Midsomer Murders (1997– )
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Shot at Dawn 

A 90 years long feud between two families, the Hicks and the Hammonds, appears to have escalated to murder.


Richard Holthouse


Michael Aitkens (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
Barry Jackson ... Dr Bullard
Donald Sinden ... Colonel Henry Hammond
Malcolm Sinclair ... Johnny Hammond
Samantha Bond ... Arabella Hammond
Charlotte Lucas Charlotte Lucas ... Sophie Hammond
Charlie Covell Charlie Covell ... Kate Hammond
George Cole ... Lionel Hicks
Brian Capron ... Dave Hicks
Gemma Craven ... Judy Hicks
Grant Ibbs ... Danny Hicks
Tom Harper ... Will Hicks
Lloyd Hutchinson Lloyd Hutchinson ... Mickey Ryan


In Midsomer, there lives two families, the Hicks and the Hammonds, who have been feuding since World War I when a Hammond was part of a firing squad that killed a Hicks. The Hicks run a number of small businesses and the Hammonds are strictly military. When the grandfather of the Hammonds is found dead, it appears that the feud has escalated to murder. Written by J. Rieper

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Crime | Drama | Mystery



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Release Date:

1 January 2008 (UK) See more »

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Did You Know?


While the Colonel Bogey March (Kenneth Alford) is playing, closed captioning lists it as the theme from The Great Escape. It is the The Bridge On The River Kwai theme. Elmer Bernstein wrote the Great Escape theme. See more »


Dr Bullard says half of Henry Hammond's head has been blown off. But the left side of his head shows only the one small bullet hole, and later in the coffin it can be seen that the other side of his head is also intact. See more »


[first lines]
Duggie Hammond: What are you doing here?
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References The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957) See more »


Colonel Bogey March
Composed by Kenneth Alford (a pseudonym of Lt. F. J. Ricketts) (1917)
Whistled by soldiers.
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not very credible
27 July 2015 | by blanche-2See all my reviews

I have to agree with one of the posters here, this story is probably a retread from another series. What the reviewer said makes sense. I interviewed Peter Falk once and told him that one of his episodes had been done previously on Macmillan and Wife, and sent him the tape to prove it. It's not uncommon

The basis for this plot is a 90-year feud between the Hammonds and the Hicks families. Tommy Hicks was executed for cowardice by one Lt. Duggie Hammond, which began the near-century-long fight.

The Hicks family is new money and constantly lord it over the old money Hammonds. The Hammonds are a mess. Actually, so is the Hicks family. Colonel Henry Hammonds has a son, Johnny, who is gay and married to Arabella, who is out having an affair with one of the Hicks.

Arabella and Johnny have two children, one of whom, Kate, is a lesbian, and the other daughter, Sophie, is going to marry yet another member of the Hicks family.

Henry is killed with a 1916 pistol, owned by Duggie, the man who shot Tommy Hicks 90 years ago. Then there is another murder.

Barnaby and Jones walk into this maelstrom. But there's another murder and an old secret awaiting them.

This episode is somewhat overdone with strange gadgets, murdering hay balers, a baguette fight in a pub - it's all silly. Barnaby is out of character, I think because it's a recycle from another show, and Jones is hardly in it.

It was kind of blah.

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