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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20 April 2016 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I enjoyed the setup of this episode where a man who is stunned in battle and walks away is charged with treason and executed in ranks. This execution has led to a modern day Hatfield and McCoy situation. Evidence has been gathered showing that the "traitor" was charged unfairly and suffered the ultimate. He is now being added to the war memorial. As it is with these feuds, people who really have no memory of the cause continue the feud. This is an interesting setup with some incredibly unbelievable events taking place in modern times. Barnaby and Jones come on the scene when a surly old general in a wheelchair is shot in the head. There are forces at work attempting to put an end to this fighting, but it goes. Internal battling and challenges to the situation continue to break people up. What is ultimately the method used for murder is preposterous. If one turns his back on the reality of the thing, one might enjoy it a bit. Otherwise, it is so far fetched that it goes right over the top. While it's not horrible, it is seriously lacking.

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