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

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Jane Wymark ...
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Johnny Hammond
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Arabella Hammond
Charlotte Lucas ...
Sophie Hammond
Charlie Covell ...
Kate Hammond
George Cole ...
Lionel Hicks
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Gemma Craven ...
Judy Hicks
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Danny Hicks
Tom Harper ...
Will Hicks
Lloyd Hutchinson ...
Mickey Ryan
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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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Electric wheelschairs use a mechanical switch to activate and control the wheels. To rig the chair for remote control would take a complex control system to be added to the chair, not just a radio control unit. See more »

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

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Mademoiselle from Armentières
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Traditional French army song
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Sung by George Cole
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Feud for thought
8 June 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This episode revolves around a feud between two families, one posh, one common, that began during World War 1. Right there we have the first logistical problem. One of the families is descended from a VERY young soldier who was killed in 1916. We are supposed to believe that he was old enough to have children at the time (although he looks like a teenager in the flashback), and that his son (played by the venerable George Cole) is still alive and kicking in 2007. He would have to be at LEAST 90 years old (even though one character refers to "80 years"). The generational time-line of the characters doesn't make sense.

Then of course, since there is a feud, there must also be a romance...or two... between characters from the two families. No surprise there. What IS surprising is the relatively explicit nudity, which has not been a regular part of MM in the past.

But overall, the characters are even more two-dimensional than usual, and there's not much suspense in the unraveling of the murder. And as others have pointed out, there are difficulties with the logistics of the electrical "gizmos" used to bump off the victims. Not one of the best, but it was fun to see George Cole and Samantha Bond, two of my favorites.


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