Deaths follow the discovery of a valuable musical manuscript sold cheaply at an auction.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
John Hopkins ...
Jane Wymark ...
June Whitfield ...
Peggy Alder
Charlie Speight
Belinda Sinclair ...
Melody Thorpe
David Lyon ...
Alan Thorpe
Arthur Leggott
John Farrow / Hedge
Noah Farrow
Michael Maybury
Laura Crawford
Harvey Crane


When an early copy of Midsomer's beloved (and dead) composer Joan Alder's most famous work surfaces, people start dying. Barnaby is an old friend of the family and investigates the deaths, plus delves into the mystery surrounding Joan's love life and the reasons she left the village years earlier. Questions about the authenticity of the work threaten Joan's ex-husband's claim to the royalties still generated by the music. Written by Ron Kerrigan <>

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Crime | Drama | Mystery





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2 October 2005 (UK)  »

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One of the few episodes whose end-credits music is not the usual Midsomer Murders theme - this one is a continuation of the "Midsomer Rhapsody" piece featured throughout the episode. See more »


[first lines]
Charlie Speight: Good night, Arthur.
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References The Great Escape (1963) See more »


We'll Meet Again
Written by Ross Parker and Hugh Charles
Sung by June Whitfield
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not bad but confusing
1 June 2015 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

"Midsomer Rhapsody" from the eighth season is a good episode but I found it confusing.

The story centers around Joan Adler, dead when the episode begins. In Badgers Drift, her music teacher, Arthur, now retired, returns to his old house from his assisted living residence. He's trying to find something before the contents are auctioned. Someone hits him on the head and kills him.

Barnaby and Scott enter the case and realize that the murder, and whatever the teacher was searching for, have to do with Adler, composer of the famous Midsomer Rhapsody, which pays a fortune in royalties. Think of it as Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue.

The auction of Arthur's possessions take place. One man, Harvey Crane purchases some old manuscripts. In it he finds the original Rhapsody, written by hand. Since Scott searched the auction items carefully before handing them over, both he and Barnaby wonder if it's a forgery.

Several people wind up dead as Barnaby deals with forgeries, a long- lost daughter, a dead husband, a male lover, a lesbian lover, love letters, Joan's mother, a wedding, handwriting, music paper, and other assorted people and things. It gave me a headache, even though it was intriguing.

This is the last appearance of Scott, and I am sorry to see him go. I wasn't crazy about him at first, but he grew on me.

By the way, the Midsomer Rhapsody is really lovely.

Entertaining but you need to concentrate.

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