Midsomer Murders (1997– )
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The House in the Woods 

A secluded old dark house, believed haunted by the residents of Midsomer Newton, becomes the scene of a double murder when a house-hunting yuppie couple is found garroted.


Peter Smith


Barry Simner (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
Barry Jackson ... Dr Bullard
George Baker ... Charlie / Jack Magwood
Ruth Gemmell ... Anne Merrick
Anita Carey Anita Carey ... Barbara Flux
Gawn Grainger ... Lesley Flux
Rebecca Egan Rebecca Egan ... Harriet Davis
David Westhead ... Gerry Moore
Andree Evans Andree Evans ... Grace Woodhall
Michael Elwyn ... Giles Cato
Katy Brittain Katy Brittain ... Miss Owen
Ben Meyjes Ben Meyjes ... Harcourt
Caroline Faber ... Caroline Cave


Deserted for years, an historically significant house is coveted by a number of people: a yuppie couple looking for a country home to restore, a local builder and his estate agent partner looking for development rights, and a conservationist. The owner is anxious to sell, but when a couple of deaths occur in the vicinity (and inside the house), things come to a halt while Inspector Barnaby investigates. Written by Ron Kerrigan <mvg@whidbey.com>

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Crime | Drama | Mystery


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Release Date:

9 October 2005 (UK) See more »

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Production Co:

Bentley Productions See more »
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Sound Mix:

Dolby SR


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Did You Know?


Katy Brittain plays Miss Owen in this episode. She previously played the role of Gloria Bradley in episode 2.2, Midsomer Murders: Strangler's Wood (1999). See more »


Barbara Flux: We like to live in the spirit of the past.
Lesley Flux: To live the past is to understand the past.
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Midsomer Murders
(Theme Song)
Written by Jim Parker
Performed by Celia Sheen
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Wonderful start to Season 9
4 February 2017 | by TheLittleSongbirdSee all my reviews

After Season 8 ended on a whimper with "Midsomer Rhapsody", Season 9 starts with a big bang with "The House in the Woods". It also signals the introduction of Jones, and even in his first episode he proves himself to be a worthy new partner, bringing refreshing wry humour that hits the right note and shares great rapport with Barnaby.

The production values as always are top notch, with to die for scenery (with the house in the woods being like a foreboding character of its own), the idyllic look of it contrasting very well with the story's grimness, and quaint and atmospheric photography. The music fits perfectly, with some lush jauntiness and sometimes an ominous quality, and the theme tune one of the most memorable and instantly recognisable of the genre.

Meanwhile, the script is smart and thought-provoking with some nice quirky humour, a grimness and with characters that are colourful and eccentric. The story is very absorbing, never simplistic, often creepy in atmosphere, never confusing and the maturity that 'Midsomer Murders' has when on form is more than evident here.

Notable also for a genuinely unexpected and frankly ingenious ending and for one of the show's best ever guest star performance in George Baker. John Nettles is a joy, and Jason Hughes is appealing enough in his debut episode. All the acting is great, with the top plaudits going to Baker.

Overall, wonderful start to Season 9 and one of the better episodes of the mid/later seasons. 10/10 Bethany Cox

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