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:
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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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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25 April 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I can't believe "Midsomer Murders" is still going strong after all this time - the last time I saw this show was when it was with Barnaby's first partner, way back.

John Nettles looks like he's close to retirement in this 2007 segment - in fact, he was 64 at the time of this filming, and I notice the series is ongoing as of 2012 - soon he'll be the world's oldest detective. Give him credit, he's still a vital man with his great speaking voice and imposing presence.

In this segment, Barnaby gets involved in the death of a photographer, and later another photographer, and the men are on two different sides of photography -- one, Lionel Bell ((Nigel Anthony) (the ex-husband of Barnaby's ex-girlfriend) won't have a computer and doesn't believe in digital photos, and the other, Steven Bright (Andrew Tieman) is an avowed user of digital. Also disturbing is that someone is framing Barnaby, with a doctored photo and fingerprints on a glass at the dead man's house -- to the extent that he's taken off the case by Spellman (Richard Lintern).

This was pretty good - there are people on this board who seem to have followed every episode and can write more eloquently on the condition of this series, but I can't since it's been so long since I've seen an episode. I'm looking forward to catching up. I do like Barnaby, his wife (Jane Wymark), and partner (Jason Hughes) -- and as I recall, Barnaby had a daughter who was an actress. Hope she shows up in these later episodes.

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