The Great British Bump Off

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Tension is high inside the big white tent because it’s time for this year’s bakers to face judgment and elimination. But wait! Stop those timers! Our esteemed judge, Shaw G. Bottom has just been discovered dead in the judge’s tent. The bread round just turned into the dead round.

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Characters in the 6 player game:

Victoria Sponge – a baker from the Isle of Wight.
Dressed in white with a slim red belt, Victoria is confident about her classic appeal.

Mac O’Roon – a baker from Belfast.
In his orange shirt, green trousers and with his golf bag to hand, Mac is a golfer who’s ready to play the long game.

Sasha Torte – a baker from Cumbria.
This handwriting expert is dressed in dark brown with a frothy white scarf. She always has a piece of chocolate nearby!

Brandy Snap – a baker from Gloucestershire.
In her jodpurs and hacking jacket, Brandy knows how to hunt and how to win.

Spice-Twice Bryce – a baker from Edinburgh.
With his calculator, pen and paper always close to hand, this mathematician knows whose number is up.

Whitey Bloomer – a baker from Devon.
Dressed in his gardening clothes and wellies, Whitey knows the old ways are best.

Additional characters in the 8 player game:

Pru Ving-Bag – a baker from Dorset.
Bundled up in a warm jumper and loose fitting clothes, Pru may be quiet, but she can rise to any occasion. She loves to blow bubbles.

Pete Stachio – a baker from Hackney.
In a green shirt and trousers, this comedian will do anything to get a laugh.

Additional characters in the 10 player game:

Cherry Cake – a baker from Kent.
Voted “Best Mum in Kent”, Cherry always wears her cherry-patterned apron and a sunny smile.

Ted Pudding – a baker from Yorkshire.
Dressed in his farmer’s clothes and boots, Ted may be patient, but he’s no sheep.

Additional characters in the 12 player game:

Cia Batta – a baker from Buckinghamshire.
In a flowing dress and comfortable slippers, this opera singer demands the spotlight wherever she is.

Chris P. Top – a baker from Northumberland.
This roofer is dressed in his work clothes with a pencil behind his ear.

Additional characters in the 14 player game:

Rose Water – a baker from Somerset.
In her soft pink outfit, Rose may look harmless but this romance writer has her share of thorns.

Van Illa-Bean– a baker from Pembrokeshire.
This candlemaker is dressed in black and known for humming while he bakes.

Additional characters in the 16 player game:

Lavender Essence – a baker from Norfolk.
In her pearls, tweeds and sensible shoes, Lavender is a WI member who grows flowers, not pheasants.

Leo Politan – a baker from Essex.
In his white shirt, thin pink tie and brown trousers, this coiffed Essex boy can handle himself on land, at sea and in a tent.

Additional characters in the 18 player game:

Robin Roulade – a baker from North London.
In her ripped jeans and rock band t-shirt, this baker knows how to roll!

Gus Terdtart– a baker from Berkshire.
With his creamy shirt, beige trousers and a sprinkling of freckles on his nose, Gus is a traditionalist, right down to his neatly shod feet.

Additional characters in the 20 player game:

Tara Misu– a baker from Cornwall.
With her traditional Cornish bonnet and brightly coloured shawl over her apron, Tara stands out in any crowd.

Biff Bourguignon – a baker from Guernsey.
This beefy baker wears a dark red cravat and always has a bottle of red wine close to hand.

Never run a downloadable murder mystery before? Then 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 to them in a handy printable 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 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 downloadable dinner party game requires use of a printer, around 120 sheets of A4 paper (each character booklet is around 9 pages long), 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 purchase this kit 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

When you purchase this kit as a printed kit 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 booklet in a sealed envelope so you don’t find out the solution by accident!
  • Making the most of your theme and recipe suggestions booklets.
  • Money off voucher towards next purchase (printed inside the booklets)

1 review for The Great British Bump Off

  1. (verified owner)

    Would thoroughly recommend this game. Wether you are a fan of the bake off or not, it is great fun. The character names are hilarious! Myself and my friends really enjoyed our murder mystery evening. There were twists and turns in the story line, keeping us all guessing as to who the murderer was! I had the printable version which was easy to print off and use.

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We can customise this game.  However, sadly we do have to charge for this service as even minor customisations take between 1-2 hours to process in the office and we need to buy toilet roll and biscuits as much as the next person…

It’s hard to give “ball park” figures for what different customisations would cost however we’ve attempted to HERE.

Remember… if you just need 1 extra person, or 1 less person, why not add in the inspector as your extra guest.  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.

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This game is rated Teen
This game contains:

Content that may be suitable for persons ages 13 and older.
A murder - violence suggested
Suggestive Themes - Mild provocative references or materials and sexual innuendo. Acting as if attracted to particular characters is suggested in the character backgrounds.


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We contacted Red-Herring-Games for a party for a special occasion. Why going to restaurants to eat is the preferred activity to mark milestones is beyond me and my friends.   The choice of mystery was obvious, looking at the options from New Zealand on the web Red Herring stuck out from the international options.  A quick look at the site and games showed subtlety as well a range of choices.  The numbers you could have for each evening was important,  Red Herring had scaling options a good range of scenarios but most importantly were Jo and team being flexible, responsive and helpful.

Rachel McWilliam, Arts Development Officer, Lincs Inspire

Thank you Red Herring Games for the marvellous 'Murder!  Cargo Connections?' event that you organised for us as part of Museums at Night at the Fishing Heritage Centre in Grimsby. The whole evening went so well and was brilliant fun.  I know from all the feedback that our visitors had a fantastic time. It was really good working with you and I have no doubt that we will do again in the not too distant future.  

A. Nonymous (council employee)

I would like to thank you and your colleague for helping contribute towards our successful conference last month.  Everyone really seemed to enjoy the evening and it was rewarding that so many delegates were able to participate in addition to the main "Actors".  Our conference evaluation froms included the following comments:
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Sarah Spencer (Cleethorpes Chronicle)

I had no idea what to expect before purchasing a ticket for Old, New, Borrowed, Blue, which was being staged at a nearby hotel, and feared it might involve taking part in some way. However thankfully for me no acting was necessary, just some amateur sleuthing. "Wedding guests" of which I was one, were called upon to move from room to room in the hotel in groups, questioning a number of possible murderers with the aim of solving the mystery of the dead bridegroom. The interviewees were really fun characters and gave us all some good laughs. Of course they all had motives and it was a case of identifying the shiftiest. The wedding theme was particularly good, as it fitted well with the venue, the buffet that was part of the evening (with a wedding cake in the middle) and the fact that everyone had been able to dress up to fit in without going to the trouble of fancy dress. I didn't think I had enough "evidence" to actually accuse anyone but later regretted not even writing down my first guess as it wouldn't have been too far off the mark. The evening was great fun and everyone seemed to enjoy it and take part. I would definitely recommend Old, New, Borrowed, Blue as good for getting even reluctant or first-time mystery party-goers involved.  

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What a cracking nights entertainment! We don't get out much nowadays with 2 kids and this was exactly what we were looking for in a good night out. Lots of fun with tongue firmly in cheek and everyone kept guessing whodunnit right to the very end. Would definitely attend another!!!!!  


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