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:
Jane Wymark ...
Cyrus LeVanu
Lynton Pargeter
Reverend Wallace Stone
Sarah Stone
Sam Nelms
Richard Graham ...
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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This episode was filmed in the village of Cuddington in Buckinghamshire, which was also used on location in the previous episodes Midsomer Murders: Death of a Stranger (1999), Midsomer Murders: Death and Dreams (2003) and Midsomer Murders: Bad Tidings (2004). The building which appears as the "Monks' Retreat" is in fact the "Red Lion" in Little Missenden, which has previously appeared in Series 4 episodes Midsomer Murders: Destroying Angel (2001) (as the "Red Lion") and Midsomer Murders: Who Killed Cock Robin? (2001) (as the "White Swan"). 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 when he and Barnaby listen in the car (93.5 MHz). 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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Really Getting Away from the One Time Direction
4 May 2016 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This episode again pulls in supernatural elements. We have the nutty minister and the mainstream minister, each of whom is actually nutty. You have flashbacks to attacks on monks by medieval soldiers, wielding axes and swords. Somehow there seems to be a curse on the place where this took place. All sorts of evidence points to the reality of a kind of curse, but Barnaby discovers the foundation behind these events. Murder is committed to cover things up. There is also a man who seems to be speaking in tongues, filled with guilt and fear. But there's more to the story as we are brought into it. Unfortunately, the fragmented nature of this makes one wonder, what just happened. And the ending is silly and below the standards of this series.

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