The investigation into an elaborate suicide leads Barnaby to suspect the dead man may have had help pulling the trigger.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Daniel Casey ...
Jane Wymark ...
Dr. Jane Moore
Hannah Moore
Mark Richards ...
Guy Moore
Ettie Moore
Jan Ravens ...
Sarah Wroath
Philip Fox ...
Gordon Leesmith (as Phillip Fox)
Tony Parish
Jonty Stephens ...
Jeff Haskin
Dean Hunniset
Mary May
John Branwell ...
Mick May


Barnaby and Troy investigate an apparent suicide that is just a tad too elaborate for them to accept at face value. The man had been under treatment for depression, his wife had recently divorced him and he owed money to a good many people. Barnaby's doubts are confirmed when the autopsy reveals the man was drugged. There are no end of suspects: the ex-wife, her soon to be new husband who also happens to be a dispensing chemist and the doctor and counselor who treated him at a nearby clinic. When other residents of Misomer Worthy are killed, the detectives must try to determine the common link among all of the victims. Written by garykmcd

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Crime | Drama | Mystery





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10 January 2003 (UK)  »

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Actress Perdita Weeks (playing the part of Hannah Moore) is the sister of Honeysuckle Weeks, who appears in "Blood Will Out" (#2.4). See more »


When they show the death thought to be a suicide with a rigged gun in the first scene, the character yells out loudly right before he is shot. When they show the same scene in a flashback, he does not yell. See more »


References Enter the Dragon (1973) See more »

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Just slightly above average
15 January 2017 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Despite not being anywhere near as good now, 'Midsomer Murders' is still a show visited and re-visited with great pleasure. There are episodes better than others, with a fair share of disappointments especially in the later seasons, like with any show in existence, but when 'Midsomer Murders' was good it was good to outstanding.

After a solid, if not quite great, start to Season 6 with "A Talent for Life", "Death and Dreams" is a step down. It is a long way from being one of the show's worst episodes, but it could have been much better, a case of an intriguing premise with mixed/above average execution with a lot of things that make the show great evident but the ridiculousness of some of the episode got in the way.

Starting with the good things, as always the production values are top notch, with to die for scenery, the idyllic look of it contrasting very well with the story's occasional grimness, and quaint and atmospheric photography. The music fits perfectly, and the theme tune one of the most memorable and instantly recognisable of the genre.

Meanwhile, the script is smart and thought-provoking often with the odd bit of quirky humour and some disturbing grimness, with enough to keep one intrigued without feeling irrelevant.

Vast majority of the story is compelling, and never simplistic. There is a lot going on mostly without being cluttered or rushed (remarkable for an episode that as ever is heavy in exposition), while the twists, turns and red herrings keep coming.

John Nettles as always is a joy as Barnaby, with Daniel Casey contrasting him with ease. The murderers also stood out, being chilling in their calmness often.

However, "Death and Dreams" is let down by the ridiculousness of some scenes getting in the way. This was especially true in a quite over-the-top and far-fetched denouement and an attempt on Barnaby's life that strains credibility especially the too by chance rescue.

Furthermore, the killers' identities were not that hard to figure out, in an episode with not enough suspects for my liking with not enough of the colour and eccentricity that one looks out for often in 'Midsomer Murders'. More disappointing were the flimsy motivations, especially for the first murder which was so flimsy it actually wasn't much of one.

In summary, with good things and disappointing things there was enough in "Death and Dreams" to make a just slightly above average episode. 6/10 Bethany Cox

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