Midsomer Murders (1997– )
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Destroying Angel 

When a hotel owner dies, the manager misses the reading of the will that names him part-owner.


David Tucker


David Hoskins (screenplay), Caroline Graham (based on characters by)

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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
Adie Allen ... Annie
Glen Berry Glen Berry ... Ben
Nigel Betts ... Sergeant
Samantha Bond ... Suzanna Chambers
Philip Bowen Philip Bowen ... Gregory Chambers
Jonathan Coy ... Kenneth Gooders
Niamh Daly Niamh Daly ... Denise Daly
Lisa Ellis ... Junior Cook
Roger Frost Roger Frost ... Colin Salter
Tony Haygarth ... Tyson
Caroline Holdaway Caroline Holdaway ... Florence
Barry Jackson ... Dr. Bullard


DCI Barnaby and Sgt. Troy investigate the murder of Gregory Chambers who was killed when out in the woods mushrooming. He was one of four people who had recently inherited a portion of his employer's estate, principally a local hotel. With his death, his one-quarter share now passes to his wife, Suzanna, who has been having an affair with Tristan Goodfellow. It would also appear that Gregory was having an affair with Annie Salter, who is four months pregnant. When Tristan is poisoned with a type of mushroom known as Destroying Angel and the other inheritors of the estate are put at risk, Barnaby looks to find a common connection. Written by garykmcd

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26 August 2001 (UK) See more »

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Abigail McKern plays Julia Gooders in this episode. She returns in episode 14.2, Midsomer Murders: Dark Secrets (2011), in the role of Josie Parker. See more »


Sergeant Gavin Troy: [mildly shocked to see Salter answering the door clad only in a woman's apron] I'm not sure that's legal, sir.
Colin Salter: A man can dress as he wishes in his own home.
D.C.I. Tom Barnaby: [clearly uncomfortable] Would you mind putting something on, Mr. Salter, I'd like to ask you a few questions.
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I liked this episode but disappointed in the ending
24 August 2015 | by ctyankee1See all my reviews

This episode had many people murdered in different ways. It seems it was about who was going to inherit property. Four people were to get a hotel and land until the day before the owner died who made a new will.

The characters where all mean. Those who were not mean were nuts or cheating on their husbands and wives. A man is killed in the woods while picking mushrooms, a man is dieing from eating poison mushrooms called "Destroying Angel".

In one part there is a man named Colin who I think was gay but he wore a woman's apron and nothing else. He would have sex with his female house keeper in the woods. They show him running through the woods like he is being chased for fun by I suppose his house keeper. He is about 6 ft 6 and thin, with no clothes on. It is a really stupid scene as we see him from the back with his butt exposed.

This episode was good until the end. One murderer is a married female who takes pills to kill herself. She is responsible for the death of many. They play sad music and people are crying. Her husband says "she could be pretty tough at times but underneath she is the gentlest person you could ever meet." Yeah right!

Barnaby wife's says to him "Does her husband know she is a mass murderer?" Jane then says to Barnaby "you liked her didn't you? He then admits he "chief inspector liked a mass murderer."

How utterly stupid to sympathize with a person that murdered many people but show no sympathy for those who lost their loved ones murdered by this woman. I know this is a fake story but people who see it may think it is okay. I don't! Murderers are criminals. They only care about themselves. Too much sympathy and pity given in this episode. The writers must be nuts too.

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