Midsomer Murders: Season 10, Episode 2

The Animal Within (19 Jan. 2007)

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Faith's unannounced visit to her wealthy Uncle Rex's estate turns into quite a surprise. When Rex's body turns up, his would-be heirs engage in a battle of wills that exposes plenty of motives for murder.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Jane Wymark ...
Faith Alexander
Roger Bingham ...
Taxi Driver
David Troughton ...
Janet Bailey
Eileen Carnack
Malcolm Stoddard ...
Richard Carnack
Jeremy Thacker
John Cater ...
Jack Pearce
Freda Dowie ...
Amie Pearce
Rex Masters
Helen Masters ...
Jane Benbow


When Faith Alexander arrives in Midsomer Deverell to meet her long-lost uncle Rex Masters, she is surprised to find he has disappeared and told everyone she was killed in a plane crash. Then Rex's body is found in the weir, and his friends produce wills, each claiming to inherit his fortune. But what is the truth about Rex's life of mischief-making, and who wanted him dead? Written by Anonymous

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Crime | Drama | Mystery





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When the detectives are introduced at the door as 'Barnaby and Jones', American viewers might find it a mildly amusing reference to a 1970s TV detective; though the reference may be entirely unintentional. See more »


[first lines]
Taxi Dispatcher: [over radio] When you've dropped her off, can you pick up Mr Lavender at 15 Harley Street?
Taxi Driver: No problem.
[both get out of the taxi]
Faith Alexander: Wow!
Taxi Driver: So. He's worth a few bob then, your uncle?
Faith Alexander: Looks like he is. Stunning. Just beautiful.
Taxi Driver: Well, best of luck anyway.
Faith Alexander: Thank you.
[holds out a bill]
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Excellent story and ending
11 February 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Rex is an old man who has a large estate. He has relatives that have not talked to him for years and he tells people they are dead. Everyone that bothers with Rex likes him. He is kind of weird and he talks people into doing things they would not do.

He has a niece named Faith that he just recently invited over to meet him. Everyone is surprised that his niece shows up, he has been telling everyone that his niece and family are dead and died in a airplane crash 4 years ago. Faith said they had been corresponding for a couple of months and was excited to meet him. Her mother had not talked with Rex for over 40 years.Faith walked around the house and saw pictures of her and her family on tables and did not know how Rex got them, he did not get them from her.

Miles a man and friend of Rex is at the house. Miles is like a landscaper. He checked the house and the property but Rex cannot be found. Faith stays over night in the house while waiting for Rex to show up. Miles is angry because is name is on the Will and here is Faith the niece alive.

Rex's body turns up in a river the next day.

Barnaby goes to talk to Rex's lawyer. He finds out that his last will was about 12 months before his death and Faith will get his estate. That is before 3 other people who did work for Rex for free show up with a Will signed by Rex, all valid giving them the inheritance solely to each one of them.

There are many mysteries and suspects who have good reason to kill Rex. and other deaths in this video, it is one of the better ones. "The Animal Within" has a great ending and I enjoyed this very much.

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