Midsomer Murders (1997– )
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Faithful unto Death 

When the wife of a wealthy local businessman disappears, Barnaby finds that Fawcett Green harbors a complex web of financial and romantic entanglements.


Baz Taylor


Douglas Watkinson (screenplay), Caroline Graham (novel)


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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
Paul Brooke ... Nigel Anderson
Rosalind Ayres ... Doreen Anderson
Eleanor Summerfield Eleanor Summerfield ... Elfrida Molfrey
Peter Jones ... Bunny Dawlish
Tessa Peake-Jones ... Sarah Lawton
Lesley Vickerage ... Simone Hollingsworth
Roger Allam ... Alan Hollingsworth
Michele Dotrice ... Felicity Buckley
Paul Chapman ... Reg Buckley
Sophie Stanton ... Brenda Buckley


When the residents of Morton Fendle learn that the local mill is to be shut, many also realize that they will lose their investments in the place. Alan Hollingsworth had encouraged the locals to invest but he is now bankrupt and refuses to explain what has happened to the money. Feelings are running high and Gray Patterson in particular, Hollingsworth's one time partner, seems ready to do something about it. When Hollingsworth's wife disappears, Barnaby concludes that she has been kidnapped and that may account for the missing money. But who exactly are the kidnappers and why have they targeted Mrs. Hollingsworth in particular? A hidden romance and eventual betrayal allows Barnaby to bring the culprits to justice. Written by garykmcd

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Crime | Drama | Mystery


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Release Date:

22 April 1998 (UK) See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Bentley Productions See more »
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Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Did You Know?


Paul Chapman plays Reg Buckley in this episode. He returns in episode 12.7, Midsomer Murders: The Great and the Good (2009), in the role of Howard Richardson. See more »


Haloperidol is not a sleeping pill as stated in the show. Haloperidol is used to treat psychotic disorders. Haloperidol is in a group of medications called conventional anti-psychotics. It works by decreasing abnormal excitement in the brain. See more »


[first lines]
Joyce Barnaby: I think every one of them is mad.
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Midsomer Murders
(Theme Song)
Written by Jim Parker
Performed by Celia Sheen
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Interesting on Many Levels
3 February 2016 | by HitchcocSee all my reviews

This episode takes a lighter touch on the one hand and then deals with deep, serious things on the other. It starts with a confrontation by a group of investors, attacking a man whom they trusted to build a park that would pay handsomely. It didn't work out and he has become anathema to them. His position forms the foundation of this offering. That and his young, beautiful wife, who seems to have a roving eye. One day she disappears and things begin to crumble. He drops in to deep depression and alcoholism. We come to realize that there has been a ransom note and that she has been kidnapped. Barnaby and Troy must investigate a group of colorful characters, and, as is usually the case, several of them have motives. There is a silly scene where Barnaby eats a muffin that has been offered to him, laced with cannabis, and begins to act like an idiot. While there is humor in this, let's face it, things don't work that fast, nor does one totally change one's personality. Still, there are some really satisfying issues dealt with, and the conclusion is quite striking.

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