Midsomer Murders returns to our screens with the long-awaited sixth episode of the ITV crime drama's 22nd season.


In The Witches of Angel's Rise, DCI John Barnaby and DS Jamie Winters are looking into another grisly murder in their quaint English village.

The body of a young girl is found "surrounded by ritual symbols" as the annual Psychic Fayre kicks off, forcing the pair to "step into a world of self-proclaimed witches to find the killer".

Read on for everything you need to know about the characters you'll meet in the episode – and the stars who play them.

Neil Dudgeon plays DCI John Barnaby


Who is DCI John Barnaby? The younger cousin of DCI Tom Barnaby, Midsomer's original star. Once Tom retired, John was transferred from Brighton Criminal Investigation Department (CID) to Causton CID to step into the role. Despite the local murder rate, John Barnaby lives a comfortable life in Midsomer with his wife Sarah, their young daughter Betty and their dog, Paddy.

What else has Neil Dudgeon been in? Before he replaced Midsomer Murders star John Nettles in the lead role in 2011, Neil Dudgeon played Jim Riley in the TV series Life of Riley, and also appeared in The Nativity, Silent Witness, Most Evil, Roman's Empire, Son of Rambow, and Messiah: The Harrowing. One little known fact: Dudgeon was the taxi driver in Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason who took Bridget (Renée Zellweger) to meet Mark Darcy (Colin Firth) near the end of the film.

Nick Hendrix plays DS Jamie Winter

Nick Hendrix in Midsomer Murders
Nick Hendrix in Midsomer Murders ITV

Who is DS Jamie Winter? Detective Sergeant Jamie Winter is John’s right-hand man. He’s young, keen and smart and has a strong relationship with his boss. Jamie has had a string of predecessors as DS, but since joining the show in 2016 he has been determined to make his mark.

What else has Nick Hendrix been in? The actor starred as Billy Wallace in the first season of Netflix's The Crown, and played Adrian Cooper in ITV's Marcella. He has also appeared in films Suffragette and Legend, and in sci-fi series Black Mirror.

Fiona Dolman plays Sarah Barnaby


Who is Sarah Barnaby? Sarah Barnaby is John’s wife. They have one daughter together, Betty, and a dog called Paddy. Mrs Barnaby is the headteacher of Causton Comprehensive School.

What else has Fiona Dolman been in? Fiona Dolman played Jackie in the TV series Heartbeat. Since then, her TV credits have included The Royal Today, Da Vinci's Demons, and Waterloo Road.

Annette Badland plays Fleur Perkins

Annette Badland plays Fleur Perkins in Midsomer Murders

Who is Fleur Perkins? The formidable pathologist "doesn't suffer fools gladly" and has a sense of humour, deliberately ruffling feathers. She has a colourful past that includes many husbands and lovers and drives a swanky black Jaguar convertible.

What else has Annette Badland been in? With more than 150 acting credits to her name, Annette Badland is perhaps best known for starring as Babe Smith in EastEnders. You may also recognise her for playing Mrs Fitzgibbons in Outlander, Holodora in The Sparticle Mystery, Mrs Wigmore in Man Down, Margaret Blaine in Doctor Who, Brawdie Henshall in Cutting It, the pub landlady in Ted Lasso, and Nanny Bingo in Big Boys.

Season 22, episode 6 guest stars: The Witches Of Angel's Rise

  • Erin Mullen as Tilly Mulroney - a young girl who's murdered
  • Clive Mantle (Casualty) as Peter Saint-Stephens - a former scientist who was tipped for a Nobel Prize
  • Caroline Lee Johnson (The Knock) as Jeanie Saint-Stephens - Peter's wife, who is deeply religious
  • Tracy-Ann Oberman (EastEnders) as Sally Ann Barker - she has a podcast about crystals and witches
  • Sarah Paul (EastEnders) as Rachel Finn - Sally's co-host on the podcast
  • Ian Bartholomew (Coronation Street) as Frank Mulroney - Tilly's dad
  • Colin Salmon (James Bond) as Gerard King - a psychic medium
  • Janine Duvitski (Benidorm) as Hattie Bainbridge - a psychic and author
  • Cian Barry (The A List) as Jonas Wilson - a paramedic who used to be a researcher for Peter
  • Tristan Sturrock (Poldark) as Felix Marshall - an interior designer who's passionate about feng shui
  • Richard David-Caine (Class Dismissed) as Simeon Dagley - an accountant who enjoys tarot reading when he's off duty
  • Jordan Ford Silver (Coronation Street) as Isaac Saint-Stephens - Peter and Jeanie's teenage son
  • Bettrys Jones (Doctors) as Ginger Thomas - the local librarian
  • Jessica Whitehurst (The Baby) as Bea Saint-Stephens - Peter and Jeanie's daughter
  • Holly Willoughby as herself

Midsomer Murders: The Witches of Angel's Rise will air on Sunday 27th August at 8pm on ITV1. If you're looking for something else to watch, visit our TV Guide or take a look at the rest of our Drama coverage.

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