Midsomer Murders

The Flying Club

Series 16 - Episode 4 The Flying Club



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.


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 & 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
Director Luke Watson
Executive Producer Jo Wright
Producer Louise Sutton
Writer Michael Aitkens
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