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 ...
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
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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Crime | Drama | Mystery

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9 January 2005 (UK)  »

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In this episode we have the star John Nettles and co star John Nettleton. See more »


When Barnaby first enters the room where Madeline Villiers has just been murdered (crossing behind her), the 'corpse' blinks. See more »


[first lines]
Jimmy Fong: There they are. I made those marks last year.
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Socrates' Revenge
16 March 2016 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

From a rowing regatta to a flower club, the focus here is on the orchid. A pair of enthusiasts go to Borneo and come up with the rares orchid in the world. They smuggle it to England, ready to make a massive killing. However, the only killing that happens is to the lady upon her return. We learn all kinds of things about these amazing flowers. The problem is that the purity of the plant is no match for the impurities of the people. The orchid in question is worth over a couple hundred thousand pounds and when you are holding the title to this, greedy fingers begin to go into action. This is a reasonable satisfying episode which teaches us about a hobby that has huge implications, including three murders.

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