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Local bootleggers come under suspicion after the disappearance of a government inspector.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Fiona Dolman ...
Tamzin Malleson ...
Samuel Quested
Ian Peck ...
Bernard Lloyd ...
Byron Street
Beatrice Comins ...
Evelyn Grigor
Niamh Quinn ...
Denise Black ...
Chloe Baker
Natalie Klamar ...
Esme Baker
Rev Conrad Walker
Richard Hawley ...
Will Green


Whilst temperance campaigners, led by fervent ex-alcoholic parson Norman Grigor, protest against the Midsomer Abbas May Festival, the body of Peter Slim, a revenue inspector investigating illicit stills, is found dumped in a cider vat. The murder weapon, an apple tree harvester which shook him to death, belongs to boozy cider mill owner Anthony Devereux, a man with something to hide though he denies murder. Then Barnaby discovers a secret connecting Slim to a village girl and a party to that secret is murdered. As pub landlord Samuel Quested leads the villagers in the revival of an old fertility custom Barnaby and Jones find themselves in peril during the night of the stag. Written by don @ minifie-1

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Crime | Drama | Mystery





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12 October 2011 (UK)  »

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Did You Know?


When Quested asks "Who will rid me of this troublesome priest?", he is quoting what Henry II reportedly said before witnesses about Thomas Beckett. Two of his knights allegedly took him seriously and murdered the cardinal. The Christian world was outraged and Beckett was quickly proclaimed a saint and a martyr by the Pope. See more »


Throughout the episode, Beltane is given as 4 May. It is actually 1 May (although fertility rites such as The Stag were often performed the night of 30 April, sometimes known as Walpurgisnacht). In addition, while some Beltane fertility rites were, indeed, incorporated into the modern Easter, that festival is more generally descended from Eostre, the festival of the Spring Equinox. See more »


[first lines]
Samuel Quested: Okay. Who's next? Reuben, what do you want? Same again, mate?
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Terrible and offensive
26 March 2012 | by (BC,Canada) – See all my reviews

In all the years of Midsomer Murders, they've made many good episodes and a few poor ones that disappointed. But this is the first episode that I can truly say was absolutely dreadful to the point that it left both my wife and myself with really bad tastes in both our mouths and that we both felt deeply offended by it. Angry and embarrassed for the actors who had to take part in it, in fact. I hope the producers in the U.K. received numerous letters and emails of complaint after it aired thereabout the content and the story-line as it was so awful. What were Dudgeon and Clarke thinking in agreeing to take part in this drivel? It was beyond belief.

I won't say more as it may be viewed as a spoiler but I'll close by saying that I can think of better ways to pass an hour and a half: like resting on a bed of nails while someone piles weights on your chest.

Sorry, but rating it a 1/10 really is giving it too much credit.

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