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 ...
May Cuttle
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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Brilliant last episode to a mostly brilliant first season
30 November 2016 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Season 1 of 'Midsomer Murders' is mostly a brilliant season, with three classics ("The Killings at Badgers Drift", "Written in Blood" and this), one great episode ("Faithful unto Death") and one decent but disappointing one ("Death of a Hollow Man").

"Death in Disguise", as said, is one of the season's best and the best episode since "Written in Blood". As always, the production values are top notch, with to die for scenery, including a gorgeous stately mansion, the idyllic look of it contrasting very well with the story's grimness, and quaint and atmospheric photography. The music fits perfectly, and the theme tune one of the most memorable and instantly recognisable of the genre.

Meanwhile, the script is smart, thought-provoking and suitably grim, with even some nice humour. The jokes about Joyce's cooking and Troy's driving are particularly funny, while the family scenes also have a lot of charm and heart. The characters are very colourful, just love May and found Tim easy to relate to.

The story is one of the show's most complex, darkest, most entertaining and most ceaselessly compelling, with a scintillating climax and a clever final solution. There is a lot going on without being cluttered or rushed, and that nothing is what it seems, or very few people are who they seem adds to the complexity, while there are no out of kilter scenes.

John Nettles is superb as Barnaby, giving the role humour, intelligence and methodical thoughtfulness. Daniel Casey is a great contrasting partner as Troy, the two work wonders together. Jane Wymark does more than reliably, as do Laura Howard and Barry Jackson. In support Tim is movingly and likeably portrayed, while Michael Feast and Miles Anderson bring charisma and mystery to their roles (the former's role is particularly meaty), Judy Cornwall is an absolute hoot and Stephen Moyer excels in an early role.

In conclusion, brilliant last episode to the first season. 10/10 Bethany Cox

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