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:
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 ...
Daisy Keeping ...
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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Crime | Drama | Mystery





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John Barneby is Tom's cousin in the show. See more »


Sgt Jones says that when Palmers remains were found in his racing car under a sheet, under some bales of straw in a barn it was assumed that the death was suicide since his gun was next to him without at anytime wondering how after committing suicide the dead man managed to hide himself under a sheet and several bales. See more »


DCI John Barnaby: Ahh, that's why. Here, look at that.
[Shows picture to his dog]
DCI John Barnaby: He was only thirty, but half his hair was gone and the rest was ginger. Maybe it was suicide, after all.
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References The Belles of St. Trinian's (1954) See more »

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Great start with the new Barnaby
14 November 2015 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I really liked this episode. I like this Barnaby a lot more than I did the previous one. I never really cared for the character of Joyce either. I was never able to decide if it was the actress playing the role or if she was just given really lame scripts to work with.

I liked the numerous bits of humor throughout this episode. I like murder mysteries and trying to figure out who dunnit but if the mysteries also have some humor throughout I like them even more.

There were a couple of things that really did not add up but overall a really great start for the new actor taking over the starring role.

I am looking forward to all the rest of the episodes with this new guy. I think that they will be a lot more enjoyable than the others were.

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