When King's family enterprise shatters into pieces and its accountant winds up stabbed, Barnaby digs into rivalries of business and blood-while Jones explores secret Masonic rites.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Jane Wymark ...
Jack Tewson
Peter Baxter
James Taylor
Ian King
Susan Tracy ...
Hilary King
Sophie Baxter
David Monroe
David Henry ...
Hugh Sachs ...
Harold Bumstead


King's Crystal, a glassware factory in Midsomer Magna, faces ruin following the death of its co-owner Alan King. His widow, Hilary, angers her son Ian by marrying Alan's brother Charles, and rumours circulate that Charles and accountant Peter Baxter embezzled funds. When Peter is stabbed to death with a Masonic dagger and Ian starts behaving strangely after finding his father's sketchbook, Barnaby is called. But the answer lies in Cully's new production. Written by Anonymous

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Crime | Drama | Mystery





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26 January 2007 (UK)  »

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This episode is a pastiche of Shakespeare's Hamlet. The references pile up through out the episode. A son is angry because his mother married his uncle a few months after his father's death. Cully is in a local production of the play. See more »


Alan King's gravestone gave his date of birth as 1945 but the plaque for the theatre gave it as 1946. See more »


[last lines]
DS Ben Jones: I appreciated your trust over the Mason's thing.
DCI Tom Barnaby: Well, trust, Jones, is something hard to win, easy to lose, and never to be taken lightly.
DS Ben Jones: William Shakespeare, sir?
DCI Tom Barnaby: No. Thomas Barnaby.
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The Shakespearian element was just a plot device
20 January 2008 | by (London, England) – See all my reviews

The murder part of the programme was not a "second theme that is inartfully folded in" but an intrinsic part of the whole programme.

The Shakespearian element was just a plot device which helped the detective figure out how the murders took place.

It seems that you watched a show called Midsomer Murders thinking the murder part of it was somehow coincidental.

The show held my interest and whilst not a classic was certainly well crafted and acted.

Perhaps if you had read your TV guide a bit more carefully you would have been able to find viewing more to your liking.

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