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:
Henry Marwood
Roland Marwood
Doctor O'Dowd
Rev. Anthony Gant
Shaughan Seymour ...
Archdeacon Able
Andrew Hawkins ...
Lucy-Ann Holmes ...
Polly (as Lucy-Anne Holmes)
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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Crime | Drama | Mystery





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Struan Rodger (Dr. O'Dowd) also appeared in the movie "Four Weddings and a Funeral". See more »


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 »


[first lines]
Roland Marwood: I need a drink, Pa. Doc.
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References Four Weddings and a Funeral (1994) See more »


Zadok the Priest
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Battle of the Sexes
31 March 2016 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This one is a bit lightweight. The premise of a village continuing a strange custom of women attacking men each year seems sort of odd. This is pretty much just background for a plot about a coupler of murders based on an event that happened many years ago. A couple of children were switched at birth. An old woman is killed because of knowledge she has. A second one for the same reason. He is a priest and he is shot in the head by a high powered rifle with a scope, while he rides backward on a donkey, being struck by the women with ladles while he rides. Apparently, if he is knocked off his ass, he will bring shame to the male population. Once again, Barnaby finds himself at a Midsommer festival, suddenly thrust into an investigation, to the chagrin of his wife and mother-in-law. Actually, he prefers to be there so he doesn't have to be at home. I have to say the the result of all the hue and cry is somewhat disappointing. Average fare.

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