A 90 years long feud between two families, the Hicks and the Hammonds, appears to have escalated to murder.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Jane Wymark ...
Johnny Hammond
Arabella Hammond
Charlotte Lucas ...
Sophie Hammond
Charlie Covell ...
Kate Hammond
George Cole ...
Lionel Hicks
Gemma Craven ...
Judy Hicks
Danny Hicks
Tom Harper ...
Will Hicks
Lloyd Hutchinson ...
Mickey Ryan


In Midsomer, there lives two families, the Hicks and the Hammonds, who have been feuding since World War I when a Hammond was part of a firing squad that killed a Hicks. The Hicks run a number of small businesses and the Hammonds are strictly military. When the grandfather of the Hammonds is found dead, it appears that the feud has escalated to murder. Written by J. Rieper

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Crime | Drama | Mystery





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1 January 2008 (UK)  »

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[first lines]
Duggie Hammond: What are you doing here?
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References Lawrence of Arabia (1962) See more »


Mademoiselle from Armentières
Traditional French army song
English language Lyricst undetermined
Sung by George Cole
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not very credible
27 July 2015 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I have to agree with one of the posters here, this story is probably a retread from another series. What the reviewer said makes sense. I interviewed Peter Falk once and told him that one of his episodes had been done previously on Macmillan and Wife, and sent him the tape to prove it. It's not uncommon

The basis for this plot is a 90-year feud between the Hammonds and the Hicks families. Tommy Hicks was executed for cowardice by one Lt. Duggie Hammond, which began the near-century-long fight.

The Hicks family is new money and constantly lord it over the old money Hammonds. The Hammonds are a mess. Actually, so is the Hicks family. Colonel Henry Hammonds has a son, Johnny, who is gay and married to Arabella, who is out having an affair with one of the Hicks.

Arabella and Johnny have two children, one of whom, Kate, is a lesbian, and the other daughter, Sophie, is going to marry yet another member of the Hicks family.

Henry is killed with a 1916 pistol, owned by Duggie, the man who shot Tommy Hicks 90 years ago. Then there is another murder.

Barnaby and Jones walk into this maelstrom. But there's another murder and an old secret awaiting them.

This episode is somewhat overdone with strange gadgets, murdering hay balers, a baguette fight in a pub - it's all silly. Barnaby is out of character, I think because it's a recycle from another show, and Jones is hardly in it.

It was kind of blah.

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