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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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Jason Hughes ...
Barry Jackson ...
Edna Doré ...
Granny Brightwell
Susan Engel ...
Harriet Wingate
Lucy Briers ...
Jessica Wingate
Jamie Cameron
Kate Cameron
Charlotte Cameron
Dave Doggy Day
Sid Mitchell ...
Thomas Brightwell
Gwyneth Keyworth ...
Darren Clarke ...


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 not John Nettles. See more »


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 »


DS Ben Jones: Are you interested in classic cars, sir?
DCI John Barnaby: Only if it's got a flashing light and gets me home quickly,
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References The Sweeney (1975) See more »

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pretty appalling actually
13 September 2014 | by (Auckland,New Zealand) – See all my reviews

The story seemed to be being written as the show jerked along!The "villain" was diagnosable 2 seconds after he appeared on screen.Doubt I'll watch another episode-and John Nettles is NOT the reason.I reckon MSM really shows how brilliant the likes of Wexford,Frost,Morse,Wycliffe and D&P were! I guess the one thing that bugs me is my inability to warm to MSM characters-they are SO unpleasant.In MSM I'm happy to see said folk deleted violently(and improbably)it helps get to the end of the picture! As a PS I'd like to add that in this particular episode DS Jones is made out to be particularly obtuse-to downright dumb! I thought that a bit unfair.

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