Midsomer Murders

Crime and Punishment

Series 19 - Episode 2 Crime and Punishment

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Review

A better-than-average edition from 2017 set in Bleakridge, Midsomer’s most remote village. Not so remote, though, that it doesn’t have its own pub, café, butcher’s shop and hardware store – the kind of bustling centre many villages would kill for. Sorry, that’s the wrong figure of speech in the circumstances, because there has been a murder – of the butcher, in fact.

It’s part of a spate of lawlessness that includes further bludgeonings, arson and burglary, all of it connected to the Bleakridge Watch volunteers, who rule the village “like a rural Stasi”, headquartered at a gothic castle and run by Frances Barber. “Defy me like that again and I’ll run you out of my village,” she tells an underling.

Midsomer always threatens to collapse under its own web of hatreds but this mystery rises above the usual countryside Cluedo with help from Neil Morrissey and Vicki Pepperdine in guest roles and a denouement that makes some psychological sense.

Summary

Angus, a member of the Bleakridge Watch, a group of villagers who walk the streets reporting anyone who falls foul of the law, is found dead in his meat freezer. Barnaby and Winter meet Angus's devastated sister and her daughter and learn that Angus was investigating a recent spate of burglaries in the village, but had yet to identify the culprit. Angus' post-mortem reveals strange restraining injuries on his wrists and the plot thickens as Barnaby discovers just how far some people will go for power. Frances Barber guest stars as the leader of the Watch.

Cast & Crew

DCI John Barnaby Neil Dudgeon
DS Jamie Winter Nick Hendrix
Ingrid Lockston Frances Barber
Lena Ferrara Katy Cavanagh
Sarah Barnaby Fiona Dolman
Mitch McAllister Neil Morrissey
Barbara Walton Vicki Pepperdine
Maxine Lockston Sara Powell
Felix Hope Clive Swift
Henry Marsh Sam Troughton
Dr Kam Karimore Manjinder Virk
Cecily Hope Marty Cruickshank
Azeem Meer Emilio Doorgasingh
Adrian Peck Joe Sims
Tara Lockston Phoebe Campbell
Duncan Walton Philip Bird
Jensen Marsh James Atherton
Director Renny Rye
Executive Producer Jo Wright
Producer Ella Kelly
Writer Paul Logue
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