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:
Sarah Barnaby
Kenny Ireland ...
George Dormer
Soraya Radford ...
Gagan Dutta
Jay Taylor ...
Peter Groves
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 Barnaby and Jones visit Adrian Sharpe after Gagan goes missing, a kettle is heard whistling. However, when he takes the kettle off, it does not appear to be a whistling kettle as there is no whistle cap removed. However, there are some styles of kettle which have a whistling flap inside the spout, which would not be visible on camera. 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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A total eclipse
17 September 2016 | by See all my reviews

This is one of those Midsomer Murders that is a little hard to follow because one's attention tends to wander.

It's a total eclipse of the sun, and Jeremy Harper and other astronomers watch it outside. Harper is found dead by head trauma from a meteorite.

The police in the form of Barnaby and Jones are brought in. Harper had fought with Laurence Janson, who headed the university observatory and planned to extend it onto Moonstone Ridge, the place where they watched the eclipse. Also, his wife Catrina is involved with Janson, though Harper doesn't know that.

The local astrologer, Mags Dorner, had told Jeremy that disaster was coming. She informs Barnaby that Moonstone Ridge has been cursed since Catrina Harper's sister Mary died there years earlier.

Then there are other murders. Meanwhile the newspaper is playing it up, and Mags, who works for the paper, is in her glory.

Mags runs around showing people their charts. Barnaby, however, is convinced that she's hiding something. He's determined to find out what it is.

Astrology can be fun but this episode made it kind of boring. Plus the episode seemed to mix astrology, astronomy, and psychics together. Barnaby and Jones are becoming more cohesive as a team, which is nice.

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