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Four Funerals and a Wedding 

A 90-year-old battle of the sexes comes to a head in Midsomer Broughton, with casualties on both sides.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Joyce Barnaby
Dr Bullard
Henry Marwood
Doctor O'Dowd
Rev. Anthony Gant
Shaughan Seymour ...
Archdeacon Able
Andrew Hawkins ...
Lucy-Ann Holmes ...
Polly (as Lucy-Anne Holmes)
Peggy Aynscombe
Fiona Aynscombe


Out on a family excursion, accompanied by Joyce, daughter Cully and Joyce's mother who is visiting, the Chief Inspector soon finds himself investigating the murder of Mildred Danvers, whose flask of brandy was apparently spiked with barbiturates. They were all there to attend the annual Skimmington Fair, a decades-old village fête that essentially pitted the women against the misogynist men. There are several suspects including Henry Marwood who returned Danvers' flask to her but has lied to the police about it; the local Doctor who seems just a tad too quick to pronounce the death to be of natural causes; and the Rev. Anthony Gant who, in addition to being Mrs. Danvers' cousin, was also mounting a court action against the Skimmington women in a attempt to stop what he saw as the annual denigration of men. A second murder, this time from a target shooting rifle, clearly puts Barnaby and DS Jones in the middle of a major investigation. A third death leads to the discovery of hidden ... Written by garykmcd

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24 September 2006 (UK)  »

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Struan Rodger (Dr. O'Dowd) also appeared in the movie "Four Weddings and a Funeral". See more »


There are about twice as many DNA tests being done than necessary. DC Jones tells DCI Barnaby that DNA has established that an eyelash found in the bottom of a flask and on a rifle scope come from the same person. The DNA would also establish the gender. Thus, there was no need to take samples from both the men and the women. See more »


[first lines]
Roland Marwood: I need a drink, Pa. Doc.
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Skimmington has its problems
7 June 2015 | by See all my reviews

In "Four Funerals and a Wedding," the Barnaby family attends the annual Skimmington Fair, with Joyce's mother in tow. The Skimmington Fair is a men against woman thing, coming out of some old treatment of women in the town.

Joyce always says that murder follows her husband, not the other way around, and today is no exception. The first murder is that of Mildred Danvers, from an overdose of barbiturates slipped into her brandy.

There is one other death that leads Barnaby and Jones closer to a solution, part of which is the result of a long-ago event. Four deaths in all.

Lots of adultery in Skimmington, a doctor who falls under suspicion, and the sharp eye of Mrs. Danvers all figure into the mystery.

There were holes in the plot but the photography and atmosphere were great. Still worth seeing.

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