Midsomer Murders: Season 13, Episode 8

Fit for Murder (2 Feb. 2011)

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Joyce talks Barnaby into enrolling in a spa located in a remodeled manor house but the bodies start to pile up when he's there.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Jane Wymark ...
Miranda Bedford
Luke Archbold
Phoebe Archbold
Oliver Mellor ...
Julian Woodley
Sally Giles ...
Natasha Fox
Angus Barnett ...
Kenny Pottinger
Kitty Pottinger
Carter Smith


Barnaby accompanies Joyce to Swaveley Manor health spa,run by fussy Luke Archbold and his wife Phoebe.Luke is in a right of way dispute with Phoebe's former best friend,Miranda Bedford,who has written a novel,and her volatile handyman Carter Smith. Demanding guest Kitty Pottinger is found drowned in the flotation chamber and soon afterwards Luke is killed by a faulty weights machine. The spa faces closure and evidence points to Carter having killed Luke,though Barnaby believes he was framed. Kitty's husband Kenny disappears but is found,having survived an attempt on his life. Before Barnaby retires,handing over to his cousin John,he has exposed a fake medium and discovered that the killer had dual motives - hatred for the Pottingers and a need to stop Miranda 's book being published - both instances being fit for murder. Written by don @ minifie-1

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This was the final episode that DCI Tom Barnaby (John Nettles) appeared in. See more »


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Joyce Barnaby: This is weird.
Cully Barnaby: It is. So, Dad, what now?
DCI Tom Barnaby: What now? I'm going to have my cake and eat it.
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The final case for John Nettles.

Midsomer Murders: Fit for Murder starts as DCI Tom Barnaby (John Nettles) & his wife Joyce (Jane Wymark) arrive at the Swaveley Manor health resort deep in the Midsomer countryside for some peace & relaxation. However things don't go according to plan after the dead body of a rich guest named Kitty Pottinger (Ronni Ancona) is found floating in a flotation chamber & her husband Kenny (Angus Barnett) missing, although off duty Barnaby starts to dig & investigate the mysterious death which could have been a simple accidental drowning or premeditated murder. Then soon after the resorts manager Luke Archbold (Jason Durr) also dies in a suspicious accident, sensing foul play Barnaby is determined to find the murderer...

Episode eight from season thirteen this Midsomer Murders mystery was directed by Renny Rye & was both the last episode of the thirteenth season & the last episode to feature John Nettles as Tom Barnaby before his cousin takes over the main role in season fourteen, as a final send-off Fit for Murder is pretty average. Like a lot of the more recent episodes I just thought it was so familiar, the same sort of character's, the same locations, the same dull motives for murder & the same boring subplots about character's having affairs & money trouble, even the murders themselves are forgettable. A fairly unremarkable episode then with the major distinction of being the last investigation for John Nettles after eighty-one episodes & countless murders. Barnaby's retirement comes a little suddenly at the end like it was tacked on a bit but I am sure most fans of the series will shed a tear or two & remember some of the classic episodes for years previous. I can't say I will remember Fit for Murder for anything other than it being Nettle's last episode to be honest which just about says it all.

There are two murders in this one, neither stand-out as being inventive. The health resort backdrop is alright but the location used looks pretty much like any other used in the series. Well made as usual with good acting from a decent cast many British viewers may recognise Ronni Ancona as a regular face on telly over here & more usually associated with comedy.

Fit for Murder is a reasonable Midsomer Murders episode, it's not amazing or that memorable & Nettle's final story could have been better but considering how the show has been going recently it could have been worse.

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