Midsomer Murders (1997– )
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The Axeman Cometh 

Badger's Drift plays host to the Midsomer Rock Festival - with murderous consequences.

Director:

Renny Rye

Writers:

Michael Aitkens (screenplay), Caroline Graham (characters)
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Cast

Episode cast overview, first billed only:
John Nettles ... DCI Tom Barnaby
Jason Hughes ... DS Ben Jones
Jane Wymark ... Joyce Barnaby
Laura Howard ... Cully Barnaby
Barry Jackson ... Dr Bullard
Annie Lambert ... Ingrid Peterson
Phil Davis ... Gary Cooper
David Horovitch ... James Hobson
James Cosmo ... Jack 'Axeman' McKinley
Fiona Button ... Willow McKinley
Michael Angelis ... Nicky Harding
Rachel Davies ... Jeannie Harding
Suzi Quatro ... Mimi Clifton
Robin Weaver Robin Weaver ... Serena Stanton
Rupert Vansittart ... Desmond Harcourt
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Storyline

When old rockers Hired Gun reform to play a gig at the Midsomer Rocks Festival, paranoid lead singer Gary Cooper is convinced someone is trying to warn them off. First rock diva Mimi Clifton is electrocuted on stage, then drummer Nicky Harding is found dead in the swimming pool. Barnaby has to face the possibility that one of his rock 'n' roll heroes is a murderer. Written by Anonymous

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Genres:

Crime | Drama | Mystery

Certificate:

TV-14
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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

2 February 2007 (UK) See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Bentley Productions See more »
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Runtime:

(DVD)

Color:

Color
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Trivia

John Nettles and Philip Davis previously worked together in the 1984 "Robin of Sherwood." Davis, as Prince John, makes Nettles' character "Acting Sheriff" of Nottingham. See more »

Goofs

Both the "Axeman" and DCI Barnaby refer to the electric charge being activated by the "Axeman's" Wah-Wah pedal. When they show the pedal it is a standard effects pedal, not a Wah-Wah which has a distinctively different shape. It is possible the pedal is an "Auto-Wah" but no old time blues player would ever use one, preferring the standard "Wah. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
James Hobson: Should have used the Red Tag.
Gary Cooper: No, no, trust me, the Killer Bug is right for the flow.
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Soundtracks

In The Midnight Hour
Written by Wilson Pickett and Steve Cropper
Performed by Geno Washington and the Ram Jam Band
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Cosmic performance.
2 February 2007 | by robt02See all my reviews

James Cosmo is one of those actors who never seems to turn in a bad performance. Here he steals the limelight from other good actors like Phil Davis in his portrayal of a middle-aged axeman (lead guitar player) returning to the stage. Perhaps he's seen Dave Crosby, perhaps it's all in his own head but it's a great performance that lifts this episode of what can be a rather slow series. Just watch him strut his stuff on stage. Great, although it lasts less than a minute. A totally believable performance by a fine actor. He steals your attention every moment he's on screen as you watch his character go through so many emotions.


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