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Midsomer Murders

Death's Shadow

Death's Shadow

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Review

A very early episode this, from the start of series two, back in January 1999. At the time, Radio Times described the episode as “an entertaining whodunnit that isn’t too taxing”, which could equally apply to pretty much any episode since.

Standout guest star is Richard Briers, playing the vicar of picturesque village Badger’s Drift, where Barnaby and his wife Joyce are planning to renew their wedding vows.

Instead Barnaby and Sergeant Troy find themselves investigating the murder of a local property developer, who was killed with an Indian sword belonging to said vicar. As you would hope, they uncover a hotbed of feuding and corruption – and a few more deaths.

Summary

Barnaby and Troy set out to find a motive for a terminally ill property developer's murder. Many of the Badger's Drift residents have reason to hold a grudge against their charmless neighbour, but the motive proves even more sinister than the detectives could have imagined. Mystery, starring John Nettles, Daniel Casey, Richard Briers and Judy Parfitt.

Cast & Crew

DCI Tom Barnaby John Nettles
Sgt Gavin Troy Daniel Casey
Stephen Wentworth Richard Briers
Claire Williams Anna Cropper
Ian Eastman Nick Dunning
Cully Barnaby Laura Howard
Richard Bayly Dominic Jephcott
Angela Wentworth Judy Parfitt
Agnes Sampson Vivian Pickles
Barbara Henson Mossie Smith
Brenda Eastman Jessica Turner
David Whitely Christopher Villiers
Simon Fletcher Julian Wadham
Joyce Barnaby Jane Wymark
Dr George Bullard Barry Jackson
Reginald Williams Gordon Gostelow
Charles Jennings Terence Corrigan
Felix Bryce Nick Robinson
Olive Beauvoisin Eileen Davies
Mr Jocelyne Timothy Bateson
Mrs Bundy Marlene Sidaway
PC Angel Neil Conrich
Director Jeremy Silberston
Producer Betty Willingale
Producer Brian True-May
Writer Anthony Horowitz
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