Midsomer Murders

Season 6 Episode 4

A Tale of Two Hamlets

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Aired Wednesday 8:00 PM Jan 24, 2003 on ITV
8.4
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A Tale of Two Hamlets
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Someone is decimating the ancient Smythe-Webster family of Upper Walden, and the bad blood between the villages of Upper and Lower Walden is renewed with a vengeance.

First, young heart-throb actor Larry Smith (alias Laurence Smythe-Webster) dies in an explosion at a publicity event for a new film. House of Satan is based on a book by a local writer, the late Ellis Bell of Lower Walden - a village whose inhabitants are referred to by its Vicar, the Reverend Simon Smythe-Webster, as "the weasels of the wild wood".

The next to die is Larry's uncle, House of Satan producer Frank Webster (Francis Smythe-Webster), electrocuted to death on his exercise bike. Finally, Barnaby's principal suspect, Danny Pinchel, the family's cook, is drowned in a large bowl of tomato soup...

Barnaby realizes he is dealing with an historic grudge, and he enquires into the family's antecedents.

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  • Very rarely do episodes of this terrific series bore me senseless but this one certainly did in spite of some good guest actors (who had to work with an appalling script).moreless

    3.5
    The uppity Smythe-Webster family think they are better than the rest of the population but someone doesn't agree with them because the youngest, Larry, an actor, is blown up in an outdoor gazebo within the first few minutes. Next is his uncle, a film producer who is electrocuted whilst riding an exercise bike! And what has all this to do with the ancient rivalry between the two villages of Upper and Lower Walden? More to the point, why are the Smythe-Webster family in particular being targeted? To tell you the truth, they were a thoroughly dislikeable lot and I lost interest when the family cook drowned in a container ot tomato soup!



    You might be surprised by the ending but I doubt the plot will be interesting before that, particularly that odd vicar (yet another member of the Smythe-Webster family) who is probably one of the most unpleasant of all of them! Judge it for yourself and see what you make of it.moreless
Ronald Pickup

Ronald Pickup

Rupert Smythe-Webster

Guest Star

Beth Goddard

Beth Goddard

Wendy Smythe-Webster

Guest Star

Christopher Good

Christopher Good

Simon Smythe-Webster

Guest Star

Jane Wymark

Jane Wymark

Joyce Barnaby

Recurring Role

Barry Jackson

Barry Jackson

Dr Bullard

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