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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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 »


DS Ben Jones: I find Shakespeare a bit hard going, to be honest with you, sir. Bit of a snore.
DCI Tom Barnaby: Yeah, well, four hours on a stone seat in the open air, that'll be hard going all right.
DS Ben Jones: Four hours!
DCI Tom Barnaby: Yes, well, unfortunately, Jones, brevity was never the soul of Shakespeare's wit.
DS Ben Jones: Yeah. Sentences longer than Judge Lloyd's.
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Shakespeare and murder, often found together
20 July 2015 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I really enjoyed this Midsomer Murders, "King's Crystal" - murder and mayhem, and Cully playing Ophelia.

The episode begins in China, where two men are talking business and one, Alan King, is sitting on his bed sketching. In a phone call, he tells his wife that he will be home tomorrow, and his wife says their son Ian will pick him up. On the way to the airport in China, Alan's car crashes in a horrifying explosion that lights up the sky.

We then see Ian King and his mother back in England, burying Alan King, father and husband. His brother Charles, who was with him in China, is also present.

The family business is King's Crystal, which makes glass items and has for years. The company is outsourcing to China and closing its British location. The workers feel they have been cheated out of their pensions and demand an investigation.

Six months later, Hilary King marries her former brother-in-law, Charles. Ian is so upset he can't bear to even attend. He is suspicious about the way his father died as well. When he hears about problems at the plant, he knows whatever they are, they are not his father's doing.

Very good episode, with Jones, a former Mason, going to a meeting to report back -- all of these businessmen are Masons. Ian becomes one only to get closer to his stepfather and whatever he is up to.

Alan King was responsible for bringing back a destitute theater nearby; Ian has chosen Hamlet as the first production because he thinks his mother should see it. Cully is playing Ophelia.

Barnaby and Jones find themselves with two other murders and attempting to sort out what's going on at King's Crystal -- the company seems to be the cause of the murders. Is one of the protesters, a real rabble-rouser responsible? Or someone else? Was Alan's death in China an accident?

Intriguing, with its Masonry, Shakespeare, and method in madness. A really good watch, with John Nettles and Jason Hughes in top form.

Watch Cully when her father has to leave her performance.

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