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The Incident at Cooper Hill 

A local forest-ranger suffers a strange death after mysterious lights appear in the sky over UFO hot-spot Cooper Hill.


Renny Rye


Paul Logue (screenplay), Caroline Graham (based on characters by)


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Neil Dudgeon ... DCI John Barnaby
Gwilym Lee ... DS Charlie Nelson
Fiona Dolman ... Sarah Barnaby
Manjinder Virk ... Dr. Kam Karimore
Sian Webber Sian Webber ... Veronica Ford (as Siân Webber)
Steve Toussaint ... Victor Campbell
Tanya Fear ... Orla Campbell
Michelle Collins ... Nadine Campbell
Steve Oram ... Nathan Tonev
Alison Steadman ... Abigail Tonev
Sheena Bhattessa ... Sgt Yasmin Ali
Pip Torrens ... Group Captain Jeremy Ford
Alister Austin Alister Austin ... Brogan Steele
Lee Armstrong Lee Armstrong ... Dillon Faulkner
Steve Evets ... Carter Faulkner


After mysterious lights appear over Cooper Hill, apparent location for several UFO sightings forest ranger Felicity Field is found dead and wrapped in black ooze. Ufologists arrive in the area for tours run by enterprising Abigail Tonev and Barnaby learns that one of them, Carter Faulkner, had a run-in with Felicity over parking his trailer in the woods. Before she died she had tried to ring her father, a group captain at a radar station - who denies receiving any call - and she was also having an affair behind her boyfriend's back. The idea of extra -terrestrials seems credible when Abigail has a close encounter of the third kind but following two more slayings Barnaby is able to provide an earthly solution to the incident at Cooper Hill. Written by don @ minifie-1

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Crime | Drama | Mystery


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13 January 2016 (UK) See more »

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Did You Know?


In the scene where the UFO spotter finally encounters the mysterious craft his radar "pings" are the exact notes and timing from the start of Pink Floyd's track "Echoes" See more »


When DCI Barnaby looks at the file on Eric Tonev to see that he was described as wearing red corduroy trousers when he disappeared, trousers is spelled 'trouses' in the file. See more »


[first lines]
Sarah Barnaby: We could take friends out to dinner.
DCI John Barnaby: Bad idea.
Sarah Barnaby: Well then, we'll have them over here.
DCI John Barnaby: Even worse.
Sarah Barnaby: Fine, no friends. We could go to Brighton for the weekend, just the three of us.
[Sykes barks]
Sarah Barnaby: Sorry, four of us.
DCI John Barnaby: Sounds like driving to me.
Sarah Barnaby: John, you have to do something. A bottle of wine and an old film is a feeble way to celebrate your birthday.
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Main Theme
Composed by Jim Parker
Theremin played by Celia Sheen
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Close Encounters of the Bizarre Kind
8 October 2016 | by blanche-2See all my reviews

This absorbing story starts with a woman driving her car in a wooded area and something in the sky engulfing her with a bright light which comes closer and closer. Terrified, she runs. She lives.

The rest aren't as lucky,

Cooper Hill is known for UFO sightings, and many ufologists hang out there. In fact, Abigal Toney runs tours there.

A forest ranger, Felicity Field, is found dead and wrapped in a black gummy substance. Barnaby investigates and learns that one of the most ardent ufologists, Carter Faulkner, who had a famous UFO sighting that is well documented, had a run-in with Felicity. Also, before she died, she called her father, a captain at a radar station, from whom she is estranged. He says that he did not get a call.

Two more murders wrapped in the gummy substance are found. Could aliens really be responsible? Or is there a more earthbound answer? Barnaby ponders this as well as what Sara is planning to do for his birthday.

This was an excellent episode. The tone of these scripts has changed somewhat, though the past is still a factor. In this case, it's not just human relationships that took place in the past, but the Cold War as well.

The script was written by Paul Logue, who began to write for the show in 2014, as did several other writers. Some of the scripts have been quite good and different. And I love Sykes and the baby.

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