Midsomer Murders: Season 6, Episode 1

A Talent for Life (3 Jan. 2003)

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Something is fishy about the clubbing deaths of two local residents.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Daniel Casey ...
Jane Wymark ...
Isobel Hewitt
Philip Franks ...
Quentin Roka
Jane Downs ...
Dixie Goff
Duncan Goff
Alison Rose ...
Angela Goff
John Warnaby ...
Keith Scholey
Ruth Scholey
Jonathan Cullen ...
Melrose Plunkett
Suzanne Burden ...
Rebecca Plunkett
Derrick Seagrove


When two bodies are discovered by the side of a fishing stream, Barnaby and Troy have yet more murders to solve. Isobel Hewitt had a zest for life that some can only hope for. She loves to drive her red Jaguar at top speed and generally enjoyed the finer things in life. Although loved by many, there were those who weren't quite so charmed by her. Margaret Seagrove was convinced that she was the member of the local fishing club using weighted lures in the local stream. Her nephew and his wife, with whom she resided, saw her as a burden now that she had spent most of her accumulated capital. The second victim is the local doctor, Duncan Goff, a well-known philanderer who had affairs with many of the local ladies. The police must first determine if both were intended victims or if one was simply in the wrong place at the wrong time. Written by garykmcd

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James Hazeldine died a few weeks before broadcast. See more »


When Barnaby introduces himself and Troy to Derrick Seagrove, he identifies himself as "DSI Barnaby" - DSI is Detective Superintendent, while Barnaby is a DCI, Detective Chief Inspector. See more »


Joyce Barnaby: Oh look! So sweet! The children look lovely in those huge bonnets.
Joyce Barnaby: They're so serious.
Cully Barnaby: With good reason. They're in the work house. Most of them will probably never reach adulthood.
Joyce Barnaby: Well! This one looks cheery. What are they celebrating?
Cully Barnaby: The end of the first world war...
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problems with fishing lures
18 July 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

In the Midsomer village of Malham Bridge, outside the meeting of Midsomer Flyfishers Association, Margaret, the wife of the secretary accuses Isobel Hewitt (Honor Blackman) of using weighted lures. The argument escalates, ending in Isobel slapping Margaret.

Margaret files charges, which brings Barnaby and Troy to the village. Isobel, an older, vital woman, goes for a drive with a doctor, Duncan Goff in a jaguar. Later, they are both found murdered, beaten with a stake from a fence.

The detective team learns quickly that people weren't crazy about either Isobel or the doctor for different reasons, be it the doctor's womanizing with married women, or weighted lures, or something else.

Good mystery with an assortment of suspects, including relatives of Isobel's who actually owned her home, a friend who helped her financially occasionally, Margaret (she who was slapped)...but then, the use of weighted lures and a fight don't seem like motives for a bludgeoning murder. And who was the intended victim? Gorgeous settings, with Barnaby's family, Joyce and Cully, making an appearance. I really love this series. This is a good, if not great episode -- but it's been running for so many years, they can't all be great.

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