Midsomer Murders (1997– )
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Bantling Boy 

A four-member syndicate owns a racehorse that two of them are desperate to sell and two of them are determined to keep. When one of them is murdered, Barnaby is on the case.


Sarah Hellings


Steve Trafford (screenplay), Caroline Graham (characters)

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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
John Nettles ... DCI Tom Barnaby
John Hopkins John Hopkins ... Sergeant Dan Scott
Jane Wymark ... Joyce Barnaby
Laura Howard ... Cully Barnaby
Barry Jackson ... Dr Bullard
Caroline Blakiston ... Angela Hartley
Philip McGough Philip McGough ... Geoffrey
Simon Kunz ... Bruce Hartley
Anna Wilson-Jones ... Marianna Hartley
Barnaby Kay ... Dr Osgood
Charlie Condou ... Jake Foley
Julia Ford ... Joanna Craxton
Shane Attwooll ... Ray Craxton (as Shane Attwool)
Thomas Grant ... Peter Craxton
Geoffrey Freshwater ... Sam Tate


Barnaby and Scott enter the world of horse racing when the trainer of thoroughbred Bantling Boy is battered to death. Bruce Hartley was an alcoholic who had vowed to expose the reason why his father bequeathed the horse to four Midsomer villagers. The other members of the syndicate come under suspicion, but the killing continues - then Bantling Boy falls ill. The detectives must unravel secrets hidden at the aristocratic Bantling Hall to find the killer. Written by Anonymous

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Crime | Drama | Mystery


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Release Date:

16 January 2005 (UK) See more »

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Did You Know?


Anna Wilson-Jones plays Marianna Hartley In this episode. She returns in episode 15.4 Midsomer Murders: Death and the Divas (2013) in the role of Emma Harris. See more »


During the running of the opening horse race, the horses change direction around the track several times. See more »


[first lines]
Peter Craxton: Unhand the maid, or perish.
Geoffrey: Never! I'll unhorse you here.
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References The Terminator (1984) See more »

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A Horse of a Different Color
17 March 2016 | by HitchcocSee all my reviews

The cast of characters diminishes in the most Agatha Christie way as a dysfunctional syndicate which owns a race horse begins to get smaller. The horse, Bantling Boy, has come into its own and now is worth considerable money. The syndicate has a rule that a sale must be unanimous to go ahead. A couple of the people have money problems, other not so much, that they are able to make each other very uncomfortable. Soon the swag is going to be divided among a smaller group. This is a good episode with some great Red Herrings and some strong performances. Barnaby and Scott are both bettors and have a bit of insight into what took place.

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