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
Seb Madrigal
Montserrat Lombard ...
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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Life in the old dog yet
17 June 2007 | by (England) – See all my reviews

I think this is better than average for this creaking veteran of a series. The plot is fairly novel and interesting - film-based camera buffs against digital fans. It manages to avoid the twee garden fête-type scenes so prevalent in Midsomer Murders.

The worst bit is the episode's use of the dreadful old "You're off the case" cliché, with the hero being pushed aside in favour of an incompetent replacement. Of course Barnaby nevertheless carries on with the case and solves it. How many hundreds of times have we seen this in crime series? I wish someone would start a website called "'" to document instances of the hoary old chestnut.

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