Midsomer Murders: Season 9, Episode 1

The House in the Woods (9 Oct. 2005)

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A secluded old dark house, believed haunted by the residents of Midsomer Newton, becomes the scene of a double murder when a house-hunting yuppie couple is found garroted.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Jason Hughes ...
Jane Wymark ...
Barry Jackson ...
Charlie / Jack Magwood
Ruth Gemmell ...
Anne Merrick
Anita Carey ...
Barbara Flux
Gawn Grainger ...
Lesley Flux
Rebecca Egan ...
Harriet Davis
Gerry Moore
Andree Evans ...
Grace Woodhall
Giles Cato
Katy Brittain ...
Miss Owen
Ben Meyjes ...
Caroline Faber ...
Caroline Cave


Deserted for years, an historically significant house is coveted by a number of people: a yuppie couple looking for a country home to restore, a local builder and his estate agent partner looking for development rights, and a conservationist. The owner is anxious to sell, but when a couple of deaths occur in the vicinity (and inside the house), things come to a halt while Inspector Barnaby investigates. Written by Ron Kerrigan <mvg@whidbey.com>

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good start to the season
1 June 2015 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I agree with one of the posters on here - Midsomer is idyllic and certainly that's how we want to think of England. Some of it is that way, other parts not so much.

"The House in the Woods" starts season 9 with no Scott, who called in sick. He must have been really sick because he was never seen again. Now it's Jason Hughes' turn as Barnaby's sidekick, DC Ben Jones, whom we see promoted in this episode.

This episode concerns an empty, forlorn house that has lots of stories around it. It has historic significance for the area, and several people are interested in it for one reason or another.

The real estate agent in charge of it is up to something, as she tells people it's "under offer" and the owner won't let her show it, etc. Looks like she might be working for a developer, maybe? A young couple approaches her and overhears a man in the office discussing this house, which he, in fact, is selling. Her story to him is that there are no offers. The couple, very disappointed in what they have seen, would love to see this place. She won't let them. Eventually they find it themselves. And wind up dead.

It's Barnaby and Jones on the scene. They find an odd married couple interested in the place, and they become suspects. The real estate people and the developers they are fronting for. Jones leaves a tape recorder at the house, and it seems as if someone is giving piano lessons there on an out-of-tune piano.

Food is missing from the restaurant where a single mother works. Apparently her son is leaving it at the house, but for whom? Why? Intriguing mystery, good solution, nice ending. I came to like Scott, but Jones is a fine addition. Each partner added something different to the show.

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