Midsomer Murders (1997– )
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A Rare Bird 

"A Rare Bird" is an episode of Midsomer Murders starring Neil Dudgeon, Jason Hughes, and Fiona Dolman. Barnaby and Jones investigate whether competition between ornithology enthusiasts led to murder.


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Episode complete credited cast:
... DCI John Barnaby
... DS Ben Jones
... Sarah Barnaby
... Kate Wilding
... Nina Morgan
Alexander Hanson ... Patrick Morgan (as Alex Hanson)
Paul Bigley ... Tim Whitley
... Ralph Ford
... Michael Hipsman
... Dave Foxely
... George Napier
... Dr. Markham
... Olivia Carter
Ella Al-Khalil Coyle ... Aimee Whitley


When bird-watcher Ralph Ford claims to have seen a blue-crested hoopoe - thus winning him the year's list contest - other members of the Midsomer-in-the-Marsh ornithological society are angry, especially society chairman Patrick Morgan, who, later that night is lured to his death by a call on Ford's stolen phone. Morgan was generally unpopular in the society and farmer George Napier benefits by the death as Morgan intended to save wetlands he intended to drain whilst his Russian widow Nina, a former ballerina, is pregnant, and since her husband had had a vasectomy he is not the father. The real father is the next victim - will a third person meet their death at the hands of one who has killed two people as well as a rare bird? Written by don @ minifie-1

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11 January 2012 (UK)  »

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16:9 HD
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When Barnaby and Jones find the stuffed Blue-Crested Hopoe in Ralph's back room, Jones say it's "dead....as I don't know what." He's looking right at what appears to be a stuffed Dodo (which Ralph couldn't have stuffed since they've been extinct for centuries (widely accepted since 1662)) oddly he doesn't seem to recognize it as surely it would have triggered him to remember that the common phrase is "dead as a Dodo." Barnaby does seem to recognize it though, giving Jones an odd look before the scene ends. See more »


The program/brochure that was on the wall of the room of the obsessed fan misspelled "Starring" Nina which was spelled "Staring" Nina. See more »


[first lines]
Patrick Morgan: There we go. You're a beauty, aren't you?
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A Vote for John Barnaby
28 March 2018 | by See all my reviews

I enjoyed this very much..the birdwatchers are quite a weird bunch. I'm at the other end of the spectrum. I quite like John Barnaby. Of course he isn't like Tom because he's a different person altogether. It wouldn't work to have an actor come in and mimic John Nettles, so the dynamic of John Barnaby and Jones would have to be different. I haven't got to the seasons where Jason Hughes leaves the series but I'll miss his character and his relationship with John. This series is so great for giving us screwball characters and this episode doesn't disappoint.

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