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:
Faith Alexander
Roger Bingham ...
Taxi Driver
Janet Bailey
Eileen Carnack
Malcolm Stoddard ...
Richard Carnack
Jeremy Thacker
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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19 January 2007 (UK)  »

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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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Very good and highly entertaining
10 February 2017 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Season 10 started with "Dance with the Dead". That was a decent episode, but marred by uneven pacing and padding that would have been less problematic if one overlong and pointless scene was either shortened or omitted.

The second episode of Season 10, "The Animal Within", is an improvement and overall a very good and highly entertaining episode. Not perfect this said. Lisa Eichorn is a little wooden in places, and while of the three murders two are well thought out the last one suffered from a flimsy motive (one of the oldest in the book and for 'Midsomer Murders' a little lazy) and was somewhat unnecessary seeing as the previous two victims posed far more of a threat.

However, the production values as always are top notch, with to die for scenery, the idyllic look of it contrasting very well with the story's grimness, and quaint and atmospheric photography. The music fits perfectly, with some lush jauntiness and sometimes an ominous quality, and the theme tune one of the most memorable and instantly recognisable of the genre.

Meanwhile, the script is smart and thought-provoking with some nice humour, a grimness and with characters that are hugely colourful. The story is absorbing and highly intriguing, with entertainment value galore. It is never simplistic, sometimes creepy in atmosphere, never dull, never confusing (remarkable for an episode with so many twists and turns and so much going on) and the maturity that 'Midsomer Murders' has when on form is more than evident here. The murderer's identity is surprising and the solution well explained.

John Nettles and Jason Hughes are both superb, individually and together (their chemistry, and the chemistry with Daniel Casey and John Hopkins before Hughes, being a huge part of their episodes' charm). And the supporting cast are very strong as to be expected, Helen Masters and David Troughton are particularly good.

Overall, very good and highly entertaining. 8/10 Bethany Cox

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