Midsomer Murders (1997– )
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Death in Disguise 

DCI Barnaby needs all his wits about him as he investigates a string of deaths at a local New Age commune.


Baz Taylor


Douglas Watkinson (screenplay), Caroline Graham (novel)


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
John Nettles ... DCI Tom Barnaby
Daniel Casey ... Sgt. Gavin Troy
Jane Wymark ... Joyce Barnaby
Laura Howard ... Cully Barnaby
Barry Jackson ... Dr. Bullard
Judy Cornwell ... May Cuttle
Charles Kay ... Arno Gibbs
Michael Feast ... Ian Craigie
Colin Farrell Colin Farrell ... Ken Beavers
Diane Bull Diane Bull ... Heather Beavers
Stephen Moyer ... Christopher Wainwright
Miles Anderson ... Guy Gamelin
Susan Tracy Susan Tracy ... Felicity Gamelin
Robert Pickavance Robert Pickavance ... William Carter
Daniel Hart Daniel Hart ... Tim Riley


Ian Craigie is the "master" of a new-age commune. He founded the center with a partner, Bill Carter, to scam the rich but over time, came to believe in the objectives and the good work they did. When Carter is found dead at the bottom of a staircase, the question is whether he fell or was pushed. Barnaby and Troy encounter an eclectic group of commune residents. There is Ken and Heather Beavers whom Barnaby discovers had a very interesting past; Sylvie Gamelin who has just announced that she is donating the several million pound inheritance she received on her 18th birthday; her father Guy who who is absolutely opposed to the donation and her dipsomaniac mother, Felicity; and Christopher Wainwright who may also be hiding something from his past. When another murder is committed, it is left to Barnaby to sift through the backgrounds of the various individuals to find the motive behind the two murders. Written by garykmcd

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Crime | Drama | Mystery


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Release Date:

6 May 1998 (UK) See more »

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Bentley Productions See more »
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Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Did You Know?


Miles Anderson plays Guy Gamelin in this episode. He returns in episode 9.8, Midsomer Murders: Last Year's Model (2006), in the role of Lance Woodrow. See more »


When May Cuttle is regressed as Gaius Quintus "he" states that it is the year 75AD. BC and AD did not come into use until the 6th century. See more »


D.C.I. Barnaby: Did you know Mr. Carter well?
Ian Craigie: I thought so, but clearly we were strangers.
D.C.I. Barnaby: Because he liked to drink and you didn't know?
Ian Craigie: A cry for help, wouldn't you say?
D.C.I. Barnaby: Maybe he just liked having secrets. That must be the downside of communal living. Don't have any privacy. What other secrets, I wonder?
Ian Craigie: Such a wise companion. Such a kind and generous man. And yes, a great reader all his life. I met him shortly after he came out of prison.
Ian Craigie: I thought that would interest you, Inspector.
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Crazy Credits

Judy Cornwell is listed as Judy Cornwall in the opening credits See more »


Midsomer Murders
(Theme Song)
Written by Jim Parker
Performed by Celia Sheen
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Interestingly, There Are Places Like This
8 February 2016 | by HitchcocSee all my reviews

Two murders have been committed at a new age commune. It is led by a charismatic "Master" who believes that (or says he believes) that souls transmigrated and we can get in touch with our past selves. He is also an ex-convict, as we find out almost immediately. The interesting thing is, we are left to decide if he really believes what he is selling. When a man shows up, expecting to get some money back on his investment in this place, he is pushed down the stairs, breaking his neck and dying. The people at this place are interesting because they all seem to have checkered pasts which are exposed as we go along. One young man is the mystery guy. He doesn't speak, even though he can, and he seems to cower from any threat. He is tightly attached to the Master and his life is upended when the man is murdered. Because of his bizarre nature, most assume he is the killer. Coming on the scene is a multi-millionaire business man whose daughter is in the commune. Later, his estranged wife, a hard core alcoholic and drug user also shows up. At age 18, the young woman gets three million pounds. She immediately turns it over to the Master and this infuriates his father. This leads to more tension and more motives. There are numerous others who are suspicious, making this quite complex and engaging. Once again, Barnaby and Troy must wade through both the evidence and their own judgments of the bizarre people at the commune and settle on the realities of the murders.

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