Midsomer Murders (1997– )
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A Vintage Murder 

When people start collapsing at the launch tasting of Midsomer Vineyard's newest sparkling wine, Kate Wilding discovers that the glasses had been laced with slug pellets.

Director:

Nicholas Laughland (as Nick Laughland)

Writers:

Lisa Holdsworth (screenplay), Caroline Graham (based on characters by)
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Cast

Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Neil Dudgeon ... DCI John Barnaby
Gwilym Lee ... DS Charlie Nelson
Fiona Dolman ... Sarah Barnaby
Tamzin Malleson ... Kate Wilding
Claire Bloom ... Matilda Stowe
Mark Bonnar ... William Carnarvon
Sabrina Bartlett ... Tina Tyler
Max Bennett ... Kevin Paynton
Rosie Cavaliero ... Judy Tyler
Wayne Foskett ... Roger Tyler
Ruth Gemmell ... Diana Carnarvon
Selina Griffiths Selina Griffiths ... Elspeth Rice
Tom Rhys Harries ... Ryan Carnarvon
Jaye Jacobs ... PC Carolyn Florrie
Naoko Mori ... Nadia Simons
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Storyline

William Carnarvon's Midsomer Vinae winery is launching a new sparkling white in the presence of waspish critic Nadia Simons when several guests are poisoned, though not fatally. William's wife Diana tells Barnaby of the opposition to the vineyard by a local group led by nurse Elspeth Rice but Elspeth claims that the vineyard has caused pollution and was indirectly responsible for the death of little Jessica Tyler, killed by a hit and run driver after a wine-tasting. Nadia was a prime suspect and soon afterwards she is killed. The vineyard is in financial trouble and hotelier Lewis Paynton, who is in love with Diana, offers to buy it but he is the next victim. Crime of passion, revenge killing or means of keeping somebody quiet, there is further sabotage and an abduction before Barnaby discovers who committed a vintage murder. Written by don @ minifie-1

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Genres:

Crime | Drama | Mystery

Certificate:

TV-14
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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

18 February 2015 (UK) See more »

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Color
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Trivia

Mark Bonnar and Ruth Gemmell also play spouses on "Home Fires" See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Kevin Paynton: Mr Carnarvon.
William Carnarvon: Kevin, I can see a lot of empty glasses; please make sure that everyone's topped up. Good lad.
Kevin Paynton: Absolutely. Thank you.
William Carnarvon: Thank you.
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Connections

References Creature from the Black Lagoon (1954) See more »

Soundtracks

Main Theme
Composed by Jim Parker
Theremin played by Celia Sheen
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A great mystery, with the best ending in years.
25 February 2019 | by Sleepin_DragonSee all my reviews

This is a super mystery, that echos back to the early years of the show, it has a great story, strong set of characters, and something I always used to love about the early years, a dramatic ending.

Beware the dangers of wine, obsession, jealousy, and of course murder. It's a totally feasible story, with some very well drawn characters. The killings are very nasty, but all feel logical when the killer is unmasked.

It is very string throughout, with some great moments of drama, the ending in particular, which pulled you in all directions as you learn the true sequence of events, and the eventual error of the killer.

Great performances from the entire cast, Claire Bloom, Mark Bonnar and of course Ruth Gemmell, though it was Rosie Cavaliero and Selina Griffiths, both were particularly good.

It's a terrific entry in the series. 8/10


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