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 ...
Per Hansen
Jane Willows
Nathan Green
Diana Kent ...
Anne Heldman
David Heartley-Reade
Miriam Heartley-Reade
Susannah Doyle ...
Vanessa Stone
Dr James Lavery
Harry Green
Gareth Heldman
Uniformed Police Officer

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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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"Is the body count always this high around here?"
21 January 2017 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

"The Fisher King" is one of the middling Season 7 episodes. Not because it is a bad episode, it isn't and a long way from that, but only because "The Green Man" was so wonderful and "Bad Tidings" being very enjoyable.

It could have been better with less characters and more clarity in some of the plotting, because some of "The Fisher King" did feel over-complicated and with so many characters and revelations keeping up and following completely was not always easy. The motives for the killings are slightly on the murky side.

John Nettles as always however is superb, and John Hopkins is settling in very nicely in only his second episode. Both work wonderfully together. All the acting is very strong, with no obvious weak links.

As always, the production values are top notch, with to die for scenery, the idyllic look of it contrasting very well with the story's occasional grimness, and quaint and atmospheric photography. The music fits perfectly, and the theme tune one of the most memorable and instantly recognisable of the genre.

Meanwhile, the script is smart and thought-provoking with some nice quirky humour (that line from Scott about the high body count is irony at its most golden, especially with it being 'Midsomer Murders'), a suitable dark grimness (with a very creepy opening past flashback that sets the tone perfectly) and most of the characters are interesting. The story is mostly compelling and there was still enough to allow one to just about understand what's going on, never simplistic and never losing any of the maturity of most of the previous episodes.

Enjoyed the twists, turns and red herrings, which keep coming In classic 'Midsomer Murders' tradition.

Overall, a decent if somewhat too cluttered and over-complicated episode. 7/10 Bethany Cox

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