Midsomer Murders (1997– )
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Faithful unto Death 

When the wife of a wealthy local businessman disappears, Barnaby finds that Fawcett Green harbors a complex web of financial and romantic entanglements.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Daniel Casey ...
Joyce Barnaby
Cully Barnaby
Nigel Anderson
Doreen Anderson
Eleanor Summerfield ...
Elfrida Molfrey
Bunny Dawlish
Sarah Lawton
Simone Hollingsworth
Alan Hollingsworth
Felicity Buckley
Paul Chapman ...
Reg Buckley
Sophie Stanton ...
Brenda Buckley


When the residents of Morton Fendle learn that the local mill is to be shut, many also realize that they will lose their investments in the place. Alan Hollingsworth had encouraged the locals to invest but he is now bankrupt and refuses to explain what has happened to the money. Feelings are running high and Gray Patterson in particular, Hollingsworth's one time partner, seems ready to do something about it. When Hollingsworth's wife disappears, Barnaby concludes that she has been kidnapped and that may account for the missing money. But who exactly are the kidnappers and why have they targeted Mrs. Hollingsworth in particular? A hidden romance and eventual betrayal allows Barnaby to bring the culprits to justice. Written by garykmcd

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Crime | Drama | Mystery


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22 April 1998 (UK)  »

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[DCI Barnaby and Sgt. Troy are discussing the case while Troy is driving]
D.C.I. Barnaby: I'll tell you what does frighten me though.
Sergeant Troy: What's that?
D.C.I. Barnaby: Your driving has improved. I saw you look in the mirror.
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Great episode, and almost a classic
30 November 2016 | by See all my reviews

"Faithful unto Death" is superior to "Death of a Hollow Man", which was decent but also disappointing, but not quite as exceptional as "The Killings at Badger's Drift" and "Written in Blood", two of the best episodes of the show.

It is a great episode and almost a classic. There is very little wrong with it, though while it was a very funny sight to see Barnaby behaving strangely after eating the cannabis-filled cake it was a little out of kilter to have a scene as, as somewhat entertaining as it was, silly as that in such a dark and complex case.

The deliciously dark final solution is much more satisfying this time around, something that was one of "Death of a Hollow Man's" biggest problems, while the story is absorbing from start to finish. There is a lot going on without being cluttered or rushed, and that nothing is what it seems, or very few people are who they seem adds to the complexity.

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 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. The script is smart, thought-provoking and suitably grim, with even some nice humour. The characters are particularly colourful, with delightful Elfrida and Bunny coming close to stealing the show.

John Nettles is superb as Barnaby, giving the role humour, intelligence and methodical thoughtfulness. Daniel Casey is a great contrasting partner as Troy, the two work wonders together and it was nice to see Troy congratulated. As does Jane Wymark in another strong characterisation. Eleanor Summerfield, Peter Jones and the wonderful Roger Allam are particularly great support.

Overall, a great episode and almost a classic. 9/10 Bethany Cox

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