Midsomer Murders (1997– )
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The Silent Land 

Jeff Bowmaker runs a profitable business in Midsomer Magna conducting spooky "ghost tours" at night when the unpopular village librarian turns up dead.


Peter Smith


Peter Hammond (screenplay) (as Peter J. Hammond), 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
Kirsty Dillon ... DC Gail Stephens
Danny Webb ... Jeff Bowmaker
Aden Gillett ... Ian Kent
Emma Fielding ... Faith Kent
Rupert Holliday-Evans Rupert Holliday-Evans ... Adam Peach (as Rupert Holliday Evans)
Susannah Fielding ... Jessica Peach
Jack Roth ... Liam Peach
Suzy Aitchison Suzy Aitchison ... Alice Carver
David Sibley David Sibley ... John Carver
Christina Cole ... Sarah Sharp


Driving down a country lane at night, Joyce believes she has hit somebody but there is no evidence to support this. However, unpopular village librarian Gerald Ebbs is found murdered in a nearby graveyard, of which he was voluntary caretaker. Most of the graves are for T.B. patients from an adjacent but long disused sanatorium. Assistant librarian Sarah Sharp benefits from the death of Gerald, who was frequently at odds with ghost walks organizer Jeff Bowmaker. Bowmaker runs tours through the graveyard and is having affairs with two married women, landlady Alice Carver and historian Faith Kent. When Joyce joins a ghost walk which explores the sanatorium a second victim is claimed, enabling Barnaby to discover how his wife believed she had disturbed the silent land. Written by don @ minifie-1

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Crime | Drama | Mystery


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Release Date:

22 September 2010 (UK) See more »

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Production Co:

Bentley Productions See more »
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Aspect Ratio:

16 : 9
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Did You Know?


Aden Gillett's character, Ian Kent, has a dog. This was Aden's own dog, an Italian Spinone called Echo. See more »


When Barnaby brakes suddenly to avoid the ghost, the shot of wheels braking are those of a Peugeot, while Barnaby's car is a Volvo. See more »


[last lines]
Joyce Barnaby: Tom? What is it?
DCI Tom Barnaby: Ah, nothing. Let's go home.
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Crazy Credits

Susannah Fielding is mistakenly credited as playing Jessica Peach, which was played by Zoë Tapper. This can be seen at approximately 29'30", when Rupert Holliday-Evans introduces himself as Adam Peach and introduces Zoë Tapper as his daughter Jessica [Peach]. Maybe Susannah Fielding was replaced at the last minute. See more »


The Unquiet Grave
Traditional Child ballad #78
Collected by Francis James Child
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This one did not make the cut
24 September 2017 | by eric-839See all my reviews

We've watched all the Midsomers from the beginning to this point, and this was easily the worst-written episode of what is usually a fun and engaging show.

Many characters and interactions were introduced, but virtually NONE had any bearing on the plot--almost felt as if several scenes were missing. It's typical to have a few "red herrings" in the mix, but this episode was 90% herring and only 10% murder mystery!

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