Controversy about a proposed supermarket ruining the quality of life in a small village, marital infidelity, contaminated soil, and kinky sex lead to murder



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Jane Wymark ...
Tim Hardy ...
Frank Hopkirk
Ginny Lamington
Orlando Lamington
Madeleine Potter ...
Celia Patchett
Jeremy Patchett
Rose Southerly
Sophie Stuckey ...
Dora Southerly
Kirsty Bushell ...
Rev. Suze
Antony Byrne ...
Gary Talbot
Elli Garnett ...
Tracy Talbot
Danny Piggott


A stabbing in a nearby village brings Barnaby into contact with people fighting for and against the building of a supermarket on the site of an abandoned mill. The victim was known to many people in the village, but under at least four different names. Barnaby isn't sure the victim's death is directly related to the controversial development or to the reason behind the man's many different names, which isn't all that savory. Written by Ron Kerrigan <>

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Crime | Drama | Mystery





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10 September 2006 (UK)  »

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Clare Holman (playing Rose Southerly) plays the pathologist/medical examiner in the Inspector Inspector Lewis (2006) series. See more »


Rev. Suze: I'm pretty oblivious when I'm jogging.
[Pointing skyward]
Rev. Suze: Quality time with the boss, you see.
DCI Tom Barnaby: Sorry?
Rev. Suze: [Condescendingly] Prayer, Inspector. We still do it, you know.
[to Jones and Barnaby as she starts off]
Rev. Suze: Catch you later, guys.
DCI Tom Barnaby: [Deadpan] Yes. Catch you later.
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Tittilatingly funny
13 December 2009 | by (Los Angeles) – See all my reviews

Country Matters was slightly out of the ordinary for MM. Obiously the team were a bit bored and made this episode with tongue in cheek! Drily funny, it deals with those grave matter of sex and murder with a bit of frivolity which might be unbecoming the Middle cLasses of Midsomer but makes everything a great send up and a real hoot. One of the best episodes. There is also the use of actors and actresses already known to friends of PBS English series such as Inspector Morse. Because IMDb has never liked a pithy comment where several hundred words will do I have to continue with this just to meet the minimum amount of lines. IMDb would never have allowed Pauline Kael in her more pithily scathing moments to submit her comments!

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