Midsomer Murders (1997– )
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Strangler's Wood 

The nude body of a Brazilian woman is found strangled in the woods, which suggests that a serial killer from nine years before has begun killing again.


Jeremy Silberston


Anthony Horowitz (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
Peter Eyre ... Leonard Pike
Kathleen Byron ... Dorothea Pike
Frank Windsor ... George Meakham
Anne Stallybrass Anne Stallybrass ... Emily Meakham
Trudie Styler ... Liz Frances
Jeremy Clyde Jeremy Clyde ... Bill Mitchell
Phyllis Logan ... Kate Merrill
Nicholas Farrell ... John Merrill (as Nick Farrell)
Tom Eilenberg Tom Eilenberg ... David Merrill
Debbie Chazen ... Anna Santarosa
Betty Romani Betty Romani ... Carla Constanza (as Betti Romani)


Nine years ago, the village of Midsomer Worthy became the stalking ground of a serial killer who raped his female victims before strangling them with a striped neck tie. However, after the third victim, the killer stopped... In the present day, another young woman has been found in "Strangler's Wood", strangled with a striped neck tie. She, however, has not been raped... Has the psychopath started again, or is there a copycat killer on the loose? Written by Anonymous

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Crime | Drama | Mystery


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Release Date:

3 February 1999 (UK) See more »

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Bentley Productions See more »
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Did You Know?


Rebecca Charles plays who plays the pathology lab assistant in this episode plays Jane in series 8 episode 6 Hidden Depths See more »


When Anna is hit by the car the windshield is clearly smashed. But, Barnaby and Troy never make any attempt to find the hit-and-run car, which would have been easy to identify from any auto-glass repair shop. See more »


[first lines]
Milkman: Morning, Mr. Pike.
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References Psycho (1960) See more »

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excellent Midsomer
27 October 2013 | by blanche-2See all my reviews

When a woman's body is found strangled with a tie in Raven's Wood, it's reminiscent of a case from ten years ago, in "Midsomer Murders: Stranglers Wood," from the second season.

Barnaby calls on the investigator from ten years ago, George Meakam (Frank Windsor); he is not only no help but very negative on whether Barnaby will catch the strangler.

Since a Rolex watch was found near the body, Barnaby is able to trace it to John Merrill (Nicholas Farrell). Farrell is the Director of Marketing of a tobacco company, and the victim turns out to be the face of their "Carla" cigarette commercials.

It looks good for Merrill being the killer, but other suspects appear as Barnaby and Troy try to solve the Strangler's Wood case.

On the home front, Joyce is away caring for her mother, leaving Cully and Barnaby to fend for themselves. Though Barnaby intends to spend some time with Cully, the case keeps interfering.

Very good, intriguing script, with John Nettles, Phyllis Logan (as Mrs. Merrill) and the cast in top form.

Highly recommended.

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