Midsomer Murders: Season 4, Episode 3

The Electric Vendetta (2 Sep. 2001)

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The body of a criminal is found in a crop circle, and the locals blame Extra Terrestrail activity for the death. But Barnaby is not convinced.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Daniel Casey ...
Jane Wymark ...
Steve Ramsey
Lucy Ramsey
Michael Bertenshaw ...
Michael Rycroft
Graham Bill ...
Dave Hedges
Kenneth Colley ...
Lloyd Kirby
Amy Darcy ...
Young Isabel
Alison Fiske ...
Beatrice Chatwyn
Donald Gee ...
Reverend Ellis
Nigel Harrison ...
Dave Ripert
Ursula Howells ...
Lady Isabel Aubrey
Merelina Kendall ...
Miss Alice Leonard


While the some of the residents of Midsomer Parva have a particular interest in the appearance of crop circles, the police have a definite interest when the bodies of naked men start appearing in them. Local UFOlogist Lloyd Kirby preaches that extra-terrestrials are at work, but Barnaby looks to more earthly explanations. The first victim, Ronnie Stokes, was a criminal with several serious convictions for assault while the second, Eddie Field, was a local burglar who had only just been released from prison and who may have committed another burglary the night of his death. Both men were electrocuted and were killed elsewhere, with their bodies moved to the crop circles. When a third man is electrocuted, Barnaby must learn of a complex series of events and inter-relationships, some from 40 years previously when two men loved the same woman, to solve the crimes. Written by garykmcd

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The elderly Peter, Marquis of Ross, is played by Laurence Penry-Jones. His son Peter Penry-Jones plays the marquis as a young man, forty years earlier in flashback. See more »


Barnaby holds a golf club with a rubber handle to the electrified items and an arc results. If the handle was rubber then no current would flow and no arc would be generated. See more »


Steve Ramsey: [nastily] Insanity doesn't run in your family; it gallops!
Lucy Ramsey: [angrily] I hate you. I wish I never married you!
Steve Ramsey: But you did! Because you like what Steven does to you, don't you, my sweet little chicken?
Lucy Ramsey: Bastard!
[she slaps him and walks away]
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Eagle Comic reproduced by kind permission of Dan Dare Corporation Ltd. See more »


References The War of the Worlds (1953) See more »

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25 January 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

A dead man is found in a crop circle, and thus begins "The Electric Vendetta" from season 4 of Midsomer Murders. The man had received some sort of electric shock. One man, Lloyd Kirby, who has an interest in extraterrestrials, puts this down to an alien visit. Barnaby isn't so sure.

Then another one is found, a local burglar, as was the first one. He was also found in the crop circle, also electrocuted and his body moved, again like the first one.

Then there's a third death by electrocution, and he's found in his car. It's going to take Barnaby a while to work this one out. To do that, he has to go quite a way back in time.

Well, as I've said before, you can't do a show for 15 years or so and have them all be winners. But if I didn't know about some later excellent episodes, I would have said that this script showing up in the season 4 was a bad sign. It is all over the place.

First of all, there were too many subplots. There is a reason for that, which I can't explain without giving it away. I'll say this - just as there were too many murders (it doesn't end with three), there were too many subplots. You've got an unhappily newlywed couple, a woman sleeping with every guy in town, crop circles, a dying woman, thieves, and at the beginning of the movie, there's a duel between two young men. You don't find out what that's about until the end.

So I throw up my hands at this one. I think extraterrestrials were involved in the story -- writing the script.

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