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Midsomer Murders

  • 2019
  • Season 20
  • 6 episodes
  • Crime/detective
  • Drama

Summary

Death strikes at a disused abbey that is believed to be cursed, Barnaby and Winter investigate a mysterious club for geniuses, and a former supermodel is murdered during a comic convention.

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Episode 6: Send in the Clowns

Summary

Things take a gruesome turn when Ferabbees Circus comes to town, bringing with it a chain of sinister clown sightings, threatening notes and deathly dangerous circus acts. Barnaby has to face up to his fears in order to solve the case. Drama, starring Neil Dudgeon, Nick Hendrix, Lorraine Ashbourne and Annette Badland.

Review

Back when this episode was filmed in 2017, the country had recently been terrorised by so-called “killer clowns”. Cast your mind back and you may recall newspaper headlines about face-painted pranksters terrifying parkgoers. But I’m afraid pop culture crazes do tend to peak and fade, so Midsomer Murders’s take on this great clown panic does now feel a little dated. I mean, what’s next: an ice-bucket challenge with deadly consequences?

Having said all that, there is something universally creepy about circuses, and this big-top-set mystery certainly has its moments, mainly thanks to the performances of its guest stars. Jason Watkins, in particular, is terrific as an angsty ringmaster, but then, when did he ever give a bad performance? As for Barnaby, as ever he looks like he’s trying to prise some recalcitrant toffee down from the roof of his mouth. But this time there’s a reason for his pinched expression: he’s suffering with coulrophobia. I’ll let pathologist Fleur explain what that’s all about.

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Credits

Cast

rolename
DCI John BarnabyNeil Dudgeon
DS Jamie WinterNick Hendrix
Daniella BelliniLorraine Ashbourne
Fleur PerkinsAnnette Badland
Freya FerabbeeLorraine Burroughs
Sarah BarnabyFiona Dolman
Harry FerabbeeAndrew Gower
Les `Oucho" MorrisonMike Grady
Mostyn CartwrightAndrew Knott
Curtis FerabbeeNeil Stuke
Joe FerabbeeJason Watkins
Raoul DelgadoJonathan Bonnici
Terry `Groucho" BelliniKevin Eldon
Sophia BelliniJoni Kamen
Ashley DentonTerence Maynard
Betty BarnabyIsabel Shaw

Crew

rolename
UnknownJonathan Fisher
UnknownMichele Buck
ProducerGuy Hescott
DirectorNick Laughland
WriterJulia Gilbert

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  • Episode 6

    Send in the Clowns

    Summary

    Things take a gruesome turn when Ferabbees Circus comes to town, bringing with it a chain of sinister clown sightings, threatening notes and deathly dangerous circus acts. Barnaby has to face up to his fears in order to solve the case. Drama, starring Neil Dudgeon, Nick Hendrix, Lorraine Ashbourne and Annette Badland.

    Review

    Back when this episode was filmed in 2017, the country had recently been terrorised by so-called “killer clowns”. Cast your mind back and you may recall newspaper headlines about face-painted pranksters terrifying parkgoers. But I’m afraid pop culture crazes do tend to peak and fade, so Midsomer Murders’s take on this great clown panic does now feel a little dated. I mean, what’s next: an ice-bucket challenge with deadly consequences?

    Having said all that, there is something universally creepy about circuses, and this big-top-set mystery certainly has its moments, mainly thanks to the performances of its guest stars. Jason Watkins, in particular, is terrific as an angsty ringmaster, but then, when did he ever give a bad performance? As for Barnaby, as ever he looks like he’s trying to prise some recalcitrant toffee down from the roof of his mouth. But this time there’s a reason for his pinched expression: he’s suffering with coulrophobia. I’ll let pathologist Fleur explain what that’s all about.

    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

    Languages
    English
    Formats
    Colour

    Credits

    Cast

    rolename
    DCI John BarnabyNeil Dudgeon
    DS Jamie WinterNick Hendrix
    Daniella BelliniLorraine Ashbourne
    Fleur PerkinsAnnette Badland
    Freya FerabbeeLorraine Burroughs
    Sarah BarnabyFiona Dolman
    Harry FerabbeeAndrew Gower
    Les `Oucho" MorrisonMike Grady
    Mostyn CartwrightAndrew Knott
    Curtis FerabbeeNeil Stuke
    Joe FerabbeeJason Watkins
    Raoul DelgadoJonathan Bonnici
    Terry `Groucho" BelliniKevin Eldon
    Sophia BelliniJoni Kamen
    Ashley DentonTerence Maynard
    Betty BarnabyIsabel Shaw

    Crew

    rolename
    UnknownJonathan Fisher
    UnknownMichele Buck
    ProducerGuy Hescott
    DirectorNick Laughland
    WriterJulia Gilbert
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