Three amateur sleuths solve a deadly crime in the fictional town of Mortcliff. The body of a butler is found in the woods.
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The cold nights are drawing in. You're thinking, "I could do with curling up on the sofa with a great
"murder mystery and a nice cuppa." Well, you're in luck.
Welcome to the TV show with only one question - whodunnit?
Welcome to Armchair Detectives,
the show where 15 murder mystery enthusiasts
and you at home will try and solve a deadly crime.
They need to find a fictional killer in Mortcliff,
the sleepy village with more murderers than I've had hot dinners.
There it is. I've had a lot of dinners.
Helping us in each case is the local police investigation team,
DI Knight, DC Slater and Scene of Crime Officer Simmons.
Before we head to Mortcliff for the first time,
let's meet our Armchair Detectives.
-Hello, Armchair Detectives. ALL:
SUSAN LAUGHS They just get better every day!
Only three of you play each day, so please take your armchairs,
Simon, Roger and Ellouise. Come on up.
As you know by now, the detective guessing the killer correctly
will win one of these...
Our golden magnifying glass trophy.
-Oh, it's so exciting!
Simon, you've played two shows before and won them both.
Is it good luck or judgment?
Oh, I'd definitely say it's judgment.
-I have this little theory, you see.
The murderer is the person who will GAIN the most by the person dying.
That's my little theory.
Right. Let's see if that plays out today.
Roger, you mentioned on your first appearance that you write
murder mystery stories.
Do you set them in a place like Mortcliff?
No, I send Inspector Constable off to all sorts of places,
you know, film studios and restaurants and the theatre, but, uh...
There's-There's... There's no lack of venue.
Yes. There's certainly no lack of murders in Mortcliff, as we know.
Now, Ellouise, last time you played, you decided to take no notes
and guessed the killer correctly. Are you doing the same thing again?
Yes, but I'm not... If I feel to take notes this time...
-If there's something that I think might need that.
-So a compromise tactic.
-Maybe take some notes, maybe not take some notes.
That's why I like you, Ellouise, I never know what you're going to do!
It's time for round one - The Crime Scene.
Knight and Slater pay a visit to the countryside
to meet Simmons on the beautiful Kirkmore Estate.
For the first time today, let's head over to Mortcliff.
Picturesque spot for a dead body, Simmons.
Even Forensics need a day out!
This is George Wilson.
He was butler of the estate.
It's pretty obvious he was killed with a shotgun.
There's a grouping of about 20 medium-sized pellets.
Any chance that it could have been a suicide?
The pellet wounds all lie within a circle of about eight inches wide,
which means the shotgun was fired about eight feet from the victim.
And...he was shot in the back.
We found him face down.
What happens here?
Any idea where we should start?
There's a guy in the house who might be handy.
He's the armourer.
He was in the house all day,
but he could fill in any gaps in your knowledge about weapons.
I'm DI Knight, this is DC Slater.
Bill Sharpe, armourer. Happy to help however I can.
This is the first time this has happened in my watch.
Nasty business. No foul play...was there?
Well, that's what we're here to find out.
What does your job entail exactly?
Amelia just hires me in whenever she has a shooting party.
I look after the guns, help with the cleaning and maintenance.
Obviously, I haven't touched them since...
So...what type of gun would you use on this shoot?
Well, we have six available, three of each type.
The one with the narrow barrels,
they're used for bird shooting up on the moor.
They have less of a recoil,
so they're easier for the novice to use.
The type with the wider barrels,
they're used for shooting in the wooded area.
-Presumably you keep records?
-I do, and not just for safety...
To stop the numpties from losing them!
Eight grand each these cost, you know?
Anyway. What I can tell you is...
William, Harriet and Finn signed out the three bird guns
and went to the moor.
Now, I know NOBODY went hunting
because I hadn't put out the buckshots yet.
In the other session, and that's the one after lunch,
Harriet, Amelia and Blake took the three bird guns.
About 20 minutes later, William signed out the buck gun.
That's used for shooting foxes.
After everyone was served, I went for lunch.
Bill, they're here again.
I can't find the rifle. Can I borrow a gun?
-Not now, Violet. Excuse me, gents.
I let them use my house for filming for a small fee.
LAUGHTER Armchair Detectives.
-There's an enormously large number of guns sloshing about.
With a bit of luck, we'll find out which type of gun is likely
to have been used to fire the fatal shots.
Was there anything else at the crime scene that you saw?
Cake. What you'd maybe... Cheese knife?
D'you know? What would go under and...
I'd like to come to a dinner party at your house.
"Anyone want some cheese?" SUSAN MIMES FLICKING CHEESE
I can imagine a Mortcliff murder by cheese knife,
that'd just be the kind of thing.
Well, let me tell you about the victim.
Today, we're investigating the death of George Wilson.
He was 30 years old, his occupation was full-time butler
and he trained at a prestigious butler school in Switzerland.
He is a former employee of the Smith family.
In his personal life, George was in a relationship.
The cause of death is a buckshot gun wound to the back
and the time of death is approximately 3 to 3:30pm.
-He gets around a lot.
-If he's... If he's in...
Of Switzerland first, then England.
He may have been from Switzerland and he may have...
It's not a particularly Swiss name.
Well, it's not, no, but... let's not make any prejudgements.
Ellouise, you've learned your lesson from previous episodes.
"Well, he's clearly not Swiss."
Next piece of evidence - "He was Swiss."
"Ah, no! I knew it!" LAUGHTER
Let's see if we can take this a bit further by looking at the suspects.
Bill Sharpe, the armourer...
POSH VOICE: ..and Lady Violet, head of Kirkmore Estate.
She was quite panicky, wasn't she, Lady Violet,
when she came into the room?
She was like, "I'd like another gun!" So, I...
-I didn't see that.
She was a little bit panicky... Oh, well, very keen to have another gun.
-Panicky or keen?
-Do the upper classes panic?
-Yes, yes, we do sometimes!
-We're all human.
-Well done, Ellouise, absolutely right.
But we don't know an awful lot yet about either of them,
so let's try and help you out.
It's time for your first piece of evidence.
Here is a search of the crime scene perimeter.
We've got a deceased adult male fox...
Death from gunshot wound...
The gun used was likely a .22 rifle.
William had the fox gun.
I can recall William had the fox gun.
But is a .22 rifle a fox gun?
Did anyone write that down?
Well, there's a lesson there, isn't there? ELLOUISE LAUGHS
Write down a list of who's got what guns!
It's time for round two - Last Movements.
We'll see what happened to George Wilson on the day of his murder.
What did the butler see? Let's find out.
Thank you for the invite, young man.
You're welcome, Mr Weber. I look forward to our chat later.
Oh, you humping back up the hill again, Amelia?
I know your car is out of action, but it's a bit of a drag.
I've got a magazine to put to bed tomorrow.
Don't worry, I've arranged with a plumber
to use his for the afternoon.
You'll have to excuse the piping,
but it's better than the schlep out.
We're very happy to be hosting you, Finn.
Tell me, did my son invite you?
In a manner of speaking.
-Got everything you need?
-Thank you, darling.
Is this the right thing?
I don't want to blow anyone's head off.
Don't worry, those smaller guns are no more dangerous
than a peashooter.
Pick up your ammo and pop in the car with the others.
Can you sign me out for a 20 bore, Bill?
Thanks. Must dash, the others are waiting.
Bill, can I have a buckshot, please?
After another sly fox? Help yourself.
I don't need to remind you about the kickback?
No, you don't.
Sorry, old habits.
CAR DOOR SHUTS
SECOND DOOR SHUTS
CAR IGNITION RATTLES, ENGINE PURRS
-CAR MOVES OFF
I'm off to the woods.
Oh, what a Glorious Twelfth.
Forgot your gun, Finn?
This is the only type of shooting I do.
Well, you can help us beat the grouse then.
Well, I hardly think...
Uh! You're going to give yourself a terrible bruise
if you hold the gun like that, darling.
Here, rule number one - get it right into your shoulder.
A drink for you, Miss Violet?
Miss Amelia says I have to call you Miss Violet.
I don't care what my daughter tells you, call me Nan.
Very good. Nan.
Are you looking forward to having your own apartment soon?
So much better than you being cooped up here all day.
I don't care about the apartment.
Look, George, they're getting closer now.
I'm sure it's just your imagination.
Well, if that's everything,
I have to collect some firewood for tonight.
They've shot George!
-"They shot George!"
Heavens to Murgatroyd, everyone's got a gun!
I think I made a note that we know who was issued with the bird guns,
which I think I noted was Finn, Blake and Harriet,
although later it was said that Finn didn't have a gun.
Um, have I noted that down wrongly or...?
-No, I'm pretty sure Finn did take a gun, but...
-..he just didn't use it.
-..Have a gun.
-I also noticed a zoom-in on the gun in the boot.
But, obviously, they all got guns out,
so I don't know how useful that is.
Um... What interested me was that the butler had invited a guest
and the mother said to the guest... "Did my son invite you?"
Which makes me think...
Why is the butler inviting guests to the house?
When asked, "Were you invited?" Finn said, "In a manner of speaking".
-Which makes me think that maybe there's some bad...
bad blood already.
-There's a thing that I'm interested to find out,
which is when the victim George was described, when we had his personal
dossier, um, up front, he was described as, "In a relationship".
-I'll be interested to know
-precisely what that means and with whom.
Let me bring up the suspects board.
There are five more suspects now. LAUGHTER
So we have Finn Weber - a photo journalist.
Amelia Anderson - Lady Violet's daughter.
Harriet Smith - Amelia's best friend.
Blake Smith - Harriet's son.
-William Anderson - Amelia's son.
I noticed when William came out,
he actually spoke to George and said, "I'll be in the woods."
Like, it was a bit too obvious.
Of course he's going to be in the woods,
he's-he's going to shoot for animals.
They're going to be in a wood,
so why would he bring up that point directly to George?
-And he's the one with the fox gun.
-And he's the one with the fox gun.
-Let me try and help you a little bit, Armchair Detectives...
..cos you've got an evidence pick now.
What are you going to go for from this lot?
We've got Bill Sharpe's armoury log
and the contents of his armourer's table.
Or the napkin George handed to William.
And finally, newspaper clippings found in a manila folder
at the house.
I would like to vote for Bill's table,
just so we can make it really clear who's got what gun.
-Yeah, I'm happy to go with that.
This is Bill Sharpe's armoury log
and the contents of his armourer's table.
So... In the morning, William, Harriet and Finn...
And then, Harriet, Amelia, Blake and William, and that is the gun type.
Which we know a buckshot was the murder weapon.
Is that helping you out?
It does, but it also means that Lady Violet's gun wasn't checked out.
-The name's not there.
Bill is very much aware she's got a gun,
but he's not writing down that she's got a gun.
Well, Armchair Detectives, for the first time today, I'd like you
to lock in your prime suspect.
Please write down a name in your detective notepads now.
Simon, tell me who is your prime suspect and why.
Well, I'm going for William.
-Right, and why?
-There is definite history between him and George.
If anyone didn't know... The little smile.
They had a moment together, it was just like...
And then he toddled off to the woods.
There's history, there is history between those two.
There's history. Roger?
I've also gone for William and for much the same reasons.
Um, he was the only one
that we KNOW to have been in possession of the, uh,
of the fox gun,
and I'm going back to that mysterious word - relationship.
-Ellouise, who have you gone for?
-I've also gone for William.
However, I've gone down a slightly different route
in terms of the fact that the butler has invited someone
-on behalf of William.
And that may have ticked him off enough to... Pew!
So, in summary,
our Armchair Detectives' prime suspects are, um...
Well, William. They've all gone for William.
So, it's on to round three - The Police Interviews.
As Knight and Slater continue hunting for the killer,
will their interviews hit the evidence they need?
It's off to Mortcliff Police Station.
Walker killed by stampeding cattle,
farmer in combine harvester tragedy and now a mysterious shooting.
Bad news has a way of following you around, Mr Weber.
The countryside's a more dangerous place than people realise.
My job is dedicated to promoting the countryside in a positive fashion.
I go wherever I can to get an exclusive.
And would you do whatever it takes to get an exclusive?
I don't make things up, if that's what you mean.
I'm an award-winning photo journalist.
Why would I jeopardise that reputation?
Why indeed? Where were you at the time of the murder?
I heard the shooting had stopped, so...
I came back to see what was going on.
Only Harriet was there.
Apparently, Blake and Amelia had gone to sort some kind of problem.
A short time after taking that, I remember...
..William coming out of the north side of the woods.
I have a picture here taken just before it happened.
Oh, thank you. Yes, we'll...
We'll take this image and whatever else is on your camera.
It may help to eliminate some people from our investigation.
Thank you so much.
So the place is crawling with foxes, vermin. I annihilated one earlier.
Can we talk about George?
Did he do anything unusual in the days before his murder?
Amelia always told George to look after me - like I need baby-sitting!
I spent my life sending him on errands
in order for him to leave me alone!
Lovely man, but somewhat secretive.
Oh? In what way?
Well, he often pretended to dust the bookshelves in the library,
but I found a folder there once.
He was keeping newspaper clippings in there.
None of the clippings had names disclosed,
but they were all about financial scandal!
Notification of court dates, that sort of thing.
He was oddly obsessed!
So you took the wrong ammo to the moor?
Yeah. I've never shot before.
I'm not an expert, unlike Amelia.
Well, unless you believe the rumours.
What do you mean?
George had told me that Amelia keeps telling people
she won East Lothian Markswoman of the Year ten years ago,
but he checked and... she only came fifth.
You're not a fan of Amelia's?
Well, no, it's not that, she's just...
..rather old-fashioned, likes to live in the past and...
..I don't understand her.
Right, so Amelia dropped you off, you walked into the house...
What happened next?
I went to the armoury, but the door was locked.
Apparently, Nan had gone a bit Rambo with one of the guns
while Bill Sharpe was on lunch.
He took it off her and locked the room.
Took me a few minutes to find Bill, chatting to the kitchen staff.
He unlocked the door and we went in.
There were two guns there, one for the birds and one for the foxes.
He asked me what one I wanted next, but...
I told him I had the wrong ammo, so...he swapped the boxes for me.
And shortly after you got that ammo...
..George was found dead.
I hope at home you've got a notepad and are keeping track of this
because I'm struggling to keep up!
Well, there's a grandmother with a gun.
-Um... But she was locked in the room for her safekeeping.
The armoury was locked, was she locked in? Did I miss...
-Did I miss that?
-I didn't hear that.
They wouldn't have locked her in the armoury,
not if they didn't trust her with the guns.
Yes, that would be a mistake, I think, to lock her in the armoury.
..may be the source of some of these articles which are
in that file, that we'll want to look at, at some point.
Maybe he's very proud, so he keeps all of the news clippings,
-because he's so proud.
Well, let me try and help you out, Armchair Detectives,
because, once again, you get to pick a piece of evidence.
We've added a new one to the list.
We now have the napkin George handed to William,
newspaper clippings found in a manila folder at the house,
or the new piece of evidence - a photograph taken by Finn
on the moor.
Those clippings said "financial scandals",
and what if it's a scandal of their estate?
I'm interested in the clippings.
There was obviously something surreptitious
about George's handling of those.
I'm actually quite happy with the newspaper clippings.
I think it might meet the theory of, maybe it is a relationship
and he's saving them for that reason rather than what's
actually in the article?
So what would you like to see, newspaper clippings?
-Clippings, please, yeah.
-Newspaper clippings please, yeah.
These are the newspaper clippings found in a manila folder
at the house.
"There's a scandal about the break that will get many tongues wagging
"in high-class circles.
"The family will not be happy if Classier magazine
"releases this information.
"A member of a household has been fined by a court.
"Classier magazine has the full name of the person fined and this
"person is very concerned their name will come into public domain."
We have two members of staff.
The armourer is a member of staff...
-..the butler is a member of staff.
-So it's not clear to which they refer.
But also, surely if they've been fined by the court,
-they would have been removed from the household?
They're not going to say, "Right, we're fining you for information,
"but here's your job, go back to work."
If it'd have been family, you'd think it would have said "family"
-rather than "household."
-Yeah, I definitely think it's staff,
but my theory is the staff member has been since removed.
Well, you'll be pleased to know it's that moment again,
it's time to pick your prime suspect, Armchair Detectives.
Please write down who your prime suspect is...
Need you to tell me who your prime suspect is.
Now, Simon, last time you went for William.
Who have you gone for this time?
-I have to keep with William.
There are so many unanswered questions about this bloke.
Roger, last time you went for William.
And I've stuck with William.
-He was seen emerging from the woods.
That's the only extra thing that might pin it on him.
Ellouise, last time you went for William,
-have you stuck with William?
-I have for now.
At the moment, the only evidence I have is that he checked the gun out.
So, in summary, our Armchair Detectives have all stuck
with William as their prime suspect.
Let's see if we can find out a little bit more about the crime.
Now it's time for round four, Dig Deeper.
Notepads at the ready, we're heading back to the Kirkmore Estate
to uncover more clues.
You should have come with us, darling - such fun.
I really have better things to do.
Not even prepared to give it a go?
After lunch, I expect you to come with us and at least pull a trigger.
God almighty, you don't actually have to kill anything.
Long time since I've met a girlfriend, Will.
No, I'm a fussy git, Harriet, I always have been.
Can't afford to be too fussy.
The biological clock of many a lady is a'ticking.
So is the lifeline of the planet.
William's not gone all left-wing pinko, has he?
Why? What's he said now?
Some claptrap about the "planet's lifeline,"
which is why he's not too keen on children.
Well, he's got the pick of women across the British Isles.
He can have this estate when I am gone, but only if
it's to raise a family.
Otherwise, it's going to the National Trust.
I'm not having him frittering it away on his
silly technology businesses.
Quite right, Amelia.
In fact, I'd go so far as to say that it's about time William
manned up and got on with finding a real business.
George, can you get Mother from upstairs, please?
She needs some lunch.
How time flies.
Are they having some work done?
They're converting the west wing into a granny flat -
new bathroom, kitchen, the works - so that Nan can look out onto
the garden from the ground floor instead of her crow's nest upstairs.
Amelia's very good to her mother.
Well, yes, but she can rent it out over the hunting season once...
The rest of the wing will be en-suite guest rooms.
Can't be cheap to do that in a house like this.
Costs the Earth.
Not sure where the money's coming from, to be honest.
Mama said that a member of the Anderson family was in court
over non-payment of a fine.
Thank you. I was looking for that.
How time flies. Armchair Detectives...
In a room full of people, the only one he goes straight to,
to talk with, is George.
Maybe there is the idea of maybe a very close friendship
-or even a relationship.
Well, Amelia said something interesting, didn't she?
That he was going to have the estate...
-If he raises a family.
-And if he didn't...
-It's going to the National Trust.
-It'll go to the National Trust.
Let's see if we can find out what's going on.
It's time to pick some more evidence. You can choose from -
the napkin George handed to William,
a photograph taken by Finn on the moor, or the new piece of evidence
on the board - the contents of the car used by the moor shooters.
-The plumber's vehicle...
-What is that napkin there for?
It was... It was just..
Is there a secret message concealed within?
Oh, that could say, "Meet me in the forest."
-"Meet you behind the third tree from the right."
George said, "I'm in the woods," after he looked at the napkin.
-OK, let's go with the napkin.
So this is the napkin George handed to William.
-What does that mean?
-Who's got the list of the guns?
So I've got A22 riffle, but no 143 rifle.
Well, unless there's a zero hidden,
it could mean, "Meet me in the woods at half past two."
Oh, hang on a sec.
But the murder was done between the hours of
-three o'clock and half past.
-Three and half past, yes.
After that revelatory piece of evidence, Armchair Detectives,
it's time to lock in and pick your prime suspect!
Write it down now.
So last time, Simon, you went for William. Have you changed your mind?
-Who are you going for?
-OK, tell me why.
Well, they would lose the house all due to maybe
a possible relationship between George and William.
She's a very old-fashioned lady,
she can't stand the idea of losing that house.
William going away, living his technology dreams.
Very old-fashioned with a gun - boom.
Roger, last time you went for William,
who have you gone for this time?
Well, as my brain has been turned to complete spaghetti
by that 143, I've had to stick with William
because I've, at the moment, got nothing better to offer.
Ellouise, last time you went for William, who've you gone this time?
I've changed to Bill.
He has got access to all of the guns.
-And he didn't check in Lady Violet's gun,
but took it back and put it away.
Yes, that... That is absolutely...
There's a gun that he took.
And there's two of the same gun available, one was checked out by
William and the other one is locked with the key that's in his pocket.
-Here I am.
So, to summarise, Simon has gone for Amelia, Roger has
gone for William and Ellouise has gone for Bill.
Well, it's round five now, the Final Clues.
Who's in Knight and Slater's firing line?
Notepads at the ready.
Let's find out.
Are you the detectives?
Yes, I'm DI Knight, this is DC Slater.
How can we help?
I'm Harriet, friend of the family's.
Oh, Harriet Smith, we're due to interview you later on today.
Yes, well, no need.
I had to come to tell you that this shooting is a nonsense.
Amelia is doing a sterling job keeping this estate going,
someone is clearly trying to ruin her reputation,
which is most unfair given that she lost her husband
only a few years ago.
Well, it's our job to get to the bottom of all this,
so please don't worry.
But while you're here, would you mind
telling us where you were at the time of the shooting?
I was alone on the moor most of the time.
Amelia and Blake were away changing ammunition.
Finn came back at some point.
Did you have any ammunition?
I got to the end of my box of shells.
I was sharing with my son, Blake.
His wouldn't fit in his gun.
Amelia told Blake he'd picked up the wrong box,
so Amelia drove him back to get some more.
Do you know if either of them took their guns with them?
Blake took his, Amelia left hers.
I'll leave you to it.
You have my number, should you need me.
Still can't believe it.
How long had George been your butler?
About ten years.
But he was more than that.
He was my friend.
You went to the woods where George was eventually found.
He wanted to speak to me.
He wasn't happy and he was thinking of leaving.
How did you feel about that?
Why was that?
Well, like I said, he was my friend.
You see, the thing is, our latest forensic report shows that the
only cartridge found in the forest area had your DNA on it.
And because we know the armourer cleaned the guns at lunchtime...
..the only gun that George touched was the one you used.
Are you suggesting that I shot George?
I'm just asking why the gun you used had George's DNA on it
and the only cartridge we found...
..had your DNA?
He just wanted a shot.
He'd never fired one before, so I showed him.
He didn't like it, it was too violent.
So he went back to the house and I went north towards the moorland
to look for Mum.
So you're telling me that he was upset, you were upset,
and in order to cheer him up,
you showed him how to discharge a weapon?
Mr Anderson, how long had you and George
been in an intimate relationship?
I don't know what you mean.
It's not against the law, we just need to find out all the facts.
Why all the secrecy?
There's a clause in my mother's will which says I need to be in a
stable marriage to a woman in order to inherit the estate when she dies.
It's just really important that we get a clear picture of what
happened with you and George in the woods, William.
He had this stupid, harebrained plan.
He asked my mother to change her will and give us her blessing to
marry or he would hand over evidence of this financial scandal to Finn.
As you know, she plans to set up a new upmarket hotel.
And that was the last time you saw him,
when he threatened your mother?
Simon, your face was a picture during that!
Tell me what you're thinking.
Oh, my goodness! The mother's going to lose everything...
If that scheme had gone ahead, she would have lost
the entire world.
Did I or did I not say relationship?
You did say. You went, "Relationship."
-I think that came as no great shock to any of us, I think.
Before final accusation time, it's time for another evidence pick.
You have just two pieces of evidence to choose from.
You can have either a photograph taken by Finn on the moor,
or the contents of the car used by the moor shooters.
Well, we were told what was in the photograph,
it's William coming out the north side of the woods.
We suspect what's in the photograph - never assume.
OK. So you want to go for the vehicle?
This is the contents of the car used by the moor shooters.
Two barrels of guns, they've been detached.
I was going to say, two barrels but no gun.
I'm just trying to think what was by the body when they found it
and if anything here would go with that?
There's a box of tools. Was it some kind of tool
and not a cheese slice? Although...
No, it was definitely a cheese thingy.
This is the problem.
You saw something else at the crime scene that you haven't seen,
-so you can't...
-And we missed... We missed that.
-But there was also the broken...
-There was a twig and there was
-a body of a fox, wasn't there?
-And there was something else.
Hey, Armchair Detectives, who wants to win a gold magnifying glass?
It's time to answer the only question that matters...
Hope you're multitasking at home, dunking a custard cream in one hand
while writing who you're accusing in the other.
Let's see who you are accusing.
-Amelia. For what reason?
For the reason that she would absolutely lose everything.
If the harebrained scheme of George and William going off together
would work, she would lose absolutely everything.
Roger, who are you accusing?
I have switched away from William - why would he kill his lover? -
to Amelia, on the basis of, "To whose benefit?"
Who are you accusing?
-William checked out the gun, how...
We haven't seen how she, Amelia, would have got the gun,
whereas Bill had access to that other gun.
And that is all I have.
Well, I mean, it's as valid a theory as anything else.
So, in summary, Simon has gone for Amelia,
Roger has gone for Amelia, and Ellouise has gone for Bill.
Now, you left one final piece of evidence.
Will it shed any clearer light on the situation?
It was a photograph taken by Finn on the moor.
Let's have a look at it.
Now, that is Harriet at 15:12.
And there's another gun behind it.
Because you were all assuming it was going to be
a picture of William coming out of the forest,
and it's not at all, is it?
Why do you think Finn lied?
Because he said that the actual picture had William walking away
from the north side of the woods.
He's led us up the primrose path.
I feel like Bill is not actually that far off.
Well, Armchair Detectives,
what really happened in today's story, High Class Killer?
Who killed George Wilson?
Let's find out whodunnit.
So, here's what we think - using your knowledge of guns, you were
able to break down the gun into pieces.
You were then able to fit those pieces into your bag.
Then while Blake went back into the house to swap
the shells for the correct type, you saw your chance.
George was walking down the path on his own, you put the shotgun
back together in one piece and shot him in cold blood.
Without saying a word, you then got back into the car
and returned to the grouse shoot with Blake none the wiser.
My gun was at the hideout at the grouse field.
Finn even took a photo of it at the time.
No gun, no proof.
We found this at the grouse hideout. The dogs sniffed it out.
I dare say it has your DNA on it as well as your scent.
Could be any old piece of rubbish.
Could be, but I think you used the plumber's car
because you knew it had this PVC piping inside it.
You then arranged the piping so that it looked like your gun
inside your bag, which you then placed in the grouse hideout.
Finn photographed the piping, he didn't photograph your gun,
because your gun was broken into pieces inside your bag.
If you say so.
You deliberately took the wrong gun.
Can you sign me out for a 20-bore, Bill?
Must dash, the others are waiting.
And drove up to the north field.
When Blake and Harriet ran out of ammunition, Blake then
realised that the cartridges he'd brought by mistake wouldn't
fit in either his or Harriet's guns.
So you took a couple of shells from Blake's box,
offered to run Blake back to the house so that he could swap them,
and, doing that, you committed the ultimate crime.
You knew that the bird shooters were likely to avoid suspicion.
Again, if you say so.
I do say so.
You were horrified that your son was having a relationship
with George Wilson.
Now, whether that was because George was a man
or because he was a butler, I can't tell you.
But when George threatened to expose your financial dealings,
you felt you were left with no choice.
William has so much going for him.
He was going to throw it all away on that lowbred blackmailer!
Amelia Anderson, I am arresting you on suspicion of the murder
of George Wilson.
Well done, Simon, well done, Roger - you both picked the killer,
and win another gold magnifying glass trophy!
Tough luck, Ellouise.
So just one thing, which is the napkin.
143 stands for "I love you."
It's an old code that you used to use at school.
Over here, how many of you got it right?
Well, that's all from Armchair Detectives.
Join us tomorrow to see deadly amounts of fake tan
and killer heels lead to disaster at a beauty pageant.
And remember, no-one gets away with murder in Mortcliff.
Well done, darling. Well done, darling.
Well done, darling, well done.
Susan Calman hosts as three amateur sleuths head to the fictional town of Mortcliff to solve a deadly crime. From the comfort of armchairs in the studio, they watch the drama play out as Mortcliff's crack team of detectives - DI Knight, DC Slater and scene of crime officer Simmons - make enquiries with the local residents. But in a show where everyone has a motive, it might prove harder to catch the culprit than you think. The Armchair Detectives are introduced to suspects, uncover vital clues and share their thoughts and theories as the story unfolds, before making their final accusation in a bid to win the golden magnifying glass trophy.
Will the armchair detectives be able to catch the killer in today's story High Class Killer? Will they catch whodunnit when the body of the butler is found in the woods?