Midsomer Murders: Season 7, Episode 6

The Straw Woman (29 Feb. 2004)

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Midsomer comes closer and closer to its boiling point when a priest is burned to death inside the effigy of a straw woman and more people burst into flames spontaneously as though by witchcraft.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
John Hopkins ...
Jane Wymark ...
Laura Howard ...
Barry Jackson ...
Keith Barron ...
Alan Clifford
Agnes Waterhouse
Kate Malpas
Liz Francis
Margaret Hopkins
Dr. John Cole
Jo Clifford
Matthew Cole
Jonathan Hackett ...
Rev Jim Hale
Jed Fox


When the curate of the local church in Midsomer Parva is burned alive in the effigy of the straw woman, DCI Tom Barnaby and DS Dan Scott find themselves investigating what must be a murder. Many of the villagers lay the blame on Alan Clifford who has made his fortune in the sex industry and has moved into the local manor house. There were others in the village however that objected to what they saw as a pagan festival. When the vicar is also killed - he too is burned to death in what some believe is the result of spontaneous combustion - the police have difficulty keeping some of the villagers from taking justice into their own hands. As the death toll keep mounting, Barnaby realizes that the solution is to be found in old parish records. Written by garykmcd

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The character of Alan Clifford's nurse, Agnes Waterhouse, is named after the first witch to be executed in England (hanged, not burned, in 1566). See more »


[first lines]
Margaret Hopkins: Evening, Vicar. Encouraging turnout.
Rev Jim Hale: Indeed.
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Way over the top!
26 July 2015 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

While "Midsomer Murders" never shows a religious person in a favorable light, this episode was way over the top. If the producers would have offer this type of insult to any other racial or cultural group, they would have been drummed off of TV.

EVERY person of faith is held up to ridicule and derision. They managed to offer one insult after another in the 90 or so minutes to any person of faith. This is the WORST of the lot!! John Nettles should be ashamed of his part in this episode.

Nobody is asking for favorable treatment, but maybe "even-handed" treatment would not be too much to ask?

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