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Peter Hammond (screenplay)
Caroline Graham (characters)
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Original Air Date:
4 January 2004 (Season 7, Episode 2)
Barnaby's new Sergeant arrives on the day after the murder of a local shrew occurs, and he is immediately put to work. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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 (Episode Cast) (in credits order) (verified as complete)

John Nettles ... DCI Tom Barnaby
John Hopkins ... Sergeant Dan Scott
Jane Wymark ... Joyce Barnaby

Laura Howard ... Cully Barnaby

Barry Jackson ... Dr. Bullard

John Standing ... Charles Rust
John Normington ... Donald Tew

Helen Lindsay ... Mary Pearce
Michael Simkins ... Gary Thompson
Hilton McRae ... Mathew Spearman
Esther Hall ... Cassie Woods
Helen Grace ... Lynn Spearman

Ruth Jones ... Rachael Rose

Christine Moore ... Shirley Bennett
Daniel Crowder ... Noel Woods
Nina Marc ... Fiona Thompson

Paul Thornley ... Sergeant Gill
Chris Barnes ... Pub Landlord
Alex Belcourt ... WPC

Episode Crew
Directed by
Peter Smith 
Writing credits
Peter Hammond (screenplay) (as Peter J Hammond)

Caroline Graham (characters)

Produced by
Ian Strachan .... line producer
Brian True-May .... producer
Betty Willingale .... consultant producer
Original Music by
Jim Parker 
Cinematography by
Colin Munn (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Derek Bain 
Casting by
Louise Cross 
Production Design by
Paul Cowell 
Art Direction by
Paul Booth 
Costume Design by
Reg Samuel 
Makeup Department
Penny Bell .... makeup designer
Sally Harrison .... makeup designer
Production Management
David Campbell-Bell .... unit manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Paul Bennett .... third assistant director
Toby Ford .... first assistant director
Simon Morris .... second assistant director
Art Department
Kelly Black .... stand-by art director
Neil Canning .... art department assistant (as Neil Cannings)
Graham Curtis .... production buyer
Patrick Duncan-Burgess .... dressing props
Paul Kearney .... property master
Glenn Taylor .... construction manager
Sound Department
Jeremy Child .... sound editor
Howard Eaves .... dialogue editor
Richard Reynolds .... sound recordist
Liam Ryan .... boom operator
Alan Snelling .... dubbing mixer
Colin Skeaping .... stunt coordinator
Camera and Electrical Department
Eva Arnold .... camera trainee
Andrew Bailey .... gaffer
Jon Best .... best boy
Neil Brown .... focus puller
Matthew Dowler .... electrician
Dave Glossop .... rigger (as David Glossop)
Ricky Hall .... key grip
Will Kendal .... electrician
Josh Lee .... clapper loader
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Abigail Hicks .... costume supervisor
Nigel Hyams .... wardrobe master (uncredited)
Editorial Department
Chris Beeton .... color grader
John Blackwell .... assembly editor
Shane Warden .... on-line editor
William Chetwynd .... conform editor (uncredited)
Other crew
Tim Chambers .... location assistant
Steve Cronick .... production accountant
Sam Mill .... production coordinator
Casper Mills .... location manager (as Casper Mill)
James Nash .... floor runner
Anna Nelson .... assistant coordinator
Christopher Penfold .... script editor: ScriptWorks
Vivianne Royal .... script supervisor
Meredith Wilson .... assistant accountant
Neil Hodge .... head chef (uncredited)
Crew believed to be complete

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Additional Details

USA:99 min (DVD)

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Continuity: 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 might like to know that I went to see the bank manager this morning and I got photocopies of all your statements. That's how I know.
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5 out of 5 people found the following review useful.
Barnaby has a new partner, 22 August 2014
Author: blanche-2 from United States

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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