Midsomer Murders (1997– )
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The Lions of Causton 

Barnaby gets to relive his former sporting glory when a death at the local Rugby Club sends Barnaby and Winter into a muddle of rucks, grudges, romance... and artisanal chocolates?


Matt Carter


Nicholas Hicks-Beach (screenplay) (as Nick Hicks-Beach), Caroline Graham (based upon the books by)




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Neil Dudgeon ... DCI John Barnaby
Nick Hendrix ... DS Jamie Winter
Fiona Dolman ... Sarah Barnaby
Annette Badland ... Fleur Perkins
Aaron Cobham ... Jake Galpin
Don Gilet ... Bill Viner (as Don Gilét)
Nicholas Goh ... Mark Adler
Julian Lewis Jones ... Guy Bevan
Michael Maloney ... Neville Gallagher
Shereen Martin ... Debbie Gallagher
Douggie McMeekin ... Dominic Braun (as Douggie Mcmeekin)
Tamzin Outhwaite ... Samantha Adler
Carlyss Peer ... Tracey Horton
Richard Rankin ... Danny Wickham
Isabel Shaw Isabel Shaw ... Betty Barnaby


Businessman Mark Adler is found dead in a cryotherapy facility associated with his formerly ailing rugby team, the Causton Lions, coached by Bill Viner, a former player his age, whose career was wrecked by a knee injury. Barnaby and Winter look into club rivalry, notably problematic star player Danny Wickham, and Belinda Braun and her grandson Dominic, who works as innovative festive pastry chef in the former family bakery now owned by Mark's widow Samantha. Written by KGF Vissers

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Crime | Drama | Mystery


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Contains the first gay kiss in Midsomer Murders (1997). See more »


As is common, matters automotive seem to slip through the net. Debbie Gallagher drives what is clearly a green, MK3 Golf. When it is checked, it is described as a pre '98 model (which is correct, it's a 'P' reg) but then they say it's a 4th generation. Nope, definitely a MK3 regardless of how you view it. See more »


[a murder victim has been found frozen solid in a cryotherapy chamber that has been cooled to -150 deg C]
Fleur Perkins: I'll know more when I get him to the lab. Just don't expect anything quickly.
DCI John Barnaby: Because of under-staffing, budget cuts and a ridiculous workload?
Fleur Perkins: Cos I'll need to defrost him first.
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Midsomer Murders
(Theme Song)
Written by Jim Parker
Theremin played by Celia Sheen
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Frozen balls
31 August 2019 | by frukukSee all my reviews

Really, this deserves a rating of absolute zero, rather than 1 out of 10: it's such a flat and unaffecting affair.

What must the people who work on this think as they're making it? Surely it must be soul-destroying to work on such rubbish?

ITV would be better off repeating the stronger episodes from earlier seasons than continuing to churn out such drivel. I'm sure this used to have interesting characters and real charm -- but not anymore.

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