Badger's Drift plays host to the Midsomer Rock Festival - with murderous consequences.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Jane Wymark ...
Annie Lambert ...
Ingrid Peterson
Gary Cooper
David Horovitch ...
James Hobson
Jack 'Axeman' McKinley
Fiona Button ...
Willow McKinley
Michael Angelis ...
Nicky Harding
Rachel Davies ...
Jeannie Harding
Suzi Quatro ...
Mimi Clifton
Robin Weaver ...
Serena Stanton
Desmond Harcourt


When old rockers Hired Gun reform to play a gig at the Midsomer Rocks Festival, paranoid lead singer Gary Cooper is convinced someone is trying to warn them off. First rock diva Mimi Clifton is electrocuted on stage, then drummer Nicky Harding is found dead in the swimming pool. Barnaby has to face the possibility that one of his rock 'n' roll heroes is a murderer. Written by Anonymous

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Crime | Drama | Mystery





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2 February 2007 (UK)  »

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Actir Phil Davis plays Gary Cooper. At one point he responds "just like that". This may be a nod to a different Cooper; Tommy Cooper, whose catchphrase was "just like that" This may be a nod to him. See more »


Both the "Axeman" and DCI Barnaby refer to the electric charge being activated by the "Axeman's" Wah-Wah pedal. When they show the pedal it is a standard effects pedal, not a Wah-Wah which has a distinctively different shape. It is possible the pedal is an "Auto-Wah" but no old time blues player would ever use one, preferring the standard "Wah. See more »


[first lines]
James Hobson: Should have used the Red Tag.
Gary Cooper: No, no, trust me, the Killer Bug is right for the flow.
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wild, and Barnaby gets his groove back
21 July 2015 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I really loved this episode, a departure from the usual Midsomer Murders.

A big rock concert is held in Badgers Drift. Among the performers is Hired Gun, Barnaby's favorite group from his youth, and considered influential. Cully and Joyce think he's been taken over by an alien.

These guys and gals are out of control. The lead singer, Mimi (Suzie Quatro), is a major drunk. Gary Cooper (Phil Davis), the group's leader, lives high but believes his business partner in the band, presumed dead, is actually alive and after him. Strange things happen at his house, none of them pleasant, having to do with eviscerated animals. The lead guitarist, Barnaby's idol Jack "Axeman" McKinney (John Cosmo) is a reformed alcoholic, a big, volatile, loud man.

There's a last minute change in the program, a song is changed, and Mimi takes over the mike, where she is basically fried when electrocuted. The coroner says he doesn't know how she walked on stage, her liver and kidneys were so destroyed beforehand. Turns out the wires were tampered with, and Gary, who was supposed to be on mike, is sure it's his unseen nemesis, Ginger Foxton (a guy).

There's a second attempted murder, and then a third one, and that hits its mark. What is the motive? Maybe it is revenge instigated by Foxton after all.

These actors took a page out of the Rolling Stones' playbook, with Cosmo perhaps modeling his character on Dave Crosby. They're all terrific - old and wiped out.

At one point, Barnaby and the Axeman rap together. The manager starts to date Cully, and when Jones finds out that his alibi is that he was with "a friend," Jones takes a look at Cully and panics at telling Barnaby the alibi. Barnaby didn't even want Cully to attend, let alone date anyone involved with the group.

I agree that the episode is padded with a couple of unnecessary subplots, and I didn't like the music either, but I still enjoyed the episode. The show's been on the air for 10 years at this point - gotta mix it up occasionally.

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