Midsomer Murders (1997– )
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Death of a Hollow Man 

C.I. Barnaby donates time to the local amateur dramatic society when his wife Joyce is cast in a revival of "Amadeus," but complications arise when the leading man is murdered onstage.


Jeremy Silberston


Caroline Graham (screenplay), Caroline Graham (novel) | 1 more credit »


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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
Denyse Alexander Denyse Alexander ... Agnes Gray
Janine Duvitski ... Deirdre Tibbs
Ian Fitzgibbon Ian Fitzgibbon ... David Smy
Geoffrey Hutchings Geoffrey Hutchings ... Colin Smy
Bernard Hepton ... Harold Winstanley
Angela Pleasence ... Doris Winstanley
Sarah Badel Sarah Badel ... Rosa Carmichael
Ed Waters Ed Waters ... Nicholas Bentley
Nicholas Woodeson ... Avery Phillips (as Nick Woodeson)
Richard Huw Richard Huw ... Tim Young


Barnaby and Troy investigate the death of Agnes Gray, a middle-aged resident of Ferne Basset whose body is found floating in the river. The autopsy reveals that she was suffering from advanced cancer, but she was beaten to death with a metal bar. The police find her home ransacked and her clothes shredded. They also learn that she lived quite frugally and gave most of her money to charities. When Agnes' cousin Esslyn Carmichael dies on stage during a performance of the local theatrical society, Barnaby must determine what hidden secret has driven someone to murder. Written by garykmcd

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Crime | Drama | Mystery


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Release Date:

29 March 1998 (UK) See more »

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Bentley Productions See more »
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Did You Know?


Geoffrey Hutchings plays Colin Smy in this episode. He returns in episode 12.1, Midsomer Murders: The Dogleg Murders (2009), in the role of Harry Claypole. See more »


When Kitty finds the floppy disc with the incriminating evidence on it it is made of pale grey plastic. By the time she delivers it to the police station it is made of black plastic. See more »


[first lines]
D.C.I. Barnaby: You'll give yourself indigestion.
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Midsomer Murders
(Theme Song)
Written by Jim Parker
Performed by Celia Sheen
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Wonderful music
17 January 2018 | by tessscannellSee all my reviews

One of my favorite features of the early Midsomer Murders is the music. I consider whoever chose it to be my musical soulmate. One unerderlying theme in this episode is the Agnus Dei of a Mozart mass--but which one?

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