List of Midsomer Murders episodes

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The following is a list of episodes for the British drama Midsomer Murders that first aired in 1997. As of 17 February 2016, 110 episodes have aired from 18 series.

Series overview[edit]

Series Episodes Originally aired DVD Release Avg. UK viewers
Series premiere Series finale Region 1 Region 2 Region 4
1 5 23 March 1997 (1997-03-23) 6 May 1998 (1998-05-06) 29 March 2005[1] 6 April 2009[2] 6 August 2008[3] N/A
2 4 20 January 1999 (1999-01-20) 5 February 1999 (1999-02-05) 13 May 2003[4] 6 April 2009[2] 6 August 2008[5] 10.31 million
3 4 12 September 1999 (1999-09-12) 29 January 2000 (2000-01-29) 7 October 2003[6] 11 May 2009[7] 6 August 2008[8] 8.20 million
4 6 10 September 2000 (2000-09-10) 16 September 2001 (2001-09-16) 27 April 2004[9] 11 May 2009[7] 6 August 2008[10] 9.31 million
5 4 23 September 2001 (2001-09-23) 22 September 2002 (2002-09-22) 5 October 2004[11] 1 June 2009[12] 6 August 2008[13] 9.42 million
6 5 3 January 2003 (2003-01-03) 31 January 2003 (2003-01-31) 13 September 2005[14] 1 June 2009[12] 6 August 2008[15] 9.35 million
7 7 2 November 2003 (2003-11-02) 25 December 2004 (2004-12-25) 3 October 2006[14]
27 March 2007[16]
6 July 2009[17] 2 May 2007[18] 9.57 million
8 8 10 October 2004 (2004-10-10) 2 October 2005 (2005-10-02) 25 September 2007[19]
25 March 2008[20]
3 August 2009[21] 21 December 2011[22] 8.65 million
9 8 9 October 2005 (2005-10-09) 24 September 2006 (2006-09-24) 7 October 2008[23]
24 March 2009[24]
7 September 2009[25] 21 December 2011[26] 7.52 million
10 8 12 November 2006 (2006-11-12) 11 May 2008 (2008-05-11) 29 September 2009[27]
23 February 2010[28]
5 October 2009[29] 21 May 2008[30]
17 September 2008[31]
7.11 million
11 7 1 January 2008 (2008-01-01) 5 May 2009 (2009-05-05) 1 June 2010[32]
28 September 2010[33]
23 August 2010[34] 18 March 2009[35]
24 June 2009[36]
6.72 million
12 7 22 July 2009 (2009-07-22) 14 April 2010 (2010-04-14) 22 February 2011[37]
6 September 2011[38]
4 October 2010[39] 10 February 2010[40]
14 July 2010[41]
6.27 million
13 8 10 February 2010 (2010-02-10) 2 February 2011 (2011-02-02) 28 February 2012[42]
3 July 2012[43]
9 May 2011[44] 16 March 2011[45]
3 August 2011[46]
6.36 million
14 8 23 March 2011 (2011-03-23) 11 January 2012 (2012-01-11) 8 January 2013[47]
6 August 2013[48]
2 April 2012[49] 16 November 2011[50]
20 June 2012[51]
6.03 million
15 6 1 February 2012 (2012-02-01) 30 January 2013 (2013-01-30) 4 February 2014[52]
19 May 2015[53]
6 May 2013[54] 22 May 2013[55]
6 November 2013[56]
6.32 million
16 5 24 December 2013 (2013-12-24) 12 February 2014 (2014-02-12) 24 February 2015[57] 7 July 2014[58] 18 June 2014[59]
15 October 2014
5.96 million
17 4 28 January 2015 (2015-01-28) 18 February 2015 (2015-02-18) 15 September 2015[60] 8 June 2015[61] 10 June 2015[62] 5.48 million
18 6 6 January 2016 (2016-01-06) 17 February 2016 (2016-02-17) TBA 16 May 2016[63][64] TBA 5.79 million
19 6 2017 (2017) 2017 (2017) TBA TBA

Episodes[edit]

Series 1 (1997-98)[edit]

# #[65] Title Director Writer Original airdate Filming date
1 1 "The Killings at Badger's Drift" Jeremy Silberston Anthony Horowitz 23 March 1997 (1997-03-23) September/October 1996

When DCI Barnaby and DS Troy arrive in the village of Badger's Drift to investigate the sudden death of Emily Simpson, her next door neighbour insists that she had been murdered, after she had seen her return from a walk, unnerved and shocked by something she had witnessed. When the post mortem confirms her death was no accident, the pair discover that nothing is what it seems to be within the sleepy village as they try to find out what exactly she saw. Their investigation soon turns up a web of sex, blackmail and lies, and the possibility that the murder could be connected to a shooting accident a year ago, which claimed another woman's life...

First appearances of DCI Tom Barnaby, DS Gavin Troy, Dr George Bullard, Joyce Barnaby and Cully Barnaby.
2 2 "Written in Blood" Jeremy Silberston Anthony Horowitz 22 March 1998 (1998-03-22) July/August 1997
After debating on who their next guest speaker should be, the Midsomer Worthy Writers' Circle decide to invite famous writer, Max Jennings, to their next meeting, despite opposition to the choice by Gerald Hadleigh, the group's secretary. When Hadleigh is found dead the day after Jennings visit, brutally bludgeoned and stripped naked, Barnaby and Troy discover that the victim had many mysteries to him, prompting them to delve into his private life and his past. Matters soon become complicated when Jennings disappears and is later found dead, and a witness recalls seeing a mysterious woman in Hadleigh's house the night before his murder...
3 3 "Death of a Hollow Man" Jeremy Silbertson Caroline Graham 29 March 1998 (1998-03-29) August/September 1997
Whilst investigating the murder of Agnes Gray, a quiet animal-loving woman who had been drowned near to the village of Ferne Basset, Barnaby gets more than he bargained for when he attends his wife's performance in the Causton Amateur Dramatics' production of Amadeus. When Agnes' cousin, Esslyn Carmichael, inadvertently cuts his own throat during the final act, it's quickly discovered that the tape on the prop blade he had used was removed without anyone knowing. The detective is left wondering who had wanted to turn Esslyn's final act into a true coup de theatre, as he and Troy try to determine what the motive was behind the two murders...
4 4 "Faithful unto Death" Baz Taylor Douglas Watkinson 22 April 1998 (1998-04-22) October 1997
Local villagers in Morton Fendle are up in arms, demanding answers from Alan Hollingsworth, the owner of a local craft centre they had invested in, after news comes out that it has recently fallen into financial turmoil. As tensions begin rising in the village, Barnaby soon suspects that something has happened to Alan's wife, Simone, when his behaviour suddenly changes. His suspicions are soon confirmed when it transpires that Simone was kidnapped, after one of Alan's neighbours is murdered, shortly after witnessing something they shouldn't have...
5 5 "Death in Disguise" Baz Taylor Douglas Watkinson 6 May 1998 (1998-05-06) November/December 1997
Bill Carter, one of the founders of a local New Age commune called the Lodge of the Golden Windhorse, dies suddenly after falling down some stairs and breaking his neck. Although there was uncertainty as to whether it was the result of an accident or murder, Barnaby and Troy find themselves having to determine which it was, when Ian Craigie, the commune's leader, is stabbed to death with a carving knife a few days later, while attending a spiritual seance with the rest of the commune and the parents of one of its members. It's not long before they discover hidden truths about the commune's founding and some of its members...

Series 2 (1999)[edit]

# #[65] Title Director Writer Original airdate Filming date Viewers (millions)
6 1 "Death's Shadow" Jeremy Silberston Anthony Horowitz 20 January 1999 (1999-01-20) May/June 1998 10.41
Plans by Barnaby to renew his wedding vows at the church of St Michael's in Badger's Drift, are quickly put on hold when the body of Richard Bayly, a local developer, is found decapitated in his own home. The detective is left mystified as to why anyone would kill a man who had only been given weeks to live, after being recently diagnosed with a brain tumour. As he and Troy attempt to find out, they soon encounter a hotbed of corruption and property feuding occurring within the village, before another murder draws them back to a tragic event several years ago...
7 2 "Strangler's Wood" Moira Armstrong Douglas Watkinson 3 February 1999 (1999-02-03) June/July 1998 10.70
Nine years ago, three women were strangled with a neck-tie and left naked in woodland outside Midsomer Worthy, so when a South American woman who recently arrived in the village is murdered in the exact same fashion and found within the same woods, Barnaby is forced to cut short some father-daughter bonding time with Cully to determine if it is the work of the same killer. As he and Troy investigate the area, including a local tobacco company the victim was associated with, they soon encounter several matters, including a retired detective obsessed with the previous murders, problematic evidence, family troubles, and secret affairs, before another death follows...
First appearance of Dr Dan Peterson
8 3 "Dead Man's Eleven" Jeremy Silberston Anthony Horowitz 10 February 1999 (1999-02-10) July/August 1998 11.07
As the cricket team for Fletcher's Cross prepare for their annual match against Midsomer Worthy, tragedy strikes for their captain and local landowner, Robert Cavendish, when the search for his wife Tara, who went missing whilst walking their dog, turns up her body near to a disused quarry he had owned. For Barnaby and Troy, suspicions are drawn in on Robert's son, who openly resented his wife and who owned the cricket bat that killed her. Yet their investigation also turns up a wealth of secrets, lies, affairs, blackmail, and a mysterious death that occurred shortly before a break-in, before matters are complicated when another murder occurs during the cricket match...
9 4 "Blood Will Out" Moira Armstrong Douglas Watkinson 5 February 1999 (1999-02-05) September 1998 9.99
Hector Bridges, a local magistrate, is infuriated when one of his geese is stolen, just as two bands of travellers arrive in Martyr Warren. Although Barnaby and Troy are called in to deal with the theft and later dissuade him from forcefully evicting the travellers from the village, they soon have a murder on their hands, when a short while later Bridges is killed with his own shotgun. It quickly transpires that many in the village had hated the magistrate, who lied, bullied, and committed many an injustice, leaving the detectives determined to find who among them had pulled the trigger after Bridges pushed them past their breaking point...

Series 3 (1999-00)[edit]

# #[66] Title Director Writer Original airdate Filming Date Viewers (millions)
10 1 "Death of a Stranger" Moira Armstrong Douglas Watkinson 31 December 1999 (1999-12-31) May/June 1999 5.37
Shortly before his retirement, Superintendent Pringle believed he had solved the murder of a tramp who was killed during a fox hunt outside the village of Upper Marshwood. However Barnaby, who had been in France on holiday during the investigation, was not convinced that the local poacher he arrested, who pleaded he was innocent, was the true culprit, and it soon turns out to be the case when the poacher's father is murdered with their own shotgun. As Barnaby and Troy reopen the murder case, they soon find themselves dealing with the village's upper classes, who are none to willing to give much away...
11 2 "Blue Herrings" Peter Smith Hugh Whitemore 22 January 2000 (2000-01-22) June/July 1999 8.88
When Alice Bly arrives at the Lawnside nursing home in Aspern Tallow to rest up from hospital treatment, she is unconvinced by the home's director and its physician that one of the residents had died naturally, on the night shortly after her arrival, especially as the deceased owned a valuable Cartier watch that has since gone missing. Despite having a week off from police work, her nephew Barnaby, concerned for her well being, decides to investigate the matter, and its not long before he and Troy uncover theft, lies and secret flings, as more deaths follow...
12 3 "Judgement Day" Jeremy Silberston Anthony Horowitz 29 January 2000 (2000-01-29) August/September 1999 9.65
Villagers in Midsomer Mallow fear that their chances of winning the "Perfect Village" competition are scuppered, after Peter Drinkwater, a local thief wanted for committing a recent burglary, is found dead with a pitchfork in his chest. Because he had many enemies, Barnaby and Troy find themselves seeking out answers within the village as the competition draws closer, but as secrets begin to surface and relationships between the villagers begin to unravel, things take a dark turn when one of the judges of the competition drops dead, poisoned by a glass of wine...
13 4 "Beyond The Grave" Peter Cregeen Douglas Livingstone 5 February 1999 (1999-02-05) October 1999 9.40
Cully's latest boyfriend, Nico, decides to shadow Troy in preparation for a TV role he recently got, but gets more hands-on experience than he expected when investigations into a slashed painting at a museum in Aspern Tallow, a 17th century portrait of Royalist Jonathan Lowrie, are overshadowed by the murder of his descendant, Marcus Lowrie. It isn't long before Barnaby and Troy, with Nico's assistance, find themselves dealing with mysterious, ghostly events, escaped criminals, and a museum trustee who has more to them than meets the eye...

Series 4 (2000-01)[edit]

# #[67] Title Director Writer Original airdate Filming Date Viewers (millions)
14 1 "Garden of Death" Peter Smith Christopher Russell 10 September 2000 (2000-09-10) June/July 2000 7.65
Villagers of Midsomer Deverell are appalled, when the Inkpen family plan to turn their public memorial garden into a small tea shop. Yet when Elspeth Inkpen announces that it is none of the village's business what her family is planning, Barnaby and Troy wonder if someone is determined to stop this happening, when her daughter is soon found murdered in the garden. As the detectives investigate, they slowly uncover greed, snobbery, illegitimacy, mourning and violence, before Elspeth is soon found dead in what appears to have been suicide...
15 2 "Destroying Angel" David Tucker David Hoskins 26 August 2001 (2001-08-26) July/August 2000 9.99
After the search for Gregory Chambers, the manager of a hotel in Midsomer Magna, turns up a severed hand belonging to him, Barnaby and Troy promptly try to work out what had happened to him during the day of the funeral of Karl Wainwright, the owner of the hotel. Gregory was among four staff members who benefited from Wainwright's will, the others being his wife, the hotel's chef and its accountant, but shortly after the investigation begins, the other beneficiaries receive death threats. It's not long before lies, deceptions and hidden truths emerge, after the chef is poisoned with the mushroom, Destroying Angel, and the accountant's husband is crushed by his own drinks cabinet right in front of the two detectives...
16 3 "The Electric Vendetta" Peter Smith Terry Hodgkinson 2 September 2001 (2001-09-02) August/September 2000 9.99
A man's naked body found under mysterious circumstances, within a crop circle on Sir Harry Chatwyn's wheat field, leads police to investigating how he wound up in the field after being electrocuted. While the nearby village of Midsomer Parva is abuzz with UFO mania, Barnaby is unconvinced by a local ufologist that the man's death was the result of alien activity, as he uncovers rivalries, theft and hatred during his investigations, soon after a well known burglar is found dead in another crop circle, with identical injuries...
17 4 "Who Killed Cock Robin?" David Tucker Jeremy Paul 9 September 2001 (2001-09-09) September/October 2000 9.13
Returning home one night, in a drunken state, the local doctor of Newton Magna calls in the police after he had accidentally hit a man, yet when Barnaby and Troy arrive, the injured man is nowhere to be found. As they investigate the mystery, Barnaby encounters an old adversary who is working to help renovate the village and whose daughter is getting married to a local boy. Matters soon become complicated, when the body of the best man's father is found in a well that was being renovated, whom the detectives soon discover had disappeared on the day he was planning to run away with a local farmer's wife...
18 5 "Dark Autumn" Jeremy Silberston Peter J. Hammond 16 September 2001 (2001-09-16) October/November 2000 9.77
One morning in the village of Goodman's Land, the local papergirl is horrified to discover the body of Dave Cutler, the local postman, shortly after she had seen him alive earlier doing his rounds. As it emerges that Cutler had been having adulterous relationships with most of the village's women, thoughts by Barnaby and Troy that a jealous husband killed him are dashed, when one of the women he slept with is killed later that night. As the detectives delve deeper into the case, it soon transpires that shortly before the postman was murdered, someone had heard 1950s dance music being played throughout the village...
19 6 "Tainted Fruit" Jeremy Silberston Peter J. Hammond 23 September 2001 (2001-09-23) April/May 2001 9.80
On the same day that a local district nurse is charged for drink driving following an evening event in Midsomer Malham, a local veterinarian discovers that someone has stolen barbiturates from his surgery. Barnaby and Troy become greatly concerned for the safety of Melissa Townsend, a thoroughly disliked young woman who had recently received death threats that blamed her for the death of a local poacher, but are unable to prevent someone from murdering her, after her body is found with a syringe in the stomach beside her father's swimming pool. While a wealth of hatred lies within the village, it slowly transpires that someone wanted to hide a secret when the pair uncover blackmail and greed at the heart of their investigations...

Series 5 (2002)[edit]

# #[68] Title Director Writer Original airdate Filming Date Viewers (millions)
20 1 "Market For Murder" Sarah Hellings Christopher Russell 16 June 2002 June/July 2001 8.99
Majorie Empson, an elderly woman well known throughout Midsomer Market for her garden parties, is found dead by a close friend, having been struck over the head with her own walking stick. As Barnaby and Troy begin to investigate, they quickly discover that she and several women from the village had secretly met under the pretence of a book club, to invest in the stock market, with their last meeting being on the day of the murder. Things soon become complicated, when one of the other women of the club is murdered in her own pool, and that the killer seems to be privy to many secrets in the village...
21 2 "Murder on St Malley's Day" Peter Smith Andrew Payne 23 June 2002 July/August 2001 9.37
Daniel Talbot, a student of the prestigious Devington School, drops dead shortly after returning for help upon being viciously attacked during the school's annual St. Malley's Day race. His father, Anthony Talbot, insists that someone from the nearby village of Midsomer Parva was responsible, but things are not as straightforward for Barnaby and Troy, when they slowly discover that Daniel had wanted to run away during the race. Their investigation quickly turns up hidden conspiracies concerning both the school and its secretive, elite group known as the Pudding Club, whose members throw up a wall of silence, just before more bodies turn up...
22 3 "Ring Out Your Dead" Sarah Hellings Andrew Payne 15 September 2002 September/October 2001 9.43
Despite opposition by local villagers, the bell-ringers of Midsomer Wellow have got high hopes that they will win this year's bell-ringing competition, until one of their numbers, who was recently thrown out by his wife, is found dead during a practice session, shot through the heart and clutching a piece of paper with the words "Ding Dong Bell" printed on it. When two more bell-ringers are murdered, one of them during their wedding, Barnaby wonders if the motive is tied to the upcoming competition, or to a late 19th century murder that took place within the village's church...
23 4 "Worm in the Bud" David Tucker Michael Russell 22 September 2002 October/November 2001 9.52
As a proposed development of Setwale Wood is given the go-ahead, despite opposition by those in Midsomer Worthy, the body of a local farmer's wife, Susan Bartlett, is found dead in the wood. While it initially appears that she committed suicide after suffering from depression, Barnaby soon suspects she was murdered when he learns that the young Julie Fielding and her younger brother had chanced upon her "sleeping" the day before she was found. Soon stories of witchcraft, lies and fabricated evidence compound the investigation, before the farmer developing the wood turns up dead...

Series 6 (2003)[edit]

# #[69] Title Director Writer Original airdate Filming Date Viewers (millions)
24 1 "A Talent for Life" Sarah Hellings David Hoskins 3 January 2003 May/June 2002 9.23
The double murder of eccentric widow, Isobel Hewitt, and adulterous doctor, Duncan Goff, lead Barnaby and Troy into finding out more about their personal and private lives in the village of Malham Bridge. While Troy suspects an antique dealer that Isobel befriended is the culprit, Barnaby is not convinced, believing anyone the victims knew when they were alive could have been the murderer, from the doctor's wife to the local owner of a restaurant. Even Isobel's close family and members of a local fly fishing group are suspects as they investigate all possible angles...
25 2 "Death and Dreams" Peter Smith Peter J. Hammond 10 January 2003 June/July 2002 9.46
When Martin Wroath is found dead in his home in Midsomer Worthy, Barnaby is unconvinced that he committed suicide with his own shotgun in an unnecessarily complex fashion. When a second murder occurs on an assault course at a local cottage hospital, to which Wroath was a patient at, the detective suspects a link between the two murders, and soon finds a wealth of hatred, jealously and lies, before discovering that rope in the village is mysteriously disappearing...
26 3 "Painted in Blood" Sarah Hellings Andrew Payne 17 January 2003 July/August 2002 9.45
Joyce is taking part in an open-air art class, being held on the village green of Midsomer Florey, when she discovers the body of a fellow elderly student, Ruth Fairfax, concealed beneath some undergrowth shortly after a session. Just as her husband begins to learn that Ruth was not all she seemed to be, officers of the NIS pull him off the case. While Troy is allowed to assist them, Barnaby is left handling a local operation into a spate of thefts, yet he decides to continue his investigations in secret. In doing so, he soon turns up armed robbery, unaccounted stolen money, former criminals, and secret liaisons, before discovering that the NIS investigation is not being as thorough as it should be....
27 4 "A Tale of Two Hamlets" Peter Smith Alan Plater 24 January 2003 September/October 2002 9.28
At his family home in Upper Warden, arrogant actor Larry Smith is killed, when a summer house he walks in to as part of a promotion for the sequel to his hit film, The House of Satan, is suddenly destroyed in an explosion. His family quickly fling accusations for his murder directly at the residents of rival village, Lower Warden, leading Barnaby and Troy to determine if this is the case, especially when Larry's director, and another member of the family, is electrocuted while using an exercise bike. It's not long before secrets, affairs and blackmail begin to surface from within the two villages...
28 5 "Birds of Prey" Jeremy Silberston Michael Russell 31 January 2003 October/November 2002 9.32
While Troy assists an attractive wildlife liaison officer with an investigation into the illegal sale of protected bird eggs, Barnaby travels to Midsomer Magna to investigate the sudden death of a man, who apparently drowned himself. While there was evidence he was desperately seeking to avoid bankruptcy, and had visited a local millionaire to get back his money from a scheme he had invested in, a post mortem reveals that he had been murdered. The two detectives soon find their investigations crossing over, when a man found to have an illegal collection of bird eggs, is also murdered, prompting concerns that the millionaire's scheme is being used to defraud many, and that someone is willing to kill to keep the scheme going...

Series 7 (2003-04)[edit]

# #[70] Title Director Writer Original airdate Filming Date Viewers (millions)
29 1 "The Green Man" Sarah Hellings Michael Russell 2 November 2003 (2003-11-02) May/June 2003 10.01

When a tunnel collapse on a canal project, near to Midsomer Worthy, turns up several skeletons, Barnaby investigates a possible murder when one skeleton is discovered to have teeth bearing modern dental work. Meanwhile, Troy, recently having earned a promotion to Inspector, tackles his last case in the county by visiting the village to investigate a more recent murder - that of a youth, one of several who had caused problems for the villagers, who had been shot with a gun he and his friends had been using the night before to shoot wild animals. Slowly but surely, both begin uncovering a web of lies, affairs and domestic arguments, alongside a mysterious recluse with a hidden past...

Last regular appearance of DS Gavin Troy
30 2 "Bad Tidings" Peter Smith Peter J. Hammond 4 January 2004 (2004-01-04) June/July 2003 9.96

DS Dan Scott, Barnaby's cocky new sergeant, is thrust into his first case when the two detectives look into the murder of a woman who had been stabbed to death after a Spanish themed evening in Midsomer Mallow, before being left in a field she hated, with a red rose in her mouth. Not long after their investigation begins, a retired doctor, whom she had worked for, is murdered in his home during the village's open day with an apple left beside his body. It quickly becomes clear the two victims knew a secret about one of the villagers, something that they are prepared to silence by any means necessary...

First appearance of DS Dan Scott
31 3 "The Fisher King" Peter Smith Elizabeth-Anne Wheal 18 January 2004 (2004-01-18) September/October 2003 10.17
Several decades ago, Roger Heldman died in what appeared to be an accident at a dig near to Midsomer Barrow, shortly after it had turned up two important Celtic pieces. When one of them, a spear, is used to kill his son Gareth, a womaniser like his father, Barnaby and Scott delve into a world of falsehoods, rituals, lies and hidden interrelationships, to uncover the truth. Initial suspicions lie to both the local river keeper, Harry Green, and the victim's half-brother, David Hartley-Reade, until new evidence suggests Roger was murdered. Then David is murdered during the climax of a summer solstice celebration, while performing a ceremony to save his failing marriage...
32 4 "Sins of Commission" Richard Holthouse Isabelle Grey 11 January 2004 (2004-01-11) July/August 2003 9.71
While Midsomer St Michael prepares for the 12th year of its Literacy Festival, which often becomes a hotbed for feuding writers, editors and publishers, Barnaby and Scott are called to the village to investigate who had expertly broke the neck of a former prize-winning author. They soon find that the world of fictional writing is far darker than it appears, when the victim's editor is shortly found dead during the festival's opening ceremony, leading the detectives to uncover lies, fraud and hidden truths, as the pair search for a connection behind the deaths...
33 5 "The Maid in Splendour" Richard Holthouse Andrew Payne 25 January 2004 (2004-01-25) October/November 2003 10.24
As a conflict between residents of Midsomer Worthy and commercial developers brews over the fate of a local pub, the Maid In Splendour, a popular barman who works there, Jamie Cruickshank, is found dead at an abandoned cottage in woods near to the village. As Barnaby and Scott investigate, they wonder who wanted him dead when the pub's new manager, Stephen Bannerman, seemed a more likely target after they find that he was thoroughly disliked and was threatening to tear the Splendour down. When Bannerman is soon murdered, the detectives wonder if Jamie's murder was unintentional...
34 6 "The Straw Woman" Sarah Hellings Jeff Dodds 29 February 2004 (2004-02-29) November/December 2003 10.03
When the village of Midsomer Parva set alight the straw effigy of a woman as part of the revival of an old pagan festival, no one could foresee it ending in tragedy when the local curate screams out in agony from within the effigy. His death quickly turns the community against Liz Francis, the local teacher who organized it, yet as Barnaby and Scott investigate his murder, they soon discover that the curate had been in conflict with Alan Clifford, a pornographer who had moved into the area recently. When more people suddenly die from bouts of spontaneous human combustion, the detectives soon suspect someone is using the illusion of witchcraft to cover up the real motive behind the murders...
35 7 "Ghosts of Christmas Past" Renny Rye David Hoskins 25 December 2004 (2004-12-25) January/February 2004 6.90
Nine years after Ferdinand Villiers committed suicide at his family's home of Draycott Hall, the extended Villiers family gather together to celebrate Christmas. When a note in a Christmas cracker proclaims that two members of the family will be dead by midnight on Boxing Day, everyone assumes it to be nothing more than a joke until Aunt Lydia, the eldest member of the family, nearly dies from smoke suffocation before falling down the stairs during the night. Just before she dies from her injuries, Barnaby learns from her that someone had pushed her and soon discovers her near-death earlier in the evening was no accident. Both he and Scott soon find themselves trying to determine the motive for Lydia's death, and quickly uncover many secrets and lies tied to Ferdinand's suicide, before another member of the family is killed in what appears to be a shooting accident...

Series 8 (2004-05)[edit]

# #[71] Title Director Writer Original airdate Filming Date Viewers (millions)
36 1 "Things That Go Bump in the Night" Peter Smith Peter J. Hammond 10 October 2004 (2004-10-10) May/June 2004 8.56
When local undertaker, Patrick Pennyman, is found murdered in his own chapel of rest by his wife, bludgeoned with a heavy object, Barnaby and Scott find themselves wondering who within Fletcher's Cross left him with a shocked look upon his face before he was killed. As they investigate, the pair quickly find themselves drawn towards a local spiritualist church that had been heavily controversial in the village, after a friend of Joyce, investigating both the church and the undertaker on suspicion that they were stealing from the dead and using information acquired from them, is murdered shortly after the latest spiritualist meeting...
37 2 "Dead in the Water" Renny Rye Douglas Watkinson 17 October 2004 (2004-10-17) June/July 2004 9.13
A day at the annual Midsomer Regatta for Barnaby is cut short, when the body of Guy Sweetman, a member of a local boating club, emerges from the river at Morton Shallows. Both he and Scott quickly learn that Guy was a ladies' man with many enemies, and had been in secret meetings with a few other members. It's not long before the two detectives uncover lies, jealously, a planned robbery and blackmail, before the latest woman Guy loved and was planning to marry, is attacked and nearly killed...
38 3 "Orchis Fatalis" Peter Smith Terry Hodgkinson 9 January 2005 (2005-01-09) July/August 2004 8.74
When a female classics scholar, a member of a group of orchid lovers, is found poisoned in her own home by a local handyman, Barnaby find himself returning to Midsomer Malham the day after he and his wife had helped out in the village's annual garden show. It quickly transpires that the victim not only had a secret lover, but had also smuggled a rare, priceless, one-of-a-kind orchid - the Yellow Roth - out of Borneo. It soon becomes clear the orchid was the motive for her murder, when one of the other members who bought the Roth is soon found dead, with their own collection destroyed...
39 4 "Bantling Boy" Sarah Hellings Steve Trafford 16 January 2005 (2005-01-16) September/October 2004 8.80
A successful day at the races for the racehorse, Bantling Boy, is overshadowed the following day when Bruce Hartley, one of the horse's owners and an alcoholic horse trainer, is found murdered within the horse's stables, having been struck on the back of the head. Barnaby and Scott quickly learn that the night before his murder, Hartley had been in dispute with the other owners of the horse at Bantling Hall, and had refused to allow them to accept an offer to buy the horse. Although they assume the motive was over the sale of the horse, they soon find a darker motive when one of the other owners is murdered in the exact same fashion, but with a pennant of cloth left in their mouth...
40 5 "Second Sight" Richard Holthouse Tony Etchells 23 January 2005 (2005-01-23) October/November 2004 8.69
Barnaby and Scott are drawn into the strange world surrounding the ability of "Second Sight", when they find themselves in the village of Midsomer Mere to investigate the sudden death of John Ransom, shortly after he had been kicked out of the local pub for fighting with his brother-in-law over the upcoming baptism of his niece. John is quickly discovered to have been a lab rabbit for his brother Max, who suspected he had the ability, much like those of local family, the Kirbys. As Barnaby tries to determine if the ability is real, he soon encounters tensions between the two families, an unlucky bookmaker, a priest attempting to save the local church, a man who he swears he saw before, and more murders...
41 6 "Hidden Depths" Sarah Hellings David Hoskins 13 March 2005 (2005-03-13) November/December 2004 8.56
While it appears to be suicide at first, Barnaby is quickly convinced by the evidence he sees that Nick Turner, a solicitor who lived in Midsomer Magna, did not walk off the roof of his home, but was dropped to his death. When it transpires that his neighbour, Jack Wilmot, has disappeared shortly after his death, both Barnaby and Scott begin a search for answers, and soon turn up rumours that Nick had lost money he had stolen from his clients' accounts. It's not long before their investigations turn sinister, when Nick's rival, Otto Benham, is brutally murdered after having wine bottles catapulted at him, all within view of his wife...
42 7 "Sauce for the Goose" Renny Rye Andrew Payne 3 April 2005 (2005-04-03) January/February 2005 9.73
When the body of a man is found dead and naked, within the sterilizer of the Plummer & Son Famous Relish factory in Little Upton, Barnaby finds himself investigating the Plummer family, the makers of his father's favourite condiment. The victim was well known to the family and had been on a tour of the factory the day before his body was found, around the same time that the Plummers had been discussing the state of the floundering business during a general meeting, to which Ralph Plummer had angered his siblings by refusing to sell it. It's not long before legal documents, resentment of the family, and odd sightings, add to the mystery of the investigations...
43 8 "Midsomer Rhapsody" Richard Holthouse Richard Cameron 2 October 2005 (2005-10-02) February/March 2005 6.97

Arthur Leggott, a retired music teacher, is bludgeoned to death in his home in Badger's Drift, when he confronts an intruder who apparently came for a musical manuscript by the late composer, Joan Alder. It soon becomes clear the manuscript is the key to solving the murders, when a valuable one that had been sold cheaply at auction, shows signs it had been written by another hand, as more murders slowly follow the first...

Last appearance of DS Dan Scott

Series 9 (2005-06)[edit]

# #[72] Title Director Writer Original airdate Filming Date Viewers (millions)
44 1 "The House in the Woods" Peter Smith Barry Simner 9 October 2005 (2005-10-09) May/June 2005 8.49
With Scott unavailable, PC Ben Jones gets temporarily assigned to CID in order to assist Barnaby into investigating the suspicious deaths of two house hunters. Both were searching out a house within the village of Midsomer Newton, and were garrotted one after the other the night before they were discovered, whilst checking out a deserted house that was reputedly haunted. The pair quickly find their inquiries tied to the house's history, unearthing ghosts, fraud, affairs, identical twins, and an armed robbery that occurred many years ago...
First appearance of DC Ben Jones
45 2 "Dead Letters" Renny Rye Peter J. Hammond 26 February 2006 (2006-02-26) June/July 2005 8.54
Villagers of Midsomer Barton are all set to celebrate Oak Apple Week, especially as the carnival queen event is set to return after an eight year absence. Yet the body of the mother of a deceased, one-time carnival queen, found in a stream, looks set to spoil things, as Barnaby and Jones find themselves digging up the past. From familiar faces, to drunken boasts and hidden obessions, it slowly becomes clear that the mother's daughter might be the key to solving the murder, when more deaths follow...
46 3 "Vixen's Run" Peter Smith Michael Aitkens 5 March 2006 (2006-03-05) July/August 2005 8.94
Wealthy, eccentric and obese aristocrat Freddy Butler drops dead, shortly after gathering all three of his wives at Haddington Hall to make an announcement. Although George Bullard is adamant his death is from natural causes, the case is far from simple when Freddy's solicitor is deliberately killed in a house fire shortly afterwards and Freddy's will goes missing. Barnaby and Jones find themselves investigating the extended Butler family, uncovering hidden secrets, illegitimate children and elusive treasure in the process...
47 4 "Down Among the Dead Men" Renny Rye Douglas Watkinson 12 March 2006 (2006-03-12) September/October 2005 8.07
Martin Barrett, a local council clerk living in Midsomer Worthy, is murdered during the night by shotgun, prompting Barnaby and Jones to find a motive for his murder. When they discover that Barrett was an expert blackmailer, his victims become prime suspects for his death - from a local pub landlord, a cleaner, a prominent member of the police board, to a former marine geologist. As they investigate, finding themselves drawn to the seaside, they slowly uncover deception, theft, attempted blackmail and hatred...
48 5 "Four Funerals and a Wedding" Sarah Hellings Elizabeth-Anne Wheal 24 September 2006 (2006-09-24) October/November 2005 7.29
In the village of Broughton, a ninety-year-old battle of the sexes has often occurred, with men trying to oppose an event that the women have managed to successfully hold without interruption, until it culminates with casualties on both sides - Mildred Danvers, an elderly woman who had returned on the day of a funeral and poisoned in her hotel room, and Rev. Anthony Gant, shot during a major event being held in the village green, in view of many. It soon becomes clear someone may have wished to kill both to cover up a dark truth, and soon Barnaby has to figure out who amongst the village wanted both dead, complicated further when Gant's curate is murdered next.
49 6 "Country Matters" Richard Holthouse Andrew Payne 10 September 2006 (2006-09-10) November/December 2005 5.80
Villagers in Elverton-cum-Latterly are up in arms and divided, over the building of a supermarket. Things soon come to a head when independent environmental supervisor, Frank Hopkirk, is found stabbed to death at a Jubb's Timber Yard, the site of the new supermarket, by a pair of children. When Barnaby and Jones investigate to determine who wanted Hopkirk dead, they find out that he secretly came to the village under various aliases for sexual rendezvous with various women in fantasy role-playing scenarios, and that he had been making further investigations on the future development site and having doubts over claims it was contaminated. Either someone didn't like his investigations, or someone didn't like his sexual appetite, but either way, Barnaby finds himself investigating lies and more to uncover the truth.
50 7 "Death in Chorus" Sarah Hellings David Lawrence 3 September 2006 (2006-09-03) January/February 2006 6.28
Barnaby and DC Ben Jones (Jason Hughes) find themselves attempting to unravel the deaths of a choir tenor, and later a bird watcher, before more murders occur. The case is complicated by a rivalry between the Midsomer Worthy and Aston Wherry choirs, due to compete in an upcoming competition, and suspicions that an art scam is to be conducted, and soon Barnaby and Jones become concerned about a local woman, who they fear may become a victim herself. Particularly when it becomes clear the bird watcher had been photographing suspicious activity of late.
51 8 "Last Year's Model" Richard Holthouse David Hoskins 17 September 2006 (2006-09-17) February/March 2006 6.78
A few months ago, Annie Woodrow was arrested, accused of murdering her friend, Frances Trevelyan, on the motive of wanting Frances' husband. Her time in court has come, but DCI Barnaby is certain she still is holding things back in regards to the murder, and decides to monitor the trial. Yet a chance remark by Frances' youngest daughter, and a meeting with an old friend and psychiatrist, makes him begin to doubt the evidence for her conviction. Soon he and DC Jones, awaiting news of his promotion to DS, find themselves reinvestigating the case, and it soon becomes clear that they may have missed details that could implicate another in the murder.

Series 10 (2006-08)[edit]

# #[73] Title Director Writer Original airdate Filming Date Viewers (millions)
52 1 "Dance with the Dead" Peter Smith Peter J. Hammond 12 November 2006 May/June 2006 7.80
When a young man is found dead in his vintage car on an airfield near Morton Fendle, Barnaby and Jones must investigate. Initially, it looks as if Simon Bright killed himself using the car's exhaust fumes, but it soon becomes clear that foul play was at work and someone had murdered him. The detectives quickly realise that Simon's girlfriend, Laura, was with him and has suddenly disappeared, so they begin the search for her and try to establish whether she is a victim in all this or a culprit. But there are plenty of other suspicious characters in this tight-knit community, and the pair soon find themselves dealing with a second murder.
53 2 "The Animal Within" Renny Rye David Hoskins 19 January 2007 (2007-01-19) June/July 2006 6.95
When Faith Alexander (Lisa Eichhorn) arrives in Midsomer County to meet her long-lost uncle Rex Masters, she gets a shock - Rex's staff had been told that she was dead. Things become even more complex when Rex's body is found in a nearby river, bearing wounds that suggest he was murdered. Barnaby and Jones are soon on the case, trying to establish who would have wanted the elderly man dead. Several people soon come forward with multiples wills, which confuse the matter, but when two more people, close friends of Rex, are also murdered, the investigation raises question on the motive, leading Barnaby to wonder if it was down to finances, passion, or something from Rex's past.
54 3 "King's Crystal" Peter Smith Steve Trafford 26 January 2007 (2007-01-26) July/August 2006 6.88
Following the death of Alan King while on a business trip to China, the family company, King's Crystal, is in financial trouble. As plans to shut the Midsomer Magna factory are being put into action, Alan's wife Hilary and brother Charles are married in the village church - much to the dismay of Alan's son Ian. In addition to strife between members of the family, the factory workers are outraged at the loss of their jobs. So when company accountant Peter Baxter is found murdered, Barnaby and Jones suspect a disgruntled employee is to blame. But in order to investigate the matter further, Jones is forced to work undercover, and infiltrate the local group of Freemasons in the village.
55 4 "The Axeman Cometh" Renny Rye Michael Aitkens 2 February 2007 (2007-02-02) August/September 2006 6.87
The music lovers of Midsomer County are delighted when a host of bands arrives for the Midsomer Rocks festival. Barnaby himself is particularly looking forward to seeing recently re-formed rock band, Hired Gun, perform on stage, but he soon gets close to the band for rather unfortunate reasons. During their opening performance, the band's singer, Mimi, falls to the ground dead - electrocuted by a wire that had been run through the microphone stand. Barnaby and Jones soon find the rest of the band could be targets, and when another is killed, questions are raised as to whether former band member, Ginger Foxton, who went missing for 30 years and is presumed dead, is still at large. The detectives soon have to delve into a world of rock music, drug use and greed, to find the truth.
First appearance of Simon Dixon
56 5 "Death and Dust" Sarah Hellings Douglas Watkinson 8 May 2007 (2007-05-08) October/November 2006 6.18
The suspicious death of popular young GP Dr Alan Delaney brings Barnaby and Jones to Midsomer Market to investigate. The detectives are baffled as to a motive for murder - until they consider that the newly engaged Dr James Kirkwood may have been the intended victim. Before long, Barnaby and Jones are heading to Wales - former home to Delyth Mostyn, James's fiancee, to delve deeper into the mystery. There are certainly possible suspects in the murder and attempt on Kirkwood, from Delyth's children, who oppose the engagement, her Delyth's husband, and more, as the detectives investigate things, in hopes of uncovering the truth before a major walk is to take place on Mount Snowdon.
57 6 "Picture of Innocence" Richard Holthouse Andrew Payne 3 June 2007 (2007-06-03) November/December 2006 7.31
In the build-up to Luxton Deeping's annual photographic exhibition, a battle rages between the traditional and digital photographers of the pretty village. The dispute seems harmless enough - until Lionel Bell is found murdered in a nearby woodland, strangled with the cord of his light meter. Barnaby soon gets to work tracking down the killer, but it seems someone is trying to implicate the detective in the murder. And once he is replaced on the case, finding the culprit seems less likely than ever, as his replacement is more concerned of an upcoming wedding than the investigation. Barnaby is forced to work off the case to uncover who is framing him, and who wants dead other photographers in the village.
58 7 "They Seek Him Here" Sarah Hellings Barry Purchese 27 April 2008 (2008-04-27) January/February 2007 7.98
The residents of Midsomer Magna are thrilled when a production crew arrives at the local manor house to film a version of The Scarlet Pimpernel. But the crew members aren't the only visitors to the area - Jones has spotted notorious criminal George Ince nearby. But when the director, Nick Cheney, is found dead - his head severed by a prop guillotine - Barnaby must discover who would have wanted the victim dead. It soon becomes clear that things are not so simple, and the detectives soon have to shift through varying motives, layered by lies, hidden truths, and a possible robbery to be committed.
59 8 "Death in a Chocolate Box" Richard Holthouse Tony Etchells 11 May 2008 (2008-05-11) February/March 2007 6.88
Barnaby is in Midsomer Holm, bidding farewell to reformed criminal Ronnie Tyler, who has taken part in a rehabilitation scheme in the village. Also present is disgraced ex-policeman Jack Colby, a former colleague of Barnaby's - but Jack refuses to talk to his old friend. When Jack is murdered, the detective must delve into the dark secrets in the victim's past. There are certainly dark secrets to uncover, and Barnaby has to determine whether the victim's part in a scandal years earlier at Causton police station, is key to the mystery behind his death. It isn't long before he finds that Eddie Masdon is attempting blackmail, and soon murdered as a result, and that Lord Holm is in love Jack's wife, psychotherapist Gina.

Series 11 (2008-09)[edit]

# #[74] Title Director Writer Original airdate Filming Date Viewers (millions)
61 1 "Shot at Dawn" Richard Holthouse Michael Aitkens 1 January 2008 (2008-01-01) July/August 2007 6.62
It's a good day for the Hicks family, as the name of Tommy Hicks - who was executed during World War I for "cowardice and desertion" - is added to the list on Midsomer Parva's war memorial. Tommy's son Lionel and grandson Dave, mayor of Causton and whom Barnaby does not like (owing to dodgy building work by the mayor's company), are thrilled, but the snooty Hammonds are decidedly less pleased. Henry, the patriarch of the Hammond family, is particularly riled by his insalubrious neighbours, and has nurtured a long-running feud with the Hickses. But the evening after a battle re-enactment in the village, Henry is murdered - and Barnaby must delve into the history of the two families to find the killer, discovering a web of fraud, lies, and hidden truths.
60 2 "Blood Wedding" Peter Smith David Lawrence 6 July 2008 (2008-07-06) June/July 2007 7.20
As the Barnabys prepare for Cully's wedding, Lord Fitzroy and Beth Porteous are married in the pretty village of Bledlow. At the lavish reception at Bledlow Hall that follows, however, tragedy strikes - maid of honour Marina Fellowes is found murdered in one of the rooms by some of the guests. With their honeymoon cancelled, the Fitzroys must contend with a police presence in their home, as Barnaby and Jones try to learn more about the family history. It soon becomes clear there are secrets, deception, and an illegtimate son involved in the mystery, which is further complicated when the estate manager is killed by an arrow.
Last appearance of Simon Dixon and final, guest appearance of Gavin Troy
62 3 "Left for Dead" Renny Rye Michael Crompton 20 July 2008 (2008-07-20) August/September 2007 7.25
Barnaby and Jones are in Dunstan to investigate the deaths of a reclusive couple. As they try to establish whether Ron and Libby Wilson were murdered or died of natural causes, their attention is drawn to a dispute raging between a local builder and road protesters nearby. When another death occurs, the detectives learn that there are plenty of dark secrets and fierce hostilities in this apparently idyllic village. Will Jack Purdy's quick temper lead to violence? How far would the protesters go to prevent the bypass being built? And do current events somehow relate to the death of Michael Wilson many years earlier?
63 4 "Midsomer Life" Peter Smith David Hoskins 13 July 2008 (2008-07-13) October/November 2007 7.16
When the body of Londoner Charlie Finleyson is discovered in woodland near Midsomer Sonning, Barnaby and Jones find themselves investigating employees at local Midsomer Life magazine. It turns out the dead man was married to the ex-wife of Guy Sandys, the wealthy owner of the publication. As the detectives become aware of a feud between Guy and the proprietor of the Morecroft Hotel, tensions are also heating up between the locals and visiting Londoners. Soon Barnaby and Jones find themselves to trying to piece together the truth about the murder, and soon learn that someone might be trying to conceal something in their past.
64 5 "The Magician's Nephew" Richard Holthouse Michael Russell 27 July 2008 (2008-07-27) November/December 2007 7.01
A children's magic show goes horribly wrong when one of the performers dies during a trick. Barnaby and Jones discover that the victim was poisoned with a rare toxin extracted from Ecuadorean poison frogs - so the hunt is on for a particularly ruthless and imaginative killer. The detectives soon learn that a feud is raging between local occult practitioner Ernest Balliol and famous writer Aloysius Wilmington. While some of the villagers - such as Ernest's daughter Isolde - believe that powerful magical forces are at play, others think the reasons for the bloodshed may have their roots in the distant past. Barnaby and Jones soon find themselves delving into the occult, magic, and ancients books of power, to determine what happened, and soon sense a mixture of both might be the motive for the murder, when a book shop owner is killed with shattered glass, laced in the same poison.
65 6 "Days of Misrule" Renny Rye Elizabeth-Anne Wheal 24 December 2008 (2008-12-24) February/March 2008 5.89
Barnaby and Jones are forced to take part in a team building exercise and Tom has plenty of problems dealing with the young, new, acting Chief Superintendent, John Cotton (Nick Fletcher). Following an explosion in a truck that had been stored in a truck depot, a body is soon discovered in a nearby lake. It belongs to Alec Grainger, who had been seen arguing with James Parkes (Joseph Millson), the son of Colonel Matt Parkes (Tim Pigott-Smith). James appears to be involved in shady business deals and is blamed by his grandmother Caroline Halsey (Judy Parfitt) – and others – for the suicide of a woman he got pregnant two years before. Barnaby find themselves delving into a mixture of fraud, smuggling, and lies, trying to piece together the truth.
66 7 "Talking to the Dead" Sarah Hellings David Lawrence 5 May 2009 (2009-05-05) March/April 2008 5.92
When two couples vanish into thin air in the village of Monks Barton, Barnaby and Jones hear rumours of haunted woods and witchcraft. Barnaby remains sceptical of this, even when an unidentified body is found in a shallow grave and the missing start turning up dead. He soon has to determine if ghosts, criminals, or something else, is behind the abductions and murders.

Series 12 (2009-10)[edit]

# #[75] Title Director Writer Original airdate Filming Date Viewers (millions)
67 1 "The Dogleg Murders" Richard Holthouse Andrew Payne 22 July 2009 (2009-07-22) June/July 2008 6.14
No one could suspect that a prestigious golf club would be the setting for murder, but when one of the major members is found dead, bludgeoned to death in a thicket next to the 13th hole, Barnaby and Jones try to determine what made him leave the fairway. It seems the club has a rift between the snobbish members, and local villagers, the latter only allowed onto the course for a few hours a week. Before long, another member turns up dead, and the detectives soon find the club has a hidden history, involving gambling, illegal money lending and assault, prompting the pair to determine if a club member, or one of its staff, is responsible for the deeds.
68 2 "The Black Book" Peter Smith Nicholas Martin 5 August 2009 (2009-08-05) July/August 2008 6.28
A newly discovered masterpiece by landscape artist Henry Hogson causes a stir when it is auctioned for £400,000 – just hours before its former owner is tortured and killed. When another Hogson is stolen, Barnaby decides to become an expert on the Midsomer painter, with the help of art teacher Matilda Simms (Susannah Harker). He soon realises the paintings are not what they seem – but the death toll is rising.
69 3 "Secrets and Spies" Renny Rye Michael Aitkens 29 July 2009 (2009-07-29) August/September 2008 6.90
Former secret agent Geoffrey Larkin arrives in Midsomer Parva and stays at Allenby House, a country mansion run by former spies Sir Malcolm Frazer (Benjamin Whitrow), his son Nicky (Peter Davison) and Nicky's wife Jenny (Alice Krige) as a safe house. Geoffrey is soon gashed to death after a cricket match in Midsomer Parva, and the locals blame the 'beast of Midsomer'. However, Barnaby – a former spy himself – soon realises that the killing has links to Allenby House and Cold War Berlin, but is initially thrown off the case by MI6. But when a further murder occurs he is put back on the case.
70 4 "The Glitch" Richard Holthouse Michael Russell 23 September 2009 (2009-09-23) October/November 2008 6.34
Midsomer University science fellow George Jeffers threatens to make public a problem with his state-of-the-art invention Kernel Logic, but American software boss Clinton Finn fears he will lose millions if the truth comes out. When a schoolteacher is killed in a hit-and-run, Barnaby suspects Jeffers was the intended target.
71 5 "Small Mercies" Peter Smith Peter J. Hammond 28 October 2009 (2009-10-28) November/December 2008 6.43
In the peaceful village of Little Worthy, Bob Moss was about to open up his beloved model village, when he found a gruesome extra attraction. Young local, Richard Tanner, had been stabbed in the side and his corpse tied down like Gulliver in Lilliput. Barnaby and Jones wonder who wanted him dead, but when the woman he was secretly meeting is killed during the villages Crazy Craft race, the pair have to delve in and discover who might be lying and hiding secrets.
72 6 "The Creeper" Renny Rye Andrew Payne 27 January 2010 (2010-01-27) February/March 2009 6.35
A cat burglar is on the loose, one known as "the Creeper", but the wave of burglaries they have committed, seem to have finally led to murder, when David Roper (Rik Mayall) is found smothered in his bed on the Chettham family estate. Yet Barnaby and Jones learn he may have been planning to write a book that could have been quite uncomfortable for someone, leading the pair to determine whether members of the Chettham family, or their friends, were responsible.
73 7 "The Great and the Good" Richard Holthouse David Hoskins 14 April 2010 (2010-04-14) March/April 2009 5.46
A sleep-walking school teacher (Nancy Carroll) starts to believe she is slitting the throats of men in her sleep, but Barnaby is not convinced that she is the culprit. Will the annual Frobisher night go without a hitch and can they identify the killer?

Series 13 (2010-11)[edit]

# #[76] Title Director Writer Original airdate Filming Date Viewers (millions)
74 1 "The Made-to-Measure Murders" Peter Smith Andrew Payne 12 May 2010 (2010-05-12) June/July 2009 5.53
The residents of Milton Cross, a feudal estate with a church, farms, houses and acres of land, depend on lord of the manor Edward Milton for their livelihoods. But when Sonia Woodley is stabbed in the churchyard two years after the death of her abusive husband Gerald, Barnaby and Jones investigate, trying to work out who killed her. It soon becomes clear someone took a pair of tailor scissors to do the deed, but who amongst the villagers could have done so, is unclear, and the investigation is complicated, when the pair learn the local reverend had received a letter from Sonia. When he himself is killed, the pair believe something in the letter may be key to solving the mystery.
75 2 "The Sword of Guillaume" Renny Rye Michael Aitkens 10 February 2010 (2010-02-10) July/August 2009 7.02
Barnaby is not convinced about Mayor David Hicks plans to revive an annual trip to Brighton, suspecting his proposal to buy coastal land there, is rather a fraudulent scheme. Naturally, he joins the trip, but during their time in Brighton, a hated property developer is beheaded on a ghost house ride, prompting Barnaby to team up with his cousin to determine whether the developers renters, the mayor, a gloomy reverend, or the lady of a large estate are responsible, and soon discovers a hotbed of jealously, debt, lies and more, conceal a far darker secret.
First appearance of John Barnaby
76 3 "Blood on the Saddle" Richard Holthouse David Lawrence 8 September 2010 (2010-09-08) August/September 2009 6.07
Ford Florey is a town with a Wild West Society and many grudges. During a Wild West show at the local faire, the witch on the 'Dunk the Witch' stall is well and truly dunked but laughter soon turns to horror when she doesn't get up and the water in the tank starts to turn red. Barnaby and Jones need to be quick on the draw to track down the murderer, and soon begin to wonder whether a dispute over land was the motive, or something far more sinister, especially when more people are killed, with methods linked to the Wild West.
77 4 "The Silent Land" Peter Smith Peter J. Hammond 22 September 2010 (2010-09-22) October/November 2009 5.45
On a dark night in the village of March Magna, Barnaby's wife Joyce swerves her car and narrowly misses a shadowy figure in the road - or so she thinks, when later that night a body is discovered in the old cemetery. The victim was a member of the council who was strange and weird, but someone seemed to have quite a grudge on him, and so Barnaby and Jones delve into his background, and the village, attempting to determine who might have wanted him dead, finding ghosts, grudges, and more beneath the village's surface.
78 5 "Master Class" Renny Rye Nicholas Martin 6 October 2010 (2010-10-06) February/March 2010 6.10
Piano student Zoe Stock has won a place at the Devington Manor Winter School led by internationally renowned musician, Sir Michael Fielding. Yet when she is there, things become mysterious when from the river bank in the grounds of the manor she sees a woman jump from the bridge and disappear underwater. When Barnaby and Jones start investigating the possible drowning, they discover unsavoury connections to the past that could prove lethal 20 years later, especially when someone attempts to kill. It isn't long, before murder does occur, and the detectives attempt to fathom what occurred in the drowning, and the present day murders.
79 6 "The Noble Art" Richard Holthouse Barry Purchese 13 October 2010 (2010-10-13) April 2010 5.70
When Midsomer Morchard's very own boxer, John Kinsella, wins a world title in New York, the success seems to be a joyous time for all, until murder rears its ugly head. When a local solicitor is found dead by his assistant and Kinsella's manager, Barnaby attempts to determine what is going on, and soon discover issues with inheritance, affairs, anger, and gambling to make matters difficult. When a re-enactment of a Victorian boxing match gets heated, and Kinsella's manager is found dead in his home's gym, the pair attempt to determine who is responsible, although Barnaby's judgement seems to be clouded on this one.
80 7 "Not in My Back Yard" Peter Smith J.C. Wilsher 12 January 2011 (2011-01-12) May/June 2010 6.93
A planning dispute turns to murder, after a leading light in the Midsomer Conservation Society suspects her neighbours are involved in a money-making development scam. Political wrangling, burglaries and sexual liaisons abound in picturesque Great Pelfe - but when a member of the possible scam is themselves murdered, Barnaby wonders what is truly going on behind the scenes of an important by-election.
81 8 "Fit for Murder" Renny Rye Andrew Payne 2 February 2011 (2011-02-02) June/July 2010 8.10
Barnaby reluctantly accompanies Joyce on a spa weekend to Swavely Manor. But as he attempts to de-stress, a woman is found dead in the flotation chamber. He abandons his treatment to investigate, but his personal worries are never far away as he contemplates his future, while trying to determine if an argument between the spa's owners and their neighbours is the motive, or something else.
Last appearance of Tom Barnaby, Joyce Barnaby, Cully Barnaby, and DC Gail Stevens

Series 14 (2011-12)[edit]

# #[77] Title Director Writer Original airdate Filming Date Viewers (millions)
(Includes ITV HD and ITV1+1)
82 1 "Death in the Slow Lane" Richard Holthouse Michael Aitkens 23 March 2011 (2011-03-23) July/August 2010 6.44
New DCI John Barnaby arrives in Midsomer and is bemused by the quaint villages and their quirky residents. But when a local DJ is crushed to death at a traditional girls' boarding school, he soon discovers that murder and deception are never far away. As the death toll rises, could Barnaby's first case also be his last?
First appearance of Sykes the dog
83 2 "Dark Secrets" Simon Langton Michael Aitkens 30 March 2011 (2011-03-30) August/September 2010 6.32
The reclusive lives of elderly eccentrics William and Mary Bingham comes under police scrutiny when a social services investigator is murdered. Barnaby and Jones must unearth generations of family secrets and decipher astronomical charts to find the killer.
First appearance of Sarah Barnaby
84 3 "Echoes of the Dead" Nick Laughland Peter J. Hammond 20 April 2011 (2011-04-20) September/October 2010 5.47
When a young woman is dressed like a bride and drowned in a bath, it triggers a spate of ghoulish wedding-themed murders in Great Worthy. The case takes Barnaby and Jones to a donkey sanctuary, a heritage steam railway and a pub run by an ex-copper and former brothel madam. With the serial killer still at large, could history be repeating itself?
85 4 "The Oblong Murders" Renny Rye David Hoskins 25 May 2011 (2011-05-25) October/November 2010 5.33
Jones goes undercover at the Oblong Foundation after one of the cult's young female members disappears suddenly. But he and Barnaby soon start digging into an old case involving the death of a couple in a boat explosion.
Last appearance of Dr. George Bullard
86 5 "The Sleeper Under the Hill" Nick Laughland David Lawrence 21 September 2011 (2011-09-21) March/April 2011 5.83
In Midsomer Mow, the gruesome discovery of a farmer's eviscerated body in an ancient stone circle is made just days before the spring equinox.
First appearance of Dr. Kate Wilding
87 6 "The Night of the Stag" Simon Langton Nicholas Martin 12 October 2011 (2011-10-12) May/June 2011 6.04
A VAT inspector goes missing as he hunts for an illicit cider still responsible for brewing The Beast, a potent local hooch. At the Midsomer Abbas spring fayre which celebrates its friendship with Midsomer Herne, Barnaby and Jones sample the local cider, while temperance preacher Norman Grigor calls on residents to repent of their drunken ways. Suddenly, Barnaby is violently ill as the body of missing man Peter Slim is found floating in the cider vat.
88 7 "A Sacred Trust" Renny Rye Rachel Cuperman and Sally Griffiths 26 October 2011 (2011-10-26) June/July 2011 6.38
Barnaby and Jones investigate the cloistered world of Midsomer Priory when a nun is strangled to death. The detectives uncover a complex mystery involving holy orders, teenage romantic liaisons, African art and missing antique silver as the community is forced to open its doors to 21st-century policing.
89 8 "A Rare Bird" Nick Laughland Steve Trafford 11 January 2012 (2012-01-11) July/August 2011 6.43
A row between keen birdwatchers in Midsomer-in-the-Marsh turns nasty when their president is killed. Patrick Morgan met his death while hoping to sight a rare bird, but is his obsession with ornithology to blame – or something more sinister?

Series 15 (2012-13)[edit]

# #[78] Title Director Writer Original airdate Filming Date Viewers (millions)
(Includes ITV HD and ITV+1)
90 1 "The Dark Rider" Alex Pillai Michael Aitkens 1 February 2012 September/October 2011 6.94
When Bentham DeQuetteville falls to his death from a roof after seeing a headless horseman, his aristocratic family seem more concerned about their forthcoming Civil War re-enactment than the incident. As Barnaby and Jones try to find out the truth behind the ghostly figure, their investigation uncovers shocking secrets about the DeQuettevilles.
91 2 "Murder of Innocence" Renny Rye Elizabeth-Anne Wheal 21 March 2012 November/December 2011 5.60
When a barrister is killed in Midsomer, suspicion falls on convicted murderer Grady Felton. Grady has just returned to the village of Binwell where he committed the murder years ago amid much anger from locals. But Grady has a solid alibi. Barnaby suspects he is working with an accomplice – until Grady himself is targeted in an arson attack.
93 3 "Written in the Stars" Renny Rye Steve Trafford 25 September 2012 May/June 2012 5.05
As darkness covers Midsomer Stanton during a total eclipse of the sun, amateur astronomer Jeremy Harper is killed by a blow to the head with a meteorite. Barnaby and Jones soon discover intrigue, sexual tension and academic rivalry are rife among the star-seeking community.
92 4 "Death and the Divas" Nick Laughland Rachel Cuperman and Sally Griffiths 2 January 2013 April/May 2012 6.49
The murder of a journalist has chilling echoes of a 1960s horror film starring Midsomer's own Stella Harris. When Stella's more famous sister returns after a 40-year family rift, the killings escalate, each reminiscent of a movie plot. Is life – and death – imitating art?
94 5 "The Sicilian Defence" Alex Pillai Paul Logue 9 January 2013 June/July 2012 6.95
Harriet Farmer wakes up after being in a coma since the night she tried to elope. Soon afterwards, a serial killer strikes members of a chess club. Could the attack which left Harriet for dead a year ago be linked to moves on a chess board? And where is her boyfriend Finn?
95 6 "Schooled in Murder" Andy Hay Lisa Holdsworth 30 January 2013 July/August 2012 6.89
When Debbie Moffett is crushed to death with a giant round of cheese at the home of the world-famous Midsomer Blue, secret and controversial plans to modernise the dairy are revealed while rumours about private lives of the parents cause a row at the prestigious local prep school. As other people linked to the dairy meet agonising deaths, long-held secrets start to emerge.
Last appearance of DS Ben Jones

Series 16 (2013-14)[edit]

# #[79] Title Director Writer Original airdate Filming Date Viewers (millions)
(Includes ITV HD and ITV+1)
96 1 "The Christmas Haunting" Nick Laughland Chris Murray 24 December 2013 June/July 2013 4.92
DCI Barnaby and DS Nelson investigate the fatal stabbing of a man with an antique sword during a ghost-hunting party at a ‘haunted’ manor house. Is blacksmith’s daughter Rose Wilton seeking revenge from the beyond the grave, or can Barnaby and Nelson find a more earthly motive behind the murder and trap the killer?
First appearance of DS Charlie Nelson
97 2 "Let Us Prey" Alex Pillai Paul Logue 8 January 2014 April/May 2013 6.06
A series of murders in Midsomer St Claire seem to be inspired by macabre images on a medieval fresco recently discovered in the church crypt. As the village prepares for storms and flooding it appears that someone is using ancient torture methods to punish modern-day ‘sinners’. But who is responsible and why?
98 3 "Wild Harvest" Renny Rye Rachel Cuperman & Sally Griffiths 29 January 2014 May/June 2013 6.24
When Martin Strickland, a local farmer is found dead in his own woods; covered by truffle oil and mauled to death by a wild boar, the investigation leads Barnaby to Wyvern House, a posh picturesque country house restaurant run by a very passionate celebrity chef. But soon, another murder occurs and this time, the poison spreads further than the intended target.
99 4 "The Flying Club" Luke Watson Michael Aitkens 5 February 2014 July/August 2013 6.05
When the owner of Finchmere Airfield is dropped from a plane to meet a gruesome death, Barnaby and Nelson find the exciting world of stunt pilots and military heroes hides many dark secrets. Are anti-aircraft campaigners behind Bernard King’s murder or does it link back to a tragic World War Two mission?
100 5 "The Killings of Copenhagen" Alex Pillai Paul Logue 12 February 2014 September/October 2013 6.54
DCI Barnaby and DS Nelson join forces with two female Danish police detectives after Eric Calder is poisoned by Strychnine coating when opening one of his famous golden clusters.
First appearance of baby Betty Barnaby

Series 17 (2015)[edit]

# #[80] Title Director Writer Original airdate Filming Date Viewers (millions)
(Includes ITV+1)
101 1 "The Dagger Club" Alex Pillai Chris Murray 28 January 2015 April/May 2014 5.91
The unveiling of a newly-discovered novel by deceased Midsomer crime-writer George Summersbee at the Luxton Deeping Crime Festival is jeopardised when the manuscript is stolen and a woman is fatally electrocuted by a booby-trapped roulette wheel. Can new dad Barnaby untangle a web of jealousy and obsession to find the killer?
102 2 "Murder by Magic" Charles Palmer Rachel Cuperman & Sally Griffiths 4 February 2015 June/July 2014 5.59
Pub landlady Hannah Altman is crushed to death when a stunt goes wrong during a magic show by famous illusionist Gideon Latimer. When Kate discovers the safety wires have been sabotaged, a murder investigation is launched. Barnaby and Nelson uncover conflicts between the village church and Midsomer Oaks’ ancient pagan traditions. But with the murders seemingly all linked to Gideon’s illusions, who is staging the deathly tricks and why?
103 3 "The Ballad of Midsomer County" Renny Rye Paul Logue 11 February 2015 May/June 2014 5.39
It's the day of the Little Crosby Folk Festival and organiser Toby Winning is found dead, having drowned in a bowl of eggs and live eels. The murder seems to have been inspired by a ballad made famous by the late, lamented star Johnny Carver. Then it comes to light the victim recently announced plans to move the event to a new location, which would have cost local entrepreneur Frank Wainwright dearly. Toby's estranged wife Alice also comes under suspicion, before two further killings take place, echoing more lyrics from the song.
104 4 "A Vintage Murder" Nick Laughland Lisa Holdsworth 18 February 2015 August 2014 5.03
The launch of the latest sparkling wine by Midsomer Vinae Winery falls flat when critic Nadia Simons gives it a scathing review, then guests sampling the vintage start to collapse. Owner William Carnarvon suspects the Farmers' Wives Association of trying to destroy his business, while his wife Diana frets over her mother Matilda, one of the victims. Pathologist Kate reveals the drink was laced with slug poison, but how is the attack connected to the death of a child in a hit-and-run? Barnaby and Nelson are called in to investigate.
Last appearance of Dr. Kate Wilding

Series 18 (2016)[edit]

# #[64] Title Director Writer Original airdate Filming Date Viewers (millions)
(Includes ITV+1)
105 1 "Habeas Corpus" Alex Pillai Rachel Cuperman & Sally Griffiths 6 January 2016 March/April 2015 6.04
When wealthy landowner Gregory Lancaster’s body goes missing on the night of his death, a sinister web of secrets and lies is exposed in the village of Little Malton. DCI Barnaby, DS Nelson and new Forensic Pathologist Kam Karimore are drawn into a macabre world of body-snatching as they seek to identify the villain.
First appearance of Dr. Kam Karimore
106 2 "The Incident at Cooper Hill" Renny Rye Paul Logue 13 January 2016 April/May 2015 5.90
Mysterious lights are seen in the sky over famous UFO hot-spot Cooper Hill. When a local forest-ranger suffers a strange death, the visiting UFO spotters are convinced aliens are responsible. DCI Barnaby and DS Nelson unearth suspicions, betrayals and long-buried secrets in their search for the truth.
107 3 "Breaking the Chain" Rob Evans Chris Murray 27 January 2016 June/July 2015 5.80
An international cycling competition comes to the Midsomer village of Burwood Mantle. When the race leader is murdered, DCI Barnaby and DS Nelson find themselves drawn into a ruthlessly competitive world of blackmail, bribery and bloodshed where winning comes at any cost.
108 4 "A Dying Art" Matt Carter Jeff Povey 3 February 2016 July/August 2015 5.54
Art comes to the picturesque Midsomer village of Angel’s Rise with the opening of a new Sculpture Park. But when its launch is marred by murder, DCI Barnaby and DS Nelson have to get creative to crack a case where art imitates death, and everything has a deeper meaning.
109 5 "Saints and Sinners" Renny Rye Lisa Holdsworth 10 February 2016 August/September 2015 5.83
The discovery of a Saint’s bones at an archaeological dig causes a stir in the village of Midsomer Cicely. But when the leader of the dig is murdered, DCI Barnaby and DS Nelson soon realise that it’s not only skeletons that have been long buried in the hallowed ground.
110 6 "Harvest of Souls" Nick Laughland Caleb Ranson 17 February 2016 September/October 2015 5.60
The annual harvest fair and the daredevil riders of the Wall of Death come to Midsomer village Whitcombe Mallet. When the owner of an equestrian centre is trampled by his horse DCI Barnaby and DS Nelson have to unravel a complex feud from the past, where nothing is what it seems.
Last appearance of DS Charlie Nelson


External links[edit]

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