Midsomer Murders

Death of a Stranger

Season 3, Ep 1, Aired 12/31/99
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  • Episode Description
  • As the Upper Marshwood hunt heads off into the distance with the unforgettable sound of the horses and hounds in pursuit of the fox, a filthy tramp runs for cover in the woods, he stumbles and falls into a pit... screaming. The tramp is later found murdered in the woods near Marshwood. Barnaby is on holiday when he hears that Superintendent Ron Pringle (who is on the point of retirement) has a local poacher arrested and charged, and he is later convicted of the crime. But then there is a second murder, and Barnaby thinks Pringle has got it badly wrong. He intends to see matters straightened out. Then Pringle himself is killed in what seems at first to be a riding accident - but Barnaby rightly suspects foul play.moreless

  • Cast & Crew
  • Richard Johnson

    James Fitzroy

  • Jennifer Hilary

    Sarah Fitzroy

  • Dominic Mafham

    Grahame Tranter

  • Diane Fletcher

    Marcia Tranter

  • Sarah Winman

    Kate Tranter

  • Fan Reviews (1)
  • The village of Upper Marchwood is the setting for a murder but as Tom is on holidays, the death is investigated by an officer who is soon to retire from the force after a long career.

    By Lady_Lancaster, Apr 29, 2010

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Notes (2)

    • Filming Locations: - Cuddington, Buckinghamshire - Thame Park, Thame, Oxfordshire (hunt scenes) - The Lee, Buckinghamshire (Marshwood)

    • The murder victims: 1. Michael Darrow (tramp) - caught in animal trap and clubbed to death 2. Ben Gurdey - blasted with shotgun 3. Detective Superintendent Ron Pringle - thrown from doped horse 4. Marcia Tranter - blasted with shotgun NB - During the episode, Graham Tranter commits suicide by hanging himself.

    Trivia (1)

    • The 5 deaths in this episode bring the total for the series so far to 38.

    Allusions (1)

    • 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.

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    • mario_wtw Jan 10, 2015

      this episode plot line (in time sequence) was challenging to decipher as to motivation :
      1.Why does the "actor" return after so many years since the original production of the "importance of being ernest" play?
      2. Why is he "paid" to be a tramp in the woods by Mrs Trantor? (to be quiet? or renew affair?)
      3. Why is there need then to murder him? (did he pickup again with Train-gypsy-lady?)
      3. After the arrest of "poacher" for the murder, why is the son-Trantor poking around in the trench? (presumably the "actor''-'s corpse was moved to a morgue by the retired policeman, upon closing the case with the arrest of the poacher)
      4. There appeared to me to be no purposeful connection to the plot of the "servant" in the invalid home being visited by Mrs.Trantors current lover/companion (leader of the Hunt)
      Still .. it was entertaining in a huh! sort of way... :)