Midsomer Murders

The Sleeper Under the Hill

Series 14 - Episode 5 The Sleeper Under the Hill



After a low-key half-hour, this 2011 case thickens into something grim and murky.

A well-to-do farmer is found carved up on the “blood stone” of an ancient stone circle. It lay on his land and he was planning to plough around it — much to the fury of some local druids, who naturally fall under suspicion. As does the shifty poacher who found the body. Are they harmless oddballs or something more sinister?

For help, Barnaby turns to an art lover who collects forged paintings (Robert Pugh) and a friend of Jones’s in the local force. Look out for the scene where Barnaby turns Errol Flynn with a fencing teacher at the country club — it doesn’t suit him.


Farmer Alex Preston is found dead at the sacred Crowcall stone circle in Midsomer Mow. Suspicion initially falls on local druids led by high priests Ezra Canning and Leticia Clifford, since Preston's plans to plough Gorse Meadow would have barred their access to the site. Barnaby and Jones are joined by new pathologist Kate Wilding to investigate, and as the case wears on, the inspector becomes convinced greed rather than spiritualism is the motive. Starring Neil Dudgeon, Jason Hughes and Tamzin Malleson.

Cast & Crew

DCI John Barnaby Neil Dudgeon
DS Ben Jones Jason Hughes
Sarah Barnaby Fiona Dolman
Kate Wilding Tamzin Malleson
Sgt Trevor Gibson Lee Ross
Evan Jago Richard Leaf
Leticia Clifford Susan Brown
Ezra Canning Alan Williams
Caradoc Singer Robert Pugh
Eleanor Preston Claudia Harrison
Aidan Hardy Noah Huntley
Alex Preston Justin Shevlin
Eric Colin Tarrant
Director Nick Laughland
Producer Brian True-May
Writer David Lawrence
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