Midsomer Murders (1997– )
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The Night of the Stag 

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



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Sarah Barnaby
Byron Street
Beatrice Comins ...
Evelyn Grigor
Niamh Quinn ...
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?


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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Disgusting to say the least
15 June 2016 | by See all my reviews

Barnaby and Jones investigate the murder of a local revenue agent where the phrase "shake him like a British nanny" is somewhat apropos. As far as a murder mystery it was rather run-of-the-mill but the second act really stank.

So, a bunch of fat, ugly, drunken neanderthals dress up with antlers and go "a courting" to the neighboring village. Though apparently in the one village some of the local sluts actually welcome the attention there were also a couple attempts at outright rape (including the leading "stag" offering up his own daughter). If that is what passes for local culture I say evacuate the few decent folks and just napalm the rest. Who scripts this crap?

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