Someone puts Barnaby in the frame in the murders of two rival photographers and is ordered to stay home on virtual house arrest.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Jane Wymark ...
Nigel Anthony ...
Lionel Bell
Steve Bright
Eddie Carfax
Peter Eyre ...
Headley Madrigal
Martin Spellman
Martin Hutson ...
Seb Madrigal
Philomena Bell
Caroline Trowbridge ...
Ian Peck ...
Adam Knox
François Domange ...
Maitre d' Hôtel (as Francois Domange)
Malcolm Raeburn ...
Hotel Manager


DCI Tom Barnaby himself becomes the prime suspect when amateur photographer Lionel Bell is found death in the woods of Luxton Deeping because of a photograph showing Barnaby kissing Bell's estranged wife, who is an old girlfriend of his. Furthermore Barnaby's fingerprints are on a wine glass at Bell's home, an entry in Bell's diary names Barnaby as his guest the evening before his death and Barnaby has no alibi for neither that evening nor the time of the murder. The case is taken over by the unpopular detective inspector Martin Spellman who does not believe that the evidence against Barnaby is fabricated. More deaths occur while Barnaby conducts his own, unofficial investigation to clear his name Written by Carsten Pedersen

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Crime | Drama | Mystery





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3 June 2007 (UK)  »

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It is stated that DCI Barnaby (played by John Nettles) had a brief fling with Marion Bell (played by Liza Goddard) about 30 years before the events of this episode. Curiously, Nettles played Bergerac (1981) in the drama series of the same name about 30 years previously, and one of his love interests was Philippa Vale, played by Goddard. See more »


Madrigal's old-fashioned photographic business and the digital camera shop 'Quikpix' are supposed to be in two different villages, Luxton Deeping and Midsomer Market respectively. But when Madrigal is taking one of his daily photos outside his shop (at around 45 mins), Quikpix is visible on the corner behind him. See more »


[first lines]
Steve Bright: Cheese!
Lionel Bell: Get out of the way; I'm trying to photograph this tree.
Steve Bright: So am I, so you'll just have to wait.
[snaps a shot]
Steve Bright: Oh yes, got a real cracker here, Lionel. One for the annual exhibition, I reckon. Your heap of junk hasn't got a prayer up against this baby.
Lionel Bell: Get out of my way!
Steve Bright: God, I'd love to give you a good thumping.
Lionel Bell: Help yourself. Why don't you finish me off while you're about it! After all, you're the one who ruined my life, aren't you?
Steve Bright: Don't be pathetic.
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12 February 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This episode is about friction between old type photographers and digital photographers. It all seems very innocent until people start getting strangled. Barnaby is framed in some instances and his picture photoshopped with a woman he dated years ago.

Some where toward the end I find that the killings have to do with partially nude models. The story keeps flashing these photos before us like we are brain dead and have to be reminded what this woman look like.

The model is the same one in all the pictures. I found this episode very offensive. Toward the end one of the men swears God's name. I can skip over some of the tacky pictures which do not add to the story but not the swearing of my God's name.

As I watch Midsomer Murder the episodes get more sexual especially with male nudity like Sauce in the Goose.

The episodes murders are gruesome, very sadistic, sexual and more. It appears the writers thrive on this mentality and the exposure of male butts.

The thing is the mysteries are good but have too many people that you can not keep track of to find out what and why these things happen. The final ending is not very creative, often confusing and disappointing accept for a few series and episodes so far.

I also find the episodes with religion and church people are made to be hypocrites, where crosses, are adulterers, sexual predators or murderers. I watched at least 11 Seasons and none have a good clean God loving Christian in any of the episodes. So far there are 15 seasons.

We shall see but I don't expect anything different accept the changes in the part of Barnaby and his DC's.

I am trying to get through this series because I like mysteries. These are usually an hour an a half long. I will watch all the series and comment when I can.

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