Midsomer Murders (1997– )
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Judgement Day 

When a local thief and womanizer is killed with a pitchfork, the residents of Midsomer Mallow fear for their chances in the Perfect Village Competition.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
DCI Tom Barnaby
Daniel Casey ...
Sergeant Gavin Troy
Joyce Barnaby
Cully Barnaby
Marcus Devere
Bella Devere
Gordon Brierly
Laura Brierly
Maggie Steed ...
Rosemary Furman
Nickolas Grace ...
Frank Mannion
Samantha Johnstone
Barbara Drinkwater
Moray Watson ...
Edward Allardice
Jane Rochelle
Peter Drinkwater


The village of Midsomer Mallow is in competition for the title of the "perfect village". Joyce Barnaby has already won her own competition and is now one of the "perfect village" judges. Meanwhile, Barnaby and Troy are investigating a series of break-ins in the area. When the thief, Peter Drinkwater, is found murdered, there are no end of suspects: a jealous husband; a spurned girlfriend and her irate parents; one of the robbery victims who is not being entirely truthful with the police; and finally several members of the village committee whose only concern is how the death will affect their chances in the perfect village competition. In the end, Barnaby must establish the link between these most recent events and a murder some years earlier. Written by garykmcd

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29 January 2000 (UK)  »

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When burglary victim Edward Allardice comments on the defacing of a painting, he comments that it was painted by Lucien Blake. Curiously, Doctor Lucien Blake is the lead character in another BBC series, "Doctor Blake Mysteries." See more »

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Season 3 returns to form in its best episode
1 January 2017 | by See all my reviews

"Dead Man's Eleven" was classic 'Midsomer Murders'. "Death of a Stranger" was very good, if slightly convoluted in places. Meanwhile, "Blue Herrings" was a step down and the weakest 'Midsomer Murders' at this point of the show, though still a decent episode (far worse episodes).

As said in the review title, Season 3 returns to form with "Judgement Day" and, for me, the best episode of the season. Also up there with the best 'Midsomer Murders' episodes along with the likes of "The Killings at Badgers Drift", "Written in Blood", "Death's Shadow" and "Dead Man's Eleven" at this particular point in the show.

Sure "Judgement Day" is very dialogue heavy, so it does require perhaps more attention than usual to completely understand the final solution which is ingenious but somewhat complicated for a first time viewer (have seen the episode a fair few times so it wasn't a problem really for me, just forewarning).

However, as always, the production values are top notch, with to die for scenery, the idyllic look of it contrasting very well with the story's grimness, and quaint and atmospheric photography. The music fits perfectly, and the theme tune one of the most memorable and instantly recognisable of the genre. This may look like reiterating exactly what was said about what was so good about the previous episodes, but only because when 'Midsomer Murders' was in its prime its strengths were the same and with similar impact.

Meanwhile, the script is smart, thought-provoking and suitably grim, the humour also being a breath of fresh air. Nothing felt inconsequential, everything had a point, everything intrigued and it was explained and cleared up well, though not quite overcoming the tendency towards the end of convolution.

The story is hugely compelling, and never simplistic and never losing any of the maturity of the previous episodes. There is a lot going on mostly without being cluttered or rushed, and that nothing is what it seems, or very few people are who they seem adds to the complexity, while there are no out of kilter scenes. The twists, red herrings and turns keep coming, and rarely in an obvious or press-the-rewind button. The characters are colourful.

John Nettles and Daniel Casey sparkle together, with Nettles characteristically superb and Casey a great contrast. Jane Wymark charms too, and love the loving chemistry between her and Nettles. Timothy West and Hannah Gordon are particularly excellent in support, and "Judgment Day" is notable for Orlando Bloom somewhat cast against type and proving that he is more than just a heart-throb or an actor in heroic or romantic roles.

In summary, a wonderful episode and what 'Midsomer Murders' is all about. 10/10 Bethany Cox

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