Midsomer Murders (1997– )
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The Dagger Club 

Artist Suzie Colebrook is electrocuted by a roulette wheel shortly after discovering a break-in at her home in Luxton Deeping.


Alex Pillai


Chris Murray (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
Fiona Dolman ... Sarah Barnaby
Tamzin Malleson ... Kate Wilding
Una Stubbs ... Audrey Braylesford
Georgia Taylor ... Bella Summersbee
Charlotte Cornwell Charlotte Cornwell ... Jeannie Summersbee
Lia Williams ... Maggie Markham
Adam Kotz Adam Kotz ... Nick Summersbee
Howard Ward Howard Ward ... Niall Colebrooke
Simon Kunz ... Miles Rattigan
Kobna Holdbrook-Smith ... Rob Mead
Ed Birch Ed Birch ... Curtis Braylesford
Grant Russell Grant Russell ... George Summersbee
Timothy Watson Timothy Watson ... Vincent Treaborne


Suzie Colebrook is electrocuted by a roulette wheel sent to her house. She was the legal executor and supposed lover of thriller writer George Summersbee whose Jed Dagger novels she also illustrated. At the same time a newly discovered manuscript by George of an unpublished Dagger story is stolen from Suzie's home. A local crime fiction festival is going on, run by Maggie Markham, whose doctor husband Nick Summersbee has written his brother George's biography whilst George's daughter Bella, rather than estranged wife Jeanie, is his sole heir. Following a second murder Barnaby finds out that both were copied from killings in a Dagger novel though the victim was a stranger to Suzie. There are a number of people anxious for different reasons to locate the missing manuscript but there are also suggestions that it is a fake. Furthermore there are differing accounts of George's death. Barnaby has to resort to the printed page to solve the mystery of the Dagger club. Written by don @ minifie-1

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Crime | Drama | Mystery








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28 January 2015 (UK) See more »

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Una Stubbs and Ed Birch also appeared in the BBC Sherlock episode, "Sign of Three" See more »


One victim is crushed to death in a printing press, resulting in text being printed neatly all over his face and body. However, as the press closed it would not be able to print text cleanly and exactly around the curvature of his head and body. Instead, the body would show signs of extensive crush injuries and the printed text would be distorted round the curves. See more »


[first lines]
Suzie Colebrooke: Miles, you back?
[she see the mess and checks a desk drawer then dials 999]
999 Operator: What service do you require?
Suzie Colebrooke: I'd like to report a break-in.
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Main Theme
Composed by Jim Parker
Theremin played by Celia Sheen
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A classic Midsomer Murders episode.
18 February 2015 | by dsmoscowrentSee all my reviews

The new Season 17 of my most favorite series Midsomer Murders contains only 4 episodes - what a disappointment for a real fan of the series. I hoped that there would be at least 6 new episodes - but no, only 4, and that's really disappointing. But there is one good thing - the start was pretty good, they started with a classic episode of Midsomer which contains everything we like about the series - bizarre murders with a roulette, a whole gaggle of suspects, red herrings everywhere, and all these twists and turns that make Midsomer Murders so special. This electric roulette stuff might not be so logical but it pretty sure is very ingenious and elaborate. The episode also contains a certain degree of drama which also makes it really good. The plot is very well built, logical, keeps the viewers electrified, and of course brilliant unmasking of the killer in the end (certainly the killer turns out to be the person whom you would have never thought to be capable of such a terrible thing as murder). All in all it's a perfect start for the new season, considering the fact the further episodes are going to be extremely dull and boring. This episode is the only from the whole series that I would like to watch later once again.

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