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Last Man Out 

When star cricketer Leo Henderson dies during a tournament, the investigation draws Barnaby into a dangerous game with a surprise visitor from his past.

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Matt Carter

Writers:

Jeff Povey (screenplay), Caroline Graham (based upon the books by)
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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Neil Dudgeon ... DCI John Barnaby
Nick Hendrix ... DS Jamie Winter
Fiona Dolman ... Sarah Barnaby
Manjinder Virk ... Dr Kam Karimore
Tia Bannon ... Kia Luthando
John Bird John Bird ... St John Beachwood
Joe Dixon ... Elliot Luthando
Frances Grey ... Cilla Troughton
Esther Hall Esther Hall ... Serena Luthando
Jason Hughes ... DI Ben Jones
Susan Jameson Susan Jameson ... Germaine Troughton
Bruce Lawrence Bruce Lawrence ... Leo Henderson
Natasha Little ... Melody Henderson
Mark Powley Mark Powley ... Wade McMaster
Paul Reynolds ... Butler Styles
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Leo Henderson, star player of the Lower Pampling Panthers, is murdered following a one day tournament called C10, a format disapproved of by committee members St John Beachwood and retired player Germaine Troughton.. Barnaby is mystified by the unexplained amount of cash in Leo's account and the appearance of an unshaven Ben Jones, calling himself Jack Morris and with Leo's widow Melanie when her house is burgled. New captain Fitz Theara, who is taking bribes to throw matches, is the next victim, leading Jones to explain that, with Germaine's cooperation, he is investigating match fixing. - a possible key to Leo's new-found wealth and the financial problems of C10 organizer Elliot Luthando. Whilst a twenty year disappearance is resolved Jones' new role as the leading player makes him a likely target and, unless Barnaby unmasks the killer, the last man out. Written by don @ minifie-1

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Crime | Drama | Mystery

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TV-14 | See all certifications »
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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

11 January 2017 (UK) See more »

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Trivia

Jason Hughes previously played cricket in Midsomer Murders: Secrets and Spies (2009). See more »

Goofs

Kam said she used "Carbon Dating" to determine the age of the cuts in the tree. Carbon dating is usually not accurate to more than 50 years and dating of objects grown since the start of nuclear testing are unreliable due to the change in background radiation levels. See more »

Quotes

DI Ben Jones: I could always stay.
[Melody stares at him]
DI Ben Jones: On the sofa, of course.
Melody Henderson: Won't Germaine wonder where you've got to?
DI Ben Jones: I'll tell her I was practising for the semi-final.
Melody Henderson: In the dark?
DI Ben Jones: I eat a lot of carrots.
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Crazy Credits

Although Jones is now a detective inspector, the credits still show him as DS Jones. See more »

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Cricket with 'Midsomer Murders'
30 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 "Harvest of Souls" being a close second.

The latest season, Season 19, got off to a promising start with "The Village that Rose from the Dead", and that promise also came over in "Crime and Punishment" and "Last Man Out" which are just as good.

Kam once again, and people are probably going to find this criticism rather old, does nothing for me. Dr Bullard is very much missed and while Kate was bland Kam lacks even more personality and still comes across as a condescending know-it-all. Her chemistry with Winter is quite good, but that's it.

"Last Man Out's" ending mostly works, but it almost doesn't at first due to the physicality of the murderer being hard to swallow and raising question marks as to how they were able to do it. The attempted murder motive is pretty flimsy too.

This said, the identity of the murderer is a big surprise, it's a suspenseful ending that doesn't feel resolved too conveniently or by chance and the motive(s) on the most part are believable. The murders are more fun and imaginative than most murders in the John Barnaby-era episodes, and the characters are more pleasingly eccentric than the bland and pantomimic ones.

Paddy is a worthy replacement for Sykes, a very endearing and cute character if a little lacking in Sykes' (who one will miss dearly) scene-stealing comic timing. It was wonderful to see Jones again, and he is well used, the cricket setting is also used to full potential.

The production values however 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.

Writing is thought-provoking and some of the quirky and gentle humour juxtaposes well with the dark murder theme and the twists and turns, the episode not feeling overly serious or heavy like some John Barnaby-era episodes as a result. The story is never simplistic, neither is it convoluted.

Neil Dudgeon took a while to get used to when he first took over, but Season 19 has proved that he looks comfortable as Barnaby and doesn't play the character as heavily and somnambulist like he did initially and in some of his latter episodes. Winter is also settling in nicely. Susan Jameson is particularly impressive of the uniformly solid supporting cast.

Summing up, after two very good episodes "Last Man Out" doesn't disappoint. 8/10 Bethany Cox


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