Long-suppressed family secrets, stolen ancient artifacts, and a thirty year old death at a Celtic burial site result in a series of murders in present day Midsomer.



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Episode complete credited cast:
John Hopkins ...
Jane Wymark ...
Per Hansen
Lynda Bellingham ...
Jane Willows
Nathan Green
Diana Kent ...
Anne Heldman
David Heartley-Reade
Miriam Heartley-Reade
Susannah Doyle ...
Vanessa Stone
Terrence Hardiman ...
Dr James Lavery
Nick Barber ...
Harry Green
Gareth Heldman
Uniformed Police Officer


Over 30 years ago, archaeologist Paul Heartley-Reade claimed to have found a Celtic spear and chalice in Midsomer Barrow. The relics vanished and there has over the years been extensive debate in academic circles about the find. When the spear is used to kill Gareth Heldman, Barnaby and Sgt. Scott find themselves investigating several local villagers including Harry Green who was fed up with Gareth's advances toward his girlfriend, Vanessa Stone. Vanessa herself had a disagreement with Gareth when he threatened to pull out of a business deal. When a second murder is committed, the police start to unravel a complex web of interrelationships among virtually all of the suspects. Written by garykmcd

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Crime | Drama | Mystery





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11 January 2004 (UK)  »

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When 'David Heartley-Reade' goes fishing he has a creel over his shoulder. But is seen carrying his trout in his left hand. See more »


Toward the end, the car used to race to catch the killer changes when DCI Tom Barnaby and Sergeant Dan Scott reach their destination. This is the same dark green 5-door Rover 45 first seen in "The Green Man" (#S7:E1). See more »


[first lines]
Miriam Heartley-Reade: Excuse me. Hello, Vanessa.
Vanessa Stone: Miriam. OK?
Miriam Heartley-Reade: Yeah.
Vanessa Stone: Sure?
Miriam Heartley-Reade: Yes. D'you want to come and have a drink?
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complex murder mystery
26 May 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

From season 7 of "Midsomer Murders," "The Fisher King" is a complicated story concerning, of all things, an archaeological dig, but that's nothing compared to the genealogical digging Barnaby (John Nettles) and Scott (John Hopkins) have to do.

The Fisher King begins with a flashback to 1970 to an archaeological dig called the Midsomer Barrow, when a man named Nathan Green steals a ceremonial spear from the site and also sees the murder of Roger Heldman.

Now it's present day, and a book has been written about the dig, and its author, David Heartley-Reade (Nicholas Rowe) is organizing a Solstice Festival on the site. He's hoping to rekindle his relationship with his wife, who wants a divorce, by unleashing the power of the ritual.

The police are called in when Roger Heldman's son Gareth (Henry Ian Cusick) is found murdered with the very spear stolen 30 years ago. The thief's son, Harry Green (Nick Barber) disliked Gareth because of Gareth's interest in Harry's older girlfriend Vanessa (Susannah Doyle). Barnaby thinks the earlier death of Roger and the death now of Gareth are connected. It turns out that lots of people besides young Harry had motives, and a whole bunch of them were related to Roger! The guy apparently always shot with real bullets. Then a second murder occurs.

This story is majorly hard to follow. The acting is good, the scenery is pretty, but heed my advice and take notes. You not only have what happened thirty years earlier and present day to deal with, but lots of offspring, girlfriends, etc. of the prolific Gareth.

If you can sort it all out, you'll enjoy it.

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