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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This is the last time that Rover automobiles are featured in the show, after the MG Rover Group failed in April 2005. Up to this point, DCI Tom Barnaby (John Nettles) has driven a Rover, including the iconic Rover 75 from season 3 through season 8. Sergeant Dan Scott (John Hopkins) drove a Rover 45 during the same period. The cars themselves were provided directly by MG Rover for filming of the show. 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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A Confusing Musical Piece
27 March 2016 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I found all of this sort of bland. There is a bunch of paper shifting, involving original musical manuscripts. There is a composer and a daughter that he never saw and a jilted woman. There are guys hoping to turn their forgeries into cash. There is a beheading which is just a bit contrived (how could they have known?). Anyway, this is an episode that just didn't capture my attention. I think that the writing and the motivations presented just didn't do an adequate job of leading us along. There is one nice scene involving reconciliation. Also, there is Barnaby's usual running off at the worst times, leaving his poor wife to pick up the pieces.

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