Midsomer Murders (1997– )
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Destroying Angel 

When a hotel owner dies, the manager misses the reading of the will that names him part-owner.


David Tucker


David Hoskins (screenplay), Caroline Graham (based on characters by)

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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
Adie Allen ... Annie
Glen Berry Glen Berry ... Ben
Nigel Betts ... Sergeant
Samantha Bond ... Suzanna Chambers
Philip Bowen Philip Bowen ... Gregory Chambers
Jonathan Coy ... Kenneth Gooders
Niamh Daly Niamh Daly ... Denise Daly
Lisa Ellis ... Junior Cook
Roger Frost Roger Frost ... Colin Salter
Tony Haygarth ... Tyson
Caroline Holdaway Caroline Holdaway ... Florence
Barry Jackson ... Dr. Bullard


DCI Barnaby and Sgt. Troy investigate the murder of Gregory Chambers who was killed when out in the woods mushrooming. He was one of four people who had recently inherited a portion of his employer's estate, principally a local hotel. With his death, his one-quarter share now passes to his wife, Suzanna, who has been having an affair with Tristan Goodfellow. It would also appear that Gregory was having an affair with Annie Salter, who is four months pregnant. When Tristan is poisoned with a type of mushroom known as Destroying Angel and the other inheritors of the estate are put at risk, Barnaby looks to find a common connection. Written by garykmcd

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26 August 2001 (UK) See more »

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The number of actors here who appeared in Rumpole if the Bailey makes this seem like a "Rumpole Reunion"! See more »


D.C.I. Tom Barnaby: ...and the kitchen staff can confirm that you were here?
Tristan Goodfellow: ...until 10:30, and then Julia Gooders can confirm I was in the meeting with her, so just when I was getting changed that I was alone - about 10 minutes.
Sergeant Gavin Troy: You didn't have any help from Mrs. Chambers then, sir?
Tristan Goodfellow: Not on that particular occasions, but you're right, I do like Susan to undress me whenever possible. She's rather an expert.
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excellent Midsomer Murder entry
19 January 2014 | by blanche-2See all my reviews

In "Destroying Angel," DCI Barnaby and Sgt. Troy are called to a Midsomer village to investigate the murder of Gregory Chambers, killed in the woods while out looking at specimens of mushrooms.

The case turns out to be fairly complicated because Chambers is part of a real hotbed of intrigue. He and three other people have just inherited a portion of a hotel upon his employer's death. His wife now gets his quarter.

His wife, Suzanna, is a cold, somewhat nasty woman. (When asked if the May pageant would still be held on the grounds, she says, "This is the last year. You'll have to find someplace else to stick your maypole.") She's been having a mad affair with one Tristan Goodfellow, the hotel chef, while her deceased husband was involved with a woman named Annie Salter. Annie is four months pregnant. Yikes.

Then Tristan is poisoned with "destroying angel," a type of mushroom, and not much can be done for him. Then there's another death. As the bodies mount up, Barnaby and Troy have to figure out whodunit.

Really good story with a good performance by Samantha Bond as the unpleasant Suzanne, and Rosemary Pope, as an elderly woman with health problems. A few twists in this, plus the gorgeous locations, make this one to see.

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