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Midsomer Murders

  • 2011
  • Season 15
  • 6 episodes
  • Mystery
  • Drama

Summary

A new run opens with John investigating reports of a headless horseman. In other shows, a barrister is killed with a lethal dose of morphine; and an astronomer is killed during a total eclipse of the sun.

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Episode 4: Death and the Divas

Summary

The murder of a journalist has chilling echoes of a 1960s horror film starring Midsomer's own Stella Harris. When the actress's more famous sister Diana returns after a 40-year family rift, the body count rises, with each crime reminiscent of a movie plot - giving Barnaby and Jones what looks like a disturbing case of life imitating art. Neil Dudgeon and Jason Hughes star, with Harriet Walter and Sinead Cusack

Review

Echoes of Theatre of Blood, the glorious 70s horror film starring Vincent Price, reverberate through this episode, which starts with the killing of a local author in Midsomer Langley. She was writing a book about sisters Stella and Diana (Sinead Cusack and Harriet Walter), British B-movie stars in the 60s. One lives in the village while the other returns on the night of the murder after 40 years in Hollywood.

The dead author has two puncture marks in her neck – like a vampire bite. Thereafter every murder is reminiscent of a horror movie plot (mummification and burial alive included) although this doesn’t help pin down a suspect.

“In the film the killer was a 300-year-old nobleman who could only drink the blood of female virgins,” offers Barnaby, a horror film buff, helpfully. Midsomer Murders never takes itself too seriously but here it’s got its tongue so far into its cheek, it hurts.

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2013-01-02
Languages
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Credits

Cast

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DCI John BarnabyNeil Dudgeon
DS Ben JonesJason Hughes
Sarah BarnabyFiona Dolman
Kate WildingTamzin Malleson
Stella HarrisSinead Cusack
Diana DavenportHarriet Walter
Cy DavenportHenry Goodman
Emma HarrisAnna Wilson-Jones
Rosie HarrisAlice Sykes
Scott DavenportJoseph Beattie
Patrick TilmanDavid Bark-Jones
Juliet TilmanPandora Clifford
Colin YulePearce Quigley
Perry StevensSamuel Anderson
Eve LomaxSasha Waddell
Young StellaGeorgina Beedle
Young DianaThomasin Rand
Evil priestessCaroline Munro
Roderick UsherAlexander Owen
NurseRhiannon Harper-Rafferty
WomanLaura Girling
Older gentlemanJohn Carson

Crew

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ProducerJo Wright
DirectorNick Laughland
WriterRachel Cuperman
WriterSally Griffiths

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  • Summary

    The murder of a journalist has chilling echoes of a 1960s horror film starring Midsomer's own Stella Harris. When the actress's more famous sister Diana returns after a 40-year family rift, the body count rises, with each crime reminiscent of a movie plot - giving Barnaby and Jones what looks like a disturbing case of life imitating art. Neil Dudgeon and Jason Hughes star, with Harriet Walter and Sinead Cusack

    Review

    Echoes of Theatre of Blood, the glorious 70s horror film starring Vincent Price, reverberate through this episode, which starts with the killing of a local author in Midsomer Langley. She was writing a book about sisters Stella and Diana (Sinead Cusack and Harriet Walter), British B-movie stars in the 60s. One lives in the village while the other returns on the night of the murder after 40 years in Hollywood.

    The dead author has two puncture marks in her neck – like a vampire bite. Thereafter every murder is reminiscent of a horror movie plot (mummification and burial alive included) although this doesn’t help pin down a suspect.

    “In the film the killer was a 300-year-old nobleman who could only drink the blood of female virgins,” offers Barnaby, a horror film buff, helpfully. Midsomer Murders never takes itself too seriously but here it’s got its tongue so far into its cheek, it hurts.

    How to watch

    Next showing

    There are no live broadcasts scheduled for this show. But it is available via the streaming providers below.

    Streaming

    Details

    Released on
    2013-01-02
    Languages
    English
    Formats
    Colour

    Credits

    Cast

    rolename
    DCI John BarnabyNeil Dudgeon
    DS Ben JonesJason Hughes
    Sarah BarnabyFiona Dolman
    Kate WildingTamzin Malleson
    Stella HarrisSinead Cusack
    Diana DavenportHarriet Walter
    Cy DavenportHenry Goodman
    Emma HarrisAnna Wilson-Jones
    Rosie HarrisAlice Sykes
    Scott DavenportJoseph Beattie
    Patrick TilmanDavid Bark-Jones
    Juliet TilmanPandora Clifford
    Colin YulePearce Quigley
    Perry StevensSamuel Anderson
    Eve LomaxSasha Waddell
    Young StellaGeorgina Beedle
    Young DianaThomasin Rand
    Evil priestessCaroline Munro
    Roderick UsherAlexander Owen
    NurseRhiannon Harper-Rafferty
    WomanLaura Girling
    Older gentlemanJohn Carson

    Crew

    rolename
    ProducerJo Wright
    DirectorNick Laughland
    WriterRachel Cuperman
    WriterSally Griffiths
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