Barnaby and his wife plan to renew their wedding vows for their 25th anniversary, but he is distracted by the investigation of a brutal murder committed with an Indian sword.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Daniel Casey ...
Jane Wymark ...
Angela Wentworth
Simon Fletcher
Richard Bayly
Ian Eastman
Brenda Eastman
Vivian Pickles ...
Agnes Sampson
Anna Cropper ...
Claire Williams
Gordon Gostelow ...
Reginald Williams


Barnaby and Troy investigate the murder of Richard Bailey who is found in his home in Badger's Drift hacked to death. Bailey had recently received bad news from his doctor who informed him that he had a brain tumour. The are many possible suspects, including villagers who oppose Bailey's plan to redevelop a major property, Tye House, into a golf course and residential housing estate and his childhood friend, Ian Eastman, who lost out on an opportunity to develop the new property. Cully Barnaby gets an opportunity to work with Simon Fletcher, a one-time resident of Badger's Drift who is now a well-known director and also happens to be a childhood friend to Eastman and Bailey. When a second murder is committed, the detectives must find a motive that is linked to events some 30 years earlier. Written by garykmcd

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20 January 1999 (UK)  »

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During the explanation of the murder, the murderer is shown carrying the naked blade of the sword through the village. However, when he/she arrives at the victim's house, just before the blow is struck, there is a distinct sound of the sword being drawn from a scabbard. See more »


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Blindfolded Boy: Simon! Simon! Simon, please! Simon, Simon. Agh!
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Eternal Father Strong to Save
(For Those in Peril on the Sea)
Music by John B. Dykes
Lyrics by William Whiting
Performed by John Nettles
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Midsomer Murders: Death's Shadow-anti Christian
25 July 2015 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Another episode to make Christians look bad. This episode is in series 2 episode 1 and this is the 3rd one inserted with gay and homosexual content that is not made to look bad but Christian are made to look bad.

Guys that have gone to school together start being murdered one at a time. Barnaby thinks it has something to do with Tye House which is being sold and many of the villagers do not like this because it will bring a lot of strangers in the area and also a golf course was planned.

At first the writers make you think that the men that know each other might be the killer having to do with property, then it switches over to what happened in the school years ago.

The church is planning a festival and the people in the community meet. I could also tell it was a biased bull because a woman was going to tell fortunes in a tent at this church festival. Fortune telling is sinful and forbidden. Churches would not allow it at a feast or on their property but the writers of Midsomer Murder like putting Christians down and raising homosexuals up.

One of the men that is married is caught in bed with a 19 year old boy. He acts like it is okay because the kid is 19 and he explains he is not a "homosexual" and it was just a "business deal" he paid the kid for sex. So I guess age does not matter, marriage does not matter and paying for sex is okay to the writer who wrote this for the character Ian Eastman/Nick Dunning who looks like a young Bill Clinton.

Barnaby is also planning to retake his wedding vows of 25 years. The killings are very violent. A sword is used to cut a head off, a fire burned a motorhome and more. The killer goes before a gold Cross in church and prays and then sets out to kill. He later explains he is not sorry.

No Christian would go pray in a church and then go commit a murder. They try to make it look like the death and resurrection and belief in Christ is meaningless. Midsomer Murder stories are interesting and suspenseful but full of fantasy and farce and sometimes swearing.

The actors are good but I hope now that this series is basically over after 18 seasons they find a more respectful part in a more respectable series or movie.

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