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Midsomer Murders

Midsomer Murders

ITV 1998

A veteran DCI and his young Sergeant investigate murders around the regional community of Midsomer.

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The 10 Best Episodes of Midsomer Murders

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#1 - Destroying Angel (Season 4 - Episode 2)

Barnaby attends the funeral of the owner of the Easterly Grange Hotel and hears that the hotel manager has gone missing. The will is read, and it seems the hotel has been divided between the missing manager and his beautiful wife, the hotel's chef and its accountant.A dog finds the hotel manager's severed hand, and the others named in the will receive threatening notes. Then accidents start to happen to them all, including mushroom-poisoning, an apparently accidental shooting, a falling drinks cabinet and a sabotaged vehicle. Barnaby next learns that the missing hotel manager had in his possession a more recent will, which is also now missing....

The episode was rated 7.88 from 153 votes.

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#2 - Judgement Day (Season 3 - Episode 3)

Midsomer Mallow has a shot at the Perfect Village title, provided it can keep a murderer at bay.

The episode was rated 7.87 from 141 votes.

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#3 - Country Matters (Season 9 - Episode 6)

Frank Hopkirk, an environmental adviser on the proposed site of a controversial Goodfare supermarket in Elverton-cum-Latterly, is found stabbed to death in an old farm building on the site. Barnaby & Jones question locals on both sides of the debate over the plans, and find that Mr Hopkirk had extra-curricular dealings with a number of the local ladies and their businesses. But which one of these caused passions to be stirred up to such a murderous extent?

The episode was rated 7.81 from 119 votes.

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#4 - The House in the Woods (Season 9 - Episode 1)

A couple who have been searching the Midsomer area for a suitable property to renovate, Peter & Caroline Cave, are found brutally garrotted in their car outside a supposedly haunted dilapidated old cottage in the woods near Midsomer Newton. There are several other people interested in buying the house, but are they desperate enough to murder potential rivals? Barnaby investigates, with the assistance of PC Ben Jones, who he temporarily appoints Detective Constable, in the absence of DS Scott. Joyce Barnaby is helping a local group of conservationists identify architecturally important buildings in the area, and is asked to investigate the same cottage, potentially putting her in danger. Barnaby then discovers that there is something odd about the person selling the cottage.

The episode was rated 7.79 from 149 votes.

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#5 - Happy Families (Season 22 - Episode 3)

Barnaby is investigating the murder of Victor Karras, a manufacturer of exclusive board games, who appears to have been poisoned.

The episode was rated 7.76 from 97 votes.

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#6 - Vixen's Run (Season 9 - Episode 3)

The elderly Sir Freddy Butler has invited both his ex-wives, Annabel & Lucinda, to stay with him and his current wife, Tara. When he dies suddenly of a heart attack, the bitter rivalry between the three and Sandra, the wife of his heir, comes to the surface, with murderous consequences. To solve the mystery, Barnaby must unravel paternity questions about some of the residents of the hall, and find the legendary missing emeralds.

The episode was rated 7.76 from 134 votes.

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#7 - Fit For Murder (Season 13 - Episode 8)

Barnaby reluctantly accompanies Joyce on a spa weekend to Swavely Manor. But as he attempts to de-stress, a woman is found dead in the flotation chamber. He abandons his treatment to investigate, but his personal worries are never far away as he contemplates his future.

The episode was rated 7.75 from 130 votes.

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#8 - The Axeman Cometh (Season 10 - Episode 4)

Barnaby rocks!!! Barnaby dusts off his LPs and reminices about his younger days as a member of a rock band, (much to the amusement of Jones) when his former rock idols Hired Gun', reform to play the Midsomer rock festival. Backstage, however, the old tensions which caused the group to split quickly resurface, and there is still the unexplained mystery of the band member who disappeared 30 years ago. It becomes evident that not everybody shares Barnaby's enthusiasm for the group when one of their members is electrocuted on stage at their opening gig. Who is responsible? Is it one of the band or their sinister butler. Barnaby has to cast aside his fan cloak for his professional one to investigate.

The episode was rated 7.75 from 128 votes.

Midsomer Murders - S10E8

#9 - Death in a Chocolate Box (Season 10 - Episode 8)

Reformed criminal Ronnie Tyler prepares to leave Midsomer Holm, a tranquil village and halfway house. In the village is an historic camera obscura. New arrival Eddie Marston takes Ronnie's place, making DCI Barnaby uneasy.

The episode was rated 7.74 from 119 votes.

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#10 - Last Year's Model (Season 9 - Episode 8)

Annie Woodrow, a charity worker from Midsomer Malham, is standing trial for killing her best friend, Frances Trevelyan, in a case that Barnaby had investigated ten months previously. But he becomes increasingly unsettled that the prosecution's case doesn't match the facts. Barnaby & Jones enlist the help of key witness Mrs Beverly in a risky entrapment to find out what really happened. Jones's promotion to Det Sgt comes through at the same time.

The episode was rated 7.74 from 111 votes.

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#11 - Dead Man's Eleven
Season 2 - Episode 3

Troy is in the Midsomer Worthy cricket eleven for the annual match against Fletchers Cross, so he is on the spot when the wife of Robert Cavendish, the Team Captain and a big local landowner, is found bludgeoned to death with a cricket bat. As often happens, the death toll mounts before the killer can be unmasked. Why should the cricket team's scorer be stabbed to death with a Nazi dagger at the following match? Cavendish, as a mine owner, may have been responsible for the 'accidental' deaths of two of his employees in years gone by. If someone is out for revenge, who is it? Meanwhile, a protest march to maintain footpaths across Cavendish's land finds a foot-bridge has been sabotaged, and their leader takes a ducking...

The episode was rated from 167 votes.
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#12 - Death and Dust
Season 10 - Episode 5

When Dr Alan Delaney is killed by a hit and run driver, Barnaby realises the real target was Delaney's senior partner, Dr James Kirkwood. Is the killer trying to prevent James from marrying beautiful divorcee Delyth Mostyn? And how is his death linked to Β£30,000 which is missing from the surgery accounts? Barnaby and Jones must travel to Snowdonia to unravel the truth.

The episode was rated from 128 votes.
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#13 - The Animal Within
Season 10 - Episode 2

Faith Alexander arrives in Midsomer Deverell to visit her estranged Uncle Rex, much to the surprise of his friends and associates who had been told she was dead. The problem is Rex is missing and Barnaby's initial investigation into his disappearance becomes more sinister when Rex's body is found at the bottom of the weir. The case becomes more complicated as it appears the eccentric Rex left several different wills and everyone wants a slice of his estate. Was this the reason for murder, or is it related to a family feud from 40 years ago? What was the secret of the feud? Those who know are not saying but someone is prepared to commit further murders to ensure it is not revealed.

The episode was rated from 148 votes.
Midsomer Murders - S19E1
#14 - The Village That Rose from the Dead
Season 19 - Episode 1

The Village of Little Auburn has stood abandoned since World War Two but plans are afoot to restore it to its former glory, However, the grand reopening takes a grisly turn when a man is murdered. DCI Barnaby and his new partner, DS Jamie Winter, are soon on the case, and must unravel a web of lies connecting past and present to bring the killer to justice.

The episode was rated from 341 votes.
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#15 - Faithful Unto Death
Season 1 - Episode 4

A craft centre in the old mill at Morton Fendle is losing money. Several locals have invested in the business and believe they have been swindled by Alan Hollingsworth, the man behind it. When Hollingsworth's glamorous wife Simone goes missing, Barnaby believes she has been kidnapped and puts Hollingsworth under observation. However, Hollingsworth evades the police, carrying a bundle of cash, and a woman neighbour who follows him to his rendez-vous is killed in a bizarre road accident. Then Hollingsworth is found dead, and Simone turns up alive. Barnaby guesses she and a friend faked the kidnapping, but he can't prove it.

The episode was rated from 189 votes.
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#16 - The Killings of Copenhagen
Season 16 - Episode 5

Barnaby and Nelson join forces with two female Danish police detectives after Eric Calder is poisoned by Strychnine coating when opening one of his famous golden clusters.

The episode was rated from 168 votes.
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#17 - The Wolf Hunter of Little Worthy
Season 22 - Episode 1

After a local photographer wins an urban myth competition with his creation of The Wolf Hunter, it unexpectedly gains a cult following.

The episode was rated from 135 votes.
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#18 - Shot at Dawn
Season 11 - Episode 1

Although it's 90 years since the end of WW1, the feud between the Hammond and Hicks families still festers. Much to the disgust of Colonel Henry Hammond, Private Tommy Hicks condemned for cowardice in the conflict, has been exonerated and his name added to the local war memorial. Meanwhile Barnaby is not a happy man. His roof is leaking and his peaceful dinner with Joyce at the local hostelry is interrupted when he has to break up a fight between the two elderly patriarchs of the Hicks and Hammonds families who, despite being wheelchair bound, battle it out with baguettes!

The episode was rated from 138 votes.
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#19 - Market for Murder
Season 5 - Episode 1

A ladies reading group in Midsomer Market starts losing members to murder.

The episode was rated from 153 votes.
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#20 - Written in Blood
Season 1 - Episode 2

Gerald Hadleigh, secretary of a writers' circle, is found battered to death the morning after the group's meeting with best-selling novelist (and former psycho-therapist) Max Jennings. Gerald did not want to invite Max to Midsomer Worthy, and he seemed apprehensive about the visit.Barnaby's investigations show that Gerald was a man of mystery - he had no National Insurance number, no family, and no marriage certficate to go with his wedding photographs. And it seems he had a mysterious woman visitor on the night of his death... then Max Jennings goes missing and is found dead.

The episode was rated from 241 votes.

Last updated: nov 18, 2022



Great series!


Great tv shows but only the first 13 seasons, the older the better, quality keeps decreasing as the year passes.


I can never get enough of Midsomer Murders. I was hooked years ago when it was on A&E. The photography is always rich and the plots are engaging. For some reason, nobody can match the quality of British mysteries like Midsomer Murders -- but no complaints from me!


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