Midsomer Murders: Season 7, Episode 1

The Green Man (2 Nov. 2003)

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Barnaby and Troy tackle two separate cases as Troy prepares to leave Midsomer after his promotion to DI.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Daniel Casey ...
Jane Wymark ...
Laura Howard ...
Barry Jackson ...
John Carlisle ...
Lord Fitzgibbon
Timothy Webster
Lillian Webster
Marc Buchner ...
Daniel Webster
Simon Mayfield
Steven Curtis (as Jamie King)
Fred Pearson ...
Charlie Birkett
Andrew Dunn ...
Constable Crabbe
Jerry Curtis


A cave in of a local canal tunnel under restoration reveals the skeletons of eight individuals. While most of the skeletons are from a cave in when the canal was under construction in the 19th century, one is obviously of a more recent vintage. Dental records identify him as Eric Edwards who was reported missing in 1965. Supt. Barnaby delves into the history of the canal to see if he can find a connection. DS Troy is over the moon when he learns that he has qualified as a Detective Inspector and that there may be a job for him in another county. In what may be his last case in Midsomer, he follows up on an anonymous tip that teenagers are harassing a local hermit, Tom. When one of those teenagers is shot through the head, Barnaby leaves "Inspector" Troy in charge of the case. Written by garykmcd

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Troy drives a Rover 45 with registration plate BX03 ZZG. When Barnaby and Troy learn that Cully may be in mortal danger, they jump into Troy's car and leave the station with a blue rooftop light and siren. But the plate on the car has changed to BU03 ZZG. As they are seen driving with the flashing light and siren, and arriving on-scene, the plate has returned to the original BX03 ZZG. See more »


[first lines]
Daniel Webster: Trouble.
Cully Barnaby: What?
Daniel Webster: Incoming. My dynamic dad.
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References The Land That Time Forgot (1975) See more »

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Troy's farewell to the series.

Midsomer Murders: The Green Man is set in Midsomer Malham where local businessman Timothy Webster (Tim Woodward) has organised & partly funded a restoration project to clean up the Midsomer canal, however while working on it several volunteers become trapped when part of the canal tunnels roof collapses. No one is hurt & they are rescued relatively quickly but the cave-in has revealed a chamber where the bones of several people are found, most of the bones belong to workers from the 18th Century but one set of bones belongs to someone who disappeared in the 60's. DCI Tom Barnaby (John Nettles) is on the case while his Sgt. Gavin Troy (Daniel Casey) has been promoted to Inspector but before he leaves Barnaby gives him a murder case, that of a teenage hoodlum called Simon Mayfield (Henry Cavil) who was shot in the head in some local woods...

Episode 1 from season 7 this Midsomer Murders mystery was actually a bit of a downer to start kick of season 7, directed by Sarah Hellings this is a fairly sombre episode as we have to say goodbye to Sgt. Troy who has been a great character & a good foil for Barnaby & I'd personally have liked to see him leave at the end of a season not the start. The script by Michael Russell has a few interesting ideas, for instance the set of modern bones that was found in the collapsed canal tunnel could have been the centrepiece of a pretty absorbing mystery where Barbaby has to investigate the past, unfortunately not much is made of these & I don't get Tom's reaction to them either. Tom deliberately goes out of his way to make sure a local judge & a local retired copper who knew about them feel guilty & that they can't just ignore the bits of the law they don't like which is fine if he upholds that notion himself but at the same time he decides to do exactly the same thing & let the killer go free because he doesn't belong in prison or some such nonsense, I thought Barnaby was better than that & would uphold the law period no matter if the crime was 40 years old or not & he comes across as a hypocrite. Then there's the fact Barnaby gives Troy the proper murder case on his own to solve, I'm not being funny because even though I like Troy he is a sidekick to bounce ideas off & nothing more. Then of course there's the far fetched co-incidence that the two cases are linked, what a surprise. There are few suspects, no red herrings & a couple of very predictable plot twists as well, it's watchable enough but hardly a Midsomer Murders classic.

This one has top notch production values as usual & it's well made from start to finish although the scene when the tramp Tom is caught by the dog & it bites his arm looks ridiculous, his arm is obviously padded & in most of the shots his arm looks fatter than his head! Sapperton canal tunnel in Gloucestershire was used for, unsurprisingly, the canal tunnel scenes while the other locations were well served by the picturesque English country. This one isn't gory or graphic, there are a couple of dead bodies on an autopsy table, some skeletons & a few off screen shootings including a fox so you animal lovers beware. The acting is very good as always.

The Green Man is a decent Midsomer Murders episode for sure but not a classic, a sad farewell to Troy in a story where he gets to play the boss for once. However he will return... One more thing, I know it's the name of the pub in the village but what has the title The Green Man have to do with anything?

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