Midsomer Murders: Season 12, Episode 2

The Black Book (5 Aug. 2009)

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The sale of a previously unknown painting by an 18th century painter sends Barnaby into an investigation of murders as well as art forgery.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Jason Hughes ...
Jane Wymark ...
Barry Jackson ...
Ann Firbank ...
Felicity Law
Anthony Prideaux
Matilda Simms
Graham Spate
Alan Best
Sarah Badel ...
Patricia Blackshaw
Paul Ridley ...
Neville Blackshaw
Paula Jennings ...
Yvonne Best


An elderly woman discovers an old painting in her house. It turns out to be a previously unknown painting by Hogson, a famous 18th century painter. It's sold at an auction for 400 000 pounds to a collector. The same night, the woman who found it is found murdered in her home. As more and more bodies turn up, Barnaby uncovers an art forging business among Midsomer's art society. Written by J. Rieper

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This episode was first shown in the UK as the third episode of series 12 after the actual episode 3 Midsomer Murders: Secrets and Spies (2009). Although each episode is an individual story-line, it can be noticed that after being promoted to a plain-clothes Detective Constable in "Secrets and Spies" shown on ITV the week before, WPC Stephens, played by Kirsty Dillon, in this episode she is back in regular police uniform again. See more »


When Alan Best fires his shotgun at the fleeing thief, there is no recoil. See more »


[first lines]
Anthony Prideaux: Can I help you, madam?
Felicity Law: Oh, yes; hello. I'm so sorry to bother you, but I was just clearing out my loft when I found this.
[unwrapping a painting]
Felicity Law: I don't know how it got there, but it's rather nice.
Anthony Prideaux: I don't generally look at paintings found in people's lofts, madam. There are several house clearance firms locally if you'd like to try there.
Felicity Law: Yes, I know. I'm so sorry, but it is rather nice. I've got no space on my walls, but I thought someone might like it.
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Not a bad episode, but...
30 March 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

...as the other reviewer mentioned, a little dull. Too many Midsomer's lately have been heavy on exposition and a sort-of character development, and light on the reason most of us watch: murder and mayhem. The higher body counts and the often downright wacky methods of killing people in earlier seasons made for, well, a lot of "fun." Still, it's an enjoyable show and miles ahead of most American cop/mystery shows.

Two questions for UK viewers: Are there any ex-pat American actors living in Britain? And do Americans affecting British accents sound as bad to you as Brits doing American accents? Gavan O'Herlihy (as George Arlington in this ep) comes pretty close, and kudos to him for doing a softer Southern accent. But really, find someone who doesn't sound completely stilted and affected when "speaking American." It always sounds like Graham Chapman from Monty Python doing his outrageously broad movie mogul voice: "You'rrrre fi-errred!" (And no, we don't all say "goddammit," "bullshit," and "ass" every time we speak, either.)

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