Midsomer Murders (1997– )
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Death in a Chocolate Box 

Barnaby investigates a murder of a former friend and colleague in Midsomer Holm, a small village inhabited by reformed ex-cons.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Dr Bullard
Simon Dixon
Pip Donaghy ...
Ronnie Tyler
Nigel Harrison ...
Philip Bond ...
Keith Drinkel ...
Marcia Warren ...


Lord Holm, an aristocrat who once served a prison sentence for killing his sluttish wife, has turned his home into a rehabilitation centre for other ex-offenders. Gina and Jack Colby, married ex-police officers, assist him, Jack as administrator and Gina as a counsellor. Jack has expressed concerns over the hostel's financial situation shortly before he is murdered. Eddie Marston, a new arrival at the hostel, over whose admittance Tom Barnaby has had misgivings, goes missing, and the local postman, a disgraced former policeman, tells Tom that he has been blackmailing Jack over information given him by Marston when they were cell-mates. Also in the frame is the bad-tempered local inn-keeper, whose neglected wife had been using Jack as a confidant. Nothing is ever simple when investigating a Midsomer murder even one of death in a chocolate box. Written by don @ minifie-1

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Crime | Drama | Mystery






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17 May 2008 (UK)  »

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Did You Know?


The part of Lord Holm (played by Edward Petherbridge) was originally given to Ian Richardson, who died two weeks before filming started. See more »


The character of "Dave Ripert" was killed in episode 4.03 (The Electric Vendetta) See more »


Dr Wyatt: Seen anything of Jack Colby, Bob?
Bob Walker: [disdainfully] You seen me lookin'?
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Couldn't disagree more!
26 August 2009 | by See all my reviews

I completely disagree with the other reviewer; this is Midsomer Murders at its finest!

The plot is quite dark and very gripping, and packed full of twists!

The other reviewer was also incorrect in his recollection of the amount of murders in the episode, but i wont elaborate in case i spoil the story for anyone.

So long as you're willing to pay attention to the very detailed story you'll be greatly rewarded with a spectacular finale.

Definitely one of the best episodes of Midsomer Murders for many years. A classic!!!

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