Midsomer Murders

Season 2 Episode 2

Strangler's Wood

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Aired Wednesday 8:00 PM Feb 03, 1999 on ITV
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The beautiful Brazilian, Carla Constanza, is the face of 'Carla' cigarettes. 'Carla' is a very popular brand of South American cigarettes in which Monarch Tobacco, a company based in Midsomer Worthy, has a significant stake. When, nine years after a series of unsolved murders (strangulations) at Ravens Wood in Midsomer Worthy, the young Brazilian woman is found strangled, it leads to fears that the serial killer is back in business. Barnaby and Troy look out the old files in dealing with the first new murder - and then others follow.moreless

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  • Several years ago, Midsomer Worthy was the scene of a series of serial murders and, with the death of a famous Brazillian model, it looks as though the killer is on the loose again.moreless

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    When the beautiful Brazillian model, Carla Constanza (Betti Romani) is found naked and strangled in the woods soon after her arrival in Midsomer Worthy, Barnaby and Troy note the similarities between this killing and a series of deaths nine years previously and wonder whether the same person could be responsible.



    Carla Constanza is a very famous face in her home country, for she is the face of "Carla Cigarettes", a huge money making brand whose owners, Monarch Tobacco, are based in Midsomer Worthy. From the time of Carla's arrival, it is clear that she is unwell, but apart from hearing an argument in her room at the hotel where she stays when she arrives in the village, there are precious few clues as to why she was killed or who was responsible for it.



    Dr. George Bullard (Barry Jackson) confirms that she died by strangulation but also tells the police that she had a severe and ultimately terminal lung condition, caused, he believes, by long-term heavy smoking. When other murders start to happen, Barnaby and Troy have to figure out whether they are connected to the tobacco giant, and if so, in what way, and if the killings are unrelated, then just excatly who is behind them?



    This one will keep you on the edge of your seat as it moves along at a brisk pace and keeps you guessing right up until the mystery is solved.moreless
Peter Eyre

Peter Eyre

Leonard Pike

Guest Star

Kathleen Byron

Kathleen Byron

Dorothea Pike

Guest Star

Frank Windsor

Frank Windsor

George Meakham

Guest Star

Jane Wymark

Jane Wymark

Joyce Barnaby

Recurring Role

Laura Howard

Laura Howard

Cully Barnaby

Recurring Role

Neil Conrich

Neil Conrich

P.C. Angel

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (1)

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  • NOTES (3)

    • Filming Locations:
      - Corn Exchange, Wallingford, Oxfordshire (Causton Theatre)
      - Dorney Court, Dorney, Buckinghamshire (Fox and Goose Hotel)
      - Halton House, Wendover, Buckinghamshire (Monarch Tobacco headquarters)
      - Halton, Wendover, Buckinghamshire
      - Hambleden Mill, Hambleden, Buckinghamshire
      - Stoke Park Club, Stoke Poges, Buckinghamshire
      - Stoke Poges, Buckinghamshire
      - Turville, Buckinghamshire
      - Wallingford, Oxfordshire (Causton)

    • The murder victims:

      1. Carla Constanza - strangled
      2. Anna Santarosa - run over and injected with liquid nicotine
      3. Dr Aycott - arson
      4. Leonard Pike - throat cut

    • The old mill seen at the end of Strangler's Wood is Hambleden Mill, Hambleden, Buckinghamshire.

  • ALLUSIONS (3)

    • The scene in which Leonard Pike is killed in a bathroom is an obvious reference to famous shower scene in Hitchcock's movie "Psycho".

    • Dan Peterson, the medical examiner states that one can extract lethal dose of nicotine from "half a pack of cigarettes". However, lethal dose of nicotine for adult human is about 50 mg and even strong cigarettes usually contain no more than 1 mg of this substance.

    • Goofs:
      - The dead body of hotelier Leonard Pike still breathing after being stabbed several times, especially in the neck.
      - A body lying, uncovered, in the woods for a week would show signs of decomposition. The body shown was in remarkably good condition.
      - The newspaper shows a photograph of the "unknown" murder victim dressed and obviously alive, although her body was found nude and without any identification. How did they get the photo if they didn't know who she was?
      - Troy speaks to the au pair in Spanish. Later on it is said that the au pair understood a message in Portuguese because it was "her language." Spanish is not the same language as Portuguese, obviously.

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