Midsomer Murders

Season 4 Episode 1

Garden of Death

Aired Wednesday 8:00 PM Sep 10, 2000 on ITV
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Garden of Death

The Inkpen family has bought back its ancestral home, Inkpen Manor at Midsomer Deverell, and they plan to turn a village Memorial Garden on their land into a tea shop. This causes consternation in the village, and the Bennetts (who previously owned the manor and founded the Memorial Garden) lead the opposition. Then young Fliss Inkpen-Thomas is found dead in the Memorial Garden with her skull smashed in, and a few days later her mother Elspeth dies of poisoning, with the possibility of suicide firmly denied by her family and friends.

Barnaby investigates the deaths and finds older and more deep-seated motives for murder lurking in another ancient family.


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  • The Inkpen family are not exactly well liked in the village of Midsomer Deverell and when they make a decision to change an important piece of the local landscape which belongs to them, they are even less so.moreless

    The Inkpen family are rich and arrogant and none of the Midsomer Deverell locals are very fond of them. This turns to outright dislike when they announce their plan to turn a beautiful memorial garden on their property into, of all things, a tea shop! They don't care at all that the people of the village are furious - they intend to get their way no matter what, but they soon find out that there will be consequences when young Fliss Inkpen - Thomas (Sarah Alexander)is found dead on the very spot that the family intends to build the tea shop.

    Just as this event is being investigated by Barnaby and Troy, her mother dies, apparently by her own hand, but this doesn't ring true with the police as they start to delve more deeply into the people of the village and the background of other members of family who just may be harbouring some very dark secrets.

    A pretty average episode but an excellent performance by Victoria Hamilton in her role as the unloved Hilary Inkpen. Have a look for yourselves to find out who is behind the ghastly crimes and why.moreless
  • In Midsomer Deverell, a spate of murders revolving around the Inkpen-Thomas family makes DCI Barnaby question what motives are there for such attacks...

    First murder - brilliant! Fliss biffed on the head with a shovel, fantastic! Second, third and past murders - rubbish! I like a good weapon, not some flimsy poisoning etc. - boring! Where are the croquet mallets and daggers to be found, eh? Plus the murderer was obvious. Great cast though. Nice to have seen Belinda Lang. No Cully present - yippy! Hate her!
Sarah Alexander

Sarah Alexander

Fliss Inkpen-Thomas

Guest Star

Dean Batchelor

Dean Batchelor


Guest Star

Anthony Bate

Anthony Bate

Augustus Deverell

Guest Star

Jane Wymark

Jane Wymark

Joyce Barnaby

Recurring Role

Barry Jackson

Barry Jackson

Dr. Bullard

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (2)

    • The three deaths and the one death alluded to from the past in this episode bring the total in the series to date to 51.

    • Elspeth Inkpen is poisoned with aconite mixed into pesto sauce on a plate of tagliatelle. Aconite, a common wild and garden plant also known as Monkshood or Wolfsbane, is an extremely potent poison, known by the Greeks as the Queen of Poisons. The aconite used to poison her was picked from Elspeth's own garden.

      Death by aconite poisoning is not pleasant, as DSI Barnaby mentions. The victim will experience numbness and tingling in the mouth and throat, both of which will feel parched. If the dose is large, it produces a severe burning sensation from throat to abdomen. The tingling feeling soon spreads to the hands and feet, and subsequently the whole body until the victim feels as though she is being flayed. This is followed by a loss of power in the legs and the dulling of sight and hearing, although the victim remains conscious until death comes. Muscular twitching may result in convulsions. Aconite will poison all the organs, but death is usually from cardiac arrythmia.

  • QUOTES (1)

    • Naomi Inkpen: If you were a GENTLEMAN you'd move to allow my daughter and I to sit together.
      Augustus Deverell: If you were a LADY I shouldn't hesitate.
      Susan Millard: There ARE still some seats further back, Mrs Inkpen.
      Naomi Inkpen: Further back? I have not sat "further back" in my entire life.

  • NOTES (3)

    • Filming Locations:
      - Long Crendon, Buckinghamshire (Midsomer Deverell)
      - Nether Winchendon, Buckinghamshire

    • The murder victims:

      1. Felicity Inkpen - hit on head with shovel
      2. Elspeth Inkpen - poisoned
      3. Gerald Bennett - suffocated

      The historical murder of Cynthia Bennett is also features in the episode - she was strangled with a pair of tights.

    • The ancient house used as Inkpen Manor in Garden of Death is The Manor House at Long Crendon, Buckinghamshire.