During a regatta, the body of Rowing Club chairman Guy Sweetman is found bludgeoned and drowned. Bachelor Sweetman was prolifically promiscuous and jealousy would seem to be the motive.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
John Hopkins ...
Adrian Lukis ...
Phillip Trent
William Scott-Masson ...
John Parkway
Benedick Blythe ...
Guy Sweetman
Hettie Trent (as Clemmie Burton-Hill)
Vic Lynton
Henry Charlton
Sean Baker ...
Ivan Hawkins
Janet Brown ...
Mrs Sharp
Freddie Bonavita


While attending the Midsomer Regatta with his wife Joyce and daughter Cully, Det. Chief Inspector Barnaby finds himself investigating the murder of Guy Sweetman, the rowing club's chairman who is found floating in the river. Sweetman was quite a ladies man and there is no end of suspects on that score. However, Barnaby and DS Scott also learn that the dead man was having frequent meetings with two other members of the club and may have had an arguments with them the evening he disappeared. As the investigation continues, the police learn that the secret meetings all had to do with money, or the lack of it as all involved were having financial difficulties. Not surprisingly, the motive for the murder is both greed and lust. Written by garykmcd

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17 October 2004 (UK)  »

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Clare Bonavita calls her protégé Henry Charlton "Midsomer's answer to Steve Redgrave". Redgrave plays the talent scout from the Olympic Committee who is at the regatta to have a look at Charlton. See more »


Early on, Barnaby and Troy speak to Phillip Trent who tells them about the victim's girlfriend, Sandra Tate; later Barnaby speaks to Vic Lynton alone. Then when Barnaby and Troy are reviewing their information, Troy says Lynton told them about Sandra. See more »


[first lines]
DCI Tom Barnaby: Oh no. The world and his wife's here.
Cully Barnaby: Kind of the idea, Dad. Couple of drinks, though, and you won't notice them.
Joyce Barnaby: [referring to passing yacht] Now that's the sort of thing, Tom. Only maybe more old-fashioned and stylish.
DCI Tom Barnaby: Yeah, that'll be it. Your mother thinks I need to relax more; weekends on the river, our own boat perhaps.
Cully Barnaby: It's a good idea. D'you know, there's loads for sale in the local paper.
DCI Tom Barnaby: Is this a conspiracy? In my job you get ten years for that.
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seemed long
24 May 2015 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

You can always tell when a film isn't particularly well put together - it's endless.

The minutes flew like hours in "Dead in the Water," a Midsomer Murders mystery from 2004. Scott is still working with Barnaby.

While Barnaby is attending the big Midsomer Regatta with wife Joyce and daughter, Cully, a man named Guy Sweetman, the rowing club chairman, is found dead in the water. The autopsy report says he was hit and then deliberately drowned.

Sweetman had been involved with nearly every woman in the town, and he was also meeting with two other club members. At the last meeting before he was killed, there was a huge argument. After that, Sweetman disappeared until he was seen floating in the water.

Though the other men lie about the reason for the meetings, Barnaby gets to the bottom of it as he talks with many witnesses and suspects, and also stops a blackmailer.

Jealousy and greed play big roles in this mystery. Also, Joyce and Cully want to buy a boat, hoping their father will relax. Cully swears wherever they are, a murder happens.

The show moved slowly and it was hard to care about any of the characters except Barnaby and his family, and Scott. When all was revealed, I didn't care.

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