Barnaby investigates the murder of a boy during a traditional annual race at an exclusive private school but meets with resentment.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Daniel Casey ...
Jane Wymark ...
Marcus Heywood
Desmond Barrit ...
Jonathan Eckersley-Hyde
Tom Beard ...
Martin Fulmer
Eamon Boland ...
Ray Starkey
Roger Brierley ...
Anthony Talbot
Daniel Talbot
Luke de Woolfson ...
Paul Starkey (as Luke De Woolfson)
Charlie Meynell
Dudley Carew
Jane How ...
Miranda Talbot
Paula Jacobs ...
Mrs Bosworth


The Devington school has a long history of educating the privileged members of society and many have gone on to illustrious careers, such as in the Diplomatic Service. The Talbot family in particular has a long association with the school with three generations having attended. When Daniel Talbot is killed during the St. Malley's Day race, the same day his elderly grandfather dies of natural causes, Barnaby and Troy investigate. They find ongoing feuds between the school and villagers, a conspiracy theorist who thinks the school is the center of criminal activity, students who are having drinking parties at the local pub and the ongoing affairs of the school's secretive Pudding Club. The discovery of a long-held school secret leads to the discovery of the murderer. Written by garykmcd

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22 September 2002 (UK)  »

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When visiting local crackpot Dudley Carew, Troy picks up and examines a magazine entitled "The Conspiracy Gazette", featuring a cover story "The Truth About Crop Circles" with a crop circle photo on the cover. This magazine from Carew's desk looks strikingly similar to a magazine seen on the desk of Lloyd Kirby, a UFO True Believer in "The Electric Vendetta" which centered around crop circles. See more »


Indicating that script revisions occurred during filming, Barnaby comments to one witness that "a boy was found murdered in the woods yesterday", when in the final version the victim is not found in the woods, but staggers back to Devington school and expires in the quadrangle. See more »


DCI Tom Barnaby: Smothered by a meat pudding, flattened by the roller and bashed about the head. Not necessarily in that order.
Sergeant Gavin Troy: Think it could be accidental, sir?
DCI Tom Barnaby: No time for jokes, Troy.
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very good
18 January 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

An important race at a boys' school is a background for murder in "Murder on St. Malley's Day," from season 5 of Midsomer Murders, starring John Nettles and Daniel Casey as Barnaby and Troy. The boy who is murdered, Daniel Talbot, has recently lost his grandfather, who ran the school and was succeeded by Daniel's father (Jeremy Child), a cold, demanding man. After the boy collapses and dies near the finish line of a race, it becomes apparent that there are lots of secrets. Chief of them is the Pudding Club, of which Daniel was a member, and which seems to have a life all of its own.

Two more murders follow as Barnaby and Troy dig to find out what all these people are hiding, who met Daniel and killed him while he was racing, why did he wander off his route during the race, and why is everyone in the Pudding Club so uptight? Very good mystery with an unexpected ending, one of the better ones in the series. These stories tend to be complicated and require one to focus - it's not easy, mindless entertainment, and I like that about them. For some reason, I've always been partial to Barnaby's first partner, Troy, and it's easy to see why in this episode. He's delightful and very attractive.

John Nettles manages to bring warmth to Barnaby despite the severity of his questioning and the seriousness of the case.

Very good - recommended.

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