Midsomer Murders (1997– )
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Death of the Small Coppers 

A butterfly collector is found pinned to a wall like one of his specimens.


Paul Harrison


Chris Murray (screenplay), Caroline Graham (based upon the books by)




Episode complete credited cast:
Neil Dudgeon ... DCI John Barnaby
Nick Hendrix ... DS Jamie Winter
Fiona Dolman ... Sarah Barnaby
Annette Badland ... Fleur Perkins
Mark Benton ... Eddie Rowbotham
Peter Egan ... Grady Palmerston
Ray Fearon ... Carlton Scott
Ellie Haddington Ellie Haddington ... Ginny Welton
Thusitha Jayasundera ... Anika Sidana
Ann Eleonora Jørgensen ... Birgitte Poulsen
Ella Kenion ... Celeste Palmerston
John Light ... Luke Fawcett
Niamh McGrady ... Penny Kingdom (as Niamh Mcgrady)
Chance Perdomo ... Leo Scott


School principal Mahesh Sidana, avid butterfly collector and founder of an elitist top-IQ society, is the first victim of a series of weird murders with an MO evoking the fate of caught insects. While Barnaby's Danish colleague-friend, detective Birgitte Poulsen, goes undercover in the IQ club, an interest of hers since her father's death, Barnaby and Jamie Winter follow other leads, such as Mahesh's widow's romantic interests, and other intrigues behind both hobbies. The IQ club president, suspiciously uncooperative, is abusive to his assistant, unsympathetic to the candidature of ambition-frustrated Carlton Scott's son Leo, and may be the recipient of ill-gotten gains. Written by KGF Vissers

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Crime | Drama | Mystery


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English | Danish

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17 March 2019 (UK) See more »

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Did You Know?


Peter Egan plays Grady Palmerston in this episode. He previously played the role of Norman Swanscombe in episode 13.7, Midsomer Murders: Not in My Back Yard (2011). See more »


[Eddie Rowbotham makes it clear that his surname is not pronounced Rowbottom]
DCI John Barnaby: [to Winter] Perhaps you'd like to have a word with Mr...
Eddie Rowbotham: ...Rowbotham - with a "th".
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Brains and beauty
18 March 2019 | by TweekumsSee all my reviews

This episode opens with the murder of a school headmaster who is also a butterfly collector; he is found pinned to a wall much like the way he pins his specimens. This being Midsomer there are other butterfly enthusiasts in the area; notably a woman who doesn't approve of killing butterflies and is worried about the disappearance of local small copper butterflies. The man also had links to a society of those with a high IQ; which just happens to be staging its entrance exams. One of those attending is Birgitte Poulsen of the Danish police who Barnaby met in Copenhagen... she believes that corruption in the group may be linked to s death in Denmark. As the investigation progresses many suspects emerge with a wide variety of motives... one of which will put DS Winter in real danger.

This was a fairly typical episode of Midsomer Murders; if you like the standard formula you'll probably enjoy this, I certainly did, but if you don't it won't be converting non-fans. There may not be as many murders as usual but those we get are as inventive as they are unpleasant. The story unfolds at a decent pace with new suspects and motives being introduced throughout. The culprit is far from obvious... at least I didn't suspect them till the reveal. The cast is solid and guests include quite a few familiar faces. Danish guest star Ann Eleonora Jørgensen does a good job as Birgitte Poulsen; a welcome return after her appearance in the episode 'The Killings of Copenhagen'. There are some good tense moments; particularly the finale which is tinged with classic Midsomer silliness. Overall I enjoyed this but wouldn't call it a classic episode.

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