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:
Jane Wymark ...
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 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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Crime | Drama | Mystery


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9 October 2005 (UK)  »

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The first series entry to feature Jason Hughes as Constable Ben Jones. See more »


[last lines]
DCI Tom Barnaby: [as the kettle starts to whistle] Now, that's the music I like to hear, and I could murder...
Joyce Barnaby: Tom!
DCI Tom Barnaby: What?
Jack Magwood: Anyone for tea?
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The House and the Heart
27 March 2016 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

A nice episode after a rather dull one. In this offering, an old house which has fallen into disrepair, becomes the object of a real estate agent. The problem is that the house is said to be haunted, filled with histories of gory deaths and mishaps. Two people who expressed interest in the place are found garroted in their car. We find out later that it is piano wire that has been used to do the deed. As a matter of fact, anyone who expresses interest in the place is put off. When Banaby and Jones (the next sidekick) come on the scene, they find that the agents have been up to something. Soon the female agent meets a similar fate with her neck cut by a wire. A young boy has been going to the house and meeting a kindly man. He lies about this relationship and this sets the solving of the case back a bit. This is a nice episode because there are quite worthy clues and a zinger at the end. Nice introduction to the new agent.

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