Midsomer Murders

Schooled in Murder
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Series 15 - Episode 6 Schooled in Murder

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Review

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 in this episode from 2013, discovers just how bad when she’s battered to death with a wheel of the world-famous Midsomer Blue. In the village of Midsomer Pastures, 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 as bonkers as any casein-fuelled nightmare, 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.

Summary

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 & 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
Holly Isabella Blake-Thomas
PC Milton Sian Clifford
Director Andy Hay
Producer Jo Wright
Writer Lisa Holdsworth
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