Barnaby finds connections between a supposedly haunted forest, the traceless disappearances of two couples and a gang of antiquity thieves.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Cyrus LeVanu
Lynton Pargeter
Reverend Wallace Stone
Sarah Stone
Sam Nelms
Stanley Goodfellow
Paul Greenwood ...
John Temple
Dr Mary McKay
Elizabeth Payne ...
Nesta Goodfellow
Brian Parr ...
Colin Thomas


Postman Sam Nelms' morning delivery takes a strange turn when he discovers the occupants of neighboring cottages, the Goodfellows and Thomases have vanished, leaving half-eaten breakfasts on the table. Some years earlier the Thomases' son died in nearby Monks Barton woods,believed to be haunted, and flamboyant psychic Cyrus LeVanu arrives to perform an exorcism in the woods. The corpse of a known antiques burglar and those of the Thomases are discovered whilst Stanley Goodfellow is found,raving and apparently mad. An antiques theft ring is exposed,headed by the next victim, who manufactured ghostly noises in the woods to scare people away from his misdeeds. Barnaby knows who the killer is by now but the location of Stanley's wife,alive, by Cyrus's psychic powers shows that talking to the dead may be possible. Written by don @ minifie-1

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Crime | Drama | Mystery





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5 May 2009 (UK)  »

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Did You Know?


Over 10 series of Midsomer Murders (1997), neither Monks Barton Woods nor the village of Bow Clayton have ever previously featured or been mentioned. See more »


When LeVanu is being interviewed on the radio, the frequency of the station as advertised on posters in the studio (86.6 MHz) is not the frequency that Jones tunes to (93.5 MHz) when he and Barnaby listen in the car. Also, 86.6 MHz is outside the range 87.5-108.0 MHz that is used by FM radio. See more »


[first lines]
Talk Show Host: [on radio] Hello, who's this?
Julie - caller on radio: It's Julie.
Talk Show Host: Hello, Julie, how are you?
Julie - caller on radio: I'm fine, thanks. How are you?
Talk Show Host: I'm very well, thank you, and thanks for calling us.
Sam Nelms: Hello!
Talk Show Host: And I suppose you want a dedication or a request.
Julie - caller on radio: I would love one, yes.
Sam Nelms: Hello!
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Very entertaining last episode to Season 11
14 February 2017 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

As has been said by me a number of times, 'Midsomer Murders' is one of my most watched and most re-watched shows. It is nowhere near as good now and the Tom Barnaby-era wasn't alien to average or less episodes, but when it was on form or at its best boy was it good.

"Talking to the Dead" to me is a very good last episode to Season 11, and as of now the second best episode of that season. The best being the excellent "Blood Wedding". "Days of Misrule" (tedious) and especially "Shot at Dawn" (fell downhill drastically after an effective opening and memorable solely for its ridiculousness) were underwhelming, and the others ranged from decent to good (despite "Left for Dead" having such a terrible ending).

My only real complaints for "Talking to the Dead" are the unnecessary and distracting subplot with Jones and the WPC and the rather over-the-top, in an out-of-kilter way, character of Cyrus LeVanu.

However, the production values as always are just great, the idyllic look of it contrasting very well with the story's grimness, and quaint and atmospheric photography. The music fits perfectly, with some lush jauntiness and sometimes an ominous quality, and the theme tune one of the most memorable and instantly recognisable of the genre.

There are some thoughtful and humorous moments in the script, which is generally well structured and crafted (with a great balance of humour and drama and more to-the-point than the lesser episodes of the season), and the supporting characters are entertaining enough. The story is very compelling, there is a lot going on but doesn't get that confusing or overcrowded.

With the supernatural elements, "Talking to the Dead" could easily have descended into silliness but was actually pretty spooky. The iron maiden bit is very funny, one of the funniest Barnaby and Jones moments to me, and the ending compared to "Left for Dead" and "Midsomer Life" is satisfying.

John Nettles and Jason Hughes are both superb, individually and together (their chemistry, and the chemistry with Daniel Casey and John Hopkins before Hughes, being a huge part of their episodes' charm). Can't fault the supporting cast either.

In conclusion, very entertaining final episode to Season 11. 8/10 Bethany Cox

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