Midsomer Murders (1997– )
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The Green Man 

Barnaby and Troy tackle two separate cases as Troy prepares to leave Midsomer after his promotion to DI.


Sarah Hellings


Michael Russell (screenplay), Caroline Graham (characters)

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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
John Nettles ... DCI Tom Barnaby
Daniel Casey Daniel Casey ... Sergeant Gavin Troy
Jane Wymark ... Joyce Barnaby
Laura Howard ... Cully Barnaby
Barry Jackson ... Dr. Bullard
David Bradley ... Tom
John Carlisle John Carlisle ... Lord Fitzgibbon
Tim Woodward ... Timothy Webster
Cherie Lunghi ... Lillian Webster
Marc Buchner Marc Buchner ... Daniel Webster
Henry Cavill ... Simon Mayfield
Jamie Thomas King ... Steven Curtis (as Jamie King)
Fred Pearson ... Charlie Birkett
Andrew Dunn Andrew Dunn ... Constable Crabbe
Terence Beesley ... Jerry Curtis


A cave in of a local canal tunnel under restoration reveals the skeletons of eight individuals. While most of the skeletons are from a cave in when the canal was under construction in the 19th century, one is obviously of a more recent vintage. Dental records identify him as Eric Edwards who was reported missing in 1965. Supt. Barnaby delves into the history of the canal to see if he can find a connection. DS Troy is over the moon when he learns that he has qualified as a Detective Inspector and that there may be a job for him in another county. In what may be his last case in Midsomer, he follows up on an anonymous tip that teenagers are harassing a local hermit, Tom. When one of those teenagers is shot through the head, Barnaby leaves "Inspector" Troy in charge of the case. Written by garykmcd

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2 November 2003 (UK) See more »

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A young Superman - Henry Cavill can be seen in this episode. See more »


Troy drives a Rover 45 with registration plate BX03 ZZG. When Barnaby and Troy learn that Cully may be in mortal danger, they jump into Troy's car and leave the station with a blue rooftop light and siren. But the plate on the car has changed to BU03 ZZG. As they are seen driving with the flashing light and siren, and arriving on-scene, the plate has returned to the original BX03 ZZG. See more »


[first lines]
Daniel Webster: Trouble.
Cully Barnaby: What?
Daniel Webster: Incoming. My dynamic dad.
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References The Land That Time Forgot (1974) See more »

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Explain the Green Man
3 March 2016 | by HitchcocSee all my reviews

The title refers to the mythological character in rural England, a presence that appears, frighteningly, at any time. In this story, there is an eccentric old man who seems to have power over animals and whose gaze can stop people in their tracks. The locals also see him as a threat, so when murders are committed, their tunnel vision is directed at him. It is the usual example of someone being unfairly treated for being different. Here, a bunch of punk kids, run roughshod over the woods where he stays. They threaten him and attack him. One day one of them is gunned down. There is no evidence to choose him, other than his oddness. Barnaby shows his true colors when he has compassion for this man. Of course, as others have mentioned, this is the swan song for Sgt. Troy.

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