Midsomer Murders: Season 9, Episode 5

Four Funerals and a Wedding (10 Sep. 2006)

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A 90-year-old battle of the sexes comes to a head in Midsomer Broughton, with casualties on both sides.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Jason Hughes ...
Jane Wymark ...
Laura Howard ...
Barry Jackson ...
Henry Marwood
Joseph Kennedy ...
Roland Marwood
Doctor O'Dowd
Rev. Anthony Gant
Shaughan Seymour ...
Archdeacon Able
Andrew Hawkins ...
Lloyd McGuire ...
Lucy-Ann Holmes ...
Polly (as Lucy-Anne Holmes)
Sian Thomas ...
Peggy Aynscombe
Fiona Aynscombe


Out on a family excursion, accompanied by Joyce, daughter Cully and Joyce's mother who is visiting, the Chief Inspector soon finds himself investigating the murder of Mildred Danvers, whose flask of brandy was apparently spiked with barbiturates. They were all there to attend the annual Skimmington Fair, a decades-old village fête that essentially pitted the women against the misogynist men. There are several suspects including Henry Marwood who returned Danvers' flask to her but has lied to the police about it; the local Doctor who seems just a tad too quick to pronounce the death to be of natural causes; and the Rev. Anthony Gant who, in addition to being Mrs. Danvers' cousin, was also mounting a court action against the Skimmington women in a attempt to stop what he saw as the annual denigration of men. A second murder, this time from a target shooting rifle, clearly puts Barnaby and DS Jones in the middle of a major investigation. A third death leads to the discovery of hidden ... Written by garykmcd

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Mildred Danvers was found dead with barbiturates in her system, according to Dr. Bullard. DC Ben Jones presents a bottle of Valium (in an evidence bag) to DCI Tom Barnaby, and they discuss the possibility of the Valium being used to kill Mildred Danvers. The problem is that Valium is not a barbiturate; it's in a class of drugs known as benzodiazepines. See more »


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Roland Marwood: I need a drink, Pa. Doc.
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Women pitted against men, family against family
12 August 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This episode is like listening to an Obama speech. Everyone is pitted against each other. Men against women. Female clergy against male clergy. People are used to play the part as Christians with phony prayers and the kinds of things they pray for. The male Pastor prayers are so insincere even if this not real. A female deacon that acts masculine. Woman competing against men like sissy women's group, rude and mocking. Then they have a funeral and all the women are pall bearers and dressed in suits like men. I thought It could not get any worse. Midsomer Murder keeps pushing issues and added more sexual content in it since it seems like the 8th season. I like the mystery of this series but sometimes the topics addresses are confusing and behaviors condoned or accepted by Barnaby.Interesting story but such a illogical ending, it does not make sense that the killer could do what Barnaby said they did.

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