Midsomer Murders (1997– )
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Breaking the Chain 

Cyclist Greg Eddon is murdered after winning the local leg of a national race, beating team mate Mitch McCordell at the last minute.


Rob Evans


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
Manjinder Virk ... Dr. Kam Karimore
Edward Akrout ... Damien Lamerat
Sophia Di Martino ... Amber Layard
Hari Dhillon ... Reece Dexter
Rebecca Grant ... Joanna Stockerton
Richard Graham Richard Graham ... Gerry Bleacher
Ben Lamb ... Aiden McCordell
Joe McGann ... Jez Oliver
Derek Riddell ... Des McCordell
Tom York ... Mitch McCordell
Tessa Peake-Jones ... Mary Appleton
Jack Staddon ... Greg Eddon


Cyclist Greg Eddon is killed after winning the local leg of a national race, beating team mate Mitch McCordell at the last minute. Mitch's father Des, who owns the DJM racing stable tells Barnaby the race is make or break for them but there are clearly factions as Mitch's brother Aiden had sent threatening texts to Greg after he was seen kissing Aiden's girlfriend Amber. Local environmentalist Gerry Bleacher opposes the races, claiming that people die because of them and organizer and pub landlady Mary Appleton receives messages accusing her of murder. Des admits that DJM's sponsorship depends on Mitch's continuing success as the company is cash strapped whilst Reece Dexter, who runs rival team Ravondale, accuses Des of corruption and persuades Aiden to cycle for his stable. Another murder follows before Barnaby is able to save a further victim and identify who, in the cycling world, was guilty of literally breaking the chain. Written by don @ minifie-1

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Crime | Drama | Mystery


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27 January 2016 (UK) See more »

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Did You Know?


Tessa Peake-Jones plays Mary Appleton in this episode. She previously played the role of Sarah Lawton in episode 1.4, Midsomer Murders: Faithful unto Death (1998). See more »


The cassette recording does not match the words spoken onscreen by Judith's killer. See more »


Main Theme
Composed by Jim Parker
Theremin played by Celia Sheen
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Sorry Midsomer - the magic has gone.
28 January 2016 | by MrOllieSee all my reviews

I have been a huge fan of Midsomer Murders and have the DVDs of almost all of the John Nettles episodes. The latest episode of Midsomer BREAKING THE CHAIN was (in my opinion) one of the worst episodes of this wonderful series I have watched. Even worse than the alien episode shown a couple of weeks ago. Last nights episode about cycle racing seemed to be all talk and quite frankly I lost interest. I didn't guess the murderer but that was probably because I wasn't paying the attention I should have. Gone are the quirky characters and the catchy soundtrack. There seems to be long scenes of talk with a complete absence of any soundtrack. What has happened to the theremin? The wonderful sound this instrument made added tension and anticipation to many scenes when a murder was about to happen. Sadly now gone.

John Barnaby and his wife do not have the same chemistry as Tom and Joyce Barnaby. The new DS Nelson is OK but I am not too impressed with the new young lady pathologist who appears to be a bit too full of herself. I thought the previous lady was better. Sorry Midsomer but perhaps your days are numbered.

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