Midsomer Murders (1997– )
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Dark Autumn 

The near decapitation of the local postman, whose hyperactive libido also makes him the village lothario, leads to a series of grisly murders involving other promiscuous villagers.


Jeremy Silberston


Peter Hammond (screenplay) (as Peter J. Hammond), Caroline Graham (characters)

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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
Fleur Bennett Fleur Bennett ... Debbie Shortlands
Adam Blackwood Adam Blackwood ... Keith Shortlands
Prue Clarke Prue Clarke ... Mary Yeatman
Robert Glenister ... John Field
Del Henney Del Henney ... Mike Yeatman
Nicky Henson ... Simon Reason
Alan Howard ... Owen August
Celia Imrie ... Louise August
Barry Jackson ... Dr. Bullard
Gillian Kearney ... WPC Jay Nash
Kate Maberly ... Holly Reid
Marian McLoughlin ... Barbara Judd


When Dave Cutler, the local postman, is found with his throat slit, Barnaby and Troy are on the case. Cutler it seems had slept with most of the woman in the village so between spurned lovers and irate husbands, there are any number of suspects. They are assisted by the local police in the form of the very attractive WPC Jay Nash, to whom Troy takes a instant liking. When a second and then a third murder takes place, the police realize they have a far more complex motive that simple jealousy. Written by garykmcd

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postman | pub | lothario | boredom | voyeur | See All (26) »


Crime | Drama | Mystery


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16 September 2001 (UK) See more »

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Did You Know?


Nicky Henson plays Simon Reason in this episode. He returns in episode 10.7 in the role of Terence Charteris. See more »


In the game of Aunt Sally, each competitor throws six sticks. After Tom Barnaby throws his third stick, he is clearly seen with four left to throw. See more »


DCI Tom Barnaby: Why does everyone in this village seem to be "at it?"
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The Creep
written by Andy Burton
performed by Ted Heath and his Music
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Very good episode from a great Series.
3 June 2018 | by Sleepin_DragonSee all my reviews

Series Four of Midsomer Murders and this show was on top form, the viewing figures prove it. Midsomer Murders was essential viewing, following on from the likes of Garden of Death and The Electric Vendetta comes Dark Autumn, a case surrounding the murder of the handsome, but promiscuous Postman Dave Cutler.

Whilst it's perhaps doesn't reach the status of classic, that Destroying Angel certainly does, I'd say it's still very much a class act. It's somehow measured, the killings are brutal but basic, at this time they weren't attempting to script in bizarre and outrageous killings, it's very much a straightforward whodunit. At times you need to suspend belief, as a few events are a little silly, but it is a great watch. Well acted naturally, Celia Imrie and Robert Glenister both particularly good.

I love the use of music, so reminiscent of Morse 'Driven to distraction.'

A great episode, from a time when the show had something. 8/10

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