Midsomer Murders (1997– )
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The Axeman Cometh 

Badger's Drift plays host to the Midsomer Rock Festival - with murderous consequences.


Renny Rye


Michael Aitkens (screenplay), Caroline Graham (characters)




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. George Bullard
Annie Lambert ... Ingrid Peterson
Phil Davis ... Gary Cooper
David Horovitch ... James Hobson
James Cosmo ... Jack 'Axeman' McKinley
Fiona Button ... Willow McKinley
Michael Angelis ... Nicky Harding
Rachel Davies ... Jeannie Harding
Suzi Quatro ... Mimi Clifton
Robin Weaver Robin Weaver ... Serena Stanton
Rupert Vansittart ... Desmond Harcourt


Barnaby is delighted to tell his family and Jones about the impending reunion of blues rock band Hired Gun at the annual Midsomer Rocks festival while assigned to supervise police security for artists, roadies and music fans descend on neighboring fields. He isn't amused daughter Cully dates band manager Simon Dixon, given the drugs context, and tells Jones his mentor, now retired D.I. Owen Jenkins, saw his career broken 30 years ago as the media blamed his failure to find the band's still missing member Ginger Foxton. The band stays at the mansion, with butler James Hobson, gardener Desmond Harcourt and secretary-housekeeper, his wife Finola, owned by a foundation in tontine but inhabited by Gary Cooper, who still fails to look a proper gentleman. Hired Gun's lush vocalist Mimi Clifton is electrocuted on stage whilst holding on to her microphone stand, that had an added mystery wire, but Gary was scheduled to use it that time. Barnaby and Jones guess rightly other band members could ... Written by KGF Vissers

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Crime | Drama | Mystery



Did You Know?


Bryan Matheson plays Cedric in this episode. He previously played the role of Vicar in episode 7.7, Midsomer Murders: Ghosts of Christmas Past (2004). See more »


Mistook Left Brain behavior for Right Brain Barnaby says with deep conviction, after checking suspicious electric outlets: "It's all very premeditated isn't it? Musicians function in a more left-brain, impulsive manner. This is a right-brain MO. Somebody has thought this through very, very carefully."

It is the Left-brain that is linear and methodical, and the right-brain that is creative and creates its own reality, not as Barnaby states. See more »


[first lines]
James Hobson: Should have used the Red Tag.
Gary Cooper: No, no, trust me, the Killer Bug is right for the flow.
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In The Midnight Hour
Written by Wilson Pickett and Steve Cropper
Performed by Geno Washington and the Ram Jam Band
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Didn't work for me at all
23 April 2020 | by depaysementSee all my reviews

I lasted half an hour and gave up from sheer boredom. I've had enough of the cliched Old Rockers, whether played seriously (Lewis) or mockingly (New Tricks, this). Drunks and stoners sitting around complaining about their lack of money, or laughing at other people, just had me wishing whoever was going to commit the murder(s) would get on with it. The only good moments were Barnaby doing air-guitar, and in a later scene Jones, when Barnaby asked "How old do you think I am??" replying "I don't know, I've done speed dating, not carbon dating."

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2 February 2007 (UK) See more »

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