Barnaby's new Sergeant arrives on the day after the murder of a local shrew occurs, and he is immediately put to work.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
John Hopkins ...
Jane Wymark ...
Charles Rust
John Normington ...
Donald Tew
Mary Pearce
Michael Simkins ...
Gary Thompson
Hilton McRae ...
Mathew Spearman
Esther Hall ...
Cassie Woods
Helen Grace ...
Lynn Spearman
Rachael Rose
Christine Moore ...
Shirley Bennett
Daniel Crowder ...
Noel Woods


After a quarrel with her husband at the Midsomer Mallow residents association's Spanish Evening, Fiona Thompson walks home, but never arrives. She is found the next morning in Chaney's Field, having been stabbed to death. Barnaby investigates with his new Detective Sergeant, Dan Scott, in tow. An early suspect is the village odd job man, Jacob Stoat. Cully Barnaby meanwhile organizes a get-together with some old school friends, one of whom is the dead woman's neighbor. She finds that her friends have changed and that they now have little in common. A second murder during the village's open garden day leads the police to a secret shared by Cully's friends and the identity of the murderer. Written by garykmcd

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Crime | Drama | Mystery

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4 January 2004 (UK)  »

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In the opening panning shot of the open garden festival, a man in the foreground picks up a potted marigold and inhales as though enjoying the fragrance. Marigolds are not propagated for their perfume and in fact smell quite unpleasant. See more »


[first lines]
Gary Thompson: I checked your bank statement, didn't I. That's how I know.
Fiona Thompson: You couldn't have. We don't get a bank statement till the end of the month.
Gary Thompson: Do you realize we're on the verge of bankruptcy?
Fiona Thompson: I have to be allowed to spend at least a little bit of money on myself occasionally, just even to come here tonight. How was I going to go like this? How was I going to do anything? Nothing. I couldn't have done anything.
Gary Thompson: All right, will you keep your voice down. We're in a public place. Anyway, you ...
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The New Guy in Town
4 March 2016 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

A woman in a Spanish costume is brutally murdered after leaving a kind of Spanish festival. She has a flower stuffed in her mouth. Few have much regret because she was abhorred by many in the town. There are two things at play here. One seems to be the dissension among the ranks of this club. Next to the murdered woman, the head of the group is despised by the other, with good reason. The secondary plot (which is ultimately important) is a tense reunion among Cully Barnaby and three of her old classmates. They seem to have lost that sense of sisterhood. Finally, we are introduced to the new Sergeant. He is one of those people who is angry about the situation in which he finds himself. He is ambitious, looking to use his time with Barnaby to climb the ladder. He is also smart and charming and has the ability to get the resistant to talk.

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