Midsomer Murders (1997– )
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Dance with the Dead 

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



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
DCI Tom Barnaby
Dr Bullard
Rosemary Wood
Frances Kirby
Tony Kirby
Richard Budd
Nicola Redmond ...
Marissa Clarke
Ifan Huw Dafydd ...
Paul Bright
Carol Prentice
David Henry ...
Eric Usher
Geoffrey Leesley ...
Jim Druce (as Geoff Leesley)


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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Crime | Drama | Mystery






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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 »


When Barnaby and Jones drive to the airfield to look at the second body, the car arrives in heavy rain: there are puddles on the ground and distant rumbles of thunder can be heard. But when they get out of the car a few seconds later, the ground is dry and people in the distance are casting shadows, showing that the weather has suddenly become sunny. See more »


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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Goodnight, Sweetheart
Written by Ray Noble, Jimmy Campbell and Reginald Connelly (as Reg Connelly)
Performed by Liza Pulman
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Lifestyles of the Missing
18 July 2015 | by See all my reviews

"Dance with the Dead" starts the tenth season of Midsomer Murders. It's a wild one, but I liked it.

A jogger discovers a dead body in a car at an old airfield. It seems to have been carbon monoxide poisoning but it's discovered to be murder. It's a young man. The young woman he was seeing, Laura, is nowhere to be found. Barnaby and Jones check out her two jobs, one in a bar and one at a kennel, but she hasn't shown up at either place.

Ditto for where she lives, a private home where the owner took her in as a boarder.

Laura does seem to be quite charismatic, though -- the bar owner is sure she's stealing from the cash register, but he hasn't fired her.

One element of the story is an elderly woman with dementia who is waiting for her brother at the airfield, bringing him food and clothes. He was killed in World War II. The World War II theme is carried through to a nostalgia evening attended by Barnaby, Joyce, Cully, and Jones.

After the young man's murder, there is another one, that of the jogger's randy husband. There is also an attempted murder.

The question is, where is Laura?

The denouement is very good but also sad, speaking to the loneliness and isolation people sometimes feel, and how people can be deceived because of their vulnerability.

Very absorbing. Cully seems to have a mild flirtation going on with Jones, as she had one going with Troy. Nothing seems to come of these, but it's an enjoyable aspect of the characters.

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