Midsomer Murders: Season 13, Episode 7

Not in My Back Yard (12 Jan. 2011)

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A group of conservationists object to the development of a pristine part of the village and adherents from both sides become victims of a mysterious killer.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Jane Wymark ...
Norman Swanscombe
Eleanor Swanscombe
James Otley
Amanda Drew ...
Liz Gerrard
Joan Blackham ...
Maureen Stubbs
Angela Lawrence
Major David Walsh
Clifford Bunting
Linda Marlowe ...
Fiona Conway
Geoff Rogers


In the village of Great Pelfe Maureen Stubbs from the Midsomer Conservation Society is stabbed to death after openly accusing builder Geoff Rogers and councillor James Otley of conspiring to ruin the look of the village by rushing through a plan to build modern housing. Supporters of the plan are targeted by a burglar. There is most definitely a scam being carried out behind the supposed housing development plan but is the murderer a supporter of the scam rubbing out all opposition or a dissenter,claiming Not in my Back Yard? Written by don @ minifie-1

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A thick black electrical cable is seen on the floor of Swanscombe House, running through a doorway, along a baseboard, and across a stairway landing, visible just to the left of DCI Tom Barnaby as Liz Gerrard introduces herself to him (at around 4 mins). It appears that someone took great pains to try to make the cable as inconspicuous as possible. See more »


Norman Swanscombe: The Pelfe Charge Development will bring change to a village that's in danger of dying in its sleep.
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No one wants a shopping mall
4 August 2015 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I thought this was a good Midsomer Murders, with some slimy characters.

In the village of Great Pelfe, conservationists are fighting a proposed development there, feeling it will destroy the integrity of the village. Some say it's a scam and will never be built; it will be proved too expensive and then the project will be bought out by a shopping mall development - which is a common way to get a mall into a village.

Maureen Stubbs is one of the most vocal opponents, and doesn't mind calling people names in public. She is found dead not long after the episode begins.

There are two more murders, the next two absolutely dreadful, as Barnaby and Jones hone in on the killer, knowing it has to do with this development and the fight going on in the village. Before it's over, they will discover a traitor to the conservationist cause, a lot of sleeping around, and someone who doesn't mind doing whatever has to be done to get a desired goal - including gruesome murders.

This one pulls out all the stops for ugly murders and a couple of loathsome characters and keeps one interested. The only problem I had was with the way Barnaby asked the questions. He sounded really sly and as if he doubted everything the person answered before he answered. It was a little strange.

A solid episode.

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