During a total eclipse of the sun, an astronomer is bludgeoned to death by a meteor, and an astrologer claims to have predicted each subsequent murder.



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Episode cast overview:
Tamzin Malleson ...
Lawrence Janson
Kenny Ireland ...
George Dormer
Gagan Dutta
Jay Taylor ...
Peter Groves
Adrian Sharp
Mags Dormer
Jeremy Harper
Catrina Harper
Tanya Walker
Harry Dutta
Charles Daish ...
Jack Clough


During a local eclipse of the sun, Jeremy Harper, one of a group of amateur astronomers, is killed on Moonstone Ridge by a blow to the head with a meteorite. Jeremy had rowed with Laurence Janson, head of the university observatory over plans to extend the observatory onto the ridge but was unaware of his wife Catrina's affair with Janson. Local clairvoyant Mags Dormer had warned Jeremy of impending disaster and tells Barnaby that Moonstone Ridge is cursed, since Catrina's sister Mary, wife of pharmacist Harry Dutta, also died there some years earlier. Then other murders occur, of members of the group who were opposed to Janson's plans but had also made a discovery of their own, leading to a resolution of the case written in the stars. Written by don @ minifie-1

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Crime | Drama | Mystery


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25 September 2012 (UK)  »

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Did You Know?


Character Mags Dormer's nickname "Mystic Mags" is a reference to Mystic Meg (aka Margaret Lake) who was briefly famous in the mid 1990s when she used to appear on The National Lottery (1994), foretelling who might win money on the lottery. See more »


When Adrian Sharp first speaks to Barnaby at the observatory, he says that the probable fate of Earth will be to be sucked into a black hole. In fact, it is universally accepted by astronomers that Earth will be swallowed up as the sun expands into a red giant in about five billion years' time. See more »


[first lines]
Man at gate: Park wherever you like.
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References Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977) See more »

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I'm a huge fan of Midsomer Murders, but there was no one to root for this time...
10 October 2014 | by (Tennessee) – See all my reviews

I'm a huge fan of Midsomer Murders, but there was no one to root for this time. I wouldn't have cared if almost all of them had been victims. (Sadly, the one character I did kind of like was one of the ones that biffed it.)

I watch and re-watch MM, but I doubt I'll choose this episode again. As usual, the cinematography is fantastic and the main characters are fantastic, but the personalities given to most of the other characters made them and their relationships too unbelievable and unlikeable to care about. I got bored.

Also, I could have done w/o the vocab descending into the sewer. The high-road vocab has always been one of the awesome aspects of MM.

Anyway, if you're a real fan, this is worth watching. If you're a new-comer to the series, hopefully you don't start here. Most of the episodes are entertaining, intelligent, educational, and fun and worth your time. You should watch from the beginning of the series. Hopefully they'll keep making more.

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