Midsomer Murders (1997– )
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When a young girl wakes up from a mysterious coma, she finds that no one knows what happened to her boyfriend, who disappeared around the same time she was attacked.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Kate Wilding
David Farmer
Harriet Farmer
Jamie Carr
Olivia Carr
Edward Stannington
Alan Robson
John Henshaw ...
Arthur Potts
Caroline Potts
Vivian Stannington
Wendy Robson


Teenager Harriet Farmer is attacked in woods on her way to elope with boyfriend Finn Robson and left in a coma. Finn vanishes and a year later, as the annual Bishopwood chess tournament begins, Harriet wakes up with temporary amnesia. The chess club president, unpopular writer Edward Stannington is murdered, his sole heir being his dippy aunt Vivian. Barnaby learns that Stannington is the father of a young chess prodigy whom he has disowned and was out to discredit his chess rival, Alan Robson, Finn's father, the millionaire creator of a computer chess game. Furthermore unhappily-married hotelier Arthur Potts wanted the victim to invest in his ailing business and was refused. After Harriet's father is also murdered her kindly doctor, Laura Parr, and Barnaby take the girl to the woods where she was attacked to see if she can recall the events of the previous year. Her memories eventually lead to the unmasking of the killer, a face from the past of one of the families with a revenge ... Written by don @ minifie-1

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Crime | Drama | Mystery


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9 January 2013 (UK)  »

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Reunites Julie Graham and Cheryl Campbell who starred in William and Mary (2003 - 2005) See more »


After the death of David Farmer, there is a scene with Dr. Parr, DCI Barnaby, and Harriet Farmer. Harriet - a year-long coma patient with an obvious tracheotomy at the beginning of the episode - shows no sign of even the faintest scar at this point. This sort of wound would leave a scar even years later. See more »


[first lines]
DCI John Barnaby: [holding sombreros] Remember these?
Sarah Barnaby: [laughs] I try hard not to.
DCI John Barnaby: 1996, we bought these in Puerto Vallarta; you wore a red dress.
Sarah Barnaby: Los Cabos, and the dress was blue.
DCI John Barnaby: [to Sykes] Least I got the year right.
DCI John Barnaby: [follows Sarah outside] We went dancing in these.
Sarah Barnaby: Yeah, that's Tequina for you. Right. Boxes are for charity, bags are for recycling; so, take your pick.
DCI John Barnaby: You can't give these to charity.
Sarah Barnaby: No, you're right; no-one's that desperate. Recycling it is then.
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Desecration of a wonderful series
21 August 2014 | by See all my reviews

This episode is not only bad in itself but it's worse because it's a part of what was once a wonderful mystery series. It is, in fact, a desecration. I never liked Dudgeon as a replacement for John Nettles. Dudgeon is wooden and humorless. In an older Midsomer he played a surly, shifty gardener. He was perfect for that role. But even he could have made a believable detective if the writing was up to par. Unfortunately it's not, it's banal. The dialog is bland, the motives of the characters are bizarre and unbelievable and the plot is predictable and melodramatic. Midsomer is a darker, more depressing place now.

'Midsomer Murders' worked because of its subtle humor. Odd motives, strange methods of homicide and barely hidden passions among respectable, self-absorbed villagers were just part of the fun because the entire series was based on its dark humor, a beautifully crafted send-up. Without the humor the motives of the killer and other characters seem just convoluted and creepy. The solution looks to be pulled out of a hat since there's insufficient preparation for it in preceding scenes. The final rescue is prolongued, preposterous, and overwrought. And there's a sappy love story tacked on which is too contrived to be heart warming.

Brian True-May is gone, taken down by nasty elements of the PC thought police. His absence is sincerely felt. How much that effects the quality of recent episodes I don't know, but it can't help. This episode is practically unwatchable. Don't bother.

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