Midsomer Murders (1997– )
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Echoes of the Dead 

The drowning of a woman in a bathtub becomes the first murder in a series of copycat murders imitating infamous murders from the past.


Nicholas Laughland (as Nick Laughland)


Peter Hammond (screenplay) (as Peter J Hammond), Caroline Graham (based on characters by)

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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Neil Dudgeon ... DCI John Barnaby
Jason Hughes ... DS Ben Jones
Barry Jackson ... Dr. Bullard
Fiona Dolman ... Sarah Barnaby
Sarah Smart ... Jo Starling
Ron Cook ... Bernard Flack
Adrian Rawlins ... David Orchard
Melanie Kilburn Melanie Kilburn ... Yvonne Flack
Andrew Buckley ... Malcolm Merryman
Daisy Haggard ... Fran Carter
Thomas Arnold Thomas Arnold ... Sam Tomlin
Pam Ferris ... Liz Tomlin
Lee Boardman ... Matt Rowntree
Kacey Ainsworth ... Nikki Rowntree
Malcolm Terris ... Len Merryman


Dianne Price is drowned in the style of the Brides in the Bath murders of almost a century earlier. Blessed Be the Bride is scrawled in lipstick on her bathroom mirror. Her grieving flatmate Jo, who works at a donkey sanctuary run by hard-drinking Liz Tomlin and her antagonistic son Sam, takes the opportunity to escape her voyeuristic landlord Bernard Flack to move in with vet Fran Carter but Fran too is killed, also in a copycat murder from the 1930s, again bridal-related. Pub landlord Matt Rowntree, an ex-cop, is married to Nikki, a former madame whose girls specialized in dressing up fantasies, which arouses Barnaby's suspicions but then an elderly couple are slain, with Just Married daubed on their car and Bridal Suite on the door. Bernard's voyeurism actually saves Jo's life as he calls the police to arrest the murderer, out to claim a fifth victim. Written by don @ minifie-1

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Crime | Drama | Mystery


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Release Date:

20 April 2011 (UK) See more »

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Did You Know?


Adrian Rawlins and Pam Ferris both appeared in the Harry Potter franchise. Rawlins as James Potter and Ferris as Aunt Marge Dursley. See more »


Matt Rowntree: [Bringing Sam a drink] So... where were you when your friend died, eh?
Sam Tomlin: Me?
Matt Rowntree: You see, that's your trouble, Sam. You're always so busy saving the whales and the rain forest, you're never around when you're needed.
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Main Theme
Composed by Jim Parker
Theremin played by Celia Sheen
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9 July 2013 | by celrSee all my reviews

As longtime fans of "Midsomer Murders" my wife and I were horrified by what has been done to this wonderful series. First off, Neil Dudgeon is a wooden actor: he plays John Barnaby with grim determination. He seems angry, angry at the killer (whoever he is), angry at Jones and angry at his wife, who by the way is some sort of career woman with whom John has little chemistry. A cute dog enters the picture, a cheap and obvious trick to lighten the mood at the Barnaby house. John Nettles played Barnaby with irony and humor, there's none of that with Dudgeon. "Midsomer Murders" is supposed to be a send-up of the English mystery, but that atmosphere of dark humor is missing in this episode, not only as the result of the acting but the writing too. John Barnaby delights in insulting Jones gratuitously, for no good reason. This is really ugly.

The writing is thin and the plot unconvincing. The killer's motive is contrived and preposterous, and by the way, insulting to people of faith. The murders are elaborately staged for no other reason to fill in for what is missing in plot and character development. John Barnaby sort of happens on the solution rather than solving it with his supposed detective skills.

There is no excuse for ruining a good detective series. The resources are there and surely a better actor could have been found to play the lead role. Of course with the retirement of Nettles you would suppose that the next 'Barnaby' would be a different sort of character, but why make him so unlikable? Our only consolation is that we have have about a decade's worth of really good "Midsomers" to go back over. No TV series can last forever.

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