Midsomer Murders (1997– )
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Blood on the Saddle 

A Wild West show comes to Ford Florey and a serial killer starts to eliminate villagers in a "wild west" fashion related to a parcel of disputed swamp land.



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Episode complete credited cast:
Jack Fincher
Susan Fincher
Leo Fincher
Fergal Jenner
Jude Langham
Justin Avoth ...
Mary Morgan
Adam Burbage


At a Wild West show in Ford Florey, Faye Lennox is murdered. She was the estate manager and lover of unpopular farmer Jack Fincher, who is engaged in a long-standing dispute with neighbour Silas Burbage over a piece of waste-land. Soon afterwards Fincher is lassoed and dragged to his death. There is no shortage of suspects - the Burbage family, long-suffering wife Susan who is seemingly very close to stepson Leo, Dan Malko, who wants the waste-land as a permanent travellers' site and Mary Morgan, whose dog Fincher shot. Jude Langham, a local craftsman who blames Fincher for his father's death, claims to have the document which will settle ownership and he is attacked by an intruder out to steal it. He had made phone calls to the three parties interested in the land just before his attack. But one is also murdered and another person will die before Barnaby works out who is responsible for blood on the saddle. Written by don @ minifie-1

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Crime | Drama | Mystery





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8 September 2010 (UK)  »

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Did You Know?


The Lennox farm is also the farm used in the film Children of Men as the rebels hideout and also in 28 Weeks Later as a refuge for those on the run from the infected. See more »


At the 57 minute mark, Barnaby goes into the optometrist shop. As the door closes behind him, you can see the camera and cameraman reflected in the glass of the door. See more »


[first lines]
Mary Morgan: [screams loudly then runs outside] Help! Help me! He's murdered Danny! Help! Help!
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References Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969) See more »

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Why all those Confederate flags?
31 March 2015 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Other reviewers have said everything I would have said about how truly awful and pointless this episode of Midsomer Murders is so I won't beat a dead horse(!). Just to say what a disappointment it was to try to watch such a bad production when Midsomer Murders is usually so top notch--acting, location, stories.

What I'm wondering, as an American, is why the producers of this episode would think that Confederate flags would be flown anywhere--past or present--in the western United States? The Civil War was between the North and South, not the East and West. I've lived in the American west my entire life and the Confederate flag is not a part of it's history or culture. There's not a single one of them to be seen at parade's or rodeo's here.

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