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.


Richard Holthouse


Tony Etchells (screenplay), Caroline Graham (characters)

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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
Sam Hazeldine ... Simon Dixon
Pip Donaghy Pip Donaghy ... Jack Colby
Clare Higgins ... Gina Colby
Edward Petherbridge ... Lord Holm
Christopher Fairbank ... Ronnie Tyler
Nigel Harrison Nigel Harrison ... Eddie Marston
Chris Barrie ... Lionel Poulter
Philip Bond Philip Bond ... Dr Wyatt
Keith Drinkel Keith Drinkel ... Tommy Crinney
Marcia Warren Marcia Warren ... Melissa Shrike


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








Release Date:

17 May 2008 (UK) See more »

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Production Co:

Bentley Productions See more »
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Sound Mix:

Dolby SR


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Did You Know?


Marcia Warren plays Melissa Shrike in this episode. She returns in episode 20.4, Midsomer Murders: The Lions of Causton (2018), in the role of Belinda Braun. See more »


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


DS Ben Jones: [Referring to Poulter] I'm guessing he's not so much Royal Mail as blackmail.
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Couldn't disagree more!
26 August 2009 | by james_89See 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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