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
Did You Know?
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
In the opening scenes as they get ready to light the straw woman, the announcer says "Welcome to Midsomer Parva's first straw woman festival", but then a few moments later when the man with the torch hesitates when lighting the straw woman, the same announcer yells at him "C'mon man, it's a tradition". How can it be tradition if it's the first time? See more
Evening, Vicar. Encouraging turnout.
Rev Jim Hale