Midsomer Murders: Season 1, Episode 1

The Killings at Badger's Drift (5 Jul. 1998)

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An elderly woman is found dead in her cottage and DCI Barnaby is convinced the death is not down to natural causes.

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Daniel Casey ...
Jane Wymark ...
Laura Howard ...
Barry Jackson ...
Renée Asherson ...
Emily Simpson (as Renee Asherson)
Rosalie Crutchley ...
Lucy Bellringer
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Michael Lacey
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Katherine Lacey
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Henry Trace
Selina Cadell ...
Phyllis Cadell
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Richard Cant ...
Elizabeth Spriggs ...
Iris Rainbird
Bill Wallis ...
Dr. Trevor Lessiter
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When Emilyn Simpson is found dead in her house, DCI Barnaby's instincts all lead him to suspect murder. Although she was elderly and everyone seems to have liked her, it seem she may have seen something in the woods that she shouldn't have. There are numerous suspects: the local doctor who lies about his alibi, Iris Rainbird, the local busybody who seems to live beyond her means or her son Dennis, who is the local undertaker. Barnaby also receives information that a death the previous year may not have been an accident. When two other residents of Badger's Drift are murdered, Barnaby uncovers an illicit love affair that the protagonists must keep secret. Written by garykmcd

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The mother and son characters of Iris and Dennis Rainbird are related (as sister and cousin respectively) to Ursula and Alistair Gooding (again mother and son), characters in Midsomer Murders: Dead Letters (2006). Both sets of characters were played by Elizabeth Spriggs and Richard Cant. See more »

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When showing the shooting of Annabelle Trace by Katherine Lacey she is within a foot of Michael Lacey, who would of either be killed or injured by a shot gun blast because of his closeness to the victim. See more »

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Dr Trevor Lessiter: Hello, Miss Simpson. Have a very good afternoon.
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Another excellent offering from the British studios.
21 April 2002 | by (St.Catharines, Canada.) – See all my reviews

I have never been disappointed with any of the mysteries from across the "POND". The plots are always so unique and absorbing. The acting is always superb making you feel as if you were actually there. Some of the dialects can be such that it is imperative that one is not distracted whilst viewing. I must admit I get so absorbed that nothing can cause me to be distracted. This particular offering is another masterpiece and certainly maintains the standard which we are accustomed to.


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