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"First there's nothing here for us then the whole World turns on a smoked mackerel." Good Midsomer Murders mystery.
Midsomer Murders: Beyond the Grave is set in the Midsomer village of
Aspen Tallow & starts as Alan Bradford (Malcolm Sinclair) the curator
of the Aspen Hall museum is just finishing the Jonathan Lowrie death
tour with some tourists when he discovers a valuable 17th century
painting of local legend Lowrie has been slashed with a knife, local
painting restorer Sandra MacKillop (Cheryl Campbell) is commissioned to
fix it. DCI Tom Barnaby & Sgt. Gavin Troy (Daniel Casey) are called in
but decide it's a matter for uniform, however that soon changes when
Marcus Lowrie (Charles Simon) the great, great, great, great, great
Grandson of Jonathan is found dead in the museum with his head based
in. Local legends claim that the ghost of Jonathan Lowrie walks the
corridors of Aspen Hall & several strange things begin to happen, could
a ghost be responsible for the murder & is Aspen Hall museum haunted as
Barnaby quickly discovers the case is far more complex than he had
Episode 4 from season 3 this Midsomer Murders mystery was the final
story from that very short season & was directed by Moira Armstrong who
turns in another fine British crime drama with a spooky twist. The
script by Douglas Watkinson has all the usual intrigue & mystery but
there's slightly more to Beyond the Grave than just a standard
whodunit, I really liked the supernatural theme for starters & old
British country houses lend themselves perfectly for such a story, I
liked the complex ending here a lot as well & I seriously doubt anyone
will be able to figure it out. In fact it kept me guessing right up to
the very end & it had a nice unexpected climax with some good twists &
turns, I also liked the last few seconds with the rocking chair which
rocks back & forth on it's own & is a nice light hearted touch maybe
indicating the presence of the ghost of Jonathan Lowrie. The killers
motives are suitably over-the-top & aren't easy to work out. Even more
than usual you need to watch & listen to this Midsomer Murders episode
carefully because you can easily miss something which turns out to be
vital & as a result the end explanations may not make as much sense as
they should. This one also has some nice deadpan humour & an actor who
is going to play a Sgt. in a TV soap opera gets to shadow Troy in an
amusing sub plot.
As usual this looks fabulous with it's distinctly English country
locations, I really hope this show gets the HD (high definition)
treatment sometime soon. Ewelme in Oxfordshire was used as the location
for Aspen Tallow while Chenies Manor in Buckinghamshire was used as the
Aspen Hall museum & was last seen in Judgment Day (2000) one episode
ago as Edward Aladice's house! This one has two murders, someone is
rather violently bashed over the head with bloody results while the
other one is off screen, there's also a slightly higher profanity
content than usual. This is extremely well made as one expects &
believe me is one of the best looking things made for British TV, the
acting is also great including a small role for Prunella Scales & for
those who enjoy series continuity issues Joyce Barnaby changes her hair
style in this one from her usual straight bob to some hideous styled
monstrosity which doesn't suit her at all.
Beyond the Grave is yet another great Midsomer Murders story in an
exceptionally high quality first three seasons with only Blue Herrings
(2000) letting things down slightly, top quality work from the whole
production team but can they maintain it through season 4...
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