DCI Barnaby needs all his wits about him as he investigates a string of deaths at a local New Age commune.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Daniel Casey ...
Jane Wymark ...
May Cuttle
Charles Kay ...
Arno Gibbs
Ian Craigie
Colin Farrell ...
Ken Beavers
Diane Bull ...
Heather Beavers
Christopher Wainwright
Guy Gamelin
Susan Tracy ...
Felicity Gamelin
Robert Pickavance ...
William Carter
Daniel Hart ...
Tim Riley


Ian Craigie is the "master" of a new-age commune. He founded the center with a partner, Bill Carter, to scam the rich but over time, came to believe in the objectives and the good work they did. When Carter is found dead at the bottom of a staircase, the question is whether he fell or was pushed. Barnaby and Troy encounter an eclectic group of commune residents. There is Ken and Heather Beavers whom Barnaby discovers had a very interesting past; Sylvie Gamelin who has just announced that she is donating the several million pound inheritance she received on her 18th birthday; her father Guy who who is absolutely opposed to the donation and her dipsomaniac mother, Felicity; and Christopher Wainwright who may also be hiding something from his past. When another murder is committed, it is left to Barnaby to sift through the backgrounds of the various individuals to find the motive behind the two murders. Written by garykmcd

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6 May 1998 (UK)  »

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When May Cuttle is regressed as Gaius Quintus "he" states that it is the year 75AD. BC and AD did not come into use until the 6th century. See more »


D.C.I. Barnaby: Bad moment?
May Cuttle: No, no. Memories, inspector. Grief and joy... mixing like pork and mustard. Not that I've had pork in years.
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Great Murder Mystery
11 June 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Thought this was one of the very best Midsomer Murders I've seen so far. Actually these have all been good but I liked this one best of all. Held my interest and the characters were so interesting. Actually I'm not sure that I should not give this one a 10 as the characters were so unique and interesting especially May and the Master and Tim. It also had some eye candy as well with Stephen Moyer as Christopher. A very hot young man. One thing I really enjoyed was at the end of the drama. when the detective is explaining everything to his family and Troy. Thank goodness we in the audience as well as them, were able to understand. Sometimes they loose me at this point, it's gets a bit complicated, especially when there are a large amount of characters in the piece. Hope you enjoyed as much as I. Thanks Emile

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