John Ransom collapses and dies outside a pub after a fight with his brother-in-law over the baptism of his niece. He has electrical scars across the top of his head.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
John Hopkins ...
Little Mal Kirby / Young Mal
Preaching Pete Kubatski
Geoffrey Whitehead ...
Dr. Gregory Ransom
Tom Frederic ...
Ben Kirby
Bill Stewart ...
Lucky Lol Tanner
Romany Rose
Jimmy Kirby
Emma Kirby
James Hoare ...
John Ransom


DCI Barnaby and Sgt. Scott investigate the death of John Ransom in the village of Midsomer Mere. He had just been ejected from a pub for fighting but the post mortem shows a series of burn marks on his skull indicating he may have been subject to electric shock. The police find that the dead man's brother Max was conducting experiments in precognition and had applied the shocks. As Barnaby delves deeper, he learns of an ongoing dispute between the Ransom and the Kirby families over whether a newborn niece should be baptized. The families have a long history of fighting and both claim to have the power of second sight. Written by garykmcd

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Crime | Drama | Mystery





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23 January 2005 (UK)  »

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Dr. Bullard hands DCI Tom Barnaby a DNA report on John Ransom. Barnaby drops it on the counter, grabs his coat and briefcase, and walks away talking to DS Scott. In the next shot, the report is back in DCI Barnaby's right hand, though the counter is several feet behind him. See more »


DCI Tom Barnaby: And what are you doing living in a caravan with Romany Rose?
Lucky Lol Tanner: It's not illegal, is it? We've been shacked up since she arrived, to tell the truth. I have this - er - weakness for Northern gypsies. You've got to admit it, she's a very good-looking woman.
DCI Tom Barnaby: She's also got two dead husbands.
Lucky Lol Tanner: Bet they died happy 'n all.
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One of the sillier episodes, could be considered a parody.
25 March 2015 | by (Victoria, BC. Canada) – See all my reviews

This episode is unique in that the supernatural plays a major role. Both Barnaby and Scott start out as sceptics, but become believers. (I don't approve of injecting woo into realistic dramas. It leads the public astray and dresses them to be conned.)

It has a cast of eccentric characters:

A hermit obsessed with meticulously recording air pressure, who can make slot machines pay off.

A handsome young mad scientist who puts people in a Faraday cage and shocks them to train them to have second sight.

An insufferably vain, priggish, self-righteous vicar.

A baby, who, any time she cries, it portends doom.

A barkeep who has dozens of ways to rip off his customers.

The ending is so classically melodramatic. All that was missing was the pipe organ and the howling werewolves.

There is one special effect that is quite impressive. A truck crashes through the wall into a schoolroom.

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