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:
Felicity Law
Anthony Prideaux
Matilda Simms
Graham Spate
Alan Best
Sarah Badel ...
Patricia Blackshaw
Paul Ridley ...
Neville Blackshaw
Paula Jennings ...
Yvonne Best

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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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Crime | Drama | Mystery





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5 August 2009 (UK)  »

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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 Arlington finds the letter telling him to pay £2,000,000 for the incriminating Black Book, the words 'Leave the trolley at desk nine of the reading room...' are clearly visible. However, Barnaby and other characters all read 'desk three' when referring to the letter. 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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The. Price of Art
7 May 2016 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This episode begins with an art auction where a painting by a man who used Midsomer as his medium is sold for nearly half a million pounds. The painting was found in the attic of a local woman who announces that the proceeds will go to an art school which has recently lost its funding. The school is for artists who have fallen on hard times, including some with criminal records. It allows total creativity with work in many different forms. At the center, however, is the possibility of art forgers at work. The show delves into an intricate plot to deal with these sham paintings. Barnaby becomes interested in the works of art. His conclusions do tend to be a bit beyond the pale, especially an observation he makes about a breed of pigs. This is a fun episode because while there is murder, there is also a tongue in cheek element to it.

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