Midsomer Murders (1997– )
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Secrets and Spies 

A number of murders near a government safe house in Midsomer appears to be connected to a group of British spies stationed in East Berlin during the Cold War.


Renny Rye


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
Kirsty Dillon ... WDC Stephens
Clive Russell ... Seth Comfort
Neil Stuke ... Glen Jarvis
Jack Walker Jack Walker ... Harry Fowler
Benjamin Whitrow ... Sir Malcolm Frazer
Peter Davison ... Nicky Frazer
Alice Krige ... Jenny Frazer
John Bowe ... Jimmy Wells
Anna Massey ... Brenda Packard
Claudia Elmhirst Claudia Elmhirst ... Amanda Watson
Clive Wood ... Geoffrey Larkin


After a break-in at Causton Museum where an animal skeleton is stolen ex-spy Brenda Packard tells Barnaby that Allenby House, owned by testy ex-spymaster Malcolm Frazer, is a safe house for agents. Geoffrey Larkin, a visiting former agent, has a bitter argument with Frazer, who accuses him of treachery when they were spying in Berlin during the Cold war. Larkin threatens Frazer with a dossier marked 'Wolfman' and next day is murdered, seemingly by a wild animal, the legendary Beast of Midsomer. Frazer's drunkard son Nicky, another ex-spy ,is killed in identical fashion but Barnaby realizes that the 'Beast' is but a cover. The true murderer is seeking revenge for betrayal back in Berlin two decades earlier when they were involved with secrets and spies. Written by don @ minifie-1

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Crime | Drama | Mystery








Release Date:

29 July 2009 (UK) See more »

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Bentley Productions See more »
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Color | Black and White (opening sequence)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Anna Massey plays Brenda Packard in this episode. She previously played the role of Honoria Lyddiard in episode 1.2, Midsomer Murders: Written in Blood (1998). See more »


The opening scene in the old West Berlin graveyard has a Celtic cross as a gravemarker. See more »


[first lines]
Young Jimmy Wells: Schnell! Machst du schnell!
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Crazy Credits

The closing credits show Kirsty Dillon playing the part of "WDC Stephens". In this episode, "WPC Stephens" (per DCI Barnaby's own words) is promoted to Detective Constable (or "DC" without a "W", again in Barnaby's own words). There is no rank of "Woman Detective Constable" and by this time, even the use of WPC has been deprecated in the UK, replaced simply by "PC" regardless of gender. So while it's factually incorrect to use "WPC" and "WDC" in the real world, that's not how things are done in the reactionary county of Midsomer. An inside joke to be sure. See more »


Cwm Rhondda (Bread of Heaven)
Written by John Hughes
Performed by Benjamin Whitrow
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A different tone, but very enjoyable.
6 April 2019 | by Sleepin_DragonSee all my reviews

Secrets and Spies opens with a very different, dramatic, historic opening. That start has a relevance later on, leaving you wondering who and why.

I can see why it isn't to everyone's taste, but I really enjoyed it, I liked the tone of the episode, it features an intriguing mystery, but also has some hilarious moments, the best beinf the near death experience for one of the main characters. The identity of the killer(s) is perhaps a little obvious.

The Beast is a nice touch, and I loved the Hound of the Baskerville references.

Alice Krige is terrific, she was a real big name guest for the show. Peter Davison offers some big laughs, I've never seen him in a role like this, he is super funny.

Anna Massey adds a real touch of class, a supreme talent, much missed, I thought her scenes with Nettles on particular were tremendous.

Absorbing and fun. 8/10

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