Midsomer Murders

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  • Episode Guide
  • S 17 : Ep 4

    A Vintage Murder

    Aired 2/18/15

  • S 17 : Ep 3

    The Ballad of Midsomer County

    Aired 2/11/15

  • S 17 : Ep 2

    Murder By Magic

    Aired 2/4/15

  • S 17 : Ep 1

    The Dagger Club

    Aired 1/28/15

  • S 16 : Ep 5

    The Killings of Copenhagen

    Aired 2/12/14

  • Cast & Crew
  • Neil Dudgeon

    DCI John Barnaby [ 2011 - ]

  • Gwilym Lee

    DS Charlie Nelson [ 2013 - ]

  • John Nettles

    DCI Tom Barnaby [ 1997 - 2011 ]

  • Daniel Casey

    Sergeant Gavin Troy [ 1997 - 2003 ]

  • John Hopkins (V)

    Sergeant Dan Scott [ 2004 - 2005 ]

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  • Welcome to the Midsomer Murders guide at TV.com. This English crime drama series, based on books by Caroline Graham, is filmed mostly in the villages and towns of the rural counties of Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire. John Nettles played Chief Inspector Tom Barnaby of Causton CID, a laconic, down-to-earth detective who faced many ingenious and remarkable murders — usually several in each episode — amid the eccentric denizens of Middle England. Barnaby's partners in detection were Sergeants Gavin Troy (Daniel Casey), Dan Scott (John Hopkins) and Ben Jones (Jason Hughes). Other regulars included Tom's wife Joyce (Jane Wymark) and his daughter Cully (Laura Howard). In 2011, Nettles left the show, and Tom Barnaby was replaced by his cousin, DCI John Barnaby (Neil Dudgeon). Midsomer Murders has been sold to more than 200 countries around the world. The show is made by Bentley Productions for ITV.moreless

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  • Quotes (25)

    • Barnaby: Troy, you are about as politically correct as a Nuremberg rally.

    • (Barnaby has just finished a phone conversation with Troy) Joyce: Was that Sergeant Troy just now? Barnaby: Yes, it was. Joyce: I'd like to meet him one day. Barnaby: No you wouldn't!

    • D.C.I. Barnaby: What an utterly useless waste of a day!
      D.S Troy: Oh, I don't know, sir. We've cleared quite a few people out of the way.
      D.C.I. Barnaby: We've cleared so many people out of the way, we've got no suspects left!

    • D.S. Troy: Blimey! Fancy having that as your only living relative! No wonder she preferred to save the whales.

    • (Talking to his wife) Inspector Chief Barnaby: How about a Round-the-World Cruise? Joyce Barnaby: We can’t afford it, can we? Inspector Chief Barnaby: Well, we’d probably get as far as Malta... of course, we’d have to row back.

    • (Discussing with his wife) Revd. Stephen Wentworth: I’m going to the church. Angela Wentworth: Oh, really? Revd. Stephen Wentworth: I have a chief inspector coming to see me. Angela Wentworth: Don’t tell me, Stephen. You’ve been found with your hand in the steeple found?

    • Barnaby: It's the same every time I go into a Midsomer village; sexual deviances, blackmail, suicides and murder. How can you seriously expect me to go and live in one of them?

    • Troy: Miss Beavis, I don't suppose you could tell us? Was there anything suspicious about her death? Miss Beavis: Suspicious? Oh no, nothing! Though she did phone me the night before. Said she wanted to see me. Troy: Did she say why? Miss Beavis: No. And now that you mention it; I did think it was strange that she went so close to that quarry's edge. She was always terrified of heights. And then there was the business of the break-in.. Barnaby: The break-in? Miss Beavis: Yes. Somebody broke into her house. This house. The same day that she died. It didn't look as if anything was taken, but it still was a very unhappy coincidence. Barnaby: Yes. Miss Beavis: But suspicious Mr Barnaby? Oh no, there was nothing suspicious at all.

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    • International Titles: - Denmark - Barnaby - Brazil - Assassinatos de Midsomer, Os - Portugal - Crimes de Midsomer - Germany - Inspector Barnaby - Finland - Midsomerin murhat - Sweden - Morden i Midsomer - Croatia - Umorstva u Midsameru

    • Cully Barnaby was learning her lines for the play from the book "'Tis Pity She's a Whore" by John Ford.

    • This episode is based on Caroline Graham's book The Killings at Badger's Drift (1987).

    • Filming Locations: The Lee, Buckinghamshire/ Bedlow, Buckinghamshire/ Little Missenden, Buckinghamshire/ Cambridge, Hertfordshire/ Brighton, Sussex.

    • This episode is based on Caroline Graham's book Written in Blood (1994).

    • Filming Locations: Aldbury, Hertfordshire/ Baconsfield, Hertfordshire/ Bosham, Sussex/ Chesham, Buckinghamshire/ Chipperfield, Buckinghamshire.

    • The murder victims: 1. Gerald Hadleigh - candlestick 2. Max Jennings - poison NB - at the end, the murderer falls to his or her death from an upstairs window.

    • This episode is based on Caroline Graham's book Death of a Hollow Man (1989).

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    Trivia (75)

    • Deaths in "The Killings At Badger's Drift" 1. Emily Simpson (murdered) 2. Iris and Dennis Rainbird (both murdered) 3. Bella Trace (murdered, but first thought to be an accidental shooting) 4. Phyllis Cadell (suicide) 5. Katherine and Michael Lacey (Michael shot Katherine and then himself in a murder/suicide pact.) This means that a total of seven people died in the very first episode.

    • Deaths in "Written In Blood" 1. Liam's father (shot by Liam. Surname unknown.) 2. Gerald Hadleigh (murdered) 3. Max Jennings (murdered) 4. Ralph Lyddiard (natural causes, his embalmed corpse has been kept by his sister, Honoria) 5. Honoria Lyddiard (accidental death) A total of 5 people died (or were alluded to having died) in this episode, making the number of deaths in the series to date 12.

    • Aldbury, one of the villages used in this episode, was also the setting for an episode of The Avenger's ('Murdersville').

    • Deaths in "Death Of A Hollow Man" 1. Agnes Grey (murdered) 2. Esslyn Carmichael (murdered) These 2 deaths bring the total number of deaths in the series to date to 14.

    • Deaths in "Faithful Unto Death" 1. Brenda Buckley (murdered) 2. Alan Hollingsworth (murdered) The 2 murders in this episode bring the total number of deaths in the series so far to 16.

    • Goof: Dr Bullard says that Alan Hollingsworth was poisoned by Haloperidol and calls the substance "a sleeping pill". In fact, Haloperidol is very potent antypsychotic drug, usually prescribed in cases of severe psychosomatic disorders. It is extremely unlikely that anyone would use such easily traceable drug instead of regular sleeping pills or other common medicine.

    • Mel B, 'Scary Spice', was married in the church, in the village of Little Marlow, used in this episode.

    • Deaths in "Death In Disguise" 1. William Carter (fell down the stairs after being pushed away from another man during a scuffle) 2. Ian Craigie (murdered) 3. Guy Gamelin (natural causes but deliberately induced) The 3 deaths in this episode bring the total number of deaths in the series so far to 19. This is the Season One total.

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    Allusions (10)

    • Goof: In several scenes after the murder of Iris and Dennis Rainbird, Barnaby and/or Troy refer to only Mrs. Rainbird having been murdered, not her son as well. These may be surviving scenes from a version faithful to Caroline Graham's novel, in which only Mrs. Rainbird is killed, while Dennis suffers from post-traumatic catatonia.

    • Barnaby: You are as politically incorrect as the Nuremberg rally. The Nuremberg rallies were the annual national party conventions (Reichsparteitag) held by the Nazi Party from 1923-1938 in Germany under Hitler's reign. They are named after their venue: the city of Nuremberg. During these conventions Nazi policies were proclaimed and marches were held in honour of and attended by Hitler himself. The chilling images of Hitler giving speeches to large crowds and saluting marching soldiers mostly stem from these conventions.

    • The scene in which Leonard Pike is killed in a bathroom is an obvious reference to famous shower scene in Hitchcock's movie "Psycho".

    • Dan Peterson, the medical examiner states that one can extract lethal dose of nicotine from "half a pack of cigarettes". However, lethal dose of nicotine for adult human is about 50 mg and even strong cigarettes usually contain no more than 1 mg of this substance.

    • Goofs: - The dead body of hotelier Leonard Pike still breathing after being stabbed several times, especially in the neck. - A body lying, uncovered, in the woods for a week would show signs of decomposition. The body shown was in remarkably good condition. - The newspaper shows a photograph of the "unknown" murder victim dressed and obviously alive, although her body was found nude and without any identification. How did they get the photo if they didn't know who she was? - Troy speaks to the au pair in Spanish. Later on it is said that the au pair understood a message in Portuguese because it was "her language." Spanish is not the same language as Portuguese, obviously.

    • When Graham Tranter is shown hanging in the woods,it can be clearly seen that he is suspended by a harness fastened to his waist.

    • Barnaby: If I should die, think only this of me: That there's some corner of a foreign field That is for ever England. There shall be In that rich earth a richer dust concealed... This is a quotation from Rupert Brooke's poem The Soldier (1915).

    • Goof: When Barnaby and Jones drive to the airfield to look at the second body, the car arrives in heavy rain: there are puddles on the ground and distant rumbles of thunder can be heard. But when they get out of the car a few seconds later, the ground is dry and people in the distance are casting shadows, showing that the weather has suddenly become sunny.

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  • Fan Reviews (26)
  • DCI Barnaby, grow a backbone!

    By RayHey, Jun 12, 2015

  • Utterly Disgusted with a programme that dosent portray real life in the Uk

    By deblaise, Feb 18, 2015

  • I can't be the only one who has noticed this!

    By emmaoncoffee, Sep 06, 2014

  • I love this show!

    By figtoria, Jul 26, 2014

  • Best Show Ever!!

    By suzzzi, Mar 23, 2014

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