Midsomer Murders

The Sicilian Defence

Series 15 - Episode 5 The Sicilian Defence



Here’s another dollop of Midsomer madness as a young May Queen
is attacked in the woods by a man wearing a mask shaped like
a chess piece. Her boyfriend is missing. The victim is in a coma
for a year, before suddenly coming round, unable to remember what happened to her.

There’s a strong chess theme running through a typically bizarre story as nice DCI Barnaby (Neil Dudgeon) and his well-meaning but dim sidekick DS Jones (Jason Hughes) turn up at a fraught chess convention.

The usual avalanche of suspects includes the father of the missing boy, who SHOUTS all the time, and an ambitious chess mother. Barnaby, whose wife is currently clearing out the family loft (this is a curious comedy subplot), even dabbles in a bit of amateur psychology. But he proves that a little knowledge really is a dangerous thing.


Coma victim Harriet Farmer finally wakes up a year after she was attacked while trying to elope, but her boyfriend Finn Robson is still missing. Soon after she regains consciousness, members of a chess club are targeted by a killer. Could the assault that left Harriet for dead be linked to moves on a games board? Guest starring Fay Ripley (Cold Feet), with Neil Dudgeon and Jason Hughes.

Cast & Crew

DCI John Barnaby Neil Dudgeon
DS Ben Jones Jason Hughes
Sarah Barnaby Fiona Dolman
Kate Wilding Tamzin Malleson
David Farmer Richard Lumsden
Harriet Farmer Jo Woodcock
Dr Laura Parr Julie Graham
Jamie Carr John Bell
Olivia Carr Julie Cox
Edward Stannington Nicholas Rowe
Alan Robson Cal MacAninch
Arthur Potts John Henshaw
Caroline Potts Fay Ripley
Vivian Stannington Cheryl Campbell
Wendy Robson Rowena King
Fay Bell Sophie Stone
Finn Robson Royce Pierreson
Director Alex Pillai
Producer Jo Wright
Writer Paul Logue
see more