Midsomer Murders

The Killings at Badger's Drift

Season 1, Ep 0, Aired 3/23/97
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  • Episode Description
  • A gentle stroll in the woods for Miss Emily Simpson ends in tragedy. To the village doctor Miss Simpson's death looks natural, but her old friend, Lucy Berringer, is unconvinced. Lucy eventually draws the unwilling Chief Inspector Barnaby into the case. Barnaby's investigation reveals old rivalries, old loves and new scandals. Then a second horrifying killing shocks Barnaby into running the murderer to ground.

  • Cast & Crew
  • RenĂ©e Asherson

    Emily Simpson

  • Jane Wymark

    Joyce Barnaby

  • Rosalie Crutchley

    Lucy Bellringer

  • Laura Howard

    Cully Barnaby

  • Jonathan Firth

    Michael Lacey

  • Fan Reviews (2)
  • Miss Emily Simpson is a harmless retired school teacher who lives alone and bothers nobody so why is she brutually murdered after being out in the woods looking for a special orchid?

    By Lady_Lancaster, Mar 29, 2010

  • An episode that's hard to forget.

    By history_girl, May 25, 2008

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (2)

    • 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!

    Notes (4)

    • 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.

    Trivia (1)

    • 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.

    Allusions (2)

    • 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.

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