Midsomer Murders (1997– )
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A Vintage Murder 

When people start collapsing at the launch tasting of Midsomer Vineyard's newest sparkling wine, Kate Wilding discovers that the glasses had been laced with slug pellets.


Nicholas Laughland (as Nick Laughland)


Lisa Holdsworth (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
Claire Bloom ... Matilda Stowe
Mark Bonnar ... William Carnarvon
Sabrina Bartlett ... Tina Tyler
Max Bennett ... Kevin Paynton
Rosie Cavaliero ... Judy Tyler
Wayne Foskett ... Roger Tyler
Ruth Gemmell ... Diana Carnarvon
Selina Griffiths Selina Griffiths ... Elspeth Rice
Tom Rhys Harries ... Ryan Carnarvon
Jaye Jacobs ... PC Carolyn Florrie
Naoko Mori ... Nadia Simons


William Carnarvon's Midsomer Vinae winery is launching a new sparkling white in the presence of waspish critic Nadia Simons when several guests are poisoned, though not fatally. William's wife Diana tells Barnaby of the opposition to the vineyard by a local group led by nurse Elspeth Rice but Elspeth claims that the vineyard has caused pollution and was indirectly responsible for the death of little Jessica Tyler, killed by a hit and run driver after a wine-tasting. Nadia was a prime suspect and soon afterwards she is killed. The vineyard is in financial trouble and hotelier Lewis Paynton, who is in love with Diana, offers to buy it but he is the next victim. Crime of passion, revenge killing or means of keeping somebody quiet, there is further sabotage and an abduction before Barnaby discovers who committed a vintage murder. Written by don @ minifie-1

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Crime | Drama | Mystery








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18 February 2015 (UK) See more »

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Mark Bonnar and Ruth Gemmell also play spouses on "Home Fires" See more »


[first lines]
Kevin Paynton: Mr Carnarvon.
William Carnarvon: Kevin, I can see a lot of empty glasses; please make sure that everyone's topped up. Good lad.
Kevin Paynton: Absolutely. Thank you.
William Carnarvon: Thank you.
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References Creature from the Black Lagoon (1954) See more »


Main Theme
Composed by Jim Parker
Theremin played by Celia Sheen
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"It's England. It always rains." One of the Best from the New Generation
16 November 2016 | by henry-plantagenet-04See all my reviews

I really liked this episode. It certainly is the stand-out in a rather lackluster 17th season. The solution is logical yet unpredictable. There are some incredibly intriguing clues and red herrings, and the supporting characters are genuinely interesting. That's become a rarity in recent times. I had no idea who the murderer was right until the moment they were revealed. The way this scene is edited it constantly tricks into thinking Barnaby will reveal someone as the killer and then he simply turns to someone else. But the solution made sense both logistically and in terms of motivation. It was also rather sad. It also featured a good supporting cast (though no one I knew), the standouts being Mark Bonnar and Rosie Cavaliero, but solid work all round. The domestic humor in Barnaby's family was a bit cringe-worthy. I rolled my eyes at the know-it-all, do-it-all maid. But I thought the dynamic between Kate Wilding and DS Nelson was well-played and funny. Definitely the best of Season 17.

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