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Season 19 / Episode 1 and airs on 18 December 2016 20:00
Based originally on the books by Caroline Graham, each self-contained episode of two hours is a classic whodunit revolving around Detective Chief Inspector John Barnaby and his side-kick DS Ben Jones and their efforts to solve the numerous murders which take place in the picturesque countryside of Midsomer County.
Lovers Simon Bright and Laura Sharp are kissing in the backseat of a Humber in a disused hangar but the next morning Simon's body is discovered and there is no sign of Laura.
A mischievous trickster finally gets his comeuppance when his body is found floating below the weir in Midsomer Deverell. The extent of his double life starts to emerge when three family friends and a long-lost niece produce wills claiming his fortune, and his collection of erotic photographs from the 1960s gives Barnaby and Jones the key to the tangled relationships and feuds blighting the family.
When a family glassware business collapses following the death of one of its partners, Barnaby investigates allegations of financial irregularities, love triangles and a string of murders. Lapsed Freemason Jones uses his inside knowledge to explore the ceremonial aspects of two killings, but it is Cully's production of Hamlet that gives Tom the key to the mystery.
Barnaby is delighted that his heroes Hired Gun are reuniting to play at the Midsomer Rocks festival - minus their drummer, who disappeared 30 years ago after driving his car into a quarry. However, a string of bizarre warnings convinces the paranoid lead singer that someone is trying to stop the reunion, and his fears are confirmed when the backing singer drops dead on stage.
When Dr Alan Delaney is killed by a hit-and-run driver while in charge of his partner's new car, Barnaby and Jones discover the dead man had once been accused by Dr James Kirkwood of stealing a large sum of money from their Midsomer Market practice. Further investigations to uncover the whereabouts of the missing money lead the detectives to believe that Kirkwood may have been the real target.
A photographer is murdered shortly after exhibiting a compromising picture of Barnaby - who becomes a suspect in the ensuing investigation. Joyce concludes that someone is trying to frame him, and is stunned when he admits to a previous relationship with the murdered man's wife. Jones is forced to work with the irritating Martin Spellman to solve the case.
When director Nick Cheyney is found beheaded by a guillotine on the set of his latest film, Barnaby and Jones are left with no shortage of suspects. The victim, it transpires, was on poor terms with several people in some way connected to the project, including the mother of his child, and an actor who blamed him for ruining his career.
Barnaby's former CID colleague Jack Colby left the force under a cloud following a sex scandal involving villagers and officers at Causton police station. Now retrained as a probation officer, Jack is working at a halfway house for reformed criminals, so when he is bludgeoned to death the detective sets out to discover why the past would not leave him alone.
John Nettles(DCI Tom Barnaby)
Jason Hughes(DS Ben Jones)
Neil Dudgeon(DCI John Barnaby)
Gwilym Lee(DS Charlie Nelson)
Daniel Casey(Sgt Gavin Troy)
John Hopkins(Sgt Dan Scott)
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