Sir Freddy Butler collapses during a speech. The PM suggests the death is due to natural causes, however Barnaby is not convinced. Sir Freddy's will is stolen and his lawyer's house is burned down in an arson attack.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Jane Wymark ...
Sir Freddy Butler
Lady Annabel Butler (as Sian Phillips)
Sheila Ruskin ...
Lady Lucinda Butler
Lady Tara Butler
David Beames ...
Richard Butler
Joanna Riding ...
Sandra Butler
Matthew Tennyson ...
Michael Butler
John Franklyn-Robbins ...
Teddy Butler
Richard Clothier ...
Simon Oliver
Carol MacReady ...
Hatty Down (as Carol Macready)


Sir Freddy Butler uses the occasion of a local festival to invite his extended family to an elaborate dinner at his large estate under the pretext of making a special announcement. Included are two ex-wives, his current wife, two sons, and his eccentric brother. However, Sir Freddy collapses and dies as he begins to address his guests, presumably for natural. When his last will and testament is stolen from his solicitor's office, and a duplicate copy is incinerated after an arsonist burns down the lawyer's house, Barnaby is faced with a half dozen suspects, all of whom had a motive for murder. Written by Gabe Taverney (

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Crime | Drama | Mystery





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5 March 2006 (UK)  »

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During the black & white opening sequence, the female character's period-correct brassiere is removed to show tan lines from a very period-incorrect bathing suit. See more »


DCI Tom Barnaby: [Referring to Sir Freddy] Maybe he found the legendary Haddington emeralds.
Cully Barnaby: Do they actually exist?
DCI Tom Barnaby: No, that's why they're legendary.
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murder among Butlers
2 June 2015 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

"Vixen's Run" from season 9 is an entertaining Midsomer Murder, with Jones (Jason Hughes) getting to do a little more so we can get to know him.

The episodes begins in 1953, the year of the Queen's Inaugeration. We see a young woman going into a cottage with a man. Each quickly undresses and has sex (we don't see that). As she leaves, she says, "thank you."

Now it's 53 years later, and Sir Freddy Butler (Joss Ackland) has summoned his family for an important announcement. His family consists of one current wife, Tara (Annabel Mullion), his son Richard (David Beames), and Richard's wife, Sandra (Joanna Riding). Freddy's first wife Annabel (Siân Phillips) and second wife Lucinda (Sheia Ruskin) are there as well.

Freddy drops dead before he can say anything. The coroner thinks it's natural causes but Barnaby thinks he was murdered. Then the family attorney's house is set on fire with the attorney in it. There goes the last copy of Freddy's will - the first one was stolen.

Now Barnaby is sure Freddy was killed and that murder is connected to this one. His investigation leads to some family secrets, lost emeralds, and another murder before it's over.

Very good - enjoy.

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