Midsomer Murders (1997– )
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The Killings at Badger's Drift 

An elderly woman is found dead in her own cottage and DCI Tom Barnaby is convinced the death is not a simple accident.


Jeremy Silberston


Anthony Horowitz (screenplay), Caroline Graham (novel)

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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
John Nettles ... DCI Tom Barnaby
Daniel Casey Daniel Casey ... Sgt. Gavin Troy
Jane Wymark ... Joyce Barnaby
Laura Howard ... Cully Barnaby
Barry Jackson ... Dr. Bullard
Renée Asherson ... Emily Simpson (as Renee Asherson)
Rosalie Crutchley ... Lucy Bellringer
Jonathan Firth ... Michael Lacey
Emily Mortimer ... Katherine Lacey
Julian Glover ... Henry Trace
Selina Cadell ... Phyllis Cadell
Christopher Villiers ... David Whitely
Richard Cant Richard Cant ... Dennis Rainbird
Elizabeth Spriggs ... Iris Rainbird
Bill Wallis Bill Wallis ... Dr. Trevor Lessiter


When Emilyn Simpson is found dead in her house, DCI Barnaby's instincts all lead him to suspect murder. Although she was elderly and everyone seems to have liked her, it seems she may have seen something in the woods that she shouldn't have. There are numerous suspects: the local doctor who lies about his alibi, Iris Rainbird, the local busybody who seems to live beyond her means or her son Dennis, who is the local undertaker. Barnaby also receives information that a death the previous year may not have been an accident. When two other residents of Badger's Drift are murdered, Barnaby uncovers an illicit love affair that the protagonists must keep secret. Written by garykmcd

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Crime | Drama | Mystery


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Release Date:

5 July 1998 (USA) See more »

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Bentley Productions See more »
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Did You Know?


Richard Cant plays Dennis Rainbird in this episode. He returns in episode 9.2, Midsomer Murders: Dead Letters (2006), in the role of Alistair Gooding. See more »


When Troy is driving and nearly hits the cyclist, there is a shot of the interior of the car, and the speedometer needle doesn't move. See more »


[first lines]
Dr Trevor Lessiter: Hello, Miss Simpson. Have a very good afternoon.
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Mystery good, storyline gross
15 August 2011 | by ctyankee1See all my reviews

This is like the first pilot for Midsomer Murders. I found this is one of the most disgusting of all the ones that I had seen prior to this in seasons 13 and 14 . It it great in mystery but bad in content.

It deals with murder, incest, blackmail etc. I find the incest part the most appalling in the way in which it was presented.

I went back and checked the other seasons and episodes I watched and it seems there is usually a deviant sexual topic highlighted in this series and sometimes quick semi nudity.

The series lifts up the arts like it is god. There is usually some sort of art show going on that they attend, plays, music concert, etc with the head investigator and his wife raising money for events with phony artsy type people at social gatherings in many of the episodes.

It also puts down religion and makes religious people gay, insane, as in "The Sword of Guillaume".

So I find this series interesting but offensive in the ways they display and present sexual abuse, incest, religion and religious people in general.

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