Barnaby and Jones investigate a series of murders linked to the death of a beauty queen which occurred several years previously.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Ursula Gooding
John Starkey
Claire Askam ...
Marion Slade
Rob Pride
Richard Cant ...
Alistair Gooding
Jenny Jackson ...
Tom Georgeson ...
Ron Chalk
Ruth Chalk
Dr. Wellow
Grace Starkey
April Gooding


Oak Apple Week is an autumn festival held every year in the picturesque village of Midsomer Barton. After the festival queen died tragically from food poisoning seven years earlier, that particular part of the celebration was discontinued. Shortly after the reinstitution of the contest, however, the dead girl's mother is found drowned in a shallow stream under suspicious circumstances. Barnaby and Jones are faced with many suspects, a plethora of unfaithful spouses, and more dead bodies. Written by Gabe Taverney (

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Crime | Drama | Mystery





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26 February 2006 (UK)  »

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Did You Know?


Two actors from this episode starred in the classic romantic comedy "Four Weddings and a Funeral": Simon Callow and Sophie Thompson. See more »


At the Oak Apple fairgrounds, the sign at the gypsy fortune-teller's booth reads "Katina". When she goes into the booth, the man next to the booth addresses her as "Katrina". See more »


[first lines]
Voice: You know you've got to do it. She'd want that, wouldn't she? You know she would. So, now's the time, isn't it? You must do it now, for her sake. You know she's waiting for you. Waiting. Waiting. Waiting for you to join her. So don't keep her waiting too long. Waiting. Waiting for you to join her. Do it now. Do it now.
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okay with one blatant miscast
17 September 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

In "Dead Letters," we're in Midsomer Barton, where the Oak Apple Week festival is going on. For the last seven years, there has been no Festival Queen, due to the fact that the last Queen died of food poisoning shortly after being crowned.

Now there will be a Festival Queen, but not before the dead girl's mother is found dead. Barnaby and Jones are called in to investigate, and it seems to mean that they will have to go back to the death of the woman's daughter. Especially when there are other murders.

Who is killing these people, why, and how are they connected? Barnaby and Jones have to deal with infidelity, a pedophile, the unpleasant head of the festival, and other unsavory people as they try to figure out what's going on and why.

The role of the doctor, played by Simon Callow, in my opinion is badly miscast. In the story, this man is a chick magnet for the whole village, including a married woman, a sexy female bartender, and a local spinster - that's just who he's been involved with currently. There have been others! The spinster's mother tells her that the doctor can have any woman he wants, why would he bother with her? I have a better question - why would she bother with him? And she has this mad crush on him. Paunchy, not all that pleasant, and looking older than his 57 years, I couldn't figure it out. All I can say is, pickings must be slim there.

Interesting mystery, but fewer than usual clues regarding the real murderer. The denouement was sort of -- wh-what?

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