Midsomer Murders: Season 12, Episode 3

Secrets and Spies (29 Jul. 2009)

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A number of murders near a government safe house in Midsomer appears to be connected to a group of British spies stationed in East Berlin during the Cold War.

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After a break-in at Causton Museum where an animal skeleton is stolen ex-spy Brenda Packard tells Barnaby that Allenby House, owned by testy ex-spymaster Malcolm Frazer, is a safe house for agents. Geoffrey Larkin, a visiting former agent, has a bitter argument with Frazer, who accuses him of treachery when they were spying in Berlin during the Cold war. Larkin threatens Frazer with a dossier marked 'Wolfman' and next day is murdered, seemingly by a wild animal, the legendary Beast of Midsomer. Frazer's drunkard son Nicky, another ex-spy ,is killed in identical fashion but Barnaby realizes that the 'Beast' is but a cover. The true murderer is seeking revenge for betrayal back in Berlin two decades earlier when they were involved with secrets and spies. Written by don @ minifie-1

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The cricket match was filmed at Wormsley Park, former home of Sir Paul Getty, where he built a replica of The Oval cricket ground, Kennington, London. See more »

Goofs

In the opening scene, the Berlin Wall on the East German side is shown built right through a cemetery. In fact, by 1965 the East German side of the wall had a 100m "death zone" with barbed wire, mines, and even tank traps to preclude any sort of unauthorized direct access to the wall itself from the east. Likewise, the West German side of the wall also had a "no man's land" that was still East German territory, which allowed the construction of the wall itself, and also gave East German forces the ability to raze buildings and cut down trees that might be used by people on the west side to aid escapees from East Germany, such as the tree shown in this scene. Although people could walk right up to the wall from the western side, they did so at the risk of being shot by East German guards! By 1982, the date shown on the title, none of the wall as shown would have existed any more. See more »

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Young Jimmy Wells: Schnell! Machst du schnell!
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The closing credits show Kirsty Dillon playing the part of "WDC Stephens". In this episode, "WPC Stephens" (per DCI Barnaby's own words) is promoted to Detective Constable (or "DC" without a "W", again in Barnaby's own words). There is no rank of "Woman Detective Constable" and by this time, even the use of WPC has been deprecated in the UK, replaced simply by "PC" regardless of gender. So while it's factually incorrect to use "WPC" and "WDC" in the real world, that's not how things are done in the reactionary county of Midsomer. An inside joke to be sure. See more »

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Cwm Rhondda (Bread of Heaven)
Written by John Hughes
Performed by Benjamin Whitrow
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not a favorite but not awful
27 October 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

No series can run as long as Midsomer Murders and not have its share of poor, fair, good, and excellent episodes. "Secrets and Spies" is fair, with many familiar elements.

A former spy, Brenda Packard, tells Barnaby that Allenby House is a safe house for agents. The house is owned by an ex-spy higher-up, Malcolm Frazer. A visiting agent, Larkin, has an argument with Frazer -- Frazer accuses him of treachery, which took place years earlier in Berlin.

Larkin has some sort of file called "Wolfman" which he threatens to expose, except he doesn't get the chance. He is killed, and in the beginning, it looks like a wild animal, the Beast of Midsomer (kind of a local legend), is responsible. Then Frazer's son Nicky is killed the same way.

Of course, none of this fools Barnaby for a minute, and he sets out to find the true murderer and the motive, which is the result of something that happened in Berlin twenty years earlier.

The atmosphere is as usual beautiful-looking, and I do like John Nettles, who is probably playing the world's oldest inspector at this point. Bad or good, I always like seeing these episodes. This one is slow in parts and not as involving as some others.


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