There are big changes afoot for DCI Barnaby as new sidekick DS Jamie Winter (Nick Hendrix) joins him in TV’s deadliest county.
Cheery young Jamie certainly proves his worth in his first case, which sees Hugh Dennis, Pippa Haywood, Caroline Blakiston and Sally Phillips among the suspects as a murderer strikes after a group of locals clash over plans for a village abandoned since World War Two.
Throw in an army tank and some slippery snakes as murder weapons and it’s certainly a baptism of fire!
Meanwhile, as Barnaby, Sarah and Betty (and millions of viewers!) mourn their beloved Jack Russell Sykes, could Paddy, a dog Barnaby meets during the investigation, fill the void?