Midsomer Murders (1997– )
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Last Year's Model 

Barnaby begins to think the damning evidence he helped provide to convict a murderess wasn't exactly as watertight as it first looked.


Richard Holthouse


David Hoskins (screenplay), Caroline Graham (characters)

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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
John Nettles ... DCI Tom Barnaby
Jason Hughes ... DS Ben Jones
Jane Wymark ... Joyce Barnaby
Laura Howard ... Cully Barnaby
Barry Jackson ... Dr Bullard
Saskia Wickham Saskia Wickham ... Annie Woodrow
Miles Anderson ... Lance Woodrow
Helen Dallimore Helen Dallimore ... Felicity
Brian Protheroe Brian Protheroe ... John Trevelyan
Emily Gloyens Emily Gloyens ... Ed Trevelyan
Rosa Hoskins Rosa Hoskins ... Sophie Trevelyan
David Birrell David Birrell ... Mark Thomas
Jamie Glover ... Jamie Cramner
Caroline Trowbridge Caroline Trowbridge ... Tanya Cramner
Guy Henry ... Marcus Bramwell


When Tom Barnaby has his constable sit in on the murder trial of Annie Woodrow, the reports he gets back start him thinking that he may have made a mistake in assuming Annie's guilt. She is all-but-assured to be convicted of bludgeoning to death of an old school friend, as a reliable eye-witness puts her at the scene, and she was caught in a web of lies when questioned. But Tom feels that things don't really add up, so he and his constable keep investigating as the trial proceeds. Written by Ron Kerrigan <mvg@whidbey.com>

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Crime | Drama | Mystery








Release Date:

17 September 2006 (UK) See more »

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Did You Know?


Barbara Young plays Gwen Trevelyan in this episode. She previously played the role of Anne Quine in episode 1.1, Midsomer Murders: The Killings at Badger's Drift (1997). See more »


(at around 33 mins) Tom Barnaby is looking at crime scene photos of the body of Frances Trevelyan. There are two photos of her out stretched hand and the phone on the floor. In one photo her hand is noticeably closer to the phone than in the other. See more »


Cully Barnaby: When people are deluded, they can often think that they're actually telling the truth, so the normal signs just don't apply.
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A fantastic, unique episode.
18 July 2018 | by Paul EvansSee all my reviews

Last Year's Model stands out even now as a unique, intelligent and original episode. The standard formula of a body every half hour, a twenty minute summing up, and bizarre killing methods does not apply here. The murder has already happened, and for a change we get more of an insight into the court proceedings, the murders aren't sensationalised as normal, but the need for evidence is key.

It really is a first rate episode, with some fine performances, Thelma Barlow is excellent, as are Siobhan Redmond, Miles Anderson and Jamie Glover, but it really is Nettles himself who steals the show, he is outstanding.

Measured, intelligent, dare I say a deeper episode then the norm, I loved it. 10/10

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