Midsomer Murders: Season 14, Episode 2

Dark Secrets (30 Mar. 2011)

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The reclusive lives of an elderly eccentric couple come under police scrutiny when a social services investigator is murdered.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Jason Hughes ...
Barry Jackson ...
Mary Bingham
Eddie Stanton
Beth Goddard ...
Selina Stanton
Lucy Briggs-Owen ...
Verity Stanton
Maggie Viviani
Ben Viviani
Adam Grace
Gerry Dawkins
Simon Dutton ...
Laurence Fletcher
Abigail McKern ...
Josie Parker


Barnaby's wife Sarah arrives to take up her job as a head mistress at Causton School. Officious social worker Gerry Dawkins has an awkward encounter with an artists' colony run by horse whisperer Maggie Viviani after a fruitless visit to elderly recluses William and Mary Bingham. Two days later his corpse is fished from a river. Through the offices of their bitchy daughter, stable owner Selina Stanton and her roguish husband Eddie, a prospective Euro M.P. Barnaby visits Mr. and Mrs. Bingham, who are hospitable but vague. Mary however furtively asks him to return to see her but is killed soon after. Thirty-five years earlier the Binghams' son and daughter, Robin and Jennifer, died when their car plunged into a river. Robin's body was recovered but Jennifer was never found and has forged a new identity for herself, reuniting her with Selena. Once more Jones comes to Barnaby's rescue when he confronts a killer whose family, unsurprisingly for Midsomer, has dark secrets. Written by don @ minifie-1

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[first lines]
Robin Bingham: Dad, please!
William Bingham: Get out!
William Bingham: Get! Out!
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Keeping it in the family
30 March 2011 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

New lead Neil Dudgeon is quickly settling into the role of DCI John Barnaby even if his character is taking a little longer to settle in Midsomer. After spending the previous episode talking to the dog while at home he is now joined by his wife who has become head mistress of the local school; much to the chagrin of her deputy. The guest stars this week seemed like a 'Drop the Dead Donkey' reunion with Haydn Gwynne, Neil Pearson and Jeff Rawle appearing; although the last of these didn't last long, He played an officious social worker who managed to upset one couple by enquiring about the woman's parents then get thrown in a pond after irritating a local artists' community. As Barnaby and Jones investigate his murder both groups come under suspicion and it becomes clear that there are quite a few secrets being kept; the most important relating to a fatal accident in 1975.

This was another good episode for Neil Dudgeon who was able supported by a quality cast; this being Midsomer there was a fair amount of silliness and the motive for the murders could be guessed a while before it was revealed. As is usual the episode featured one unusual death; a victim was killed when crushed by a huge pile of old copies of the Daily Telegraph… I'm sure that will help the episode get a good review in that paper!

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