Midsomer Murders (1997– )
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Sins of Commission 

When Midsomer hosts its 12th Annual Literary Festival, an author is found with his neck broken. More writers will die before the winner of the competition is announced.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
... DCI Tom Barnaby
John Hopkins ... Sergeant Dan Scott
... Joyce Barnaby
... Cully Barnaby
... Dr Bullard
Susan Engel ... Camilla Crofton
... Tim Settingfield
Stella Gonet ... Grace Maplin
Margot Leicester ... Kay Settingfield
Michael Harbour ... Harry Poulson (as Michael N. Harbour)
Tom Mannion ... Sam Callaghan
... John Denton
Emma Buckley ... Jezebel Tripp
... Helen Callaghan
... Neville Williams


During the 12th Annual Midsomer St. Michael Literary Festival, local author Richard Rackham is found dead at the bottom of the stairs in his house. The pathologist confirms that his neck was broken before he fell and it is apparent that his laptop computer is missing. When book editor Neville Williams is also killed, Barnaby and Scott learn that he and Rackham were lovers. As the body count keeps rising, the police find multiple motives and several possible killers. Several characters were involved in affairs and some were involved in lucrative financial scams. The solution to the crimes is found when Barnaby unearths an author who has been writing under a pseudonym but who was about to let their true identity be known. Written by garykmcd

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18 January 2004 (UK)  »

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Did You Know?


The Jezebel Tripp book 'Chromosome Wars' featured in Sins Of Commision, appears again in the second show of Season 9. See more »


When Jezabel arrives at The Quill for the first time and starts autographing books, she does so with her right hand. She is supposed to be left-handed in the story line See more »


[first lines]
Jezebel Tripp: No nationals! No telly!
Neville Williams: I said low key.
Jezebel Tripp: Low key doesn't mean dead on arrival, Neville.
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Possibly the worst thing that has ever happened to TV

I am not going to bother summarising this episode. To be honest, I am halfway through watching it and I just don't care who did it or why. This is mostly because it has very obviously been written by someone who has been granted access to a pile of James Patterson books, a couple of substandard bottles of rubbing alcohol and a computer with no 'appalling writing' check on it. I don't even know where to begin explaining how unbelievably wide of the mark the previous reviewers were. I have literally never, in my entire life, watched a programme in which the scriptwriter had so evidently decided at the outset to write an insubstantial plot involving two dimensional... Do you know what, it actually just got worse in front of my eyes. Seriously, I wrote better murder mysteries in crayon when I was at nursery. It's JUST AWFUL. Please watch it and tell me you disagree. Joyce Barnaby just uttered the words 'this really is the most awful tripe' and the worst thing is that I suspect the writer lacks the self awareness to realise how terribly accurately that describes this utter, utter rubbish.

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