Midsomer Murders (1997– )
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Death and the Divas 

A film historian writing about a 1960s horror actress is killed in her home. It becomes the start of what appear to be a series of copycat murders based on the actress' films.


Nicholas Laughland (as Nick Laughland)


Rachel Cuperman (screenplay), Sally Griffiths (screenplay) | 1 more credit »

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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Neil Dudgeon ... DCI John Barnaby
Jason Hughes ... DS Ben Jones
Fiona Dolman ... Sarah Barnaby
Tamzin Malleson ... Kate Wilding
Sinéad Cusack ... Stella Harris
Harriet Walter ... Diana Davenport
Henry Goodman ... Cy Davenport
Pearce Quigley ... Colin Yule
Alice Sykes ... Rosie Harris
Joseph Beattie ... Scott Davenport
David Bark-Jones David Bark-Jones ... Patrick Tilman
Pandora Clifford ... Juliet Tilman
Anna Wilson-Jones ... Emma Harris
Samuel Anderson ... Perry Stevens
Georgina Beedle ... Young Stella


The Midsomer Langley Film Society shows a retrospective of horror films made by local actress Stella Harris but Stella is upstaged when glamorous movie star Diana Davenport, her sister, returns to the area for the first time in forty years with film producer husband Cy. The same night Eve Lomax, a writer working on a book about Stella, is murdered, her neck punctured as if by a vampire. Eve was not popular with Stella or film society president Colin Yule, who claims Eve stole a photo of Stella. Stella's daughter Emma tells Barnaby that Eve's landlord, the married Patrick, was sexually harassing her whilst Patrick claims Eve had a secret lover. Then there are two further slayings, both in the manner of murders from Stella's films. Could they be connected to a family secret from over forty years ago, linking death and the divas? Written by don @ minifie-1

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Crime | Drama | Mystery


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Release Date:

2 January 2013 (UK) See more »

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Bentley Productions See more »
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Did You Know?


Harriet Walter plays Diana Davenport in this episode. She previously played the role of Margaret Winstanley in episode 8.3, Midsomer Murders: Orchis Fatalis (2005). See more »


When Davenport is murdered he first falls on to the banisters with a knife in his back as he does the knife wobbles as if it were made of rubber or at least not made of metal. See more »


[first lines]
Gentleman in carriage: Oh, Miss!
[opens carriage door]
Gentleman in carriage: Can I be of some assistance? It's late, and you seem unsure of your way.
Young Stella: Thank you. I'm quite all right.
Gentleman in carriage: Come; it's a filthy night.
[Stella gets in]
Gentleman in carriage: You do right to be cautious my child, but you can trust me. I am the Marquis of Graydon. Such a pretty young thing, and though your beauty may never fade...
[bares his fangs]
Young Stella: Open the door. I want to get out. Please.
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References The Curse of Frankenstein (1957) See more »


Main Theme
Composed by Jim Parker
Theremin played by Celia Sheen
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Wow, this could have been great
17 September 2016 | by blanche-2See all my reviews

I guess there's no denying that John Nettles made this show. I'll give Neil Dudgeon props, he's trying, and he's better than he was. But he's not getting any help from the scripts.

The Midsomer Langley Film Society is having a horror film festival and brings a local scream queen, Stella Harris, onto the stage. Unfortunately for Stella, her glam movie star sister Diana Davenport, has returned to the area after 40+ years and brought her film producer husband, Cy.

The same night, Eve Lomax, who is writing a book about Stella, is murdered, her neck punctured as if by a vampire, recreating what was shown in the film.

Stella hadn't wanted the book written and Eve was not popular with the head of the society, Colin Yule, either. He believes Eve stole a photo of Stella.

Eve's life seems to have been a little complicated. Stella's daughter, Emma, Stella's daughter informs Barnaby that Eve's landlord, a married man named Patrick was bothering Eve. Patrick denies this, claiming the two were lovers.

The murders start piling up, and Barnaby is convinced they have something to do with the films as they are replicating the murders in them. He then realizes a family secret is at the root of it all.

This show and the episode before it had something in common - too many murders. It really gets old fast. Also, horror films, movie stars, a family secret, and this is the best they could do?

The episode had two horror stars from Hammer Films, John Carson and Caroline Munro. Caroline Munro - I don't even know why she was there, a chimpanzee could have said her one line. Carson fares a little better, but surely there was a way to weave them into this episode.

In short, disappointing. You can't make up for John Nettles leaving by having a bunch of people murdered in every episode. It becomes mind- numbing.

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