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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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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Walking in the Broken Glass
7 April 2016 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is Midsomer's effort to borrow from Shakespeare's Hamlet. A businessman and his partner decided to outsource their product, expensive crystal. This leads to great anger from the former employees who have had their pensions and their livelihoods taken from them. There are demonstrations. The boss, who has come back after his partner died of a supposed car accident, is a bona-fide jerk, gets himself stabbed and tossed in a rivulet. The kicker is that the wife of the partner has quickly married the uncle and the son is angry. Sound familiar? Anyway, the son engages in erratic behavior and seems to have a method in his madness. Oh well. Barnaby and Jones are on the scene. Cully has another part in a play. From everything I've seen of her, she appears to be an awful actress but she is diligent in her efforts. Since this glass thing is an ancient art, many of the employees are Masons and Masonry becomes a part of the plot, particularly a decorative dagger. Jones is himself a Mason but doesn't seem to take it seriously. But his standing allows him to spy. Anyway, there are factors that reveal themselves. The son is eventually killed and that blows the flow of the Shakespearean thing. Still, it's an entertaining concept.

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