The Murder Game

Season 1 Episode 4

Episode 4

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Aired Saturday 9:10 PM Apr 19, 2003 on BBC
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Tensions have become strained between the girls and the boys. Last week Mervin chose Sam to play the killer's game, and Sam did not come back. In Sam's last address to the group she states that she thinks Mervin picking her was personal and she's not amused. She says she wants Mel to be the Lead Investigator as "she really has her teeth in this case and deserves to be in the house longer". An argument is about to break out when Mel tells the group that Mervin "made the wrong decision" picking Samantha and Ruairi reacts saying Mervin can pick who he likes. Chief Bob diverts the petty bickering to the job at hand. The killer clue from last week was a blank certificate. Who does this belong to? How does this link to Catherine? It's been confirmed by forensics that Catherine was killed by navigational dividers which points to Jay. The blood stained coat that was discovered last week is discussed. Richard says their theory is it could belong to Tina as inside the pocket was her wedding invite, and it seems that the murder weapon was wrapped in the coat to take the murder weapon away from the scene of the crime. Of course the coat might actually belong to the killer and this could just be a device to frame another suspect. Mel chooses the teams and Bob starts dishing out their lines of enquiries. Team 1; Meryl and Nick must go and question Tina about that blood stained Mac. Team 2; Richard and Ruairi must question several key witnesses who all claim to have seen Catherine at different times and places - only one of them is telling the truth. Team 3; Mervin and Andrew must pay Jay a visit and show him the navigational dividers to see what they can find out about them. So Jay gets his visit, from Team 2 and immediately recognises the navigational dividers as his (he recognises the chink on it). He tells the Investigators that he keeps these navigational dividers with the maps and never takes them off the boat. Jay questions where the Investigators found the devices, but they are wise to tell him nothing. Jay reminds them that tomorrow is Catherine's funeral and lets slip that Felicity, Jennifer's sister won't be going as she is an agoraphobic. En route to question Tina Wells, Meryl admits to Nick that she's nervous having to meet that "wretched hyper woman" as she's so difficult to deal with. Tina's spotted on her bicycle. But before they can ask about the coat, Tina reveals that she has remembered some information that might be useful for them. Tina says that Catherine told her that she found something in Creeksea place in a room in the corridor on the first floor, in Alice's room. Tina doesn't know who Alice is, but whatever Catherine found she said it would "change everything." Tina's phone then rings and she gets a heavy breathing call which the Investigators try to question her about, but Tina gives nothing away. Meryl plucks up the courage to ask Tina if she has a red Mac and when she last wore it. Tina replies agitated, on the edge of loosing her temper again, that yes, she has a red coat and it hangs in the vestry of the church. The Investigators try and fail to question her further about this as she flees exasperated on her bike. Meanwhile, Richard and Ruairi have been questioning the key witnesses. Sexy Zoë Richards claims she served Catherine in her supermarket and she remembers Catherine signing the cheque with her right hand. Middle aged Mary Jane Thornton says she saw Catherine outside the news agents and she remembers her as they both reached for their glasses at the same time and chatted. Finally, Edward Green claims he saw Catherine arguing with a middle aged woman with a swept up Diana hair style not long after 11.30am. He said the woman was driving an L registration, navy blue, Volvo estate car. The Investigators re-check the wedding video and forensic reports and they deduce that Catherine was left handed and wore contact lenses. So Edward Green is the key witness telling the right story. At dinner the atmosphere could be cut with a knife. Andrew tries to lighten the mood. A phone call from Tina Wells breaks the dead lock - Tina is terrified for she's heard noise coming from the graveyard. Mel sends Meryl and Nick off to investigate, and continues taking the evening meeting with her only female ally gone. The men at the table are very non-responsive. It's obvious no-one's having a good time any more and the conversation around the table is thin. Andrew makes an effort saying he thinks the killer is male for it's "a man type murder." Mel later confides to the camera that she thinks Mervin has split up the house and the men "are taking the piss" out of her behind her back and she doesn't like it at all. A wary Meryl and Nick arrive at the graveyard. Catherine's funeral is not until tomorrow, but Tina shows them a fresh grave has been dug. Meryl and Nick start digging, all be it Meryl doing most of the donkey work! Two hours, 4 feet down and over a tonne of soil later, the "pair" have dug up a photo album which they bag up as evidence. At Bob's morning briefing it's announced that forensics have looked at the album and returned a 1930's picture of a picnic held at Creeksea Place plus Polaroid photos from the killer on the next locations to rendezvous; the Fortress and the Old Hospital. Team 2 announce Edwards's statement to be the true one, which points to Jennifer Wilmington. Bob tells team 2 their next line of enquiry is to confront Jennifer with the key witness statement at the funeral. Team 1 must go to the wake to observe the suspects, and Team 3 must go to Creeksea Place and find out what Catherine discovered in Alice's room - Jennifer will be at the funeral, leaving agoraphobic Felicity alone, so there's a good chance she'll unwittingly let the Investigators into the house. Bob says "without fail you must get into that room." Mervin and Andrew have no problem getting Felicity to let them in, though she is more reluctant with Alice's room. Eventually the key is found; a beautiful peacock key like the peacock necklace in the painting that hangs on the wall. The boys sprint up the corridor with key. Felicity starts to panic and shake with fear. At the funeral, Team 2 confronts Jennifer about the fact she omitted that she had dropped Catherine off at the church on the morning of her murder. Trevor joins the conversation, but Richard knows to take Trevor away so that Ruairi can question Jennifer alone. Jennifer confesses that she did pick Catherine up that morning and she didn't tell them as she was embarrassed that they'd argued about what music should be played at the wedding. The phone suddenly rings. It's a terrified Felicity telling Jennifer that the Investigators are in the house. Jennifer and Trevor take off at speed for Creeksea Place. Richard and Ruairi pick up on this and try to warn Team 3 that the Wilmington's are on their way home, but the mobile doesn't work. They call Mel. Back at Creeksea Place, Team 2 search the room with no break through - suddenly Mervin finds a secret wall panel. It opens onto a secret room and they are both shocked at what they sea; a dead baby in a pram that looks like it has been decomposing for decades. The men panic and instead of sealing off the crime scene, they leg it out of the house, just before Jennifer and Trevor arrive back home. At the wake, Nick and Meryl chat to the suspects. Vanessa and Tina volunteer information that Anya told them her father used to beat up her mother (Catherine) but the women don't know who Anya's father is, and neither does Anya. At the evening conference Mel finds it totally impossible to motivate and control the team as the men ignore her comments and talk over her about the suspects' files. The gap between Mel and the group has become enormous. The group bond once again as a team at the final morning brief with Bob where he announces that Creeksea Place is now sealed off as a crime scene, with forensic experts combing the mansion, so for now, Creeksea Place is out of bounds. Bob announces which teams have passed and which have failed. Team 1 pass for following up on the coat and discovering new information about Alice's room which lead to the discovery of the dead body. Their skills are also complimented for picking up on the heavy breathing call to Tina which could become significant later on. Team 2 pass for identifying the right witness statement and for their handling in confronting Jennifer Wilmington about her lie, and then picking up on the significance of the call she got from Felicity and warning the boys. Team 3 managed to get Jay to admit the navigational dividers were his, and they correctly withheld information when he questioned them. They did well to discover the dead baby's body, but what were they thinking of when they ran away from a vital crime scene? Jennifer could have removed all the evidence and then the photos they took would stand for nothing. Andrew correctly does his best bit of detective work to date; "I think that means we've failed chief". The group vote is cast between Mervin and Andrew. Once again, for the third time to be precise, Andrew is picked by the group to face the killer. The next vote is down to the choice of the Lead investigator. Pass or fail, no-one is safe from this vote. Mel takes great pleasure in picking Mervin and tells the group that "this person has made bad decisions in the past and not taken responsibility for them." Mervin tries hard to put on a brave face as he whistles his way through the ordeal of facing the killer at the Fortress. Andrew is not so bold, begging for the game to end as he walks through the Old Hospital. Mel is especially relieved as MERVIN DOES NOT COME BACK.moreless

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    Colin Spaull

    Colin Spaull

    George Hawick

    Luke de Lacey

    Luke de Lacey

    Jay Wilmington

    Guy Scantlebury

    Guy Scantlebury

    Trevor Dobie

    Mervin Merchant

    Mervin Merchant

    Himself/Special Investigator - Eliminated 4th

    Richard Sharrocks

    Richard Sharrocks

    Himself/Special Investigator - Eliminated 7th

    Meryl Holt

    Meryl Holt

    Herself/Special Investigator - Eliminated 5th

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