Midsomer Murders: Season 8, Episode 8

Midsomer Rhapsody (2 Oct. 2005)

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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 ...
Laura Howard ...
Barry Jackson ...
June Whitfield ...
Peggy Alder
Charlie Speight
Belinda Sinclair ...
Melody Thorpe
David Lyon ...
Alan Thorpe
Nicholas Amer ...
Arthur Leggott
John Farrow / Hedge
Frank Middlemass ...
Noah Farrow
Michael Maybury
Laura Crawford
Christopher Benjamin ...
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 <mvg@whidbey.com>

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The estate agent selling Arthur Leggott's house is shown on the sign as "Beauvoisin", a possible reference to the character of Olive Beauvoisin who appeared in the Midsomer episodes "Death's Shadow" and "Dead Man's Eleven." See more »


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

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Relationships healed but very confusing.
10 June 2015 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This episode is about music and a woman named Joan Adler. Musicians and those interested are trying to find out who wrote Midsomer Rapsody, if somebody else wrote it or if it is a forgery along with some letters.

There are so many characters and the information given was confusing.

Joan Alder was supposedly married to John Farrow/Hedge a man that lived in the woods and did not bother with anyone. They had a daughter named Sarah who enters the pictures years later and meets her father.

Then there is Laura Crawford who claims she was Joan Alder's lover. Then there is another husband named Michael Maybury who gets blamed for treating Joan mean. None of the relationships are explained like when did Joan leave John Farrow and marry Maybury.

John Farrow/Hedge was disowned by his rich father who thought he was dead. So man stories in this episode when you hear Barnaby explaining what happened and who killed who and why even that it is confusing.

The good thing about this is 2 old people are getting married. John Farrow is with his daughter he has not seen for years and Johns father apologies to him just before the wedding.

I am glad Sgt Scott is leaving. He is a good actor, handsome but plays the part of a cop who is influenced by women's flirtations when he questions them. He shows his weakness which affects his judgement.

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