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:
Jeff Bowmaker
Aden Gillett ...
Ian Kent
Faith Kent
Rupert Holliday-Evans ...
Adam Peach (as Rupert Holliday Evans)
Jessica Peach
Liam Peach
Suzy Aitchison ...
Alice Carver
David Sibley ...
John Carver
Sarah Sharp

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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 »


When Barnaby brakes suddenly to avoid the ghost, the shot of wheels braking are those of a Peugeot, while Barnaby's car is a Volvo. See more »


[John Carver coughs yet again]
Jeff Bowmaker: Johnny, you must do something about that cough... like die!
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The Unquiet Grave
Traditional Child ballad #78
Collected by Francis James Child
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Have We Run the Course?
31 May 2016 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

With so many disgruntled reviewers, I wonder if, like so many television series, there is no place for this one to go. Are the characters becoming too stale? Barnaby is pretty much the same guy episode after episode. Jones is constantly flummoxed by Barnaby's expectations of him. Joyce and Cully are pretty boring, although Joyce's role is expanded in this one. I still thought it was OK. The British are fond of tours where a guide takes them from place to place with a sort of theme. I remember taking pub tour when in London and another one through places of worship. Often the stories are a bit suspect. In this one, the central figure does ghost tours in one of the little villages. He is not thought very highly of. Part of it is the economic downturn in the village. He also offers a distraction to some of the ladies whose husbands are dullards and complainers. Anyway, there is something untold here. A man is found, face down on a fresh grave. This is shortly after Joyce has nearly run someone over. She feels she may have hit the man. Banaby thinks she is daft and has no respect for what she has been through. Eventually, reality comes to light, but like so many works of fiction, the writers couldn't come up with a very good conclusion. Still, it was a decent offering. Just relax everyone. Its roots aren't in classical British drama.

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