Midsomer Murders (1997– )
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Dead in the Water 

During a regatta, the body of Rowing Club chairman Guy Sweetman is found bludgeoned and drowned. Bachelor Sweetman was prolifically promiscuous and jealousy would seem to be the motive.


Renny Rye


Douglas Watkinson (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
Adrian Lukis Adrian Lukis ... Phillip Trent
William Scott-Masson ... John Parkway
Benedick Blythe Benedick Blythe ... Guy Sweetman
Diana Quick ... Clare Bonavita
Clemency Burton-Hill ... Hettie Trent (as Clemmie Burton-Hill)
Mark Frost ... Vic Lynton
Owain Yeoman ... Henry Charlton
Sean Baker Sean Baker ... Ivan Hawkins
Janet Brown Janet Brown ... Mrs Sharp
Jack Klaff ... Freddie Bonavita


While attending the Midsomer Regatta with his wife Joyce and daughter Cully, Det. Chief Inspector Barnaby finds himself investigating the murder of Guy Sweetman, the rowing club's chairman who is found floating in the river. Sweetman was quite a ladies man and there is no end of suspects on that score. However, Barnaby and DS Scott also learn that the dead man was having frequent meetings with two other members of the club and may have had an arguments with them the evening he disappeared. As the investigation continues, the police learn that the secret meetings all had to do with money, or the lack of it as all involved were having financial difficulties. Not surprisingly, the motive for the murder is both greed and lust. Written by garykmcd

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Crime | Drama | Mystery


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Release Date:

17 October 2004 (UK) See more »

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Bentley Productions See more »
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Did You Know?


Clare Bonavita calls her protégé Henry Charlton "Midsomer's answer to Steve Redgrave". Redgrave plays the talent scout from the Olympic Committee who is at the regatta to have a look at Charlton. See more »


Early on, Barnaby and Scott speak to Phillip Trent who tells them about the victim's girlfriend, Sandra Tate; later Barnaby speaks to Vic Lynton alone. Then when Barnaby and Scott are reviewing their information, Scott says Lynton told them about Sandra. See more »


[first lines]
DCI Tom Barnaby: Oh no. The world and his wife's here.
Cully Barnaby: Kind of the idea, Dad. Couple of drinks, though, and you won't notice them.
Joyce Barnaby: [referring to passing yacht] Now that's the sort of thing, Tom. Only maybe more old-fashioned and stylish.
DCI Tom Barnaby: Yeah, that'll be it. Your mother thinks I need to relax more; weekends on the river, our own boat perhaps.
Cully Barnaby: It's a good idea. D'you know, there's loads for sale in the local paper.
DCI Tom Barnaby: Is this a conspiracy? In my job you get ten years for that.
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Irritating sinister noise in the background
1 January 2019 | by nikhils-rlSee all my reviews

I like general background noise, but the sinister sounding sort of screaming noise that you hear sometimes is irritating and cheap that I would not expect in a classy series like this.

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