A woman is found dead in Setwale Wood, an apparent suicide, except that her suicide note is emailed after her body has already been sighted.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Daniel Casey ...
Jane Wymark ...
Gillian Barge ...
Hannah Harrington
Denise Fielding
Victoria Bartlett
Janie Dee ...
Caroline Harrington
Ian Driver ...
Edmund Nelson
Charlie Hicks ...
Sean Fielding
Jonah Bloxham
Clarista Hoult ...
Julie Fielding
Bernadette Sullivan
Adam Kotz ...
James Harrington
Paul Venables ...
Simon Bartlett


Some of the residents of Midsomer Worthy are trying to prevent James Harrington from turning Setwale Woods into a housing estate. Led by a solicitor, Bernadette Sullivan, and a local farmer, Simon Bartlett, who also happen to be having an affair, they haven't had much success in court. When Bartlett's wife Susan is found dead in the woods, Barnaby and Troy must first determine is if her murder is related to the planned development or something as yet unknown. The information provided by two inquisitive children, who see the investigation as a fascinating game, proves invaluable in solving the crime. Written by garykmcd

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Crime | Drama | Mystery





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23 June 2002 (UK)  »

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DCI Barnaby quotes the Hughes Mearns poem "Antigonish" to Sergeant Troy. See more »


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[leaving courthouse]
Sergeant Gavin Troy: Where do they get these judges from? The man burgled his way through every village in the county.
DCI Tom Barnaby: Look, we catch the criminals; we offer up the evidence. Not everyone likes what happens in court. Maybe the judge was right; give the boy one more chance. Oh, look. A squadron of pigs over Causton.
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Another Nasty Landowner
27 February 2016 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

If the criminals were able to watch previous episodes, they would know that it is best that a cruel, insensitive landowner is going to pay the price. In this one, he is going to use the woods that everyone sees as partly theirs and put up properties on it to strike it rich. There are polite, but under the skin vicious, characters interacting. The women in particular are the worst. At first, a young barrister is fighting the good fight over the property, but we later find that she has feet of clay. There is the old hired man who reds the Bible, quotes verses, and keeps pictures from his youth on a bulletin board. The bodies pile up. There are also two children who consider themselves investigators. They find the first body, but because the young girl has such an imagination, she is not believed. I would consider it an adequate representation of the series.

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