Midsomer Murders: Season 15, Episode 5

The Sicilian Defence (9 Jan. 2013)

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When a young girl wakes up from a mysterious coma, she finds that no one knows what happened to her boyfriend, who mysteriously disappeared around the same time she was attacked.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Jason Hughes ...
Tamzin Malleson ...
David Farmer
Harriet Farmer
Dr. Laura Parr
Jamie Carr
Olivia Carr
Edward Stannington
Alan Robson
John Henshaw ...
Arthur Potts
Fay Ripley ...
Caroline Potts
Vivian Stannington
Wendy Robson


Teenager Harriet Farmer is attacked in woods on her way to elope with boyfriend Finn Robson and left in a coma. Finn vanishes and a year later, as the annual Bishopwood chess tournament begins, Harriet wakes up with temporary amnesia. The chess club president, unpopular writer Edward Stannington is murdered, his sole heir being his dippy aunt Vivian. Barnaby learns that Stannington is the father of a young chess prodigy whom he has disowned and was out to discredit his chess rival, Alan Robson, Finn's father, the millionaire creator of a computer chess game. Furthermore unhappily-married hotelier Arthur Potts wanted the victim to invest in his ailing business and was refused. After Harriet's father is also murdered her kindly doctor, Laura Parr, and Barnaby take the girl to the woods where she was attacked to see if she can recall the events of the previous year. Her memories eventually lead to the unmasking of the killer, a face from the past of one of the families with a revenge ... Written by don @ minifie-1

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Reunites Julie Graham and Cheryl Campbell who starred in William and Mary (2003 - 2005) See more »


[first lines]
DCI John Barnaby: [holding sombreros] Remember these?
Sarah Barnaby: [laughs] I try hard not to.
DCI John Barnaby: 1996, we bought these in Puerto Vallarta; you wore a red dress.
Sarah Barnaby: Los Cabos, and the dress was blue.
DCI John Barnaby: [to Sykes] Least I got the year right.
DCI John Barnaby: [follows Sarah outside] We went dancing in these.
Sarah Barnaby: Yeah, that's Tequina for you. Right. Boxes are for charity, bags are for recycling; so, take your pick.
DCI John Barnaby: You can't give these to charity.
Sarah Barnaby: No, you're right; no-one's that desperate. Recycling it is then.
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I liked it.
18 October 2014 | by (Tennessee) – See all my reviews

Despite a good rating, the reviews here are negative, so I thought I'd throw in a positive one.

Most of the Season 15 episodes have been a disappointment to those of us who have watched and re-watched MM from the beginning, especially Written In The Stars. Much of the humor of early episodes is gone, as are the historical tidbits that can be fun. The writers seem to want to be grittier even throwing in foul language (huge let down).

But we enjoyed this episode in comparison w the rest of Season 15. I can't give much detail w/o throwing in spoilers. One pairing made me cringe and we didn't see enough of the fun folks, like the aunt, and good people got done away with, but it is fiction and meant as escapism. We liked it. The gorgeous scenery is still there. And we like John Barnaby and Ben Jones and we miss Gail Stephens.

We hope Season 16 gets to the US very very soon.

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