When a local thief and womanizer is killed with a pitchfork, the residents of Midsomer Mallow fear for their chances in the Perfect Village Competition.

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Marcus Devere
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Bella Devere
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Gordon Brierly
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Laura Brierly
Maggie Steed ...
Rosemary Furman
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The village of Midsomer Mallow is in competition for the title of the "perfect village". Joyce Barnaby has already won her own competition and is now one of the "perfect village" judges. Meanwhile, Barnaby and Troy are investigating a series of break-ins in the area. When the thief, Peter Drinkwater, is found murdered, there are no end of suspects: a jealous husband; a spurned girlfriend and her irate parents; one of the robbery victims who is not being entirely truthful with the police; and finally several members of the village committee whose only concern is how the death will affect their chances in the perfect village competition. In the end, Barnaby must establish the link between these most recent events and a murder some years earlier. Written by garykmcd

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29 January 2000 (UK)  »

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When the gardening expert is shown filming his TV show, the crew in the background are actually the real Midsomer Murders production crew, including the director hunching over his monitor. See more »

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Orlando Bloom, I presume
5 January 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

We've found another Midsomer village that Barnaby doesn't like: Midsomer Mallow.

This one is part of a "Perfect Village" competition, in which Joyce is a judge. Barnaby and Troy are called in because of some break-ins there. The thief is a young man named Peter Drinkwater (Orlando Bloom), who is also a major womanizer. He's the first murder victim, done in by a pitchfork. The husband of the woman he's sleeping with is a suspect, as is a girl he has broken up with, and her parents. An actor, Edward Allardice (Moray Watson) was also robbed, but he's hiding something and not telling the total truth. The butcher (Bill Thomas) hated Drinkwater because his son was committing robberies alongside him. There there are people on the competition committee who want the death hushed up because it might wreck their chances for a win.

However, there are two more deaths, one a poisoning at one of the events, and one a stabbing. The stabbed woman had a history of depression, so Barnaby and Troy investigate by going to a psychiatric hospital where she was a patient, and tying everything in with an earlier murder.

This is a good mystery with great production values, some wry comedy, and lots of drama. One of the better episodes, this one written by Anthony Horowitz.


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