Midsomer Murders

Season 2 Episode 3

Dead Man's Eleven

Aired Wednesday 8:00 PM Sep 12, 1999 on ITV
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Dead Man's Eleven

Troy is in the Midsomer Worthy cricket eleven for the annual match against Fletchers Cross, so he is on the spot when the wife of Robert Cavendish, the Team Captain and a big local landowner, is found bludgeoned to death with a cricket bat. As often happens, the death toll mounts before the killer can be unmasked. Why should the cricket team's scorer be stabbed to death with a Nazi dagger at the following match?

Cavendish, as a mine owner, may have been responsible for the 'accidental' deaths of two of his employees in years gone by. If someone is out for revenge, who is it?

Meanwhile, a protest march to maintain footpaths across Cavendish's land finds a foot-bridge has been sabotaged, and their leader takes a ducking...


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  • When a wealthy man's much younger wife is murdered, Barnaby and Troy may have to look to the past for the answers to the riddles of the present.

    Robert Cavendish (Robert Hardy) is an older man of great wealth who is used to having everything his own way. He is something of a tyrant towards his family as well as his employees. The only person who seems to escape his moods and anger is his wife, Tara, (Felicity Dean) to whom he is devoted. The same can not be said of his relationship with his son and heir, Stephen, (Anthony Calf) with whom he is always disagreeing.

    Cavendish senior is a keen cricketer, and is greatly looking forward to the annual match between Fletcher's Cross and Midsomer Worthy. It is perhaps fortunate that Sargeant Troy (Daniel Casey) plays on the Midsomer Worthy team because the police are needed in great haste when Tara Cavendish is found murdered not far from her palatial home.

    When Barnaby (John Nettles) and Troy begin to investigate, they don't find many people who have good things to say about Robert Cavendish. The locals tell of a time some years before when some of his workers died in a mining accident for which Cavendish refused to take any responsibility, even though the whispers were loud that he knew that conditions were unsafe.

    The stabbing of the young man who does the scoring for the cricket matches puzzles the police greatly for they can see no connection between his death and that of the lady of the manor. Is it possible that Stephen Cavendish killed his stepmother when he heard that his father was planning to sell his estate and move with her to warmer climates? And if he did, why was the young scorekeeper killed as well.

    This episode is full of intrigue from start to finish and is one that is definitely not to be missed. An excellent performance by the seemingly ageless Robert Hardy and great work by the supporting cast make this episode one of the best of the entire series to date.moreless
Robert Hardy

Robert Hardy

Robert Cavendish

Guest Star

Anthony Calf

Anthony Calf

Stephen Cavendish

Guest Star

Annabelle Apsion

Annabelle Apsion

Jane Cavendish

Guest Star

Jane Wymark

Jane Wymark

Joyce Barnaby

Recurring Role

Laura Howard

Laura Howard

Cully Barnaby

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (2)

  • QUOTES (2)

    • 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.

  • NOTES (3)

    • Filming Locations:
      - Bledlow, Buckinghamshire
      - Greys Court, Henley-on-Thames, Oxfordshire
      - Littlewick Green, Berkshire (Fletcher's Cross)
      - Wallingford, Oxfordshire (Causton)
      - Wallington, Oxfordshire

    • The murder victims:

      1. Tara Cavendish - cricket bat
      2. Charles Jennings - stabbed with decorated dagger

    • The location used for 'The Queen's Arms' in Dead Man's Eleven was 'The Lions' public house at Bledlow, Buckinghamshire.