Midsomer Murders (1997– )
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They Seek Him Here 

A film about the French Revolution is made in Midsomer. People lose their head in the guillotine, and it's not a film trick.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Joyce Barnaby
Dr Bullard
Neville Hayward
Jonathan Moore ...
Jay Villiers ...
Nicky Henson ...
Fiona Mollison ...
Freddie Greenaway


DCI Barnaby and DS Jones investigate the murder of Nick Chaney, the director of a low-budget film about the French Revolution and the Scarlet Pimpernel, being filmed at Magna Manor. He is found on his film set having been decapitated in the guillotine. Chaney was found by Jed Norris, who had only recently been hired to work as a security guard by the film's tight-fisted producer, Jack Braxton. Chaney had also had a run-in with Danny Twyman who operates a local taxi service and who wanted Chaney to stay away from his girlfriend, Leonie Charteris. That Chaney fathered her child is a complicating factor. The owners of Magma Manor, Leonie's parents Terence and Diane Charteris, have spent a great deal of money on the Manor and very much want to maximize any possible returns. Then there's Raymond Clandillon, a past his prime actor who is prone to drink and to whom Chaney would only offer a position as an extra. Then there are Gwen Morrison and Neville Hayward who definitely had a history ... Written by garykmcd

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Crime | Drama | Mystery






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10 May 2008 (UK)  »

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The title comes from The Scarlet Pimpernel by Baroness Emmuska Orczy: "They seek him here, they seek him there. Those Frenchies seek him everywhere. Is he in heaven or is he in hell? That demmed elusive Pimpernel." See more »


DCI Tom Barnaby: Tight budet... this film?
Jack Braxton: Like a tourniquet.
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Symphony No.9 V Presto (Ode to Joy)
Composed by Ludwig van Beethoven
Played on Raymond's car horn
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Scarlet Scarlet
10 April 2010 | by See all my reviews

This is an interesting episode where the murders occur during the filming of a movie of the Scarlet Pimpernel. We get to see the seeming chaos of making a movie, the histrionics of the actors, the petty tyrants that directors and producers are. It's a change of pace from the usual English village that murders are usually set in.

The story moves at a brisk, sometimes headlong, pace, jumping from scene to scene, sometimes before a crucial bit of information is revealed so you have to deduce it from the next scene or two. The acting is top notch, the characters actually seem rather moving in their emotions at times. Meanwhile several times you may think you know who the murderer is and what will happen next and then the story takes an unexpected twist that leaves you not so sure of your solution.

The solution is not a stunning surprise, but it's still a nice piece of work in one of our favorite and now mourned for series.

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