Midsomer Murders: Season 14, Episode 1

Death in the Slow Lane (23 Mar. 2011)

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When a local DJ is crushed to death at a traditional girls' boarding school, DCI John Barnaby discovers that murder and deception are never far away from the quaint villages.

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Jason Hughes ...
Barry Jackson ...
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Edna Doré ...
Granny Brightwell
Susan Engel ...
Harriet Wingate
Lucy Briers ...
Jessica Wingate
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Jamie Cameron
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Thomas Brightwell
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Bethan
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DCI John Barnaby arrives in Causton on his cousin Tom's retirement. Jones misses his old boss and the two men do not gel, especially as Barnaby seems dismissive of Jones' efforts to restore a vintage car once driven by local racer Duncan Palmer for a classic car competition hosted at her school by frosty headmistress Harriet Wingate. Palmer faked his death in the 1960s but was actually found dead in Midsomer some years later. His old team-mate Peter Fossett is judging the contest and the entrants include Peter's brisk, bossy daughter Kate Cameron and her ex-husband Jamie, now in love with Harriet's shy daughter Jessica. Kate will do anything to win, enlisting the help of the other judge, radio D.J. Dave 'Doggy' Day, who is found murdered. Soon after another young man is killed, who turns out to be involved with Kate's precocious schoolgirl daughter Charlotte in drug dealing. After Barnaby has discovered that Duncan Palmer was Jessica's father, he confronts the killer, but has cause to... Written by don @ minifie-1

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This is the first episode with Neil Dudgeon top billed and no John Nettles. See more »

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Peter Fossett explains to Dave Doggy Day how to start a vintage Alvis. One of his instructions is to advance the ignition when starting, this is not true. The ignition timing should be retarded when starting then advanced when the engine is running. Dave Doggy Day later repeats the incorrect instruction. See more »

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DCI John Barnaby: [Sarcastically, after Charlotte has acted cattily] Charming girl!
Kate Cameron: [Proudly] She's got balls... unlike her father.
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Fairly bor-ring
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2nd of the series with Dudgeon I've seen, the other one just last night. Library. Best way to get them. Other one - Echoes of the Dead - not as good as this one and this one is not very good either. Sped forward a few times 2, 3 minutes here and there - looking for the murders; only 2 seem to have happened, an unusually low number for MM. Don't care for Dudgeon's characterization - too pompous without any of the geniality of Nettles. I miss him and Jane Wymark, even though they never, ever gave her enough to do. I like Hughes but I don't remember him playing it so doltish. The ending was good, however; but they could do without the expositions. Don't care much to have it all explained in summary - it's something that should evolve, the facts get to be known or intimated as the story goes along, not have it all wrapped up by way of explanation. Hope Samantha Bond gets to do some other kind of character sometime - she's wrung this one out to dry too many times. Nettles is nicely retired now and perhaps Midsomer should retire as well.


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