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"Midsomer Murders" Not in My Back Yard (2011)

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9 out of 11 people found the following review useful:

Decent enough episode.

Author: Paul Andrews ( from UK
3 September 2011

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Midsomer Murders: Not in My Back Yard is set in the small Midsomer village of Great Pelfe where local resident & potential local councilor Norman Swanscombe (Peter Egan) is holding an open back yard party, however things turn nasty when Maureen Stubbs (Joan Blackham) from the Midsomer Conservation Society has a row with Swanscombe over his modern house & a development to build new housing on local land. Later that night Maureen Stubbs is stabbed to death & DCI Tom Barnaby (John Nettles) is on the case, Maureen's death seems to be motivated by the planned housing development & her opposition to it but with several important people counting on it Barnaby has no shortage of suspects. That is until those planning the building work also start turning up dead...

Epsidoe seven from season thirteen this Midsomer Murders mystery was directed by Peter Smith & turned out to be John Nettles penultimate investigation before his character retires, to be fair to Not in My Back Yard I thought it was pretty good & better than a lot of the recent episodes. The title of this episode refers to a saying we have here in the UK Not in My Back Yard which is commonly abbreviated as NIMBY & therefore people are accused of bing NIMBY's, the theme of countryside development is an emotive issue & one which crops up in the media over here from time to time & now it's Midsomer Murders turn to highlight it. Of course the main aspect of Not in My Back Yard is the murder mystery which is quiet well done if a little familiar with various oddball character's, affairs, murder, blackmail & various red herrings. The motives for murder are plausible & it's not like no-one has ever been murdered for money & power but at the same time it does feel a bit routine, as usual there's a lot of exposition to sit through & take in but it does make reasonable sense at the end except maybe why the killer left Liz alive rather than kill her off despite the fact Liz could have named them but all in all Not in My Back Yard is fairly solid.

There's some imaginative murders in this one, a woman is stabbed in the back with a broken bottle, a guy has his neck broken by a faulty electronic door & someone is buried in concrete while in the back of his car. Although not gory the murders are quite memorable but the killer is never really given any reason or motive as to why they dispatch their victims so elaborately. Filmed in quaint English countryside locations this looks as nice as ever while the cast do a good job as always.

Not in My Back Yard is a watchable Midsomer Murders episode, it has a decent amount of kills & enough intrigue & mystery to keep one watching but I can't help but feel the series is going a little stale with recycled plots & character & locations. Fans of the show should enjoy this one.

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5 out of 6 people found the following review useful:

No one wants a shopping mall

Author: blanche-2 from United States
4 August 2015

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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6 out of 8 people found the following review useful:

A new development

Author: Tweekums from United Kingdom
13 January 2011

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Within minutes of this episode opening tempers flare at a garden party being held by a local developer; plenty of villagers don't think his modern house should have been built and certainly don't think he should be allowed to build further houses and business premises in the village. That night as one of the women who objected to him sneaks onto his property she is murdered by being stabbed repeatedly with a broken bottle, violent even for Midsomer! It soon becomes clear that many people there have their secrets and motives; the developer's house had been vandalised by the victim, the architect is blackmailing the builder and the builder is sleeping with a member of the planning committee for a start and there is also a former member of the special forces who is standing against the developer in a local election. This being Midsomer there isn't just one death and the second and third are even more grisly than the first. While waiting for the killer to be unmasked we have blackmail, burglary, betrayal, and more than one sexual indiscretion exposed, all of which muddies the waters as to who the killer will be.

This episode got off to a good start wasting no time in setting up and antagonistic situation, killing off one of the antagonists and setting up a variety of suspects and motivations. As usual the acting was good from both the regular cast and guest stars. The murders were suitably gruesome without being too shocking to watch, in fact the second wasn't too surprising; once we'd seen the malfunctioning door it was just a question of who and when it would kill somebody. If you are a fan of the series I'm sure you'll enjoy this episode and even if you haven't seen the series before this story is easy to follow.

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1 out of 1 people found the following review useful:

Politics and Property

Author: Hitchcoc from United States
4 June 2016

This episode is about average (which isn't so bad), but it dredges up another plot that has been done before: that of a group of protesters wanting to keep the status quo and engaging in near-terrorist tactics. Anyway, at the bottom of this one is the fact that there are agendas there that lie beneath the surface. Two men are running for office. One is big on development and progress, while the other sees such things as destructive to the village. He begins to engage in an effort to discredit those who oppose him, engaging in illegal activities. The weaknesses here. For one, we have a ludicrous murder committed as a man gets stuck in a sliding door and strangled. How fortuitous and how ludicrous. Also, Barnaby keeps looking the other way. Slanderous accusations are made without any proof. Yet the townspeople fall for it. Let's get real.

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