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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30 March 2011 (UK)  »

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Neil Pearson, Haydn Gwynne and Jeff Rawle all starred together previously in "Drop the Dead Donkey" (1990). 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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I miss John Nettles
7 September 2015 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Neil Dudgeon was better in this episode as Barnaby's cousin and replacement, but I still miss John Nettles and Barnaby's wife and daughter. Luckily, we still have Jones (Jason Hughes) who is hilarious and keeps things moving.

You can call just about any episode Dark Secrets, but in this one, they weren't kidding. In the opening scene, done in black and white to indicate it's in the past, we see a couple banished from a home and driving off. The car winds up in the water, and the people are believed drowned.

In the present, a social services officer is unsuccessful in seeing William and Mary Bingham, an elderly couple, and after having another problem, he complains to Barnaby. Two days later, he is found dead.

It doesn't take Barnaby and Jones long to figure out, via village gossip, that this murder is somehow tied to the Binghams' ousting of their son and daughter in the past, and they set off investigating. It's not easy to find the paperwork, but when he does, Barnaby finds out there was only one autopsy - the woman's body was never found.

Guilt enters the picture, and as a result, there will be one more murder.

I thought this was a very good episode. Midsomer Murders over the years have had their denouements based on past secrets, often of a sexual nature. This one didn't deviate from the pattern, but it was still good.

I'm sure Neil Dudgeon will grow on me, but the show will never be the same. You can't watch someone for fourteen years and just accept another lead. I can't, anyway.

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