Midsomer Murders (1997– )
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The Animal Within 

Faith's unannounced visit to her wealthy Uncle Rex's estate turns into quite a surprise. When Rex's body turns up, his would-be heirs engage in a battle of wills that exposes plenty of motives for murder.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Joyce Barnaby
Dr Bullard
Roger Bingham ...
Miles King
Eileen Carnack
Malcolm Stoddard ...
Richard Carnack
Jeremy Thacker
Jack Pearce
Helen Masters ...
Jane Benbow


When Faith Alexander arrives in Midsomer Deverell to meet her long-lost uncle Rex Masters, she is surprised to find he has disappeared and told everyone she was killed in a plane crash. Then Rex's body is found in the weir, and his friends produce wills, each claiming to inherit his fortune. But what is the truth about Rex's life of mischief-making, and who wanted him dead? Written by Anonymous

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Crime | Drama | Mystery






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19 January 2007 (UK)  »

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1.78 : 1
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Did You Know?


When the detectives are introduced at the door as 'Barnaby and Jones', American viewers might find it a mildly amusing reference to a 1970s TV detective; though the reference may be entirely unintentional. See more »


[first lines]
Taxi Dispatcher: [over radio] When you've dropped her off, can you pick up Mr Lavender at 15 Harley Street?
Taxi Driver: No problem.
[both get out of the taxi]
Faith Alexander: Wow!
Taxi Driver: So. He's worth a few bob then, your uncle?
Faith Alexander: Looks like he is. Stunning. Just beautiful.
Taxi Driver: Well, best of luck anyway.
Faith Alexander: Thank you.
[holds out a bill]
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A Very Tight Episode
6 April 2016 | by See all my reviews

Sometimes I think they stretch these episodes out to make them fit the hour and a half or so time frame. In this one, virtually every event was designed to progress the story. A middle aged woman comes to visit her eighty something uncle. She has memories of her childhood and feels it the right thing to do. When she arrives, he is nowhere to be found. After much searching, his body shows up and Barnaby and Jones are called to investigate. Most matters now revolve around a series of wills that the old guy left behind. Suddenly, many who had done him kindness come out expecting their pound of flesh. Because of the conflicting wills there is some serious contention, and, knowing this series, some more murders. A snarly woman who did lots for him is one of them. Another is a young woman who is soon to be married. She sort of flirted with him (he, being a bit of a dirty old man) when he was alive and occasionally dressed up for him. There is also a sort of caretaker. The guy was a bit of a jerk, not paying these people much at all for their services, if at all. The niece also is bewildered by some stuff that is going on with her husband. I won't go into the final factor, leaving that to the viewer. Suffice it to say, it's nicely arranged and very interesting.

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