Midsomer Murders (1997– )
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Country Matters 

Controversy about a proposed supermarket ruining the quality of life in a small village, marital infidelity, contaminated soil, and kinky sex lead to murder



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
... DCI Tom Barnaby
... DC Ben Jones
... Joyce Barnaby
... Dr Bullard
Tim Hardy ... Frank Hopkirk
... Ginny Lamington
... Orlando Lamington
... Celia Patchett
... Jeremy Patchett
... Rose Southerly
Sophie Stuckey ... Dora Southerly
Kirsty Bushell ... Rev. Suze
Antony Byrne ... Gary Talbot
Elli Garnett ... Tracy Talbot
... Danny Piggott


A stabbing in a nearby village brings Barnaby into contact with people fighting for and against the building of a supermarket on the site of an abandoned mill. The victim was known to many people in the village, but under at least four different names. Barnaby isn't sure the victim's death is directly related to the controversial development or to the reason behind the man's many different names, which isn't all that savory. Written by Ron Kerrigan <mvg@whidbey.com>

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Crime | Drama | Mystery






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10 September 2006 (UK)  »

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Clare Holman (playing Rose Southerly) plays the pathologist/medical examiner in the Inspector Inspector Lewis (2006) series. See more »


[last lines]
Joyce Barnaby: Funnily enough, Rose Southerly once asked *me* if I'd like to help out at the cookery school.
DCI Tom Barnaby: Doing what, exactly?
Joyce Barnaby: I'm not sure. I wouldn't want to act out that perfect wife stuff; God knows I get enough of that at home. And I couldn't do Celia Patchett's damsel in distress act. Ugh, so demeaning. But Ginny Lamington's routine, dishing out a bit of discipline, *that* I could handle.
DCI Tom Barnaby: Really?
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Best ending of the whole series
5 September 2014 | by See all my reviews

This episode only involves a single murder, which Midsomer Murders fans have likely forgotten about by the time they hit the ninth season. But the vast majority of other mystery/murder shows rarely have a body count over the entire run of the show, as high a single season of Midsomer Murders. Barnaby's relish in hearing the details of the relationships and encounters in "Country Matters" is delicious while Sgt Ben Jones stunned reactions are equally great. This episode is particularly funny and a features one of the best endings to an episode in the whole series! How is it that this show just gets better and better the longer it runs? Midsomer Murders has a brilliant mix of death, levity, humanity, passion, darkness and mundanities to entertain most anyone.

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