Midsomer Murders: Season 12, Episode 5

Small Mercies (28 Oct. 2009)

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The body of a local troublemaker and lady's man is found dead in the model village which is the chief tourist attraction of Little Worthy.

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Bob Moss
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The police investigate the murder of Richard Tanner who was stabbed and found dead in the model village in Little Worthy tied to the ground like Gulliver from Gulliver's Travels. He was found by the grounds-keeper and model maker Ben Moss who has worked for the owners, sisters Hillary and Harriet Comptom. Tanner wasn't very well liked in the village and was viewed as a troublemaker by many. He was known to have had romantic entanglements with the local school teacher Rebecca Rix and Krista Palfrey, daughter of the local hotel owner Edward Palfrey. He wasn't very pleased with his daughter's relationship Tanner and he didn't like the way Krista treated his girlfriend, Berrnice, leading to a tension-filled home situation. At the annual silly boat race to mark the end of the tourist season, another person is killed and later still there is a third victim. There is clearly someone in the village who is out for revenge. Written by garykmcd

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Bob Moss: [setting model figure upright] Hey! On your feet, Thomas, there's a good lad.
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And The Green Grass Grows All Around
Lyrics by William Jerome
Music by Harry von Tilzer
Performed by Emma Stansfield and Olivia Colman
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Fantastic episode.
17 May 2010 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

In the village of Little Worthy, caretaker Bob Moss arrives at the miniature village on a winters morning and finds a gruesome tableau; Richard Tanner has been stabbed and staked out amongst the tiny houses, replicating a scene from Gulliver's travels. Barnaby and Jones learn he was not a popular man, and was known to cause trouble. When moody teen and Richard's lover Christa Palfrey is impaled on a trident at the annual crazy craft race, the plot thickens and the race is on to catch a disturbed murderer...

This is a fantastic episode, something of a rarity these days. It is extremely dark and very bizarre but i can't complain when a story is as original and gripping as this. Also, it contains one of the best developed murderers in the entire series. Their identity is gradually revealed and makes perfect sense.

Brilliant stuff and one to watch, especially if you like something a bit different.


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