Midsomer Murders

Season 1 Episode 4

Death in Disguise

Aired Wednesday 8:00 PM May 06, 1998 on ITV

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  • When a man dies after a fight with a friend at a commune known as 'The Lodge Of The Golden Wind Horse', everybody assures the police that the death was an accident but Barnaby and Troy soon have reason to believe otherwise.

    Bill Carter (Robert Pickavance) and his friend, Ian Craigie (Michael Feast) have jointly run The Lodge Of The Golden Wind Horse together for over a decade. It is a place where people can get away from the pressures of everyday life and live a peaceful, natural and happy existence (or hide from the police if that happens to be what they need to do!) Bill, it seems has had enough and wants Ian to buy him out but Ian, who has actually fallen for the lifestyle and is not just in it to con people out of their money, doesn't have the finances to give Bill his share. The twomen argue and it isn't long after that that Bill is dead at the foor on the stairs after having a furher disagreement with his long-time friend.

    When Barnaby and Troy come to check things out, prompted by the cult busybody, May Cuttle, (Judy Cornwell)they find nothing amiss except the strange behaviour of the majority of the people who live there, which they put down to lifestyle rather than anything sinister. They must change their tune however, when two more people die in ways that can most certainly not be attributed to accidents.

    A terrific episode with an unusual setting that makes it interesting from start to finish. Great performances by Michael Feast, a highly respected stage actor, and Judy Cornwell, best known as 'Daisy' from "Keeping Up Appearances" makes this an episode that you won't want to miss. A terrific twist at the end add to the entertainment and suspense. Watch it and see!