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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

Midsomer Murders - S16E6

#1 - None


Season 16 - Episode 6

The episode was rated #1 Best episode of Midsomer Murders from 1 votes.

Midsomer Murders - S8E9

#2 - Midsomer Rhapsody


Season 8 - Episode 9

Joan Alder, the local composer of a very successful piece of music, 'Midsomer Rhapsody', died twenty years ago, leaving bitternesses among her family. Barnaby and his wife know her mother, Peggy Alder, who is about to remarry. A local man is murdered, and Barnaby realises that he was her music teacher. Then a valuable manuscript shows up among the murdered man's effects, that appears to be an early draft of the work as a collaboration by two hands, but Barnaby suspects it is a forgery, by someone who hopes to gain a share in the continuing royalties. Then Joan's long-lost daughter, Sarah Douglas, appears, followed by the revelation that her boyfriend, who was thought to be dead, is living close by. As the number of people with an interest in Joan Alder's work increases, the number of those interested in her work decreases as further murders occur.

The episode was rated #2 Best episode of Midsomer Murders from 1 votes.

Midsomer Murders - S2E5

#3 - None


Season 2 - Episode 5

The episode was rated #3 Best episode of Midsomer Murders from 4 votes.

Midsomer Murders - S4E2

#4 - 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 #4 Best episode of Midsomer Murders from 146 votes.

Midsomer Murders - S1E5

#5 - Death in Disguise


Season 1 - Episode 5

At a local New Age commune (fancifully called the Lodge of the Golden Windhorse) William Carter is found dead with a broken neck, lying at the bottom of a staircase. Barnaby and Troy have to decide whether the death was an accident or murder.

The episode was rated #5 Best episode of Midsomer Murders from 25 votes.

Midsomer Murders - S9E3

#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 #6 Best episode of Midsomer Murders from 125 votes.

Midsomer Murders - S10E2

#7 - 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 #7 Best episode of Midsomer Murders from 137 votes.

Midsomer Murders - S10E4

#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 #8 Best episode of Midsomer Murders from 119 votes.

Midsomer Murders - S9E1

#9 - 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 #9 Best episode of Midsomer Murders from 145 votes.

Midsomer Murders - S1E4

#10 - 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 #10 Best episode of Midsomer Murders from 174 votes.

Midsomer Murders - S9E6
#11 - 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 #1 Best episode of Midsomer Murders from 114 votes.

Midsomer Murders - S10E8
#12 - 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 #2 Best episode of Midsomer Murders from 118 votes.

Midsomer Murders - S5E1
#13 - Market for Murder
Season 5 - Episode 1

In the beautiful village of Midsomer Market someone is killing the members of a ladies' reading circle. Barnaby finds the little society was really a cover for something quite different - the ladies had been operating a secret investment consortium, and there had been fierce disagreements between them about the cashing in of profits. How exactly does Harry Painter, a disgraced currency trader now working in the village as a swimming pool cleaner, fit into the picture, and what exactly is the motive for the murders?

The episode was rated #3 Best episode of Midsomer Murders from 145 votes.

Midsomer Murders - S2E3
#14 - Dead Man's Eleven
Season 2 - Episode 3

The Barnabys are house hunting in Midsomer Worthy while the village prepares for the annual cricket match with Fletcher's Cross. Sgt Troy, looking to stay in shape, happens to be playing for Midsomer Worthy. Tragedy strikes when the Fletcher's Cross Captain's wife, Tara (Felicity Dean), is found beaten to death with her step-son's cricket bat. Soon Barnaby and Troy find themselves investigating several calculated murders.

The episode was rated #4 Best episode of Midsomer Murders from 162 votes.

Midsomer Murders - S19E1
#15 - The Village That Rose from the Dead
Season 19 - Episode 1

The Village of Little Auburn gas 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 #5 Best episode of Midsomer Murders from 362 votes.

Midsomer Murders - S6E3
#16 - Painted in Blood
Season 6 - Episode 3

Barnaby's wife, Joyce, finds a dead body on the Midsomer Florey village green while taking part in a watercolour painting class, and she recognizes it as the elderly Miss Fairfax.Barnaby is given the case, then finds himself taken off it and replaced by a team from the National Intelligence Squad, while he is assigned to deal with a missing handbag. However, he continues his investigation into the murder, finding deceit and double-dealing. It appears that 'Miss Fairfax' was not an elderly spinster at all, but a young detective sergeant from the National Intelligence Squad working under cover, and that her colleagues are busy fitting up the village handyman for the murder of an old lady who never was. He discovers that someone is busy hunting for some five million pounds still missing from an old robbery. In the closing moments, Barnaby has to lock two of the National Intelligence Squad's officers in a bank strong-room, where they are trying to snatch the missing cash, and to arrest the

The episode was rated #6 Best episode of Midsomer Murders from 149 votes.

Midsomer Murders - S3E3
#17 - 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 Best episode of Midsomer Murders from 129 votes.

Midsomer Murders - S12E7
#18 - The Great and the Good
Season 12 - Episode 7

The night time peace of Badger's Drift is shattered horribly when teacher Connie Bishop screams in fright, convinced there is an intruder. Days later a local councillor, said to be obsessed with her, is found murdered in her garden. Is Connie the innocent victim she seems? Barnaby and Jones uncover jealous rivals, ruthless social climbers and a cottage with mysterious secrets as they search for the killer.

The episode was rated #8 Best episode of Midsomer Murders from 129 votes.

Midsomer Murders - S3E1
#19 - Death of a Stranger
Season 3 - Episode 1

When a tramp dies fleeing from fox hunters, the investigation uncovers a trail of murderous deceit.

The episode was rated #9 Best episode of Midsomer Murders from 141 votes.

Midsomer Murders - S19E3
#20 - Last Man Out
Season 19 - Episode 3

Pom-pom girls go wild as Lower Pampling's star cricketer Leo Henderson wins the match, taking his team through to the C10 Slam tournament semi-final. But later that day, Leo is found dead in the practice area, pummelled by cricket balls… At the cricket ground, Barnaby is surprised when he encounters his old DS Ben Jones. Jones introduces himself as Leo's teammate ‘Jack Morris' and warns an intrigued Barnaby not to blow his cover. In the dark about Jones' real identity, Winter's hackles are raised. Barnaby learns from Leo's friends, Serena and Elliot Luthando, that fast-paced C10 is not everyone's cup of tea. Council members St John Beachwood and Germaine Troughton, a famous ex-cricketer, hate its vulgarity and plan a village vote to decide whether it stays. Later that night, Jones consoles Leo's widow Melody. An intruder breaks in but Jones fails to catch him. Once Melody goes to bed, Jones finds a bag of cash hidden in Leo's study. Meanwhile, venerable St John makes a phone call asking someone to come home… but who is he speaking to? Best friends Melody and Serena discuss a special anniversary and later Serena ceremonially places a flower by a tree, marking the trunk with a knife. St John is delighted when a mysterious person shows up. Whilst Kam and Sarah watch the C10 semi-final together, Kam admires Jones' prowess on the pitch. After Lower Pampling's win, Jones is approached by captain Fitz Theara who bribes him to fix the final. Serena returns home to find an anxious Elliot glued to his computer. Upstairs she is spooked by a flower on her bed, but who has left it there? Melody is also frightened when she receives a funeral wreath from an anonymous donor. By the memorial tree, an impatient Fitz waits for someone. Fate deals him a cruel blow when he is stabbed through the heart with a cricket stump… At the crime scene, Barnaby spots twenty notches on the tree and tasks Winter to find out what happened in the village twenty years ago. Jones comes clean to

The episode was rated #10 Best episode of Midsomer Murders from 292 votes.

Last updated: oct 09, 2020



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!


Watching the second episode of season 9 and here's Simon Callow, who played Gareth in my favorite film. What a treat.

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