Midsomer Murders: Season 3, Episode 1

Death of a Stranger (31 Dec. 1999)

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Fox hunting, taxidermy and Oscar Wilde are part of the backdrop as Barnaby and Troy investigate a series of murders, beginning with that of a tramp in the woods.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Daniel Casey ...
Jane Wymark ...
James Fitzroy
Sarah Fitzroy
Grahame Tranter
Diane Fletcher ...
Marcia Tranter
Sarah Winman ...
Kate Tranter
Ron Pringle
Janet Dale ...
Betty Pringle
Jeanne Hepple ...
Linda Wagstaff
Peter Bayliss ...
Jane Wood ...
Cathy Gurdie
Fred Ridgeway ...
Ben Gurdie


While Barnaby is away on holiday his replacement, the soon to be retired Ron Pringle, arrests Billie Gurdie for the murder of a tramp who lived in the woods near the village of Upper Marchwood. When Billie's father is also found dead in the same woods some three weeks later, an apparent suicide, Barnaby seriously questions the coincidence. When the post-mortem reveals the second death to also be murder, Barnaby is certain that both murders were committed by the same person. Written by garykmcd

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The voice of Kreacher and voice of Dobby from the Harry Potter films both appear in this episode. Kreacher was by Simon McBurney and Dobby was by Toby Jones. See more »

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The opening of season 3
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Barnaby was on vacation, and very unhappy to hear that someone he considers an idiot, Ron Pringle, his replacement, solved a murder while he was away. Pringle arrested a man named Billie Gurdie, a poacher, for a tramp's murder in the village of Upper Marchwood. Then Billie's father is found dead, an assumed suicide.

This is too much of a coincidence for Barnaby, and an autopsy shows that Billie's father was also murdered. He asks himself, who was the tramp, and how was he connected to Billie's father? An old woman who lives in the woods seems to know more than she's saying. Barnaby soon learns that fake identities and an inheritance spell murder.

Really good beginning to season 3, with John Nettles as Barnaby in fine form as he investigates a very complicated case with a few bodies. You have to pay attention, but I like that about the show. Loved the beautiful countryside as well, even though it's used for fox hunting. Boo.

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