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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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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Silly anti Christian plot
14 January 2016 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I usually like Midsomer - though I often wonder why no black or Indian actors on the show - this plot was ridiculous and definitely anti Christian. A baby, who cries when she has ESP experiences, killed by baptism? A crazy minister... really? A man who can pull up a large granite tombstone? Implication in this series seems to be that any person who has any spiritual life at all is disturbed and usually the killer. The hero is the one who never goes to church, supposedly because he is 'enlightened.'Since when would ESP be considered pagan? I cannot make the connections. Very disappointed to have wasted my time and watched this drivel. Writer should be fired.

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