles]] and [[Daniel Casey]] respectively.
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The episode was adapted from the novel of the same name by author [[Caroline Graham]] and was screenplayed by [[Anthony Horowitz]], who was also well-known for adapting dramas such as Foyle's War and Agatha Christie's Poirot. It was directed by [[Jeremy Silberston]]. It is the first appearance of [[Tom Barnaby|Detective Chief Inspector Tom Barnaby]] and [[Gavin Troy|Detective Sergeant Gavin Troy]], played by [[John Nettles]] and [[Daniel Casey]] respectively.
   
 
==Synopsis==
 
==Synopsis==
When elderly [[Emily Simpson]] stepped out for a walk one sunny afternoon in the forest she never expected to see what she did. Something emerges through the trees, something she was never meant to see and that means she must be silenced. DCI Barnaby and DS Troy arrive in the village of [[Badger's Drift]] to discover an array of eccentric characters all with their own sinister intentions. And does the murder have anything to do with a shooting at the local manor that happened one year ago? Nothing is quite what is seems and both Barnaby and Troy look into the case.
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When elderly [[Emily Simpson]] stepped into the woods one sunny afternoon, she never expected to see what she did. Something she was never meant to see and that meant she had to be silenced. DCI Barnaby and DS Troy arrived in the village of [[Badger's Drift]] to discover an array of eccentric characters all with their own sinister agendas. And does the murder have anything to do with a shooting at the local manor that happened one year ago?
   
 
==Plot==
 
==Plot==
[[File:The-killings-at-badgers-drift-01.png|thumb|left|324px]]When gentle spinster Emily Simpson is murdered in her own home at the seemingly tranquil village of Badger's Drift, it attracts the attention of DCI Tom Barnaby and DS Gavin Troy of Causton CID when her friend [[Lucy Bellringer]] (Rosalie Crutchley) is unconcvinced that Miss Simpson died of natural causes. Suspects include Iris and Dennis Rainbird (Elizabeth Spriggs and Richard Cant), the Lessitor family which includes Trevor, the local GP ((Bill Wallis), wife Barbara (Diana Hardcastle), and daughter Judith (Jessica Stevenson). Others include Henry Trace ([[Julian Glover]]), who is the landowner and is engaged to younger [[Katherine Lacey]] ([[Emily Mortimer]]); his estate manager is David Whitely ([[Christopher Villiers]]) and not forgetting Katherine's artist brother [[Michael Lacey|Michael]] ([[Jonathan Firth]]) and Phyllis Cadell (Selina Cadell). Barnaby also learns of the shooting of Henry's first wife Bella two years ago.
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[[File:The-killings-at-badgers-drift-01.png|thumb|left|324px]] When gentle spinster Emily Simpson is murdered in her own home in the seemingly tranquil village of Badger's Drift, it attracts the attention of DCI Tom Barnaby and DS Gavin Troy of Causton CID. When her friend, [[Lucy Bellringer]], is unconvinced that Miss Simpson died of natural causes, she voices her suspicions. Suspects include [[Iris Rainbird|Iris]] and [[Dennis Rainbird|Dennis Rainbird,]] the Lessiter family, which includes [[Trevor Lessiter|Trevor]], the local GP, his wife [[Barbara Lessiter|Barbara]], and daughter [[Judith Lessiter|Judith]] . Other persons of interest are [[Henry Trace]], the landowner and is engaged to young [[Katherine Lacey]]; his estate manager is [[David Whitely]], Katherine's artist brother [[Michael Lacey|Michael]], and [[Phyllis Cadell]]. Barnaby also learns of the shooting of Henry's first wife [[Bella Trace|Bella]] almost two years ago.
   
 
==Cast==
 
==Cast==
 
 
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<div style="​column-count: 2; -moz-column-count: 2; -webkit-column-count: 2;​">
 
*[[John Nettles]] as DCI [[Tom Barnaby]]
 
*[[John Nettles]] as DCI [[Tom Barnaby]]
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*[[Barry Jackson]] as Dr. [[George Bullard]]
 
*[[Barry Jackson]] as Dr. [[George Bullard]]
 
*Renée Asherson as [[Emily Simpson]] (as Renee Asherson)
 
*Renée Asherson as [[Emily Simpson]] (as Renee Asherson)
*Rosalie Crutchley as Lucy Bellringer
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*Rosalie Crutchley as [[Lucy Bellringer]]
*[[Jonathan Firth|Jonathan&nbsp;Firth]] as [[Michael Lacey]]
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*[[Jonathan Firth]] as [[Michael Lacey]]
 
*[[Emily Mortimer]] as [[Katherine Lacey]]
 
*[[Emily Mortimer]] as [[Katherine Lacey]]
 
*[[Julian Glover]] as [[Henry Trace]]
 
*[[Julian Glover]] as [[Henry Trace]]
 
*Selina Cadell as [[Phyllis Cadell]]
 
*Selina Cadell as [[Phyllis Cadell]]
 
*[[Christopher Villiers]] as [[David Whitely]]
 
*[[Christopher Villiers]] as [[David Whitely]]
*Richard Cant as [[Dennis Rainbird]]
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*[[Richard Cant]] as [[Dennis Rainbird]]
*Elizabeth Spriggs as [[Iris Rainbird]]
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*[[Elizabeth Spriggs]] as [[Iris Rainbird]]
*Bill Wallis as Dr. Trevor Lessiter
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*Bill Wallis as Dr. [[Trevor Lessiter]]
*Diana Hardcastle as Barbara Lessiter
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*Diana Hardcastle as [[Barbara Lessiter]]
*Jessica Hynes as Judith Lessiter (as Jessica Stevenson)
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*Jessica Hynes as [[Judith Lessiter]] (as Jessica Stevenson)
 
*Barbara Young as Anne Quine
 
*Barbara Young as Anne Quine
*Avril Elgar as Mary Sharpe
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*Avril Elgar as [[Mary Sharpe]]
 
*Cory Pulman as Terry Bazely
 
*Cory Pulman as Terry Bazely
 
*Peter Jordan as Counseller 1
 
*Peter Jordan as Counseller 1
*Marlene Sidaway as Counseller 2
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*[[Marlene Sidaway]] as Counseller 2
 
*Jonathan Oliver as Counseller 3
 
*Jonathan Oliver as Counseller 3
 
*Simon Godwin as Giovanni
 
*Simon Godwin as Giovanni
*Neil Conrich as Duty Police Officer
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*[[Neil Conrich]] as [[PC Angel|Duty Police Officer]]
 
*Paul Putner as Policeman
 
*Paul Putner as Policeman
 
*Nigel Asbridge as Vicar
 
*Nigel Asbridge as Vicar
 
*Guy Normas as Grave Digger (uncredited)
 
*Guy Normas as Grave Digger (uncredited)
 
</div>
 
</div>
 
==Notes==
 
* Elizabeth Spriggs and Richard Cant later portrayed Iris Rainbird's sister, Ursula Gooding and nephew Alistair Gooding respectively in the second episode of [[Series Nine]] entitled [[Dead Letters]].
 
 
* Neil Conrich and Christopher Villiers were the first actors to originate recurring characters in the series, Conrich's character of Police Constable Angel appeared in four subsequent episodes concluding in [[Birds of Prey]], and Villiers character David Whitely later appeared in the [[Series Two]] episode entitled [[Death's Shadow]].
 
 
The following actors and actresses from the pilot episode of the series have appeared in subsequent episodes:
 
*Selina Caddell;
 
*Richard Cant;
 
*Neil Conrich;
 
*Paul Putner;
 
*Marlene Sidaway;
 
*Christopher Villiers.
 
   
 
==Galleries==
 
==Galleries==
 
 
===Body Count===
 
===Body Count===
<gallery captionalign="center" captionsize="large" bordersize="medium" navigation="true" widths="110" spacing="small" hideaddbutton="true">
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Prior to the Episode
Bella-trace.jpg|[[Bella Trace]]<br>Shotgun to the chest
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<gallery captionalign="center" captionsize="large" bordersize="medium" navigation="true" widths="110" spacing="small" hideaddbutton="true">
Emily-simpson.jpg|[[Emily Simpson]]<br>Broken neck after being struck from behind
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Placeholder person.png|[[Mr. Lacey]]<br>Died in a car accident with [[Mrs. Lacey|his wife]] 9 years prior to the events of the episode.
Dennis-rainbird.jpg|[[Dennis Rainbird]]<br>Stabbed in neck with butcher's knife
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Placeholder person.png|[[Mrs. Lacey]]<br>Died in a car accident with [[Mr. Lacey|her husband]] 9 years prior to the events of the episode.
Iris-rainbird.jpg|[[Iris Rainbird]]<br>Stabbed multiple times with butcher's knife
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Bella-trace.jpg|[[Bella Trace]]<br>Shot with shotgun to the chest from distance on the 26th of June 1995.
Phyllis-cadell.jpg|[[Phyllis Cadell]]<br>Committed suicide while in police custody
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</gallery>
Katherine-lacey.jpg|[[Katherine Lacey]]<br>shotgun - part of murder/suicide pact with brother Michael
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Michael-lacey.jpg|[[Michael Lacey]]<br>Self inflicted shotgun after shooting sister Katherine
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In the Episode
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<gallery captionalign="center" captionsize="large" bordersize="medium" navigation="true" widths="110" spacing="small" hideaddbutton="true">
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Emily-simpson.jpg|[[Emily Simpson]]<br>Broken neck after being struck from behind and the scene was arranged to appear as natural causes.
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Dennis-rainbird.jpg|[[Dennis Rainbird]]<br>Throat slit with butcher's knife.
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Iris-rainbird.jpg|[[Iris Rainbird]]<br>Stabbed multiple times with butcher's knife right after Dennis.
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Phyllis-cadell.jpg|[[Phyllis Cadell]]<br>Committed suicide while in police custody.
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Katherine-lacey.jpg|[[Katherine Lacey]]<br>Shot with shotgun - part of murder/suicide pact with Michael.
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Michael-lacey.jpg|[[Michael Lacey]]<br>Self inflicted shotgun blast after shooting Katherine.
 
</gallery>
 
</gallery>
   
 
===Supporting Cast===
 
===Supporting Cast===
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<gallery captionalign="center" captionsize="large" bordersize="medium" widths="110" spacing="small" hideaddbutton="true">
 
Lucy-bellringer.jpg|[[Lucy Bellringer]]
 
Lucy-bellringer.jpg|[[Lucy Bellringer]]
 
Henry-trace.jpg|[[Henry Trace]]
 
Henry-trace.jpg|[[Henry Trace]]
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===Episodes images===
 
===Episodes images===
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Midsomer-begins.jpg
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Rainbirds.jpg
 
Michael-katherine.jpg
 
Michael-katherine.jpg
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The-killings-at-badgers-drift-06.jpg
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The-killings-at-badgers-drift-07.jpg
 
</gallery>
 
</gallery>
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==Videos==
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YouTube=
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<gallery widths="350" hideaddbutton="true">
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Midsomer Murders - How it all Began E01
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</gallery>
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|-|
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Facebook=
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<div class="fb-video" data-href="https://www.facebook.com/BritBoxUS/videos/453816098416032/" data-width="350" data-show-text="false" data-allowfullscreen="true"> </div>
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<div class="fb-video" data-href="https://www.facebook.com/BritBoxUS/videos/390801788050797/" data-width="350" data-show-text="false" data-allowfullscreen="true"> </div>
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</tabber>
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==Quotes==
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{{Dialogue|DCI Tom Barnaby and DS Gavin Troy arrive at the crime scene, Emily Simpson's house. They get out of the car.
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|'''DS Gavin Troy''': This is it here, sir.
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|'''DCI Tom Barnaby''' (ironically): Really, Troy?! I'd never have guessed.
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{{Dialogue|As DCI Barnaby and DS Troy are leaving Lucy Bellringer's house, they are approached by Dennis Rainbird about taking Mrs Simpson's body due to him being an undertaker
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|'''Dennis Rainbird''': I was wondering if I could take her ... the deceased.
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|'''DCI Tom Barnaby''': Oh, I'm afraid that won't be possible for a little while.
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|'''Dennis Rainbird''' (with a bit of excitement): Oh. So you do suspect some naughtiness. (takes his right hand to his neck) It was her neck, I understand.
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|'''DS Gavin Troy''': Who told you that?
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|'''Dennis Rainbird''': Oh, come on. Everyone knows by now. It's that sort of village.
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|'''DS Gavin Troy''' (irritated): Well, you can't have the body yet. All right?!... (looks at him disgusted and with a fake smile) Sir?!
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|'''Dennis Rainbird''' (to Barnaby): Oh. I see you've got a right constable there. You let me know when you're ready for me.
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}}
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==Notes==
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*[[Elizabeth Spriggs]] and [[Richard Cant]] later portrayed Iris Rainbird's sister, Ursula Gooding and nephew Alistair Gooding respectively in the second episode of [[Series Nine]] entitled [[Dead Letters]].
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*[[Neil Conrich]] and [[Christopher Villiers]] were the first actors to originate recurring characters in the series, Conrich's character of Police Constable Angel appeared in four subsequent episodes concluding in [[Birds of Prey]], and Villiers character David Whitely later appeared in the [[Series Two]] episode entitled [[Death's Shadow]].
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*Guy Normas the Gravedigger in the episode holds the record for the longest period between his first appearance in the series, ''The Killings at Badger's Drift'' and his latest appearance, the series finale of [[Series Twenty]], ''[[Send in the Clowns]]''.
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The following actors and actresses from the pilot episode of the series have appeared in subsequent episodes:
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*Selina Caddell - [[Midsomer Life]]
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*[[Richard Cant]] - [[Dead Letters]]
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*[[Elizabeth Spriggs]] - [[Dead Letters]]
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*[[Neil Conrich]] - [[Written in Blood]], [[Death of a Hollow Man]], [[Death's Shadow]], [[Strangler's Wood]], [[Beyond the Grave]] and [[Birds of Prey]]
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*Guy Normas - [[Send in the Clowns]]
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*Paul Putner - [[Written in Blood]]
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*[[Marlene Sidaway]] - [[Written in Blood]], [[Death's Shadow]] and [[Judgement Day]]
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*[[Christopher Villiers]] - [[Death's Shadow]]
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*Barbara Young - [[Last Year's Model]]
 
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[[Category:Pilot episode]]

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The Killings at Badger's Drift is the pilot episode of the popular ITV crime drama Midsomer Murders and was originally broadcast on 23rd March 1997.

BackgroundEdit

The episode was adapted from the novel of the same name by author Caroline Graham and was screenplayed by Anthony Horowitz, who was also well-known for adapting dramas such as Foyle's War and Agatha Christie's Poirot. It was directed by Jeremy Silberston. It is the first appearance of Detective Chief Inspector Tom Barnaby and Detective Sergeant Gavin Troy, played by John Nettles and Daniel Casey respectively.

SynopsisEdit

When elderly Emily Simpson stepped into the woods one sunny afternoon, she never expected to see what she did. Something she was never meant to see and that meant she had to be silenced. DCI Barnaby and DS Troy arrived in the village of Badger's Drift to discover an array of eccentric characters all with their own sinister agendas. And does the murder have anything to do with a shooting at the local manor that happened one year ago?

PlotEdit

The-killings-at-badgers-drift-01
When gentle spinster Emily Simpson is murdered in her own home in the seemingly tranquil village of Badger's Drift, it attracts the attention of DCI Tom Barnaby and DS Gavin Troy of Causton CID. When her friend, Lucy Bellringer, is unconvinced that Miss Simpson died of natural causes, she voices her suspicions. Suspects include Iris and Dennis Rainbird, the Lessiter family, which includes Trevor, the local GP, his wife Barbara, and daughter Judith . Other persons of interest are Henry Trace, the landowner and is engaged to young Katherine Lacey; his estate manager is David Whitely, Katherine's artist brother Michael, and Phyllis Cadell. Barnaby also learns of the shooting of Henry's first wife Bella almost two years ago.

CastEdit

GalleriesEdit

Body CountEdit

Prior to the Episode

In the Episode

Supporting CastEdit

Episodes imagesEdit

VideosEdit

 
 

QuotesEdit

"


DCI Tom Barnaby and DS Gavin Troy arrive at the crime scene, Emily Simpson's house. They get out of the car.
DS Gavin Troy: This is it here, sir.
DCI Tom Barnaby (ironically): Really, Troy?! I'd never have guessed.


"

"


As DCI Barnaby and DS Troy are leaving Lucy Bellringer's house, they are approached by Dennis Rainbird about taking Mrs Simpson's body due to him being an undertaker
Dennis Rainbird: I was wondering if I could take her ... the deceased.
DCI Tom Barnaby: Oh, I'm afraid that won't be possible for a little while.
Dennis Rainbird (with a bit of excitement): Oh. So you do suspect some naughtiness. (takes his right hand to his neck) It was her neck, I understand.
DS Gavin Troy: Who told you that?
Dennis Rainbird: Oh, come on. Everyone knows by now. It's that sort of village.
DS Gavin Troy (irritated): Well, you can't have the body yet. All right?!... (looks at him disgusted and with a fake smile) Sir?!
Dennis Rainbird (to Barnaby): Oh. I see you've got a right constable there. You let me know when you're ready for me.


"

NotesEdit

The following actors and actresses from the pilot episode of the series have appeared in subsequent episodes:

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