Midsomer Murders (1997– )
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Murder by Magic 

Pub landlady Hannah Altman is crushed to death by a giant Perspex box during a magic show by famous illusionist Gideon Latimer.


Charlie Palmer (as Charles Palmer)


Rachel Cuperman (screenplay), Sally Griffiths (screenplay) | 1 more credit »

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Episode complete credited cast:
Neil Dudgeon ... DCI John Barnaby
Gwilym Lee ... DS Charlie Nelson
Fiona Dolman ... Sarah Barnaby
Tamzin Malleson ... Kate Wilding
Amanda Burton ... Carole Latimer
Jack Shepherd ... Magnus Soane
Joe Absolom ... Luke Altman
Fraser Ayres ... Theo Bainbridge
Noma Dumezweni ... Ailsa Probert
Deborah Findlay ... Lorna Soane
Andrew Lee Potts ... Gideon Latimer (as Andrew-Lee Potts)
Stephanie Leonidas ... Annabel Latimer
Alan McKenna ... Rhodri Probert
Justin Salinger ... Andrew Maplin
Merelina Kendall ... Dr. Dorthea Grenville


Pub landlady Hannah Altman is crushed to death whilst assisting illusionist Gideon Latimer at a charity magic show to raise funds for Midsomer Oaks church. The trick was sabotaged, suggesting that Gideon was the intended victim. He had received hate mail linking his act to Satanism and a particularly vocal critic is zealous curate Andrew Maplin. Certainly robed figures conduct midnight rituals in the grounds of Gideon's mansion, once owned by an eighteenth century paganist and one of them kills Andrew, leaving his corpse on a stone altar. Hannah was having an affair as is Gideon's wife, widening the list of suspects, whilst the vicar's wife Lorna Soane is revealed as a descendant of the eighteenth century Satanist. There is another slaying before Barnaby works out who committed murder by magic. Written by don @ minifie-1

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Crime | Drama | Mystery








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4 February 2015 (UK) See more »

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[first lines]
Magnus Soane: Very good.
Andrew Maplin: This is an ungodly outrage.
Magnus Soane: Oh, dear.
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Midsomer Murders
(Theme Song)
Written by Jim Parker
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Magic, Pagan rituals, and murder, must be Midsomer.
24 May 2017 | by Sleepin_DragonSee all my reviews

An outrageously over the top story, sees Barnaby and Nelson investigate an unusual series of crimes, each with a magical and pagan twist.

It's a fairly interesting story, there's possibly a little too much going on, but the characters are interesting, and there are some rather nice concepts, I love the scene with the gunshot magic trick, that was brilliantly done, one of the cleverest murders I can think of in the show's history.

One of the best casts assembled on a single episode of Midsomer Murders that I can think of, two of my favourite TV actresses in Amanda Burton and Deborah Findlay, both brilliant in their own rights. Burton is great at the overly possessive mum, while Findlay steals it as the tough talking Vicar's wife. Andrew Lee Potts and Jack Shepherd are also good.

Lots going on, the Church feuding with itself, pagan ceremonies, magic shows, they certainly intended to make this episode all singing all dancing. It is essentially very good, a solid story, with an excellent cast and great characters make it well worth watching. 8/10

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