Midsomer Murders: Season 13, Episode 1

The Sword of Guillaume (10 Feb. 2010)

TV Episode  |   |  Crime, Drama, Mystery
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 7.4/10 from 222 users  
Reviews: 5 user | 1 critic

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.



(screenplay), (characters)
0Check in

Watch Now

From $7.99 on Amazon Video


Celebrate IMDb's 25th Anniversary with Photos We Love

IMDb turns 25 on October 17! To celebrate, we put together a gallery of some of our favorite movie, TV, and event photos from the last 25 years.

See the Photos We Love

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 28 titles
created 23 Mar 2011
a list of 27 titles
created 23 Aug 2011
a list of 53 titles
created 19 Feb 2013

Related Items

Connect with IMDb

Share this Rating

Title: The Sword of Guillaume (10 Feb 2010)

The Sword of Guillaume (10 Feb 2010) on IMDb 7.4/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Midsomer Murders.
« Previous Episode | 74 of 110 Episodes | Next Episode »


Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Jane Wymark ...
Jenny Russell
Rosina Carbone ...
Lucy Terry
Darren Tighe ...
Trent Terry
Hugh Dalgleish
Lady Matilda William
Marcia Macintyre
Colin Brummage ...
Richard William
Rev Giles Shawcross


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

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis


Crime | Drama | Mystery

Parents Guide:






Release Date:

10 February 2010 (UK)  »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs




See  »

Did You Know?


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


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 »


[last lines]
Lady Matilda William: Well, things to be done. Duties. Always duties. You will excuse us.
DCI Tom Barnaby: Lady Matilda.
Lady Matilda William: Come along, Richard. People to visit; gardens to tend.
See more »


References My Fair Lady (1964) See more »


Also Sprach Zarathustra
Written by Richard Strauss
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

good episode and an intro to the new guy
27 July 2015 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

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.

0 of 0 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Please name your top 5 favorite episodes FearlessOneDay
Most Improbable Episode Ever Em0411
Jones in the Shower lawson14
Realism left it from the first westpenn49
Now that the New Barnaby has had a chance... rebekahrox
Sgt. Scott's wedding band pdgrovebaskets
Discuss The Sword of Guillaume (2010) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for: