Jeff Bowmaker runs a profitable business in Midsomer Magna conducting spooky "ghost tours" at night when the unpopular village librarian turns up dead.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Jane Wymark ...
Jeff Bowmaker
Aden Gillett ...
Ian Kent
Emma Fielding ...
Faith Kent
Rupert Holliday-Evans ...
Adam Peach (as Rupert Holliday Evans)
Susannah Fielding ...
Jessica Peach
Liam Peach
Suzy Aitchison ...
Alice Carver
David Sibley ...
John Carver
Sarah Sharp


Driving down a country lane at night, Joyce believes she has hit somebody but there is no evidence to support this. However, unpopular village librarian Gerald Ebbs is found murdered in a nearby graveyard, of which he was voluntary caretaker. Most of the graves are for T.B. patients from an adjacent but long disused sanatorium. Assistant librarian Sarah Sharp benefits from the death of Gerald, who was frequently at odds with ghost walks organizer Jeff Bowmaker. Bowmaker runs tours through the graveyard and is having affairs with two married women, landlady Alice Carver and historian Faith Kent. When Joyce joins a ghost walk which explores the sanatorium a second victim is claimed, enabling Barnaby to discover how his wife believed she had disturbed the silent land. Written by don @ minifie-1

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Crime | Drama | Mystery





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22 September 2010 (UK)  »

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16 : 9
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Aden Gillett's character, Ian Kent, has a dog. This was Aden's own dog, an Italian Spinone called Echo. See more »


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A sombre episode
5 August 2010 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Joyce Barnaby is driving her daughter Cully home from a concert when she takes her eyes off the road to turn the radio down, noticing Cully is asleep. She looks up to see a figure in the road, she swerves to avoid it and crashes. The next morning Gerald Ebbs, a man whose only meaningful relationships are with dead people, is found dead in the old cemetery. His corpse appears to be kissing a grave. Did Joyce run him down or did someone kill him? This is a particularly dark episode, and is a lot better than the nonsense that was Blood on the Saddle. Its just so much more involving when characters and their situations are believable. The characters here are all very well developed. Peter J Hammond is a very experienced writer. It explores grief as a central theme, and does so very effectively, but is livened up by a charlatan ghost tour leader and other interesting locals.

My only complaint is the very low body count! A really good episode of Midsomer Murders is rare these days, so i was really pleased with this one. Peter J Hammond is the shows best writer.

But Peter... more bodies next time please.

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