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


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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Did You Know?


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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Drink to Me Only With Thine Eyes
Lyrics by Ben Jonson
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Joyce is sure she hit something with her car
1 August 2015 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

In "The Silent Land," Joyce and Cully are in the car late at night; Cully is asleep, when Joyce swerves to avoid someone in the road, and there's an accident. Both women are all right physically, but Joyce is positive that she hit someone in the road. When a man is found dead close to the road, she's sure she killed him.

The man is the village librarian everyone loved to hate, Gerald Ebbs, and he's found in a graveyard where he was the voluntary caretaker. These are very old graves of TB patients from an old sanitarium which is no longer used.

Ebbs was always fighting with Jeff Bowmaker, a sleaze who takes tourists on "ghost walks" through the cemetery, when he's not sleeping with either his landlady, Alice Carver, or Faith Kent, a historian.

Another one who couldn't stand him is Ian Kent (Aden Gillett), Faith's husband.

A nervous Joyce, who is still wondering what she saw, goes on the ghost walk; it is then that there is another murder. Barnaby soon thinks he has the solution to Joyce's late-night encounter.

I liked this episode. One reason is that I went on several ghost walks in Savannah, and they were really fun.

"The Silent Land" is on the spooky side, so it's very atmospheric, and I always enjoy the family involvement of the Barnabys.

The ending is an eye-opener for Barnaby.

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