Midsomer Murders (1997– )
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Death in the Slow Lane 

When a local DJ is crushed to death at a traditional girls' boarding school, DCI John Barnaby discovers that murder and deception are never far away from the quaint villages.


Richard Holthouse


Michael Aitkens (screenplay), Caroline Graham (based on characters by)

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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Neil Dudgeon ... DCI John Barnaby
Jason Hughes ... DS Ben Jones
Barry Jackson ... Dr Bullard
David Warner ... Peter Fossett
Edna Doré Edna Doré ... Granny Brightwell
Susan Engel ... Harriet Wingate
Lucy Briers Lucy Briers ... Jessica Wingate
Tim Dutton ... Jamie Cameron
Samantha Bond ... Kate Cameron
Clara Paget ... Charlotte Cameron
Luke Allen-Gale ... Dave Doggy Day
Sid Mitchell Sid Mitchell ... Thomas Brightwell
Gwyneth Keyworth ... Bethan
Daisy Keeping ... Nerys
Darren Clarke Darren Clarke ... Daniel


DCI John Barnaby arrives in Causton on his cousin Tom's retirement. Jones misses his old boss and the two men do not gel, especially as Barnaby seems dismissive of Jones' efforts to restore a vintage car once driven by local racer Duncan Palmer for a classic car competition hosted at her school by frosty headmistress Harriet Wingate. Palmer faked his death in the 1960s but was actually found dead in Midsomer some years later. His old team-mate Peter Fossett is judging the contest and the entrants include Peter's brisk, bossy daughter Kate Cameron and her ex-husband Jamie, now in love with Harriet's shy daughter Jessica. Kate will do anything to win, enlisting the help of the other judge, radio D.J. Dave 'Doggy' Day, who is found murdered. Soon after another young man is killed, who turns out to be involved with Kate's precocious schoolgirl daughter Charlotte in drug dealing. After Barnaby has discovered that Duncan Palmer was Jessica's father, he confronts the killer, but has cause to... Written by don @ minifie-1

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Crime | Drama | Mystery


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Release Date:

23 March 2011 (UK) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

16:9 HD
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Did You Know?


This is the first episode with Neil Dudgeon top billed and not John Nettles. See more »


In the race commentary at the beginning of Death In The Slow Lane the commentator refers to Luffiield Corner at Silverstone. At that time the race was supposed to be run Silverstone didn't have a Luffield Corner which was older added with track modifications in the 1990s. See more »


DCI John Barnaby: Ahh, that's why. Here, look at that.
[Shows picture to his dog]
DCI John Barnaby: He was only thirty, but half his hair was gone and the rest was ginger. Maybe it was suicide, after all.
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References The Belles of St. Trinian's (1954) See more »


Main Theme
Composed by Jim Parker
Theremin played by Celia Sheen
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the new Barnaby takes over
17 August 2015 | by blanche-2See all my reviews

I was fairly bored with this episode, which introduces Neil Dudgeon as Barnaby's replacement, his cousin John.

The show begins with two schoolgirls finding a body on the grounds of a private school. It then skips to 45 years later, when a classic car competition is taking place on the grounds of the same school, run by Harriett Wingate.

Jones is busy restoring a vintage car owned by racer Duncan Palmer, the man whose body was found 45 years ago. The competition will be a fierce one, judged by Peter Fossett, Palmer's old teammate. One of the entrants is his own daughter Katie, who is there under protest by her ex-husband Jamie. He is on the board with Harriett, and in love with her daughter Jessica.

Kate wants to win badly and tries to bribe another judge, a radio D.J. named Doggy Day. Doggy Day is murdered while working on her car.

Later another man meets the same fate.

In comes Barnaby to try to sort things out. He discovers all sorts of things, some from the past, including illegitimacy and drug dealing.

Well, this Barnaby has nothing on the old Barnaby. There is something incredibly appealing about John Nettles. I always found him terribly attractive as Barnaby, sharp, with a good sense of humor and authority. Neil Dudgeon's John Barnaby is a know-it-all, somewhat snobby and pompous. Maybe he'll change. I hope so. He's almost as dull as this episode.

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