Midsomer Worthy's beloved local pub figures in a case involving unrequited love, secret business deals, and passionate affairs.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
John Hopkins ...
Michael Bannerman
Frances Tomelty ...
Audrey Monday
Stephen Bannerman
Lawrence Haggard
Bella Monday
Dave Hill ...
Clive Cruickshank
Peter-Hugo Daly ...
Rachel Power ...
Lorna Bannerman
Jamie Cruickshank


DCI Tom Barnaby and DS Dan Scott investigate the shotgun murder of Jamie Cruikshank, a barman at the Maid in Splendour, a pub in the village of Midsomer Worthy. The pub is now owned by Stephen Bannerman, a much disliked local property developer who has his own plans for the pub. Bannerman's father Michael, the original owner, didn't agree with his son's plans to turn the pub into a high end restaurant nor of his affair with Bella Monday, the daughter of his lifelong friend Audrey. When Stephen is subsequently killed, also by shotgun, Barnaby begins to wonder if Cruikshank's murder may have resulted from a case of mistaken identity. Written by garykmcd

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Crime | Drama | Mystery






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25 January 2004 (UK)  »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Sophie Hunter, who played Bella Monday, would later become the wife of Benedict Cumberbatch, Sherlock. See more »


When Lorna Bannerman takes the pictures off the wall in the pub, she puts only one photo into the box in front of the one of the Bannermans and the Mondays. But when Sergeant Dan finds the box, there are three pictures in front of the one in question. See more »


[first lines]
Michael Bannerman: Come in.
Audrey Monday: Sorry, Michael. The extractor fan in the dining room has packed up again.
Michael Bannerman: Well, you should speak to Stephen.
Audrey Monday: I did. Yesterday.
Michael Bannerman: All right, Audrey, I'll have a word.
[pours himself a whiskey]
Audrey Monday: It's not good for you, you know.
Michael Bannerman: Oh, it's only a small one. Don't tell Stephen.
Audrey Monday: I meant sitting in this room, looking at those photographs. It's three years, Michael. It's time you got on with your life.
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References The Seventh Seal (1957) See more »

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Delightfully Convoluted
11 March 2016 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is a very nice entry in the canon. A local pub, "The Maid in Splendour," is being turned over to a young woman, who is going to take it apart and turn it into an upscale restaurant. It has been frequented forever by local working men and a few bar flies. There is little happiness about its fate. One night a young man, going through the woods, approaches a cabin after hearing sounds coming from it. When he opens the door, he is blow away by a shotgun blast. Later, another man, one who is anathema to just about everyone, is killed in the same manner. We get to meet a whole cast of characters, each with his or her own set of problems. One of the people is the jovial former owner, who is aging and upset at what is happening to his old place. Most of the time, one can get a handle on who is the negative force, but there are enough red herrings and distractions (that fit properly, so they are not gratuitous) to keep us guessing to the bitter end. Nice work.

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