Midsomer Murders (1997– )
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The Sword of Guillaume 

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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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

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Crime | Drama | Mystery

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10 February 2010 (UK)  »

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When Tom Barnaby first visits Jenny, it is beside the filming location of "Pie in the Sky". 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 »


DCI Tom Barnaby: [When Jenny asks a favor of Barnaby and puts her hand on his kneee, he removes it] That's not really my area.
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References My Fair Lady (1964) See more »


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The Cutting Edge!
26 May 2016 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Beheadings are the order of the day in this episode. A group of Causton people go to a sister city for a festival, celebrating a centuries' old event. The people on the bus include Barnaby and a host of other citizens. There are some suspicious goings on that whet the appetite of our friendly detective. The plot has several elements, including a paralyzed man, an aloof dowager, a couple of thieves who cheat some people out of valuable swords, a woman with a temper, and several other focuses. Ultimately, a focus forms on the swords and their histories. There are some demonstrators who are unhappy with a right-of-way, who put up monstrously heavy barrier to keep cars out. There is also some clues as to one of the characters being homosexual and shame associated with this.

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