Midsomer Murders: Season 14, Episode 8

A Rare Bird (11 Jan. 2012)

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Barnaby and Jones investigate whether competition between ornithology enthusiasts led to murder.


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Episode complete credited cast:
Jason Hughes ...
Fiona Dolman ...
Tamzin Malleson ...
Nina Morgan
Alexander Hanson ...
Patrick Morgan (as Alex Hanson)
Paul Bigley ...
Tim Whitley
Ralph Ford
Michael Hipsman
Dave Foxely
George Napier
Dr. Markham
Amanda Lawrence ...
Olivia Carter
Ella Al-Khalil Coyle ...
Aimee Whitley


When bird-watcher Ralph Ford claims to have seen a blue-crested hoopoe - thus winning him the year's list contest - other members of the Midsomer-in-the-Marsh ornithological society are angry, especially society chairman Patrick Morgan, who, later that night is lured to his death by a call on Ford's stolen phone. Morgan was generally unpopular in the society and farmer George Napier benefits by the death as Morgan intended to save wetlands he intended to drain whilst his Russian widow Nina, a former ballerina, is pregnant, and since her husband had had a vasectomy he is not the father. The real father is the next victim - will a third person meet their death at the hands of one who has killed two people as well as a rare bird? Written by don @ minifie-1

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A few ruffled feathers
12 January 2012 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

As a fairly keen bird watcher I expected to see all the usual clichés about the hobby… and wasn't disappointed! The story opens with somebody watching a couple arguing; the man is not happy when his wife says she is pregnant as he had a vasectomy before they met! He is a member of the local bird watching club and tempers are running high there too as one of their number claims to have seen a 'blue-crowned hoopoe' which would put him in the lead in their annual listing competition; the trouble is other club members don't believe him so he storms out of the meeting. Later that night he is killed; was it because of his denial of the other man's bird sighting or was it the father of his wife's child… or perhaps something else altogether? As the episode progresses we are introduced to a large variety of suspects with an equally large number of motives. In fact just about every non-regular character is somewhat suspect.

This story was typical Midsumer; rather silly but also rather fun. Any body who knows anything about British bird-watching would either have turned off in disgust or laughed heartily as the club members searched for the fictitious 'blue-crested hoopoe' and casually mention birds they see which are North American and would cause a stir if seen here… perhaps a minor quibble considering this is Midsomer! The cast did a good job as always, particularly Neil Dudgeon who is great as John Barnaby. There were enough suspects and motives to keep me guessing until the end.

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