Midsomer Murders (1997– )
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Harvest of Souls 

When the owner of an equestrian center is trampled by his own horse, Barnaby unravels a complex feud from the past.

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Nicholas Laughland (as Nick Laughland)

Writers:

Caleb Ranson (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
Manjinder Virk ... Dr Kam Karimore
Andrew Alexander Andrew Alexander ... Harry Wyham
Sean Delaney ... Sean Nevins
Nikhita Essex Nikhita Essex ... Amy Wyham
Rory Fleck Byrne ... Dale Nevins
Sean Gleeson Sean Gleeson ... Rod Barkham (as Seán Gleeson)
Michael Higgs ... Butch Nevins
Michelle Holmes ... Trina Nevins
Lauren O'Neil Lauren O'Neil ... Rowena Deeley
Amber Rose Revah ... Jessica Myerscough
Emma Rydal ... Geri Barkham
Helen Schlesinger Helen Schlesinger ... Serena Wyham
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Whilst the funfair at Whitcombe Mallet is in full swing arrogant stable owner Harry Wyham, son of local squire Jasper and his wife Serena, is killed with a large dose of ketamine. Harry's plans for expansion angered many villagers, notably Wall of Death owner Butch Nevins and vet Clara Myerscough, mother of Harry's volatile ex-wife Jessica, whom Harry had barred from seeing their daughter. Butch's son Sean is a prime suspect as he is dating Harry's sister Beth, causing the two men to fight and the Nevins family are also in the frame when Jasper's horses are stolen. When two more of Harry's adversaries are slain Barnaby closes down the funfair but a secret affair from the past is then exposed and the vengeful killer takes drastic action. Barnaby must act quickly to prevent further victims of the harvest of souls. Written by don @ minifie-1

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Crime | Drama | Mystery

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UK

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English | French

Release Date:

17 February 2016 (UK) See more »

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Episode is mostly filmed on the Holyport village green in Berkshire where the Carter Steam Fair is situated. The pub scenes are in The George overlooking the green. See more »

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Main Theme
Composed by Jim Parker
Theremin played by Celia Sheen
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One of the two good episodes of Season 18
28 May 2017 | by TheLittleSongbirdSee all my reviews

When in its prime (a vast majority of Seasons 1-9), 'Midsomer Murders' was a great show and one that is watched and re-watched frequently. Seasons 10-13 became more uneven, with three of the show's worst episodes coming from Seasons 11 and 13, but there were a few solid episodes and "Blood Wedding" and especially "Master Class" were gems.

After John Nettles retired and Neil Dudgeon and the new character of John Barnaby took over, 'Midsomer Murders' just hasn't been the same on the most part. Season 14 was a disappointment outside of "The Oblong Murders" and "A Sacred Trust", with "Echoes of the Dead" and "The Night of the Stag" being show low-points. Season 15 was inconsistent, being a case of starting promisingly and then took a three-episodes-in-a-row strange turn with "Written in the Stars" before finishing on a good note. Season 16 was mostly good, especially "Wild Harvest", with the only disappointment being "Let Us Prey". Season 17 was a mixed bag, with the first two episodes being watchable but uneven and the other two, particularly "A Vintage Murder", faring better.

Season 18 was mostly unimpressive, with "Breaking the Chain" faring weakest and "Saints and Sinners" and "The Incident at Cooper Hill" not faring much better. The season did have two good episodes, the best being "A Dying Art" and this, "Harvest of Souls" being a close second. It is also one of the better John Barnaby-era episodes, a long way from being among the embarrassments like "Night of the Stag" and "Echoes of the Dead".

Not everything works. The biggest fault once again is Kam, she has little personality and is also condescendingly patronising and too much of a know-it-all that really rubs the viewer up the wrong way. For Nelson's last episode, despite Gwilym Lee's likable charisma, he deserved better, he could have been more prominent with him taking too much of a backseat. The story does contain a few familiar elements that have been done with more spark before.

On the other hand, the pProduction values cannot be faulted as usual. It's beautifully and atmospherically shot with suitably picturesque scenery. The music fits perfectly, with some lush jauntiness and sometimes an ominous quality, and the haunting theme tune is one of the most memorable and instantly recognisable of the genre. The murders are pretty fun and the characters are not too pantomimic or bland in general, in fact they're closer to the kinds found in 'Midsomer Murders' in its prime period.

Cast is very good, Neil Dudgeon doesn't look stiff or sleepwalk through Barnaby and Gwilym Lee continues to have a likable charisma. The supporting cast are very strong. The script has a nice balance of mystery and humour, with the cute subplot with Sykes (also in his final episode) being a welcome levity and not being a distraction at all. The story is intriguing, tightly paced with little feeling like filler.

In conclusion, good episode and one of the better episodes of a generally unimpressive season. 7/10 Bethany Cox


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