Midsomer Murders (1997– )
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The Axeman Cometh 

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



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Dr Bullard
Ingrid Peterson
Willow McKinley
Michael Angelis ...
Nicky Harding
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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Rhythm Festival, held at Twinwood Arena, Clapham in Bedfordshire, provided the backdrop to the music event. Compére Mike Read made several announcements from the Rhythm Festival stage that made no sense and were in fact filmed for _'Midsomer Murders'_(1997). See more »


Mistook Left Brain behavior for Right Brain Barnaby says with deep conviction, after checking suspicious electric outlets: "It's all very premeditated isn't it? Musicians function in a more left-brain, impulsive manner. This is a right-brain MO. Somebody has thought this through very, very carefully."

It is the Left-brain that is linear and methodical, and the right-brain that is creative and creates its own reality, not as Barnaby states. 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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The Promised Land
Written by Chuck Berry
Performed by Roger Chapman
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Well....It Ain't Woodstock....But
9 April 2016 | by See all my reviews

Barnaby has been shown throughout the series to be a big fan of the blues. Here, there is a rock festival, and our erstwhile constable is there to enjoy the music. He is in awe of a performer known as the Axeman, a great blues guitarist in his day. It isn't long before members of the band begin to get bumped off, beginning with the electrocution of the lead singer, a doped up, middle aged screecher who is actually pretty good. Soon the story begins to revolve around a guy named Ginger who disappeared many years ago, whose story became the stuff of rock legend. We are treated to the decadent lifestyles of these over the hill rockers. They have maintained their disdain for the world and are submerged in self importance and entitlements. Of course, they have secrets. They have a kind of sick relationship with one another. The solution is an interesting one.

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