Midsomer Murders

Series 16 - 4. The Flying Club

The Flying Club
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Radio Times
Review by:
Emma Sturgess

You can’t set an offbeat contemporary murder mystery on an airfield without a bit of Top Gun, and so it is that lively fliers and love rivals Alex and Gavin come roaring into view with more than a little of Maverick and Goose about them. But for now at least, it’s not about the young bloods. Barnaby and Nelson are at the airfield to find out how one of its bosses came to be knocked about the head and dumped into a nearby lake – from an impressive height.

A familiar cast wrings maximum enjoyment from the rivalry, tensions and aviation fuel. Bernard Cribbins and June Whitfield play opposing members of a generation who flew for war, not leisure; Laila Rouass is the dead man’s obsessive widow; and Robert Bathurst the ineffectual custodian of a family business that is not exactly flying high.

About this programme

4/5. Barnaby and Nelson discover that the exciting world of stunt pilots and military heroes hides many dark secrets after the owner of Finchmere Airfield is hit on the head and dropped to his death from a plane. Are anti-aircraft campaigners behind Bernard King's murder, or is the incident linked to a tragic Second World War mission? Neil Dudgeon and Gwilym Lee are joined by guest stars including June Whitfield, Robert Bathurst, Bernard Cribbins and Laila Rouass.

Cast and crew


DCI John Barnaby
Neil Dudgeon
DS Charlie Nelson
Gwilym Lee
Kate Wilding
Tamzin Malleson
Bernard King
Chris Nightingale
Alex Darnley
Oliver Rix
Gavin Hopkirk
Lex Shrapnel
Eddie Rayner
Phil Cornwell
Jessie Rayner
Scarlett Alice Johnson
Duggie Wingate
Bernard Cribbins
Perry Darnley
Robert Bathurst
Sally Jackson
Lucy Phelps
Stephanie King
Laila Rouass
Miranda Darnley
Sara Stewart
Molly Darnley
June Whitfield
Giles Wilding
Geoffrey Whitehead
Laura Wilding
Jacqueline King
Young Molly
Francesca Zoutewelle


Luke Watson
Executive Producer
Jo Wright
Louise Sutton
Michael Aitkens