Midsomer Murders (1997– )
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The Electric Vendetta 

The body of a criminal is found in a crop circle, and the locals blame Extra Terrestrial activity for the death. But Barnaby is not convinced.


Peter Smith


Terry Hodgkinson (screenplay), Caroline Graham (characters)


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
John Nettles ... DCI Tom Barnaby
Daniel Casey ... Sgt. Gavin Troy
Jane Wymark ... Joyce Barnaby
Patrick Baladi ... Steve Ramsey
Daisy Bates ... Lucy Ramsey
Michael Bertenshaw Michael Bertenshaw ... Michael Rycroft
Graham Bill Graham Bill ... Driver
Jonie Broom ... Dave Hedges
Kenneth Colley ... Lloyd Kirby
Amy Darcy Amy Darcy ... Young Isabel
Alison Fiske Alison Fiske ... Beatrice Chatwyn
Donald Gee Donald Gee ... Reverend Ellis
Nigel Harrison Nigel Harrison ... Dave Ripert
Ursula Howells Ursula Howells ... Lady Isabel Aubrey
Merelina Kendall ... Miss Alice Leonard


While the some of the residents of Midsomer Parva have a particular interest in the appearance of crop circles, the police have a definite interest when the bodies of naked men start appearing in them. Local UFOlogist Lloyd Kirby preaches that extra-terrestrials are at work, but Barnaby looks to more earthly explanations. The first victim, Ronnie Stokes, was a criminal with several serious convictions for assault while the second, Eddie Field, was a local burglar who had only just been released from prison and who may have committed another burglary the night of his death. Both men were electrocuted and were killed elsewhere, with their bodies moved to the crop circles. When a third man is electrocuted, Barnaby must learn of a complex series of events and inter-relationships, some from 40 years previously when two men loved the same woman, to solve the crimes. Written by garykmcd

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Crime | Drama | Mystery


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Release Date:

2 September 2001 (UK) See more »

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Did You Know?


Nigel Harrison plays Dave Ripert in this episode. He returns in episode 10.8, Midsomer Murders: Death in a Chocolate Box (2007), in the role of Eddie Marston. See more »


No explanation is ever given for the murdered second body found in the crop circle. See more »


[first lines]
Young Christian Aubrey: It's over, Peter.
Young Peter Rhodes: It will never be over!
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Eagle Comic reproduced by kind permission of Dan Dare Corporation Ltd. See more »


References Arsenic and Old Lace (1944) See more »


Midsomer Murders
(Theme Song)
Written by Jim Parker
Performed by Celia Sheen
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The X files comes to Midsomer.
26 February 2019 | by Sleepin_DragonSee all my reviews

The Electric Vendetta is a bit of an enigma, a story that is somewhat off the wall, on the surface it's theorising crop circles and alien abduction, whereas in reality it's more to do with a deep seated, long standing hatred.

Some very good performances, best of all veteran Actress Ursula Howells, well known for appearing in A Murder is Announced, she had a lot of presence. John Woodvine and Patrick Baladi are good also.

It's not vintage by any means, but it doesn't deserve real negativity. It is very well made, has strong production values, and is a satisfying mystery. A great start, and a decent ending, make it fairly good episode overall. 6/10

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