Midsomer Murders: Season 13, Episode 1

The Sword of Guillaume (10 Feb. 2010)

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When the Causton Chamber of Commerce takes a bus trip to Brighton, a serial killer swinging an ancient sword decapitates some of them in the seaside resort.

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Jenny Russell
Rosina Carbone ...
Lucy Terry
Darren Tighe ...
Trent Terry
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Tom Barnaby joins the Causton Chamber of Commerce trip to Brighton as he is suspicious of dodgy mayor Hicks' plan to buy coastal land on which to build chalets. Also opposed to the plan is Lady Matilda William, who has received threatening letters, as have the local vicar, oily property developer Hugh Dalgleish and hotelier Jenny Russell. Lady Matilda is descended from Richard of Guillaume, a ruthless contemporary of William the Conqueror. She believes that her son Richard, last of the line and brain-damaged for twenty years, was the victim of ancestral jealousy. In Brighton Dalgleish is murdered with a sword stolen from Guillaume's tomb and Hicks is arrested for fraud. Having learnt how Richard came by his accident Barnaby is convinced that Richard and not the property scam is the cause of yet another victim being claimed by the sword of Guillaume. Written by don @ minifie-1

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The first appearance of Neil Dudgeon as John Barnaby. See more »

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When Bill sees Jenny's decapitated head on the dresser, it is smiling. Later in flashback when we see her murder, she has a look of horror when she is beheaded. See more »

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DC Gail Stephens: What you got there?
DS Ben Jones: Couple of years ago the Governor suspected Mayor Hicks of a dodgy property deal, so he's kept this file on him. Complaints mainly. Wants me to search for anything interesting.
DC Gail Stephens: He's obsessed.
DS Ben Jones: No. Just sick of petty corruption downtown. And obsessed.
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good episode and an intro to the new guy
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In this episode, we meet Barnaby's cousin John, who soon (though they don't say so) will take over Tom's job when he retires.

Barnaby is on a bus tour in Brighton organized by Dave Hicks, Causton's mayor, who is not one of Barnaby's favorite people.

Barnaby is suspicious about a land deal that is about to be put through because he figures the Mayor has to be getting something out of it, and it may not be the best for the community.

The land they're buying is basically swamp, and they're building summer camps for children on the far end that I assume doesn't have swamp. It's explained that the land can't take really solid structures.

On the trip, Barnaby runs into the very attractive Jenny Russell, who owns a hotel, Lucy and Trent Terry, antique shop owners, Hugh Dalgleish, a developer, and the negative Reverend Giles Shawcross, who is always spouting doom and gloom. Finally, there is the Lady Matilda Williams and her severely disabled adult son, Richard, and his helper Marcia.

Lady Williams is opposed to the land deal. The land is where her son was nearly killed twenty years early.

Then the awful Dalgleish is decapitated. Barnaby calls in his cousin for help, as he knows the area so well.

Then there is a second murder, and Barnaby begins to come to a few conclusions that will lead to the discovery of the murderer.

Good episode, and a sad one, besides being on the gory side. It's a nice intro to John Barnaby, whom we'll be seeing a lot of later. One thing I liked is that Jones loses his patience and really shows his obstinate and tough side.


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