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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Glen Jarvis
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Nicky Frazer
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Jimmy Wells
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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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Trivia

Peter Davison conspicuously bites a stick of celery. When he portrayed the fifth iteration of The Doctor in Doctor Who, he wore a stick of celery in his lapel, which would turn purple in the presence of "certain gases in the Praxis spectrum", to which he was allergic. See more »

Goofs

The East German lieutenant in the opening scene is wearing an NCO's belt with a solid buckle (Kastenschloss), whereas officers in all armed services of East Germany wore an open two-pronged buckle. Also, as he is wearing jackboots, he is wearing the wrong type of pants - all ranks of Warrant Officer (called Fähnrich in East Germany) and up only wore riding breeches in combination with the high boot. Officers could only wear the type of pants shown (Hose lang) with dress shoes or ankle-high boots worn like dress shoes. See more »

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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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