Midsomer Murders: Season 8, Episode 3

Orchis Fatalis (9 Jan. 2005)

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Barnaby and Scott follow a trail of dead people involved in the collecting of rare orchids.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
John Hopkins ...
Jane Wymark ...
Marty Cruikshank ...
Madeline Villiers (as Marty Cruickshank)
Sai-Kit Yung ...
Jimmy Fong (as Stuart Ong)
Margaret Winstanley
Richard Attlee ...
Henry Plummer (as Richard Atlee)
Amanda Harris ...
Deborah Plummer
John Nettleton ...
Munro Hilliard
Mrs. Hilliard
Richard Simpson ...
Geoffrey Streatfeild ...
Jonathan Makepeace
Matt Bardock ...
Harry Rose


All is not well with the members of the Midsomer Malham Orchid Society. DCI Barnaby and DS Scott find themselves investigating the murder of Madeline Villiers, a member of the Society and as it turns, someone who was selling very rare orchids for huge sums. The autopsy reveals she was poisoned with hemlock. They soon after find Henry Plummer, also a member of the Orchid Society, hanging from the rafters in his garage and his entire orchid collection destroyed. What they learn is that for many members of the Society, collecting orchids is as addictive as drugs and there is no shortage of possible suspects as a result. Written by garykmcd

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The producers clearly wanted to suggest a botanical name with title of this episode, 'Orchis fatalis'; orchids get their name from a resemblance to the testicle. So, the title could be translated as 'Fatal testicle'. See more »


Professor Margaret Winstanley attempts to convert Roman numerals into Arabic Numerals and determines that 'VXCIX' is '5,999'. Not only is it wrong, 'VXCIX' is complete gibberish. '5,999' is 'V (with a line atop it) CMXCIX. See more »


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Jimmy Fong: There they are. I made those marks last year.
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okay it's not perfect
31 May 2015 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

One of the comments here will tell you what's technically wrong with this episode.

As someone without the info provided by that viewer, I thought this was pretty good. And I'm surprised I like Scott as much as I do.

When an elderly member of the Midsomer Malham Orchid Society is murdered, Barnaby and Scott are on the case. She may have looked like an elderly woman, but Madeline Villiers, the victim, had quite a sex life according to her journal, and it looks as though she was selling very rare orchids for beaucoup bucks.

Then someone else from the society dies, and his entire orchid collection is ruined. His wife explains to Barnaby and Scott that orchid growing is an expensive and addictive hobby. So, it seems, is murder. There are many people to be investigated, including a mysterious man from China who was in some way involved with Villiers.

I enjoyed this episode and got a kick out of the relationship between Barnaby and Scott, which is much more relaxed than it was originally, and Scott seems to be liking the job more.

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