Midsomer Murders (1997– )
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The Great and the Good 

A troubled schoolteacher subject to sleepwalking and quasi-paranoia feels that an intruder has been in her house, and doubters find dead bodies to confirm her fears.


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
Barry Jackson ... Dr Bullard
Kirsty Dillon ... DC Gail Stephens
Nancy Carroll ... Connie Bishop
Bertie Carvel ... Justin Hooper
Paola Dionisotti ... Mrs Stroud
Monica Dolan ... Imogen Stroud
Paul Kaye ... Laurence Mann
Paul Chapman ... Howard Richardson
Suzanne Burden Suzanne Burden ... Zukie Richardson
Claire Oberman Claire Oberman ... Jane Menzies
John Ramm John Ramm ... Vince
Tim Wylton ... Jim Hanley


Nervous teacher Connie Bishop annoys the neighbours with her constant cries that there is an intruder in her house until Jim Hanley is murdered in her garden. Rich bitch Zukie Richardson tells the police Jim was 'obsessed' with Connie and that Jim's reasons for leaving the Frobisher Night Committee, organizers of an annual charity auction subsidised by Zukie's husband, are mysterious and unexplained. Womanizing handyman Laurence Mann is killed after telling Connie he knows the murderer's identity and when Justin Cooper, a shy sculptor in love with Connie, stays the night in her house, he sees her sleep-walking. Barnaby pursues his suspect to the Frobisher Night auction to denounce the murderer before the Great and the Good. Written by don @ minifie-1

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Crime | Drama | Mystery








Release Date:

14 April 2010 (UK) See more »

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Bentley Productions See more »
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1.78 : 1
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Did You Know?


Suzanne Burden plays Zukie Richardson in this episode. She previously played the role of Rebecca Plunkett in episode 6.1, Midsomer Murders: A Talent for Life (2003). See more »


[first lines]
Connie Bishop: Oh my God. Please. Please help me.
Connie Bishop: Somebody help me! No!
[opens window]
Connie Bishop: Help me, please. Someone. Please. Help me. There's someone in the house! Please help me.
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A schoolteacher keeps crying 'wolf'
25 September 2013 | by blanche-2See all my reviews

In the finale of season 12 of Midsomer Murders, "The Great and the Good," an attractive schoolteacher is a bother to the neighbors with her nocturnal screaming, "There's someone in my house!" Pretty Connie Bishop, who teaches at the local school, is not only a sleepwalker, but she continually hears things that go bump in the night. The neighbors dutifully trudge their way to her house but can't find anything.

When Jim Hanley is murdered in her garden, DI Barnaby stops getting a full night's sleep as well. Then there's the murder of a handyman, who told Connie he knows who killed the handyman. Then Connie is seen sleepwalking by Justin Cooper, who stays in her spare room one night when she's afraid to be alone.

Underlying all this is a socialite, Zukie, who is organizing the annual Frobisher Night Auction and causing havoc. The denouement takes place at the party.

Okay episode, with Joyce and Barnaby adding some humor to the episode, Joyce upset that she can't get a full night's sleep and purchasing earplugs.

Not one of the best, but not the worst, either.

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