Midsomer Murders: Season 10, Episode 6

Picture of Innocence (3 Jun. 2007)

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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:
Jason Hughes ...
Jane Wymark ...
Barry Jackson ...
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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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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Nettles is losing the plot...
8 June 2007 | by (Swansea, South Wales) – See all my reviews

I am a great fan of both the series and John Nettles, but the plots of Midsomer Murders seem to be getting more inane with each episode. Granted, there have been some contrived though enjoyable episodes - A Death In Chorus and Country Matters are recent favourites - but this one was terrible.

The scene where the digital photographer continually flashed the film photographer by way of intimidation brought laughter and derision from my family, and the ultimate premise was too far-fetched for words.

Usually, good acting and production values tend to carry even the more contrived episodes through to a reasonable denouement; for me though, this one was just so silly it was beyond saving.

I've read somewhere that the franchise is coming to the end of its run...I hope it goes out on more of a high.

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