Midsomer Murders (1997– )
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The Straw Woman 

Midsomer comes closer and closer to its boiling point when a priest is burned to death inside the effigy of a straw woman and more people burst into flames spontaneously as though by witchcraft.

Director:

Sarah Hellings

Writers:

Jeff Dodds (screenplay), Caroline Graham (characters)
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Cast

Episode cast overview, first billed only:
John Nettles ... DCI Tom Barnaby
John Hopkins John Hopkins ... Sergeant Dan Scott
Jane Wymark ... Joyce Barnaby
Laura Howard ... Cully Barnaby
Barry Jackson ... Dr Bullard
Keith Barron ... Alan Clifford
Maggie O'Neill ... Agnes Waterhouse
Kelly Hunter ... Kate Malpas
Susannah Wise ... Liz Francis
Richenda Carey ... Margaret Hopkins
Richard Cordery Richard Cordery ... Dr. John Cole
Jemima Rooper ... Jo Clifford
Daniel Weyman ... Matthew Cole
Jonathan Hackett Jonathan Hackett ... Rev Jim Hale
Martin Herdman ... Jed Fox
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Storyline

When the curate of the local church in Midsomer Parva is burned alive in the effigy of the straw woman, DCI Tom Barnaby and DS Dan Scott find themselves investigating what must be a murder. Many of the villagers lay the blame on Alan Clifford who has made his fortune in the sex industry and has moved into the local manor house. There were others in the village however that objected to what they saw as a pagan festival. When the vicar is also killed - he too is burned to death in what some believe is the result of spontaneous combustion - the police have difficulty keeping some of the villagers from taking justice into their own hands. As the death toll keep mounting, Barnaby realizes that the solution is to be found in old parish records. Written by garykmcd

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Crime | Drama | Mystery

Certificate:

TV-14 | See all certifications »

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

29 February 2004 (UK) See more »

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Bentley Productions See more »
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(DVD)

Color:

Color
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Trivia

Jonathan Hackett plays Rev Jim Hale in this episode. He previously played the role of Reverend Thorne in episode 4.4, Midsomer Murders: Who Killed Cock Robin? (2001). See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Margaret Hopkins: Evening, Vicar. Encouraging turnout.
Rev Jim Hale: Indeed.
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People Certainly Are Testy
11 March 2016 | by HitchcocSee all my reviews

There are some problems with this series. For one thing, it seems that we never have one murder. We can bank on there being two, three, or four. Of course, they are related to the principle crime at the beginning. For some reason, there is a festival called the straw woman which has its foundations in the 400 year old witch burnings. A woman who collects and sells herbs is suspected of being a witch. This 21st Century town believes there a really are witches and begins to persecute her. There are all kinds of hypocrites among the "religious" of the town and some are reacting, particularly to a couple of gay priests. In the middle of the town we also have a man who is patterned after Hugh Hefner. He is a successful pornographer and has turned an Abbey into a Playboy type mansion. He is being treated for cancer and has a nurse who attends to his every need. Anyway, things continue to get out of hand. Someone is burning people and making it look like spontaneous combustion. The resolution is a bit unsatisfactory, but in this series, the bizarre works pretty well.


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