Murder on the M1

Watford Gap Service station is your typical “run of the mill” services. It has petrol pumps, rest rooms, a food court, slot machines and a motel for weary travellers.

Earlier in the year the station made the headlines when a Securicor Van was robbed and one million pounds in cash was stolen in broad daylight.

Four months later the culprit still hasn’t been found, and now the service station is back in the news again. Ron McDonald, the service station’s favourite burger flipper has been murdered!

Who killed him, how and why? It’s up to you to find out!

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This Game is Rated:


This game contains:

Content that may be suitable for persons ages 13 and older.

Sexual Themes – Mild references to relationships.
A murder – violence suggested.
Comic Mischief – Depictions or dialogue involving slapstick or suggestive humour.

What is included?

Example pre-printed boxed set


Character booklets/scripts


Inspector CD / script


Instruction book


Decoration and recipe suggestions




Character name Labels


Invitation envelopes



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How it works:

Don’t panic! There is no special acting required. Guests do not need to memorise any information, and everything they need to play their parts is provided in a handy booklet. The games are constructed so that everyone has to interact, and scripted dialogues are included to help break the ice and get everyone into character. Even total novices get into the swing of things quite quickly!

The game includes both sound files (MP3 with a download or CD with a boxed set) and a script for the inspector character who provides the setting, clues, and summaries for each round, as well as the final solution. This means as host you too can play and remain completely in the dark as to the culprit, or play the inspector yourself and invite an extra guest to the party!

Each “download and print at home” kit is provided as a zip file containing a set of PDF files for you to print at home, and a selection of MP3 files to use on the night.

Each dinner party game requires use of a printer and A4 paper (approx. 80 sheets for a 6 player kit – 240 sheets for a 20 player kit), envelopes so you can send out your invitations, and either a laptop or MP3 player (e.g. an ipod) to play the inspector MP3s; OR a CD burner so you can burn the MP3s onto a CD to run in an ordinary CD player.

When you order the game you’ll be sent a link to download the files you need.  The file will be a zip file.  This can be opened with a zip compatible program on your computer.  If you struggle to open zip files – we can email you the game directly over several emails instead – just contact us after purchase to arrange this.

You will download the following files:

  • How to use this game
  • Instructions for running the murder mystery
  • Making the most of your theme- ideas for decoration / activities.
  • Invitations
  • Character Booklets (available in single sided printer and double sided printer format)
  • Scripted for the inspector character (available in single sided printer and double sided printer format)
  • Solution script for the inspector character (needed when printing from the single sided copy)
  • MP3 files for the inspector character (dialogue and solution)
  • Hints and tips
  • Recipe suggestions
  • Money off voucher towards next purchase

This is the easiest way to play.  Everything you need will arrive in a box, pre-printed, directly to your door.

You will receive through the post:

  • Instruction booklet (includes hints and tips)
  • Invitations and envelopes for all the guests
  • Character booklets
  • CD of the inspector
  • Inspector script in a sealed envelope so you don’t find out the solution by accident!
  • Making the most of your theme and recipe suggestion booklet.
  • Money off voucher towards next purchase (printed inside the booklets)

We always ship within 24 hours meaning orders arrive as quickly as possible.

As each game is printed on demand, we can also provide a customisation service on any order.  See details further down the page on what we can do to tailor this game to your party.

Characters in the game:

Al Cappucino – The boss of Waftord Gap services only coffee shop.
Al has a lot of money, a baseball bat and is not afraid to push his weight around. And believe me it’s a lot of weight.

James Blond – Undercover policeman for the M1(S).
In casual clothing, as he’s undercover, James likes to think he’s suave and sophisticated with his dark glasses and side arm.

Scarlett O’Tartlet
 – Checkout assistant.
Scarlett works in Al’s coffee shop providing “service with a smile”; unfortunately the smile is all the service you’ll get. Never pay with a tenner – change just isn’t her thing.

Dick Turnpike – motorway maintenance
Wearing high Vis jacket and hard hat – Dick would tell you he has the most critical job in motorway maintenance: he holds the stop/go sign.

Stanley Pan – Lavatory man.
With overalls and tool box, Stanley is one of those weedy men you regularly see maintaining the ladies toilets.

Lydia Bin
 – Cleaner
As Watford Gap services only cleaner Lydia’s kept very busy, but she still finds time to change her hair colour and her nails regularly.

Lois Fastlane
 – Reporter
Smart and sophisticated, Lois bases herself at Watford Gap services in order to get a head start on any newsworthy events north or south.

Becky Whopper
 – Watford Gap services burger flipper.
In branded t-shirt and sporting a badge, Becky has come second place in the Watford Gap Services “Happy smile” award five years in a row.

Customise this game

This game can be customised to fit your event for an additional fee.

It’s hard to give “ball park” figures for what different customisations would cost however we’ve attempted to HERE.  Please do contact us for a free quote if you would like any customisations on your game before purchase.

Remember… if you just need 1 extra person, or 1 less person, why not have someone play the inspector role?

The inspector can usually be male or female as the “for real” inspector can simply invent a new name for themselves.

Some hosts prefer to play the inspector role as it means they can work on the catering while the round plays out amongst their guests.