Midsomer Murders (1997– )
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Echoes of the Dead 

The drowning of a woman in a bathtub becomes the first murder in a series of copycat murders imitating infamous murders from the past.


(as Nick Laughland)


(screenplay) (as Peter J Hammond), (based on characters by)

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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Sarah Barnaby
Jo Starling
Bernard Flack
David Orchard
Melanie Kilburn ...
Yvonne Flack
Malcolm Merryman
Fran Carter
Thomas Arnold ...
Nikki Rowntree
Len Merryman


Dianne Price is drowned in the style of the Brides in the Bath murders of almost a century earlier. Blessed Be the Bride is scrawled in lipstick on her bathroom mirror. Her grieving flatmate Jo, who works at a donkey sanctuary run by hard-drinking Liz Tomlin and her antagonistic son Sam, takes the opportunity to escape her voyeuristic landlord Bernard Flack to move in with vet Fran Carter but Fran too is killed, also in a copycat murder from the 1930s, again bridal-related. Pub landlord Matt Rowntree, an ex-cop, is married to Nikki, a former madame whose girls specialized in dressing up fantasies, which arouses Barnaby's suspicions but then an elderly couple are slain, with Just Married daubed on their car and Bridal Suite on the door. Bernard's voyeurism actually saves Jo's life as he calls the police to arrest the murderer, out to claim a fifth victim. The killer turns out to be a deranged and embittered religious maniac, out to slaughter people they believe to have acted immorally,... Written by don @ minifie-1

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20 April 2011 (UK)  »

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Adrian Rawlins and Pam Ferris both appeared in the Harry Potter franchise. Rawlins as James Potter and Ferris as Aunt Marge Dursley. See more »


Dr. Bullard: [Visibly shaken after seeing the murdered elderly couple] There's no breathing space with this maniac!
DCI John Barnaby: Maniac's the word. We're probably wasting our time lookin' for a rational explanation.
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disgusting political correctness
21 July 2012 | by See all my reviews

Midsomer Murders has long been known for its lampooning of British mystery writing, such as Dorothy Sayers and Agatha Christie. I was pleased to see it returning to the formula in 15th season, and Dudgeon IMHO plays it perfectly. Much better than his predecessor, and certainly more audibly. But his inaugural season, of which this is the third episode features some of the worst plotting I've ever come across, and this particular episode is just a politically correct rant on "puritanical" and obsessive males, with gratuitous violence in flashbacks for those with no imagination. The actors should have turned the script down flat, though I suppose, thanks to the previous decade of Labour rule, they couldn't afford to. Liberals believe ppl do bad things, such as murder, because they are repressed. The prescription for such hate thus has to be love, and so they patronize others, which not infrequently turns out to be very remunerative, as Mandeville pointed out some centuries ago.

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