Midsomer Murders (1997– )
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Down Among the Dead Men 

Expert blackmailer Martin Barret is murdered and there is no shortage of suspects.


Renny Rye


Douglas Watkinson (screenplay), Caroline Graham (characters)

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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
John Nettles ... DCI Tom Barnaby
Jason Hughes ... DC Ben Jones
Jane Wymark ... Joyce Barnaby
Laura Howard ... Cully Barnaby
Barry Jackson ... Dr Bullard
Grant Masters ... Martin Barrett
Charlotte Emmerson Charlotte Emmerson ... Hayley Redfern
Sam Kelly ... Jack Fothergill
Julia McKenzie ... Ruby Wilmott
Rob Edwards Rob Edwards ... Richard Florian
Christine Kavanagh Christine Kavanagh ... Margaret Florian
Arthur Kohn Arthur Kohn ... Billy
Derek Hutchinson ... Reg
Paul Freeman ... Sir John Waverley
Dermot Crowley ... Peter Hatchard


Another kitchen in Midsomer is the setting for a murder, this time the shotgun killing of a man who has been blackmailing more than one member of the local community. Barnaby and Jones must uncover the secrets each suspect has been hoping to keep hidden, and their investigation includes a respected man who once ran a school for wayward girls, a pub owner who may have shorted the tax man on inheritance taxes, and a couple whose weekend trips to the seashore might be more than for a relaxing whiff of sea air. Written by Ron Kerrigan <mvg@whidbey.com>

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Crime | Drama | Mystery


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Release Date:

12 March 2006 (UK) See more »

Filming Locations:

Beer, Devon, England, UK See more »

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Bentley Productions See more »
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Did You Know?


Derek Hutchinson plays Reg in this episode. He returns in episode 10.1, Midsomer Murders: Dance with the Dead (2006), in the role of Richard Budd. See more »


[first lines]
Martin Barrett: Mrs Redfern?
Hayley Redfern: Yes.
Martin Barrett: How nice to meet you.
Hayley Redfern: You mean you're Martin Barrett?
Martin Barrett: Yes. I think we both expected someone a little different.
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Maybe Concidences Are Too Helpful
30 March 2016 | by HitchcocSee all my reviews

Sometimes Barnaby just benefits by a lot of luck. There is a bit too much of it in this offering. A horrible blackmailer, smug a smarmy, has been brutally murdered. Even though he probably had it coming, Barnaby and Jones must try their best to find the killer. There are few suspects and a couple of people finding personal gain in the process. Barnaby finds a likable character in a man who lives by the seaside. He is helpful in the investigation. His wife is kind, and he looks like he could be a good friend for our DCI. He is himself an ex-policeman and very good natured. Anyway, there are a couple victims, not of murder, but of rumors and slander (the blackmailer has left his mark, even in death). The biggest problem with this episode are a series of deus ex machianae that seem to pop up. The final scene in the film is just so far fetched as to be laughable. Could the writers not have come up with a bit more complex clue than what happens? Also, the murder victim is so unlikeable that we are pulling for the murderer half the time.

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