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Orchis Fatalis 

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 ...
Joyce Barnaby
Cully Barnaby
Dr Bullard
Marty Cruikshank ...
Madeline Villiers (as Marty Cruickshank)
Sai-Kit Yung ...
Jimmy Fong (as Stuart Ong)
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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9 January 2005 (UK)  »

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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 »


[first lines]
Jimmy Fong: There they are. I made those marks last year.
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Socrates' Revenge
16 March 2016 | by 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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