A young man's murder touches off a search for his girlfriend and partner in ballroom dancing classes.

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Jane Wymark ...
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Georgine Anderson ...
Rosemary Wood
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Frances Kirby
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Tony Kirby
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Elaine Trim
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Richard Budd
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Marissa Clarke
Ifan Huw Dafydd ...
Paul Bright
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Carol Prentice
David Henry ...
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Jim Druce (as Geoff Leesley)
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DCI Tom Barnaby and DS Ben Jones investigate the death of Simon Bright who is found dead inside an old World War II vintage Humber parked at an abandoned airfield. From all appearances, the death appears to be a suicide, but the pathologist determines that the man suffered a severe blow to the dead and may in fact have been unconscious when he died of carbon monoxide poisoning. Simon Bright's girlfriend, Laura Sharp, is nowhere to be found, but the death of the aging village Lothario and the attempted murder of another of her friends narrows the list of possible murderers somewhat. Barnaby is convinced that one of Laura's ex-lovers is responsible but given her rather active life, the question becomes which one? Written by garykmcd

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12 November 2006 (UK)  »

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Richard Budd (postmaster) states that Laura Sharp used the post office to "cash her giro." In the UK, "giro" is a nickname for the bi-weekly unemployment benefit check. See more »

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The Union Flags hung in the hall, on the walls and from the beams (during the dancing to "Goodnight Sweetheart") are hung upside-down. See more »

Quotes

Cully Barnaby: Where's Dad's investigation taking place at the moment?
Joyce Barnaby: Some village or other.
Cully Barnaby: You've been conned, Mum.
Joyce Barnaby: What?
[Cully indicates Ben, then goes over to him]
DS Ben Jones: Hi, Cully.
Cully Barnaby: Don't tell me what you're doing here; I've already sussed it.
DS Ben Jones: I'm undercover.
Cully Barnaby: Yes, but your feet give you away.
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I'll Be Seeing You
Music by Sammy Fain
Lyrics by Irving Kahal
Performed by Anne Shelton
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A disappointing start of the season
26 April 2013 | by See all my reviews

I found this episode to be incredibly drawn out with largely uninteresting characters as suspects and a most disappointing conclusion. The mystery girl who seems to catch everyone's fancy is never entirely convincing, and the attempts to make her so are strained and rather quite boring. The Dance with the Dead lacks the energy and charisma that make Midsomer Murders so captivating. I found myself wondering midway through if it would EVER pick up the pace and show some promise, but sadly it did not. Tom Barnaby and Ben Jones manage to carry out their investigation but with some fairly gaping deficits in detective work, such as the early-on discovery that a photograph of the mystery girl was framed and placed prominently on her unrelated landlady's bedside table!!


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