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|Thomas Geoffrey "Tom" Barnaby (TV Character)|
|Midsomer Murders character|
|Portrayed by||John Nettles|
|First appearance||The Killings at Badger's Drift (23 March 1997)|
|Last appearance||Fit for Murder (2 February 2011)|
|Created by||Caroline Graham|
|Occupation||Detective Chief Inspector (until 2011)
Retired (2011- )
Detective Chief Inspector Thomas Geoffrey "Tom" Barnaby is a fictional detective created by Caroline Graham. DCI Barnaby is featured in the Chief Inspector Barnaby book series which began with The Killing at Badger's Drift in 1987. Barnaby is also the main detective in Midsomer Murders, a popular television show based on the novels. There, Barnaby is played by John Nettles.
In both the books and the television series, Detective Chief Inspector Tom Barnaby is based in the fictional town of Causton in the southeast of England. From that base of operations, Barnaby travels out into the English countryside to solve murders as they occur in a variety of small villages. A genius in the field of criminal investigation, he is a highly experienced and methodical detective; prone to taking his time. However, despite his slow and steady nature, he is an extremely perceptive and sagacious individual, detecting even the smallest of clues, which ultimately aid him in solving the gruesome and barbarous crimes which are committed in the fictional county of Midsomer. It is worthy of note that in many cases, he has already reached a conclusion as to the identity of the murderer; only to reveal this fact later on after he has accumulated enough evidence.
Barnaby has been happily married to Joyce for many years, and they have an adult daughter named Cully. They may have lived or worked in London at one point, as around the time of their wedding Barnaby was trying to solve the case of the Pimlico Poisoner.
In the episode Picture of Innocence of the British drama Midsomer Murders, his full name was revealed as was his date of birth, 20 April 1943. However, in the novel Faithful unto Death, he is said to have been born in 1941.
The Inspector Barnaby Book Series
- Caroline Graham, The Killings at Badger's Drift, 1987
- Caroline Graham, Death of a Hollow Man, 1989
- Caroline Graham, Death in Disguise, 1992
- Caroline Graham, Written in Blood, 1994
- Caroline Graham, Faithful unto Death, 1996
- Caroline Graham, A Place of Safety, 1999
- Caroline Graham, A Ghost in the Machine, 2004