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:
Mary Bingham
Eddie Stanton
Selina Stanton
Lucy Briggs-Owen ...
Verity Stanton
Maggie Viviani
Ben Viviani
Adam Grace
Gerry Dawkins
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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Crime | Drama | Mystery


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30 March 2011 (UK)  »

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Did You Know?


When Mrs. Bingham (Phyllida Law's character) looks sorrowfully at the photos of her lost family, the left photo is of Emma Thompson, Law's daughter, and the middle photo is of Eric Thompson, Law's late husband and Emma's father. See more »


At the beginning, as the car speeds away from the manor the woman has her window down and is waving to a little girl. As the car goes out of control, during the weaving you can see the window is still down, but when the car crashes into the lake, the woman is trapped in the car because her window is rolled up. See more »


[first lines]
Robin Bingham: Dad, please!
William Bingham: Get out!
William Bingham: Get! Out!
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References The Conqueror Worm (1968) See more »

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New guy has little charm but show's bulletproof
31 October 2013 | by (Philadelphia) – See all my reviews

I'm watching new guy episodes on Acorn TV after watching all previous on Netflix. It's still a British Eden menaced by people you'd never suspect of murder and that still works. The new guy seems miscast and quite unlikable. Brits might have a more comfortable take on this actor but being totally unfamiliar with him I shake my head in bewilderment. I'll keep watching but he makes me wince. I miss John Nettles along with his character's family. It just surprises me that a show that casts such great guest stars and feature actors could go with this new guy. I'm watching another episode now and you can see him mug,not listen, but wait to get out his next line.

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