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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Jane Wymark ...
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Glen Jarvis
Jack Walker ...
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Nicky Frazer
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Jimmy Wells
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Brenda Packard
Claudia Elmhirst ...
Amanda Watson
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Geoffrey Larkin
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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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29 July 2009 (UK)  »

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In this story that looks back to the age of Cold War spying, Joyce Barnaby is seen reading the classic Cold War spy novel "Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy" by John Le Carré. This prompts DCI Tom Barnaby to reveal to Joyce that he had served in MI6, a.k.a. the Secret Intelligence Service that the story of "Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy" was about. 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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[first lines]
Young Jimmy Wells: Schnell! Machst du schnell!
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Crazy Credits

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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Lots of Intrigue
11 May 2016 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

While there are many actions going on based on an event in East Berlin (as people were being smuggled through a tunnel to the West), the principle plot involves a series of murders where people had their throats ripped out. The consensus is that the most likely cause was a saber toothed tiger, which, of course, can't be. I really enjoyed watching the people, holed up in a house, with a mission. Because of secrecy, we don't really know what that mission is, but we know that one woman, in particular, is at the center of things. She is a very attractive, middle aged woman who is sleeping with somebody, though married to someone else. The things is that we don't know who this person is. There is betrayal and revenge all over the place. One character is fixated on his own funeral, even testing coffins by lying in them. This comic presence detracts a bit from the overall story. Still, it has a very satisfying conclusion.


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