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
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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Crime | Drama | Mystery





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2 September 2001 (UK)  »

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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 »


Lloyd Kirby: This has nothing whatever to do with extraterrestrial forms of life.
DCI Tom Barnaby: I agree with you, Lloyd. This is murder.
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References The War of the Worlds (1953) See more »

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Not a Very Electric Episode
19 February 2016 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This series is so good that when an episode doesn't pass muster, people get a bit cynical. I have to agree, however, that this one is a bit too much to find a pleasant work. It involves, first of all, a man who believes in extra-terrestrials and who tries to sell the idea to the locals and visitors from out of town. There are crop circles which are held up as evidence. One day, the naked body of a man is found at the center and the speculation begins. The problem with this episode is that there are just too many disjointed stories. When things come together they don't actually fit very well. There is a subplot that has nothing to do with the UFO thing. At no time is there that moment where Barnaby puts it all together. You can't win them all.

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