A film historian writing about a 1960s horror actress is killed in her home. It becomes the start of what appear to be a series of copycat murders based on the actress' films.


(as Nick Laughland)


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Tamzin Malleson ...
Stella Harris
Diana Davenport
Cy Davenport
Pearce Quigley ...
Colin Yule
Rosie Harris
Scott Davenport
David Bark-Jones ...
Patrick Tilman
Juliet Tilman
Emma Harris
Perry Stevens
Young Stella


The Midsomer Langley Film Society shows a retrospective of horror films made by local actress Stella Harris but Stella is upstaged when glamorous movie star Diana Davenport, her sister, returns to the area for the first time in forty years with film producer husband Cy. The same night Eve Lomax, a writer working on a book about Stella, is murdered, her neck punctured as if by a vampire. Eve was not popular with Stella or film society president Colin Yule, who claims Eve stole a photo of Stella. Stella's daughter Emma tells Barnaby that Eve's landlord, the married Patrick, was sexually harassing her whilst Patrick claims Eve had a secret lover. Then there are two further slayings, both in the manner of murders from Stella's films. Could they be connected to a family secret from over forty years ago, linking death and the divas? Written by don @ minifie-1

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Crime | Drama | Mystery





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2 January 2013 (UK)  »

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A bald man wearing jeans is just visible around the 1:19:47 mark to the right of the screen behind Emma and Diana when they enter the crypt. See more »


[first lines]
Gentleman in carriage: Oh, Miss!
[opens carriage door]
Gentleman in carriage: Can I be of some assistance? It's late, and you seem unsure of your way.
Young Stella: Thank you. I'm quite all right.
Gentleman in carriage: Come; it's a filthy night.
[Stella gets in]
Gentleman in carriage: You do right to be cautious my child, but you can trust me. I am the Marquis of Graydon. Such a pretty young thing, and though your beauty may never fade...
[bares his fangs]
Young Stella: Open the door. I want to get out. Please.
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References The Mummy (1959) See more »

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Instead of "Shane, Come Back"....Please "John Nettles, Come Back"
1 July 2015 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Let me preface this review by stating this episode had to be one of the worst, if not the worst! Cheesy story line, cheesy acting. Since John Nettles left, the episodes just seem to be a discombobulation of whatever the writers throw out there. I find myself forcing to complete the viewing, pausing frequently. And...the dog (Sykes) moments irritate me to no end even though I dearly love dogs. But, Midsomer Murders should NOT be a rehash of "The Thin Man" or "Frasier". Now for my review (if I can put it into words): Two aging horror movie queens (sisters) are still trying to out best one another 40 years later. The snippets from the 1960's horror films, the film scenery with the red convertible (driven by one of the sisters years earlier)juxtaposed on the film were just to much to take seriously. "John Nettles, Come Back"

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