Midsomer Murders

Series 15 - 4. Death and the Divas

Death and the Divas
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Radio Times
Review by:
Jane Rackham

Echoes of Theatre of Blood, the glorious 70s horror film starring Vincent Price, reverberate through this episode, which starts with the killing of a local author in Midsomer Langley. She was writing a book about sisters Stella and Diana (Sinead Cusack and Harriet Walter), British B-movie stars in the 60s. One lives in the village while the other returns on the night of the murder after 40 years in Hollywood.

The dead author has two puncture marks in her neck – like a vampire bite. Thereafter every murder is reminiscent of a horror movie plot (mummification and burial alive included) although this doesn’t help pin down a suspect.

“In the film the killer was a 300-year-old nobleman who could only drink the blood of female virgins,” offers Barnaby, a horror film buff, helpfully. Midsomer Murders never takes itself too seriously but here it’s got its tongue so far into its cheek, it hurts.

About this programme

4/6. The murder of a journalist has chilling echoes of a 1960s horror film starring Midsomer's own Stella Harris. When the actress's more famous sister Diana returns after a 40-year family rift, the body count rises, with each crime reminiscent of a movie plot - giving Barnaby and Jones what looks like a disturbing case of life imitating art. Neil Dudgeon and Jason Hughes star, with Harriet Walter and Sinead Cusack.

Cast and crew


DCI John Barnaby
Neil Dudgeon
DS Ben Jones
Jason Hughes
Sarah Barnaby
Fiona Dolman
Kate Wilding
Tamzin Malleson
Stella Harris
Sinead Cusack
Diana Davenport
Harriet Walter
Cy Davenport
Henry Goodman
Emma Harris
Anna Wilson-Jones
Rosie Harris
Alice Sykes
Scott Davenport
Joseph Beattie
Patrick Tilman
David Bark-Jones
Juliet Tilman
Pandora Clifford
Colin Yule
Pearce Quigley
Perry Stevens
Samuel Anderson
Eve Lomax
Sasha Waddell
Young Stella
Georgina Beedle
Young Diana
Thomasin Rand
Evil priestess
Caroline Munro
Roderick Usher
Alexander Owen
Rhiannon Harper-Rafferty
Laura Girling
Older gentleman
John Carson


Nick Laughland
Jo Wright
Rachel Cuperman
Sally Griffiths