Midsomer Murders: Season 10, Episode 5

Death and Dust (8 May 2007)

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Barnaby and Jones are called to investigate a series of murders involving a pair of feuding families.

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Jason Hughes ...
Jane Wymark ...
Laura Howard ...
Barry Jackson ...
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Sharon Morgan ...
Delyth Mostyn
David Yelland ...
James Kirkwood
Simon Wilson ...
Alan Delaney
Alwyne Taylor ...
Kath Bullard
Jenny Livsey ...
Megan Mostyn
Daniel Evans ...
David Mostyn
William Thomas ...
Bryn Williams
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Huw Mostyn
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Harriet Tidyman
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DCI Barnaby and DS Jones investigate the death of Dr. Alan Delaney who was purposely run down by someone driving a pick-up truck. Delaney was driving Dr. James Kirkwood's brand new SUV and Barnaby believes Kirkwood may have been the intended victim. He doesn't have to look far to find anyone who would like to see Kirkwood dead. Jim Kirkwood and Delyth Mostin had only recently announced they were to be married. Both had been married previously but Kirkwood is a widower and Mostin divorced. Dorothy Hutton had asked Barnaby if it's suspicious that her son-in-law James is re-marrying a mere four years after his first wife, her daughter Sarah, died. Barnaby assures her that Sarah's death was fully investigated and James Kirkwood was nowhere near her bedside at the time of her death. Delyth Mostin's children are nearly apoplectic at the thought of their mother re-marrying and are absolutely opposed to the union. Then there's Clifford Rawnsley, a local farmer who had pursued Delyth but whom ... Written by garykmcd

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Delyth Mostyn: So, my fellow foot-sloggers, this is the plan. We make an early start from Causton and have lunch here at Beddgelert. Then we drive to Gorffwysfa and descending by the Miner's Track we go past Llyn Teryn and Llyn Llydaw, and then we tackle the giant himself: Yr Wyddfa.
Clifford Rawnsley: I thought we were going to Snowdon.
[several people laugh]
Dorothy Hutton: You know the route well, then, Delyth?
Delyth Mostyn: As a girl, according to my father, I was up and down it like a yo-yo.
Clifford Rawnsley: So, this trip's a bit of a pilgrimage for you, is...
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Music by Joseph Parry
Lyrics by Richard davies
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Pleasant enough episode.

Midsomer Murders: Death and Dust starts as David Mostyn (Daniel Evans) visits his mother's, divorcée Delyth (Sharon Morgan), house & finds her in bed with local doctor Jim Kirkwood (David Yelland). The two decide to use the occasion to announce their engagement to each other, neither David or his sister Megan (Jenny Livsey) are impressed. The news becomes widespread knowledge in no time & the entire village is talking about it, the following night during a rain storm Jim lends his car to fellow doctor Alan Delaney (Simon Wilson) to make a house call, a fallen branch blocks the road & while out trying to move it Delaney is deliberately run over by a pick-up truck. DCI Tom Barnaby (John Nettles) & DS Ben Jones (Jason Hughes) are on the case, Barnaby suspects murder but also suspects that the intended victim was Jim Kirkwood as his engagement to Delyth has angered some, angered them to point where they are prepared to kill...

Episode 5 from season 10 this Midsomer Murders mystery was directed by Sarah Hellings & is a reasonable episode without being particularly distinguished in any way. Death and Dust is one of those Midsomer Murders episode where it takes a good twenty odd minutes for the first murder, sure there's plenty of exposition & scene setting but I prefer the episodes where things start with a murder & things get going straight away. Then there's the fact that there's only one murder in the entire episode which, again, means there's a lot of stuffy dialogue that seems to go on forever at times. The motives for murder in Death and Dust are alright, it basically just boils down to money so it's hardly original or as darkly twisted as episodes of the earlier seasons of Midsomer Murders would throw up & seems somewhat forgettable & bland in comparison. Not much else to say about Death and Dust really, for those interested in that sort of thing PC Gail Stephens makes her very first appearance in Midsomer Murders & has gone on to become a regular character while Barnaby's daughter Cully's boyfriend impresses his soon to be father in law by extending his patio.

Death and Dust is set partly in Wales & to be honest the views are nice enough but it doesn't look that different from the show's normal settings. With only one death this episode is tame. The climax also features Barnaby in a helicopter flying over the Welsh mountains although once he spots the killer with Kirkwood why does the killer still try to throw him off the cliff? Once you have been spotted wouldn't it be better to try & make a run for it? It's not like Barnaby isn't going to see you throw someone off a cliff is it? I also believe Death and Dust is the only Midsomer Murders episode to feature Llama's. The acting is fine as usual from a strong cast.

Death and Dust isn't vintage Midsomer Murders but it's watchable enough, only one murder goes against the episode & fairly mundane motives for that one murder doesn't help make this anymore memorable. Decent enough, fans of the show should like it but I can't see it topping any favourite list's.


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