Midsomer Murders (1997– )
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Written in the Stars 

During a total eclipse of the sun, an astronomer is bludgeoned to death by a meteor, and an astrologer claims to have predicted each subsequent murder.



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Episode cast overview:
... DCI John Barnaby
... DS Ben Jones
... Sarah Barnaby
... Kate Wilding
... Lawrence Janson
Kenny Ireland ... George Dormer
Soraya Radford ... Gagan Dutta
Jay Taylor ... Peter Groves
... Adrian Sharp
... Mags Dormer
... Jeremy Harper
... Catrina Harper
... Tanya Walker
... Harry Dutta
Charles Daish ... Jack Clough


During a local eclipse of the sun, Jeremy Harper, one of a group of amateur astronomers, is killed on Moonstone Ridge by a blow to the head with a meteorite. Jeremy had rowed with Laurence Janson, head of the university observatory over plans to extend the observatory onto the ridge but was unaware of his wife Catrina's affair with Janson. Local clairvoyant Mags Dormer had warned Jeremy of impending disaster and tells Barnaby that Moonstone Ridge is cursed, since Catrina's sister Mary, wife of pharmacist Harry Dutta, also died there some years earlier. Then other murders occur, of members of the group who were opposed to Janson's plans but had also made a discovery of their own, leading to a resolution of the case written in the stars. Written by don @ minifie-1

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25 September 2012 (UK)  »

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Did You Know?


Character Mags Dormer's nickname "Mystic Mags" is a reference to Mystic Meg (aka Margaret Lake) who was briefly famous in the mid 1990s when she used to appear on The National Lottery (1994), foretelling who might win money on the lottery. See more »


When Mags shows police evidence of the time that she logged off her computer, she displays what is clearly a Windows Explorer list of Word documents (you can see the Word icon and the description "Microsoft Word Document") which have people's names. The entry that she points to is for Ben Jones (Barnaby's sergeant) rather than her own name, and during post-production the normal "Date Modified" column has been given a heading "Logged off at" in a clearly different font. At another point in the conversation she says that she has been working on Jones's star chart, so it is possible that the screen shot was intended to refer to this. See more »


[first lines]
Man at gate: Park wherever you like.
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References Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977) See more »

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Interesting study of the stars and planets
16 September 2013 | by See all my reviews

The mystery is good but I did not like the story to much. It was supposed to be about stars and planet but it was mostly about occult stuff like horoscopes, predicting someone's future through the stars planets, meditation and yoga.

These are all things I do not believe in and 99 percent of the story is around these topics.

The story has opposing characters that study the planets and stars in a scientific way. Their project gets money funded in this area and the people have different ideas on the way the money should be used but they keep it a secret from each other.

The good thing about these Midsomer Murders is that they are not like American stories of murder like drugs, stealing etc. Their mystery is better not simple like a CSI or whatever. They usually are involved in finger prints not DNA.

There are several violent murders in this episode. They all seem to pan out with horoscope predictions which it seems the writer is trying to convince people the predictions are valid or the predictor may be the killer.

In the end the cops catch the murderer. British mystery series are good but don't make much sense on the role the police play. The detectives don't carry guns, They chase a killer that killed many people like in this story, and he calmly goes off with them.

In some series the police give tea to the ones they are questioning and seem to give alibis to criminals when trying to get the truth from them like in Wycliffe.

So unbelievable!

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