Midsomer Murders (1997– )
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The Flying Club 

The owner of Finchmere airfield is dropped from a plane to meet a gruesome death. Are anti-craft campaigners behind his murder? Or does it link back to a WW2 mission?


Luke Watson


Michael Aitkens (screenplay), Caroline Graham (based on characters by)

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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Neil Dudgeon ... DCI John Barnaby
Gwilym Lee ... DS Charlie Nelson
Tamzin Malleson ... Kate Wilding
Chris Nightingale Chris Nightingale ... Bernard King
Olly Rix ... Alex Darnley (as Oliver Rix)
Lex Shrapnel ... Gavin Hopkirk
Phil Cornwell ... Eddie Rayner
Scarlett Alice Johnson ... Jessie Rayner
Bernard Cribbins ... Duggie Wingate
Robert Bathurst ... Perry Darnley
Lucy Phelps Lucy Phelps ... Sally Jackson
Laila Rouass ... Stephanie King
Sara Stewart ... Miranda Darnley
June Whitfield ... Molly Darnley
Geoffrey Whitehead ... Giles Wilding


Bernard King, owner of Finchmere airfield, is knocked unconscious and dropped to his death from a plane. The wrench used to hit him belongs to elderly mechanic Duggie Wingate, who has long been in a feud with Molly Darnley, whom he claims sent his sister Ellie to her death when both women were in the Air Transport Auxiliary in World War Two so she could marry Ellie's lover Henry. Molly's weak son Perry, Bernard's business partner, is being taken to court by a local protest group, led by Eddie Rayner, who blames the Darnley family for the death of his wife. The Darnleys also have financial problems and Molly is shocked to discover that Perry, goaded by his cynical wife Miranda, hopes to sell Finchmere. Nelson then discovers that the airfield is being used for smuggling and wonders if smugglers killed the two victims to keep them quiet. An air display is held, featuring young pilots Alex, Perry's son, and Duggie's great-nephew Gavin Hopkirk, who are love rivals for Eddie's daughter ... Written by don @ minifie-1

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Crime | Drama | Mystery


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Release Date:

5 February 2014 (UK) See more »

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Sara Stewart plays Miranda Darnley in this episode. She previously played the role of Carolyn Armitage in episode 9.7, Midsomer Murders: Death in Chorus (2006). See more »


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[first lines]
DCI John Barnaby: [on phone] And how is the next member of the House of Barnaby? Still trying to kick his way out? Or hers? Uh-huh, good. I hope you and your mum aren't overdoing the whole baby-buying thing. Will grow, you know; they're not bonsai. OK, love to your lot. Bye.
[hangs up]
DCI John Barnaby: [to Sykes] You know what this is, don't you? This is going to be the end of life as we know it. No more peace and quiet for us, when the baby arrives. How many of these things do you have?
[Sykes barks three times]
DCI John Barnaby: You do...
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References North by Northwest (1959) See more »


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Composed by Jim Parker
Theremin played by Celia Sheen
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Murder at the Airfield.
4 March 2019 | by Sleepin_DragonSee all my reviews

The Flying Club is a terrific episode of Midsomer Murders, it has an old school feel to it, boasts a great plot, and a magical cast, with two mature cast members leading the way.

It's instantly gripping, with a terrific, dramatic opening, and it develops from there on in really. The production values are terrific, it looks big budget, with the planes looking wonderful.

Great plot, great visuals etc, but it's the acting that takes centre stage, best performances come from the show's older members, June Whitfield and Bernard Cribbins are sensational, but Sara Stewart and Laila Rouass are great also.

One of the finest episodes of Dudgeon's reign. 9/10

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