Midsomer Murders

Season 7 Episode 5

The Maid in Splendour

Aired Wednesday 8:00 PM Jan 25, 2004 on ITV

Episode Fan Reviews (2)

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  • When a young barman is shot to death after following a local lass, Barnaby has to figure out some pretty intricate personal relationships in order tosolve the case.

    Young Jamie Cruickshank, a barman at 'The Maid In Splendour' pub is murdered by a shotgun blast after following Bella Monday, one of the pub's barmaids, to an old cottage. There seems to be no rhyme or reason for the killing at all and Barnaby is somewhat stumped. Fortunately for him, his old friend Dr. George Bullard, one of the best of the recurring characters in the series, uses this pub as his 'local' and is able to offer Tom some helpful personal insight into the people and the staff who frequent 'The Maid'.

    When another death, this time that of the son of the landlord of the pub occurs in the same way, Barnaby begins to wonder who or what is the connection.

    There are a few twists in this one which I won't spoil by going any further but I think you'll enjoy it, particularly the end.
  • A solid episode with Chief Inspector Barnaby solving two murders related to the Maid in Splendour pub, and the love affairs of people associated with it. Good entertainment without having to think too much.

    The proposed sale of the pub provides an interesting theme with Laurence Haggard playing a believable businessman, a much better role than his current one as James in Hotel Babylon. Freddie Jones makes an excellent Benbow, one of the three regulars at the bar. The love affairs varied in quality and believability. Veteran actor William Gaunt is a pleasure to see as Michael Bannerman, the main character. The young performer Sophie Hunter is a decent Bella, the focus of interest for several suitors. The Cully and Scott relationship is a bit annoying, this time involving attendance at a Bergman Film with Scott making another faux pas. The final revelation about the real story of the Maid in Splendour gave the story a few more points from me. John Nettles put in another good performance using his investigative skills to solve the murders, and Dr. Bullard, as a regular at the pub, gets a somewhat expanded role providing information relevant to the case.
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