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Natural Causes 

Not Rated | | Crime, Drama, Mystery | Episode aired 20 July 2006
Even though Lynley is suspended from duty and Havers is assigned to DI Fiona Knight, whose methods differ from his, he involves himself in their latest case.


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Peter Jukes



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Mary Stockley ... Edie Covington
Ben Lannoy Ben Lannoy ... Joshua Holcombe
George Costigan ... Owen Harcourt-Baines
Sharon Small ... Sergeant Barbara Havers
Bobby Scott Freeman ... SOCO
Nathaniel Parker ... Inspector Thomas Lynley
Eiry Hughes Eiry Hughes ... Bar Girl
Michael Vivian Michael Vivian ... Chief Constable
Liza Tarbuck ... D.I. Fiona Knight
Robert Purdy ... Police Federation Rep
Catherine Russell ... Helen Lynley
Nicholas Gleaves ... Dr. Simon Wilson
Adrian Rawlins ... Tim Sumner
Molly Herbert Molly Herbert ... Millie Sumner
Dave Hill Dave Hill ... Joe Covington


DI Lynley finds himself suspended from duty accused of having threatened a witness. As a result, DS Havers is temporarily re-assigned to DI Fiona Knight. They look into the murder of Edie Covington who was found dead in her car at the bottom of the lake. Edie was well known to many in the local area and had incurred the wrath of Owen Hardourt-Baines, a local land developer who had hoped to develop the lakeside into a housing estate. The police think they have a motive and forensic evidence that points to a killer, but in the end must look elsewhere. Although suspended, Lynley can't help but involve himself in the case. In his personal life, things are looking up when a reconciliation with his wife seems to be in the offing. Written by garykmcd

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20 July 2006 (UK) See more »

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Dungeness, Kent, England, UK

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D.I. Fiona Knight: You know what worms do when you dig them up in the garden?
Detective Sergeant Barbara Havers: [Knowingly] Squirm.
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Good work Barbara.
10 September 2007 | by mtevensSee all my reviews

Sorry mystery_perry. This is one of the new ones that isn't based on a book. But all in all a satisfying show. Like the other commenters I didn't figure out whodunnit until toward the end. At the beginning I was wondering why the Doctor wanted to take charge of the child so persistently, but it was pushed to back of my mind until the "real father" business came up.

OK, another Helen, but this one is a lot better than that cold stick that Leslie Vickerage played. I could see Tommy actually wanting to get back with her.

As for my favorite character, Barbara Havers is coming out of her shell. She's learned to dress a little better, and she seems more confident. But it is funny that she still called Lynley "Sir" even when she was the DI in charge.

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