Midsomer Murders

Series 15 - 6. Schooled in Murder

Schooled in Murder
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Radio Times
Review by:
Emma Sturgess

It is a sad fact that too much cheese can be bad for your health. Martine McCutcheon, playing a flash-and-trash modern-day dairymaid, discovers just how bad when she’s battered to death with a wheel of the world-famous Midsomer Blue. Barnaby and Jones must navigate the fraught terroir of falling milk prices, specialist maggots and the death of rural artisan skills – it’s like a parallel Archers, but with sharper cheesewire – as the milky misdeeds continue.

The storyline is bonkers, but could all the drama at the dairy be leading the detectives (and us) away from the childhood rivalries, jealousy and mistrust that persist in the country village where everyone knows each other’s business? The creamery crimes come thick and fast, setting a lively pace as well as offering several tongue-in-cheek acknowledgements of just how cheesy Midsomer Murders has become.

About this programme

6/6. When dairy worker Debbie Moffett (played by Martine McCutcheon) is crushed to death by a giant round of cheese at the home of the world-famous Midsomer Blue, Barnaby and Jones are soon on the case. Pathologist Kate Wilding discovers the victim's daughter was being expelled from the local prep school and it emerges Debbie died just hours after an argument at a parents' council meeting. Her phone leads the detectives to Oliver Ordish, with whom she was having an affair.

Cast and crew


DCI John Barnaby
Neil Dudgeon
DS Ben Jones
Jason Hughes
Sarah Barnaby
Fiona Dolman
Kate Wilding
Tamzin Malleson
Hayley Brantner
Hattie Morahan
Gregory Brantner
Patrick Robinson
Beatrix Ordish
Lucy Liemann
Oliver Ordish
Richard Dillane
Poppy Ordish
Eloise Webb
Debbie Moffett
Martine McCutcheon
Sylvia Mountford
Maggie Steed
Jim Caxton
Con O'Neill
Helen Caxton
Kate Ashfield
Jake Yapley
Jesse Fox
Isabella Blake-Thomas
PC Milton
Sian Clifford


Andy Hay
Jo Wright
Lisa Holdsworth