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
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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Scott's car has one registration plate, BX03 ZZG, then another, BU03 ZZG, then back to the first in minutes. Later it is revealed that the same car has BX03 ZZG for its front plate, and BU03 ZZG at the rear. 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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Barnaby has a new partner
22 August 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Dan Scott (John Hopkins) comes in to replace Troy as Barnaby's new partner in "Bad Tidings" from season 7. He has no time to become acclimated to his new boss or surroundings, as a murder case beckons.

A woman is found dead from stabbing in Midsomer Mallow. She left the Midsomer Mallow residents' association's Spanish Evening in a huff but never arrives home.

The suspect that comes up immediately is Jacob Stoat, who goes around with a wagon and does odd jobs.

As a subplot, Cully, Barnaby's daughter, is reuniting with some school friends, one of whom is peripherally involved in the case. She was a neighbor of the dead woman. Cully is distressed to see that her friends have changed. She's not as comfortable with them as she once was, not realizing that they have a secret. When a second murder occurs, that secret is revealed.

This is a pretty good Midsomer Murders entry, except that the murderer seems to troll the countryside looking for people to kill, and one of them is not really involved with the killer.

As Sergeant Scott, Dan Hopkins is handsome and the character's polite, charming nature on the surface belies his resentment for being sent down from London and his determination to move up the ranks. I think he gets his wish, as he's not with Barnaby very long.

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