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?


The role of wayward schoolgirl Charlotte Cameron is played by Clara Paget, currently well known as Anne Bonny in Starz series Black Sails. This was one of only two TV appearances by Paget (along with several movie roles) before being cast in Black Sails. See more »


Sgt Jones says that when Palmer's remains were found in his racing car under a sheet and under some bales of straw in a barn, it was assumed that the death was suicide since his gun was next to him, without at anytime wondering how after committing suicide the dead man managed to hide himself under a sheet and several bales. See more »


DS Ben Jones: Poor kid. Still, family money, good lawyer, should see her right.
DCI John Barnaby: Are you serious? She's lying through her perfect little teeth.
DS Ben Jones: Really?
DCI John Barnaby: Yes!
DS Ben Jones: Well, she seemed genuine to me.
DCI John Barnaby: That is because she is a pretty girl, and you are a young man and your brains are still in your trousers.
DS Ben Jones: Thank you, sir.
DCI John Barnaby: I, on the other hand, being a dessicated old goat, don't fall for that crapola for one second.
DS Ben Jones: Oh, good.
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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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pretty appalling actually
13 September 2014 | by dan.adamsSee all my reviews

The story seemed to be being written as the show jerked along!The "villain" was diagnosable 2 seconds after he appeared on screen.Doubt I'll watch another episode-and John Nettles is NOT the reason.I reckon MSM really shows how brilliant the likes of Wexford,Frost,Morse,Wycliffe and D&P were! I guess the one thing that bugs me is my inability to warm to MSM characters-they are SO unpleasant.In MSM I'm happy to see said folk deleted violently(and improbably)it helps get to the end of the picture! As a PS I'd like to add that in this particular episode DS Jones is made out to be particularly obtuse-to downright dumb! I thought that a bit unfair.

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