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Hidden Depths 

Troubled solicitor Nick Turner falls from the roof of his home, is this suicide disguised as murder?

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John Hopkins ...
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Joyce Barnaby
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Dr Bullard
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Vicki Hopps ...
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Felicity Turner
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Nick Turner
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Antonia Wilmot
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Otto Benham (as Oliver Ford Davis)
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Viv Marshall
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Young solicitor Nicholas Turner, plagued by financial problems, falls from the roof of his house as his wife witnesses the event through the front windows. As Barnaby and Scott investigate the possibility of foul play, Turner's neighbor and friend, Jack Wilmot mysteriously disappears. Two eccentric friends of Wilmot's, an obsessive wine snob and an unsuccessful game show host, fall under suspicion as Barnaby begins to turn up details of an elaborate fraud involving all four men. before long, DCI Barnaby has two bizarre murders on his hands amid a flurry of broken and empty wine bottles. Written by Gabe Taverney (duke1029@aol.com)

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Longest river in India is quoted as Indus which is geographically inaccurate. Ganga (or Ganges) is the longest river in India. See more »

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[first lines]
Steve Hope: [Sarah fondles his right buttock] Mmm, yes! Oh, it's you.
Sarah: Cheeky sod! Who else is it going to be?
Steve Hope: I have my admirers.
Sarah: In your dreams you do. Anyway, get a move on. I want you to do that shopping on the way back.
Steve Hope: How's it going inside?
Sarah: Mr Turner hasn't got up yet, and Mrs Turner is downstairs taking coffee with Mrs Wilmot. They're just rushed off their feet.
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Back to "classic" 'Midsomer Murders'
3 February 2017 | by See all my reviews

After being hugely let down by the previous episode "Second Sight", which to me is one of the low-points of 'Midsomer Murders' and actually didn't feel like it at all, it was such a relief for "Hidden Depths" to epitomise what 'Midsomer Murders' is all about and what makes it so great when on form.

To me, "Hidden Depths" is the best episode of Season 8 and a strong contender for the best Barnaby and Scott episode. It is notable personally for three things. One, the chemistry between Barnaby and Scott is as delightful as one can hope. Always have enjoyed their spirited chemistry, and their scenes in the cellar in "Hidden Depths" will have fans relishing them with glee. John Nettles is superb as Barnaby and John Hopkins is a perfect contrast.

Secondly, the deaths in "Hidden Depths" are among the most deliciously elaborate, grisly and imaginative of the entire show, the second murder in particular is among the greatest 'Midsomer Murders' scenes. Thirdly, the final solution is one of the show's cleverest and most ingenious, one that is revealed later than most episodes before it and one that leaves one absolutely floored, plus it is very easy to follow and explained very clearly and neatly. Sure, the way the murderers are caught is somewhat too easy but not in a jarringly bad way.

Production values are top notch, with to die for scenery, the idyllic look of it contrasting very well with the story's darkness, 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 with some nice quirky humour, a grimness and with characters that are colourful and eccentric. The story is very absorbing, never simplistic, never confusing and the maturity that 'Midsomer Murders' has when on form is more than evident here. All the acting is very good indeed.

Overall, brilliant episode and a perfect example of how to return miraculously to form after hitting rock-bottom. 10/10 Bethany Cox


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