Midsomer Murders (1997– )
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The Killings of Copenhagen 

Barnaby and Nelson join forces with two female Danish police detectives after Eric Calder is poisoned by Strychnine coating when opening one of his famous golden clusters.


Alex Pillai


Paul Logue (screenplay), Caroline Graham (based on characters by)

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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Neil Dudgeon ... DCI John Barnaby
Gwilym Lee ... DS Charlie Nelson
Fiona Dolman ... Sarah Barnaby
Tamzin Malleson ... Kate Wilding
Sanjeev Bhaskar ... Armand Stone
Ann Eleonora Jørgensen ... VPK Birgitte Poulsen
Birgitte Hjort Sørensen ... KA Anna Degn
Marie Askehave ... Ingrid Madsen
Nicolaj Kopernikus ... Thomas Madsen
Jonathan Barnwell ... Harry Calder
Caroline Goodall ... Penelope Calder
Adrian Lukis Adrian Lukis ... Julian Calder
Poppy Drayton ... Summer Haleston
Joanna Scanlan ... Clara Trout
Marcus Hutton ... Eric Calder


Midsomer biscuit tycoon Eric Calder is poisoned by one of his own biscuits whilst in Copenhagen to seal a contract with businessman Albert Toft. As the goods were sent from Midsomer, detective Birgitte Poulsen asks Barnaby to investigate. He finds that Eric's son Harry had no interest in the family firm but had recently rowed with Eric whilst his wife Penelope has been having an affair with his brother Julian. Also in the frame is chief baker Armand Stone, a man with a good knowledge of chemistry. Julian is also murdered, drowned in whisky, but Barnaby and Nelson fly to Copenhagen from where a floral tribute was sent to Eric's funeral, paid for by a credit card stolen from Pastor Thomas Madsen. They find that Eric has been involved for many years with Ingrid Madsen, by whom he has a daughter. Whilst Barnaby works out the identity of the daughter there are more deaths back at Midsomer and he must link them with the killings of Copenhagen. Written by don @ minifie-1

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Crime | Drama | Mystery


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English | Danish

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Did You Know?


Caroline Goodall plays Penelope Calder in this episode. She previously played the role of Grace Starkey in episode 9.2, Midsomer Murders: Dead Letters (2006). See more »


Barnaby and Nelson's taxi passes Amalienborg Palace (residence of the queen, the crown prince and other members of the royal family), but that would be a detour when driving from Copenhagen Airport to the police headquarter, and you will not pass that many flat motorways on that tour, unless the taxi driver cheats foreign costumers. Besides it is usually not allowed to drive cars in the Palace square. See more »


[first lines]
Receptionist: Here's your package, Mr. Calder.
Eric Calder: Oh. Thank you.
Receptionist: You're welcome.
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Main Theme
Composed by Jim Parker
Theremin played by Celia Sheen
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A quality 100th episode.
7 October 2018 | by Sleepin_DragonSee all my reviews

This episode is a great concoction, we get the killings of Midsomer, we very everyday village life, tinned biscuits, affairs etc, and we get the in vogue Scandinavian genre 'crime noir.'

You would think the clash in styles would make for a messy episode, but it's actually a brilliant one, plaudits to all concerned for being brave enough to do something different.

A clever plot that could have easily belonged to an earlier season, it's smart, slick, visual and cleverly crafted. Full of suspense it features some nice moments, and some welxome humour. A very strong one for Dudgeon, I especially liked Joanna Scanlon, she was great.

Loved it, 9/10

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