Midsomer Murders (1997– )
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Beyond the Grave 

Barnaby and Troy, with an actor tagging along for research, investigate a slashed painting at a museum, which later turns out to be the site of a murder.


Moira Armstrong


Douglas Watkinson (screenplay), Caroline Graham (characters)

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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
John Nettles ... DCI Tom Barnaby
Daniel Casey Daniel Casey ... Sgt. Gavin Troy
Jane Wymark ... Joyce Barnaby
Laura Howard ... Cully Barnaby
Barry Jackson ... Dr. George Bullard
Malcolm Sinclair ... Alan Bradford
Cheryl Campbell ... Sandra MacKillop
David Robb ... Charles MacKillop
James Laurenson ... James Tate
Prunella Scales ... Eleanor Bunsall
Patricia Brake ... Anne Quarritch
Sylvestra Le Touzel ... Linda Marquis
Roger Sloman ... Ralph Bailey
Ed Waters Ed Waters ... Nico Bentley
Charles Simon Charles Simon ... Marcus Lowrie


Barnaby and Troy are called in to investigate at the museum in Aspen Tallow when the painting of a local historical figure, Jonathan Lowrie, is slashed. When the museum's curator is subsequently assaulted and Lowrie's direct descendant is murdered, the detectives must unravel another mysterious knot. Barnaby does focus on one important clue, however: a packet of smoked mackerel inadvertently dropped in the cemetery. Meanwhile, they are joined by Nico, Cully's actor boyfriend, who has landed a part in a TV series as a detective sergeant. Written by garykmcd

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Crime | Drama | Mystery


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Release Date:

5 February 2000 (UK) See more »

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Bentley Productions See more »
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Did You Know?


Sylvestra Le Touzel plays Linda Marquis in this episode. She returns in episode 13.5, Midsomer Murders: Master Class (2010), in the role of Miriam Fielding. See more »


When D.C.I. Barnaby and Sgt Troy arrive at Tate's house they have their siren and rotating light switch on when they get out of the car. But when Ralph steals the car a minute later, the rotating light is no longer on the car. See more »


[first lines]
Alan Bradford: By 3:30 that afternoon, August the 1st, 1644, the fighting was over.
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References Ghostbusters (1984) See more »


Midsomer Murders
(Theme Song)
Written by Jim Parker
Performed by Celia Sheen
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29 January 2017 | by TheLittleSongbirdSee all my reviews

Despite getting through reviewing each episode of 'Midsomer Murders' in order of airing, somehow (most likely tiredness or lack of concentration) "Beyond the Grave" was omitted.

"Beyond the Grave" is not a favourite of mine. The storytelling isn't perfect. Sometimes there is too much going on, a lot of events and twists and a lot of characters and it did feel slightly cluttered. Things do get convoluted at times, especially in the latter half.

However, there is a lot to like, any fan of 'Midsomer Murders' will love that what is so great about the show is evident in "Beyond the Grave". The production values are top notch, with to die for scenery, the idyllic look of it contrasting very well with the story's darkness, and quaint and atmospheric photography. The music fits perfectly, and the theme tune one of the most memorable and instantly recognisable of the genre.

The highlight of the script is the humour, which is deliciously wry and hugely entertaining, and Barnaby and Troy's chemistry is a joy.

John Nettles cannot be faulted as Barnaby, nor Daniel Casey, their spirited chemistry an enormous part of the show's charm. Jane Wymark is a good presence and her chemistry with Nettles shows a husband and wife in a loving marriage but due to his job getting in the way it's not always a perfect one. The supporting cast are strong.

Meanwhile, the script is smart and thought-provoking with some nice humour, a suitable dark grimness, a suitably spooky atmosphere and good characters. The story is compelling, with the strange but very spooky atmosphere being the most striking, the twists and turns nice enough.

Overall, a good episode if not a favourite, suffers somewhat from trying to do too much. 8/10 Bethany Cox

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