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 18th February 2015, 104 episodes have aired in 17 series.

Series overview[edit]

Series Episodes Originally aired DVD Release Ave. 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) 19 September 1999 (1999-09-19) 13 May 2003[4] 6 April 2009[2] 6 August 2008[5] 10.31 million
3 4 31 December 1999 (1999-12-31) 10 September 2000 (2000-09-10) 7 October 2003[6] 11 May 2009[7] 6 August 2008[8] 8.20 million
4 6 26 August 2001 (2001-08-26) 23 September 2001 (2001-09-23) 27 April 2004[9] 11 May 2009[7] 6 August 2008[10] 9.31 million
5 4 16 June 2002 (2002-06-16) 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) 29 February 2004 (2004-02-29) 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) 3 April 2005 (2005-04-03) 25 September 2007[19]
25 March 2008[20]
3 August 2009[21] 21 December 2011[22] 8.65 million
9 8 2 October 2005 (2005-10-02) 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) 3 June 2007 (2007-06-03) 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 2010 (2010-05-05) 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]
6 May 2013[53] 22 May 2013[54]
6 November 2013[55]
6.32 million
16 5 24 December 2013 (2013-12-24) 12 February 2014 (2014-02-12) 24 February 2015[56] 7 July 2014[57] 18 June 2014[58]
15 October 2014
5.96 million
17 4 28 January 2015 (2015-01-28) 18 February 2015 (2015-02-18) TBA 8 June 2015 [59] 10 June 2015[60] 5.48 million


Series 1 (1997)[edit]

# # 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 elderly Emily Simpson stepped out for a walk one sunny afternoon in the forest she never expected to see what she did. Something emerges through the trees, something she was never meant to see and that means she must be silenced. Detective Chief Inspector Barnaby and Sergeant Troy arrive in the village of Badger's Drift to discover an array of eccentric characters all with their own sinister intentions. And does the murder have anything to do with a shooting at the local manor that happened one year ago? Nothing is quite what is seems and both Barnaby and Troy look into the case.
2 2 "Written in Blood" Jeremy Silberston Anthony Horowitz 22 March 1998 (1998-03-22) July/August 1997
Midsomer Worthy Writers' Circle gather together to think of an author that could visit them and discuss their books. The name of this famous writer is Max Jennings, but the group's secretary Gerald Hadleigh seems far from happy. However Jennings is asked and astonishingly, given his fame, accepts; but the morning after the group meets Jennings, Gerald is found murdered. DCI Barnaby and Sergeant Troy try to delve into the private life of Hadleigh but their investigation is scuppered by the fact that Max Jennings has disappeared.
3 3 "Death in Disguise" Baz Taylor Douglas Watkinson 6 May 1998 (1998-05-06) August/September 1997
Bill Carter (Robert Pickavance) is found dead at a local New Age commune (called the Lodge of the Golden Windhorse) with a broken neck, lying at the bottom of a staircase. Barnaby and Troy have to decide whether the death was an accident or murder. A few days later Barnaby and Troy are called back to the Lodge, and this time there is no doubt that it is murder. Other Lodge members include Ken and Heather Beavers; May Cuttle, who practises past-life regressions; former solicitor's clerk Arno Gibbs, new member Christopher Wainwright (Stephen Moyer) and girlfriend Suhami Gamelin; Trixie Channing; and adolescent Tim Riley. The Lodge's Master is Ian Craigie. Suhami's parents are Guy (Miles Anderson) and Felicity, who are separated.
4 4 "Death of a Hollow Man" Jeremy Silberston Caroline Graham 29 March 1998 (1998-03-29) October 1997
A quiet animal-loving woman, Agnes Gray, is found drowned in Ferne Basset. Her cousin Esslyn Carmichael is due to appear in Causton Amateur Dramatics' showing of Amadeus which Joyce Barnaby is taking part in. As her husband DCI Barnaby and Sergeant Troy investigate the death, tensions are running backstage at the theatre. But the opening night defies all expectations as someone turns Esslyn's final act into a true coup de theatre.
5 5 "Faithful unto Death" Baz Taylor Douglas Watkinson 22 April 1998 (1998-04-22) November/December 1997
Anger is mounting in Midsomer as villagers in Morton Fendle have invested money into the local craft centre which is in financial turmoil. The owner Alan Hollingsworth hasn't got the money to return to the investors but the villagers plan to get their money back, in any way possible. However, when DCI Barnaby arrives in the village he is not only investigating dodgy deals as Alan's wife Simone is missing and their neighbour is found murdered. He and Sergeant Troy have their work cut out as they have to interview a group of angry villagers and separate the truth from lies. But evil forces are lurking in Morton Fendle ready to shock the whole village.

Series 2 (1998)[edit]

# # Title Director Writer Original airdate Filming date Viewers (millions)[61][not specific enough to verify]
6 1 "Strangler's Wood" Jeremy Silberston Anthony Horowitz 27 January 1999 (1999-01-27) May/June 1998 10.70
Barnaby is hoping for some father-daughter bonding with Cully while Joyce is away nursing her sick mother. However his hopes soon fade when a naked woman is discovered strangled by a tie round her neck in woodland, where three women were murdered in the same fashion nine years before. Barnaby, with the help of Sergeant Troy, has to decide whether it's the same murderer back with a vengeance or if someone else is pulling their own evil strings
First appearance of Dr Dan Peterson
7 2 "Blood Will Out" Moira Armstrong Douglas Watkinson 19 September 1999 (1999-09-19) June/July 1998 9.99
Barnaby and Troy are initially called to the village of Martyr Warren to investigate the theft of a goose, but the situation becomes more serious when its unpopular owner Hector Bridges (Paul Jesson), "the most hated man in the village", is found shot in his home. Suspicion falls on the members of two bands of Travellers whose recent arrival in the village infuriated the dead man. One of the travellers turns out to have served with Bridges in the army.
8 3 "Death's Shadow" Jeremy Silberston Anthony Horowitz 20 January 1999 (1999-01-20) July/August 1998 10.41
DCI Barnaby and his wife Joyce plan to renew their wedding vows at St Michael's in Badger's Drift, but this is put on hold when a local property developer, Richard Bayly, is found decapitated in his own home. Barnaby and Troy have a lot to discover as the man had an illness which meant he might have only weeks to live. They discover that Badger's Drift is a hotbed of corruption and property feuding. However, they begin to doubt their theories when more bodies turn up.
9 4 "Beyond the Grave" Moira Armstrong Douglas Watkinson 5 February 2000 (2000-02-05) September 1998 9.40
Cully's boyfriend, Nico (Ed Waters), has temporarily moved in with the Barnabys, and is shadowing Sgt Troy to prepare for his new role in a TV show. He goes with Barnaby to Aspern Tallow Museum, where a 17th-century painting of Royalist and supposed spectre Jonathan Lowrie has been slashed. It looks like a case of nothing much until Barnaby finds a package of smoked mackerel on the grounds, bells toll in the middle of the night, Jonathan's descendant Marcus Lowrie (Charles Simon) is killed and sinister doings are afoot.

Series 3 (1999)[edit]

# # Title Director Writer Original airdate Filming Date Viewers (millions)[61][not specific enough to verify]
10 1 "Dead Man's Eleven" Moira Armstrong Douglas Watkinson 12 September 1999 (1999-09-12) May/June 1999 8.40
Fletcher's Cross is preparing itself for their annual cricket match against neighbouring village, Midsomer Worthy. Troy has also been selected to open the batting for the Midsomer team. However, tragedy strikes when the wife of local landowner and cricket captain, Robert Cavendish, is discovered murdered after taking their dog for a walk. Soon Barnaby and Troy are looking into several calculating murders.
11 2 "Blue Herrings" Peter Smith Hugh Whitemore 22 January 2000 (2000-01-22) June/July 1999 8.88
Barnaby has a week off when his favourite aunt, Alice Bly (Phyllis Calvert), moves temporarily into the Lawnside nursing home in Aspern Tallow. The night she arrives, one of the residents dies mysteriously during the night, and her valuable Cartier watch is stolen. Though the Lawnside director and its physician assure the residents that she died of natural causes, Aunt Alice is unconvinced, and urges Barnaby to investigate. He does, and a series of deaths soon follows that only Barnaby and his loyal sidekick DS Troy can solve.
12 3 "Judgement Day" Jeremy Silberston Anthony Horowitz 29 January 2000 (2000-01-29) August/September 1999 9.65
Joyce Barnaby has won a competition to become a judge on the "Perfect Village" panel. However, one of the villages, Midsomer Mallow, believes its chances are scuppered after local thief Peter Drinkwater (Orlando Bloom) is found dead with a pitchfork in his chest. As he had many enemies Barnaby and Troy have a long investigation ahead. The competition draws ever closer, the relationships and secrets between the villagers start to unravel themselves. Things get muddier in the case when the judges of the competition (including Josephine Tewson) start dropping dead.
13 4 "Death of a Stranger" Peter Cregeen Douglas Livingstone 31 December 1999 (1999-12-31) October 1999 5.87
While Barnaby is on holiday in France a tramp is murdered during a fox hunt in the village of Upper Marshwood. Superintendent Pringle (James Bolam) is called to the case and quickly arrests a local poacher who pleads his innocence. Barnaby also suspects that he is not the murderer and his suspicions are found to be true when the poacher's father is later found dead at the same place. Barnaby and Troy are brought to the case and investigate a village full of toffs (Richard Johnson, Diane Fletcher, Simon McBurney) who are all unwilling to give much away.

Series 4 (2000)[edit]

# # Title Director Writer Original airdate Filming Date Viewers (millions)[61][not specific enough to verify]
14 1 "Garden of Death" Peter Smith Christopher Russell 10 September 2000 (2000-09-10) June/July 2000 7.65
The Inkpen family cause controversy in Midsomer Deverell as they are planning to turn their popular public memorial garden into a commercial tea shop. A village meeting is held where Elspeth Inkpen announces to the shocked villagers that it is none of their business, and later that evening her daughter is murdered with a shovel. 24 hours later, Elspeth is found dead in an apparent suicide. Barnaby and Troy's investigation takes them to a father and daughter who are mourning their missing wife/mother, and to a violent man with a shotgun. There are also the two remaining Inkpens - one is the snobbish grandmother and the other is the illegitimate daughter who was adopted for most of her life but returned to get to know her mother. One thing is certain - the village is full of greed.
15 2 "Destroying Angel" David Tucker David Hoskins 26 August 2001 (2001-08-26) July/August 2000 9.99

Hotel owner Karl Wainwright dies and splits his will among four beneficiaries. However, on the day of his funeral, a severed hand is found in the woods, belonging to Gregory Chambers, a beneficiary and a Punch-and-Judy showman. A murder investigation begins and DCI Barnaby and DS Troy are called to the village of Midsomer Magna. With the help of local Punch-and-Judy artists, they understand that at the summer fete show Gregory had always uncovered a piece of local controversy. Barnaby suspects he was killed to prevent him from revealing this year's piece of information. However this theory is thrown out when the other beneficiaries receive death threats, and when they are murdered one by one Barnaby has to make a connection between the deaths and a dangerous mushroom called Destroying Angel.

This is one of several episodes that contain veiled tributes to classic mystery stories; the Amanita "Destroying Angel" mushroom is the same one used in Dorothy L. Sayers' "The Documents in the Case".
16 3 "The Electric Vendetta" Peter Smith Terry Hodgkinson 2 September 2001 (2001-09-02) August/September 2000 9.99
UFO mania hits Midsomer Parva when a man's naked body is found electrocuted in a crop circle in Sir Harry Chatwyn's (John Woodvine) wheat field. Local ufologist Lloyd Kirby (Kenneth Colley) is certain it's alien activity and appreciates the boost the murder's publicity has given his lecture and tour business. Later that night the body of a local burglar is found with identical injuries in another circle.
17 4 "Who Killed Cock Robin?" David Tucker Jeremy Paul 9 September 2001 (2001-09-09) September/October 2000 9.13
One night, a local doctor (Ian McNeice) returns home in his car in a drunken state. However, as he swerves round a corner in the road his car hits an Irish horse whisperer who had just moved to the village of Newton Magna. DCI Barnaby and DS Troy arrive in the village but the body is nowhere to be found. Barnaby encounters an old adversary who had been imprisoned for a short while. His daughter is getting married to a local boy whose mother is missing. And when the best man's dad's body is found at the bottom of a well the investigation really heats up.
18 5 "Dark Autumn" Jeremy Silberston Peter J. Hammond 16 September 2001 (2001-09-16) October/November 2000 9.77
Postman Dave Cutler is on his morning rounds when 1950s dance music is heard across the village of Goodman's Land. Later that morning Dave is discovered murdered. DCI Barnaby and Sergeant Troy arrive in the sinister village to discover that Dave was a flirtatious man who had many of the village's women over his shoulder. He had upset many husbands in the process. Did one of these angry husbands murder him? However, later that night a woman is murdered in shrubbery near the village. Barnaby realises that most of the people in the village have adulterous relationships and that anyone could have a motive. But something is lurking in the autumn trees ready to murder and frighten.

Series 5 (2001)[edit]

# # Title Director Writer Original airdate Filming Date Viewers (millions)[61][not specific enough to verify]
19 1 "Tainted Fruit" Peter Smith David Hoskins 23 September 2001 (2001-09-23) April/May 2001 9.80
Barnaby and Troy go out to the village of Midsomer Malham to investigate death threats against Melissa Townsend (Lucy Punch), the beautiful daughter at the big house. Some of the villagers blame Melissa for causing the death of a local poacher by failing to get the leaking roof of his cottage mended. Then barbiturates are stolen from Raif (John McGlynn) and Georgina Canning's (Eleanor David) veterinary surgery and the district nurse is found in her crashed car in a confused state. Barnaby and Troy dash to the Manor, fearing the drugs theft may be connected to the death threats – but Melissa is already lying dead by the swimming pool with a syringe in her stomach.
20 2 "Ring Out Your Dead" Sarah Hellings Christopher Russell 15 September 2002 June/July 2001 9.43
An attractive new member distracts some of the bell-ringers of Midsomer Wellow from concentrating on the upcoming striking competition, but they still manage to place a group bet on a horse called Ring-A-Ding, which wins them £30,000. This combination of gambling and church bell-ringing enrages some residents of the village. When one of the ringers is found in the belfry, shot through the heart and clutching the words "Ding Dong Bell", Barnaby is not amused. Will a old nursery rhyme hold the key to the case?
21 3 "Murder on St. Malley's Day" Peter Smith Andrew Payne 22 September 2002 July/August 2001 9.52
Daniel Talbot (Sam Crane) and his distinguished grandfather had a lot in common. They both attended prestigious Devington School, belonged to the secretive Pudding Club, and ran in the school's St. Malley's Day race. Then Daniel's grandfather dies, and later that same day Daniel is attacked during the race and dies upon returning to the school. Anthony Talbot (Jeremy Child) insists that the murderer must be a jealous member of the nearby village of Midsomer Parva but his mother Miranda (Jane How) tells Barnaby to look to the school. One thing is certain, the other members of the Pudding Club know more than they're letting on and both Barnaby and Troy must first break the silence that shrouds the club to find the culprit.
22 4 "Market For Murder" Sarah Hellings Andrew Payne 16 June 2002 September/October 2001 8.99
DCI Barnaby and Sergeant Troy arrive in the village of Midsomer Market to investigate an exploding car. However, they are soon distracted from this when old Marjorie Empson is found murdered, having been hit over the head with her own walking stick. Barnaby and Troy discover that she ran a club who invested in up-and-coming businesses. Was there one transaction too many? As they interview the other members of the club, another horrific murder is committed and Barnaby begins to doubt the evidence at hand. As the club members reveal their true intentions, a sinister threat is lurking ready to shock the whole village. Will Barnaby and Troy get there in time to catch them?
23 5 "A Worm in the Bud" David Tucker Michael Russell 23 June 2002 October/November 2001 9.37
A dispute arises in Midsomer Worthy over the proposed development of Setwale Wood. Young Julie Fielding (Clarista Hoult) loves to tease her brother with stories of robbers and bears prowling there, so no one takes her seriously when she comes home with the tale of a woman she found "sleeping" in the woods – until a body is discovered. Local farmer's wife Susan Bartlett suffered from depression and the village is convinced she killed herself, but Barnaby doesn't like jumping to conclusions, so he and Troy investigate – with a little help from Julie and her brother.

Series 6 (2002)[edit]

# # Title Director Writer Original airdate Filming Date Viewers (millions)[61][not specific enough to verify]
24 1 "A Talent for Life" Sarah Hellings David Hoskins 3 January 2003 May/June 2002 9.23
When Barnaby starts a casual investigation into a slap on the face after the Malham Bridge Fly Fishing Club meeting, he has no reason to expect it to lead to the double murder of eccentric widow Isobel Hewitt (Honor Blackman) and adulterous doctor Duncan Goff (Richard Durden). Troy soon begins to suspect Isobel's younger "friend", antique dealer Quentin Roka (Philip Franks).
25 2 "Death and Dreams" Peter Smith Peter J. Hammond 10 January 2003 June/July 2002 9.46
Martin Wroath is found shot dead in his Midsomer Worthy home, apparently having committed suicide in an unnecessarily complex fashion. However, in Midsomer County, things are never that simple. Then another man is found dead, drowned and strung up on an assault course. He clearly didn't kill himself, so why is the murderer playing games?
26 3 "Painted in Blood" Sarah Hellings Andrew Payne 17 January 2003 July/August 2002 9.45
Ruth Fairfax, an elderly lady whom Joyce Barnaby (Jane Wymark) finds murdered at an art class on the Midsomer Florey village green, turns out to be a 30-year-old woman with a flair for disguise. Almost as soon as she is identified, Barnaby is pulled off the case by the NIS. At first, Troy is dazzled by the visiting detectives, who take him under their wing, but eventually he becomes disillusioned and helps Barnaby solve the case. As with all other episodes that have come before, characters are never quite what they seem.
27 4 "A Tale of Two Hamlets" Peter Smith Alan Plater 24 January 2003 September/October 2002 9.28
Arrogant actor Larry Smith is killed when he walks into a summer house that subsequently explodes. The director of Smith's new hit film, The House Of Satan, Frank Webster, is then electrocuted on his exercise bike. Barnaby and Troy soon discover a century old dispute between the villages of Upper and Lower Warden.
28 5 "Birds of Prey" Jeremy Silberston Michael Russell 31 January 2003 October/November 2002 9.32
When an investor in a millionaire's latest scheme becomes desperate to get his money out and then is found dead in a lake, it raises the question of whether he killed himself or someone else did it for him. While Barnaby investigates that death in Midsomer Magna, Troy is tramping around the woods with an attractive wildlife liaison officer (Candida Benson) looking into the theft of protected bird eggs. Barnaby's wife is interested in wildlife, too – dreaming of an African safari.

Series 7 (2003)[edit]

# # Title Director Writer Original airdate Filming Date Viewers (millions)[61][not specific enough to verify]
29 1 "The Green Man" Sarah Hellings Michael Russell 2 November 2003 (2003-11-02) May/June 2003 10.01
Troy receives his promotion to Inspector and tackles one last case alone before he prepares to leave Midsomer county behind. He is in Midsomer Worthy, unravelling the murder of a youth who had tangled with a man simply known as Tom (David Bradley), a quiet recluse who lives in the woods. Barnaby looks into the unnatural death of a man whose skeleton was one of many unearthed by a tunnel collapse during the restoration of a canal project.
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
Barnaby's cocky new sergeant, DS Dan Scott (John Hopkins), arrives from London and jumps right in when a woman is found in a Midsomer Mallow field stabbed, with a red rose in her mouth shortly after a Spanish themed evening. Meanwhile, Barnaby's daughter Cully (Laura Howard) sets up a reunion of old school friends that doesn't go quite as she planned.
First appearance of DS Dan Scott
31 3 "The Fisher King" Richard Holthouse Isabelle Grey 11 January 2004 (2004-01-11) July/August 2003 9.71
Womaniser Gareth Heldman (Henry Ian Cusick) is murdered by a Celtic spear on Midsomer Barrow shortly after he was seen coming onto newcomer Vanessa Stone (Susannah Doyle). The spear was last seen in the hands of her boyfriend Harry Green (Nick Barber) the river-keeper, and the man who discovers the body turns out to be Heldman's half-brother. He's obsessed with holding a celebration of the summer solstice on the barrow, while Barnaby and Scott try to untangle the complicated threads of past and present to uncover the killer.
32 4 "Sins of Commission" Peter Smith Elizabeth-Anne Wheal 18 January 2004 (2004-01-18) September/October 2003 10.17
It's the 12th Midsomer St Michael Literary Festival, and the village has become a hotbed of feuding writers, editors and publishers. Then a prize-winning author is found at the foot of his stairs with his neck expertly broken, indicating the killer may have had army training. Suspicion falls on Cully's friend, John Denton (Robert Whitelock), former SAS man turned writer.
33 5 "The Maid in Splendour" Richard Holthouse Andrew Payne 25 January 2004 (2004-01-25) October/November 2003 10.24
Jamie Cruickshank (Leon Ockenden), a popular barman at the Maid In Splendour pub, is found shot in the back near an abandoned cottage in the woods. The pub in Midsomer Worthy is the centre of conflict between the locals and commercial developers alike – its thoroughly disliked new manager Stephen Bannerman (Alan Cox) is threatening to tear it down. When Bannerman also dies, it seems Jamie's death may have been a case of mistaken identity.
34 6 "The Straw Woman" Sarah Hellings Jeff Dodds 29 February 2004 (2004-02-29) November/December 2003 10.03
The revival of a pagan festival in Midsomer Parva that includes setting fire to a straw woman in effigy ends in tragedy when the church's curate is burned alive inside. The community quickly turns against the bonfire's organiser, school teacher Liz Francis (Susannah Wise), but the curate had also been in conflict with pornographer Alan Clifford (Keith Barron). Severed pigs' heads, spontaneous human combustion and accusations of witchcraft complicate a case that ends in tragedy.
35 7 "Ghosts of Christmas Past" Renny Rye David Hoskins 25 December 2004 (2004-12-25) January/February 2004 6.90
Magician Ferdinand Villiers commits suicide at his family's home of Draycott Hall just before Christmas. Nine years later the extended family gather to celebrate Christmas but a note in a Christmas cracker distracts everybody from the celebrations. It announces that two family members will be murdered by midnight Boxing Day. When old Aunt Lydia is almost killed by smoke suffocation and another is also killed, the prophecy looks to be true. DCI Barnaby is called in and leaves his in-laws to try and master the case but the killer seems to be playing games with them all and the family's Christmas presents might bring up old tensions.

Series 8 (2004–05)[edit]

# # Title Director Writer Original airdate Filming Date Viewers (millions)[61][not specific enough to verify]
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
Fletcher's Cross undertaker Patrick Pennyman is found dead in his own chapel of rest with a shocked look on his face. Suspicion points at the local spiritualist church which is heavily controversial in the village. Barnaby and Scott try to uncover the mysteries of the church as well as trying to unmask the brutal killer. They have to interview the undertaker's former business partner who hated the man, a handyman with a mischievous personality and a womanising pensioner. And when another murder is committed the village unleashes its full evil potential.
37 2 "Dead in the Water" Renny Rye Douglas Watkinson 17 October 2004 (2004-10-17) June/July 2004 9.13
The body of Guy Sweetman (Benedict Blythe) is found in the river at Morton Shallows on the day of the annual Midsomer Regatta. Guy was a ladies' man with many enemies and Barnaby and Scott have to sift through all the evidence working out whose innocent and the guilty to discover the truth. As ever there's always something else going on in the story.
38 3 "Orchis Fatalis" Peter Smith Terry Hodgkinson 9 January 2005 (2005-01-09) July/August 2004 8.74
It's the Midsomer Malham Orchid Society's annual show, and the competition is fierce. Bitterly disappointed at coming in third, Henry Plummer consoles himself in secret with his real prize – a priceless, one-of-a-kind yellow Roth orchid, illegally smuggled out of Borneo. Then a classics scholar is poisoned, and her journal, written in Latin and detailing her rather naughty activities, provides Barnaby's first clue.
39 4 "Bantling Boy" Sarah Hellings Steve Trafford 16 January 2005 (2005-01-16) September/October 2004 8.80
Horse trainer and wife-beater Bruce Hartley (Simon Kunz) is killed after refusing to go along with the other owners and sell their racehorse, Bantling Boy. But the syndicate is based on a dark secret, and as one death follows another, Barnaby and Scott are drawn deeper into the owners' lives.
40 5 "Second Sight" Richard Holthouse Tony Etchells 23 January 2005 (2005-01-23) October/November 2004 8.69
John Ransom collapses and dies outside a pub after a fight with his brother-in-law over the baptism of his niece. He has electrical scars across the top of his head, from being a lab rabbit for his brother "Mad" Max, who was conducting experiments on his sibling, suspecting him of having an ability known as "Second Sight" to predict events that should be unpredictable. Barnaby and Scott investigate the strange world of Midsomer Mere, where the local church has lost its congregation and tensions between the Ransom and Kirby families run high.
41 6 "Hidden Depths" Sarah Hellings David Hoskins 13 March 2005 (2005-03-13) November/December 2004 8.56
In Midsomer Magna, solicitor Nick Turner falls from his roof in an apparent suicide. However, Barnaby uncovers evidence to suggest the opposite as Turner's neighbour Jack Wilmot is missing and a number of dodgy deals are discovered. And when Turner's rival Otto Benham is found to have been catapulted to death with wine bottles the investigation takes a turning. Then Barnaby and Scott are locked in a wine cellar with the killer still at large.
42 7 "Sauce for the Goose" Renny Rye Andrew Payne 3 April 2005 (2005-04-03) January/February 2005 9.73
At the general meeting of Plummer & Son Famous Relish in Little Upton, Ralph Plummer (James Fleet) angers his siblings by refusing to sell the floundering business. A mystery visitor on a tour of the factory is found dead the morning after, discovered naked in the sterilizer, and Barnaby finds himself investigating the makers of his father's favourite condiment.
43 8 "Midsomer Rhapsody" Richard Holthouse Richard Cameron 2 October 2005 (2005-10-02) February/March 2005 6.97
In Badger's Drift, retired music teacher Arthur Leggott is bludgeoned to death when confronting an intruder in his home who apparently came for the manuscript of a piece of music by the late composer Joan Alder. A valuable manuscript is then sold cheaply at auction, apparently showing another hand was involved with writing the piece. Predictably, where the manuscript goes, murders follow.
Last appearance of DS Dan Scott

Series 9 (2005–06)[edit]

# # Title Director Writer Original airdate Filming Date Viewers (millions)[61][not specific enough to verify]
44 1 "The House in the Woods" Peter Smith Barry Simner 9 October 2005 (2005-10-09) May/June 2005 8.49
Local PC Ben Jones (Jason Hughes) steps into CID and DS Scott's shoes to help Barnaby investigate the garrotting of two house hunters outside a deserted, reputedly haunted house in Midsomer Newton. The owner is anxious to sell but the estate agent, Harriet Davis (Rebecca Egan) representing Charlie Magwood (George Baker), seems reluctant to let anyone see the property.
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
The mother of a deceased one-time carnival queen is found dead in a stream, and once again Barnaby has to dig up the past to solve the case. The Oak Apple Week celebrations are in full flow in the village of Midsomer Barton, and the carnival queen event is returning after an eight year absence. Barnaby is convinced he has seen two people from an earlier mystery (The Killings at Badger's Drift) around the village. But the people in question were brutally murdered - is Barnaby seeing ghosts?
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 (Joss Ackland) drops dead after gathering all three of his wives at Haddington Hall. Although George Bullard is adamant his death is from natural causes, the case is far from simple when Freddy's solicitor is killed in a house fire.
47 4 "Down Among the Dead Men" Renny Rye Douglas Watkinson 12 March 2006 (2006-03-12) September/October 2005 8.07
When expert blackmailer Martin Barrett is murdered in his kitchen in the village of Midsomer Worthy, Barnaby finds plenty of suspects with motives but no real proof. His investigations take him beyond the confines of Midsomer with trips to the seaside where he even takes time out for a paddle. The real evidence, however, lies a lot closer to home as Joyce and Cully discover.
48 5 "Four Funerals and a Wedding" Sarah Hellings Elizabeth-Anne Wheal 24 September 2006 (2006-09-24) October/November 2005 7.29
A ninety-year-old battle of the sexes comes to a head in the village of Broughton, with casualties on both sides: Mildred Danvers, poisoned, and Rev. Anthony Gant, shot.
49 6 "Country Matters" Richard Holthouse Andrew Payne 10 September 2006 (2006-09-10) November/December 2005 5.80
Campaigns against the building of a supermarket in Elverton-cum-Latterly come to a head when environmental supervisor Frank Hopkirk is stabbed to death at a long-forgotten timberyard.
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) attempt to unravel the deaths of a choir tenor and a bird watcher before more murders occur. With an art scam, rivalry between the Midsomer Worthy and Aston Wherry choirs and another person trying to keep control, there are many things to keep Barnaby and Jones busy.
51 8 "Last Year's Model" Richard Holthouse David Hoskins 17 September 2006 (2006-09-17) February/March 2006 6.78
When Annie Woodrow, accused murderer of Frances Trevelyan comes to court charged with her death, DCI Barnaby begins to doubt the evidence for her conviction. DC Jones is promoted to DS.

Series 10 (2006–08)[edit]

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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, but it soon becomes clear that foul play was at work. The detectives realise that Simon's girlfriend, Laura, has disappeared, so they begin the search for her - and try to establish whether she is a victim or a culprit. But there are plenty of other suspicious characters in this tight-knit community. What exactly was the nature of the relationship between Laura and her landlady? And does photographer Eric Usher have a dark secret to hide?
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 thought they would benefit from Rex's will, although the money eventually goes to his housekeeper, Janet. So was he killed for financial gain or was it a crime of passion?
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 could the killer be someone closer to home?
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 the recently re-formed Hired Gun - 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 run through the microphone stand. But was she the killer's real target? Is band member Ginger Foxton, missing for 30 years, still at large? And can the detectives uncover the clues and find the murderer before more blood is shed?
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. Why are Delyth's greedy children so opposed to their mother's engagement? Did James's first wife really die of natural causes? And is Delyth's ex-husband violent enough to commit murder?
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. But who is trying to frame Barnaby? Was Lionel's murder related to artistic differences? And where is the victim's long-lost wife now?
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. Was the murder a result of creative differences? Did Leonie Charteris turn against her former lover? And what was the relationship between Gwen Morrison and the dead man?
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. Was Jack being blackmailed due to his involvement in a scandal years earlier at Causton police station? What is Lord Holm capable of doing to win the love of the dead man's wife, psychotherapist Gina? And will the killer strike again?

Series 11 (2008–10)[edit]

# # Title Director Writer Original airdate Filming Date Viewers (millions)[61][not specific enough to verify]
60 1 "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. 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. Why is there bad blood between the Fitzroys and estate manager Robin Lawson? Does the vicar have a secret in his past? And what happened to the child born in Bledlow in 1971?
Last appearance of Simon Dixon and final, guest appearance of Gavin Troy
61 2 "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, 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.
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. Can Barnaby and Jones solve the case and prevent more blood from being spilled in this pretty corner of Midsomer?
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.
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 problems with the young new acting Chief Superintendent John Cotton (Nick Fletcher). Following an explosion in a truck, a body is soon discovered. 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.
66 7 "Talking to the Dead" Sarah Hellings David Lawrence 5 May 2010 (2010-05-05) 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.

Series 12 (2009–10)[edit]

# # Title Director Writer Original airdate Filming Date Viewers (millions)[61][not specific enough to verify]
67 1 "The Dogleg Murders" Richard Holthouse Andrew Payne 22 July 2009 (2009-07-22) June/July 2008 6.14
A prestigious golf club is the setting for murder when a player is bludgeoned to death on the 13th hole. Barnaby and Jones discover gambling, illegal money lending and assault are rife among the snobbish members, who are also dismissive of the local villagers and only allow them onto the course for a few hours a week. Before long, another body turns up, making the detectives determined to catch this terror of the fairways.
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 village of Little Worthy, Bob Moss goes to open up his beloved model village to find a gruesome extra attraction. Young local Richard Tanner has been stabbed in the side and his corpse tied down like Gulliver in Lilliput. There's also the Crazy Craft race to look forward to for the villagers.
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, but what connects the victims? And has "the Creeper" now resorted to murder? This seems to be the case when David Roper (Rik Mayall) is found smothered in his bed on the Chettham family estate.
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]

# # Title Director Writer Original airdate Filming Date Viewers (millions)[61][not specific enough to verify]
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. When Sonia Woodley is stabbed in the churchyard two years after the death of her abusive husband Gerald, Barnaby and Jones investigate – and the village starts to reveal its secrets.
75 2 "The Sword of Guillaume" Renny Rye Michael Aitkens 10 February 2010 (2010-02-10) July/August 2009 7.02
Barnaby decides to join Causton's annual trip to Brighton when he becomes suspicious about Mayor Dave Hicks' plans to buy up coastal land for holiday chalets. But before he can get to the bottom of the dubious deal, a hated property developer is beheaded at a funfair and a collection of valuable historical swords goes missing. With the help of his cousin DCI John Barnaby, the detective sets out to crack the case.
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. Laughter 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.
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. Later that night a body is discovered in the old cemetery. Did Joyce hit someone after all or was the victim, who seems to have plenty of enemies, killed by one of the villagers? Barnaby and Jones have their work cut out as all the villagers seem to be hiding something – but is it murder?
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. 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. But can they intervene before the body count escalates, and will the talented Zoe survive her master class?
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 stirs up hidden passions among the villagers. Betrayal, infidelity and blackmail all fester as plans to re-enact a Victorian prize-fight turn nasty. Even DCI Barnaby finds his judgement is clouded.
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 why is someone driven to start killing?
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.
Last appearance of Tom Barnaby, Joyce Barnaby, Cully Barnaby, and DC Gail Stevens

Series 14 (2011–12)[edit]

# # Title Director Writer Original airdate Filming Date Viewers (millions)
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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]

# # Title Director Writer Original airdate Filming Date Viewers (millions)
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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]

# # Title Director Writer Original airdate Filming Date Viewers (millions)
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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]

# # Title Director Writer Original airdate Filming Date Viewers (millions)
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101 1 "The Dagger Club" Alex Pillai Chris Murray 28 January 2015 April/May 2014 5.90
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

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