Midsomer Murders

Season 1 Episode 3

Faithful unto Death

Aired Wednesday 8:00 PM Apr 22, 1998 on ITV

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  • The people of Morton Fendle are not very happy because a local mill is to be closed and many have invested quite a sum of money in it. When the wife of the man they blame for their losses is kidnapped, the police must find the culprit.

    Alan Hollingsworth (Roger Allum) is a very unpopular man in the Midsomer village of Morton Fendle. Mr. Hollingsworth is in charge of a substantial amount of money invested by local people in the craft mill. When Alan tells them that the mill is losing money and that it must be closed and, therefore, they will lose their investment, several of them are far from happy with him and make it abundantly clear that they expect to get their money back.

    When Alan's wife, Simone, (Lesley Vickerage) goes missing, DCI Barnaby is convinced that one or more of the disgruntled investors have kidnapped her in order to get their money back in the form of a ransom demand. The problem for Barnaby is that nobody is talking and he can't narrow down a suspect list because of the conspiracy of silence.

    Talking to the locals, Barnaby and DS Troy (Daniel Casey) find out that Alan was often violent towards his wife, who was often covered in hidden bruises after domestic disputes. Learning this, Barnaby wonders whether Simone's disappearance may be closer to home than he first thought. To complicate matters even further, Alan manages to avoid the police detail who have him under survelliance, taking with him a large bundle of cash, which is obviously for the purpose of paying a kidnapper for the safe return of Simone, or, at the very least, that is how he WANTS it to appear.

    When Brenda Buckley, (Sophie Stanton) a neighbour of the Hollingsworths, who has a large crush on Alan, follows him and is then killed in an horrific accident, Barnaby has to wonder whether the accident was really a murder and whether Brenda was the intended victim.

    Everything begins to unravel when the police learn that Sarah Lawton, (Tessa Peake-Jones) a local resident and one of the investors in the mill is, in fact Simone Hollingsworth's lover and that she believes something dire has happened. None of them, however, counted on the elderly former actress, Elfrida Molfrey (Eleanor Summerfield) who, along with her old friend Bunny Dawlish (Peter Jones) has been keeping an eye on all the goings on at the Hollingsworth house. When Simone is released by the kidnappers, badly beaten and dazed, it is Elfrida who inadvertently solves the case with some startling news for Tom.

    Not a bad episode, but not among the best either. Worth watching though for terrific performances from the two elderly neighbours who see and hear all!
  • Not one of the best episodes of Midsomer but all the same it's still worth a look if you have a spare hour or two!

    I didn't really care for the storyline involving the kidnapping and the lesbians, but I did think that Barnaby getting high of marujuna was very funny. Also Troy got in quite few of his trademark quips about the lesbian lovers ("couple of old dykes Sir!").

    Compared to the pilot and the other two episodes from this series this ep lacks a finale. It ends quite abrubtly. I, for one, would have liked to have seen Barnaby go up to Cumbria (where I live, woo!) and arrest Simone & Vince. Instead all we got was him talking on the phone to Susan!

    Anyway this was a mediocre episode but there are worse, and, on the other hand, a lot better episodes than this!
  • Till death ( or prison ) do us part

    Till death ( or prison ) do us part

    A nice episode of the first season, the characters are drawn carefully and are nice. The story about the mill project and kidnapping is nice. So is the first murder, commited by shoving a car under a truck. The bigger problem is the main plot, the killers are a bit obvious in this episode. Although there is a nice twist at the end.

    The other part of the story is nice, especially the storyline with the marihuana. I also like the beginning, with the burying of the pie. A nice twist when they didn't find a body in the garden. The story is sad on some points, the murder of Brenda Buckley is sad, she really couldn't do anything about it. She just accidentally witnessed something. Also the ending, was a bit sad, one murderer got away. I also didn’t like Lesley Vicarage, she just… well, let’s say I’m not her biggest fan…

    All with all I like this episode, the murderer isn't that hard to spot but there is plenty of other nice stuff to discover in this one. The motive could have been worked out better.

    The title might be a slight spoiler, one perpetrator protects a murderer ( his / her friend ) and confesses to something he / she didn't do. You can call it Faithful unto death... or better: Faithful till you find out you are betrayed by the one you protected. A sad, but much used fact in crime drama's. Only here... I like the way it is used in this episode. If you forget the thin main plot it is a good episode.