Midsomer Murders (1997– )
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A Worm in the Bud 

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A woman is found dead in Setwale Wood, an apparent suicide, except that her suicide note is emailed after her body has already been sighted.


David Tucker


Michael Russell (screenplay), Caroline Graham (characters)



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
John Nettles ... DCI Tom Barnaby
Daniel Casey Daniel Casey ... Sergeant Gavin Troy
Jane Wymark ... Joyce Barnaby
Gillian Barge ... Hannah Harrington
Rosie Cavaliero ... Denise Fielding
Wendy Craig ... Victoria Bartlett
Janie Dee Janie Dee ... Caroline Harrington
Ian Driver Ian Driver ... Edmund Nelson
Charlie Hicks Charlie Hicks ... Sean Fielding
Ian Hogg ... Jonah Bloxham
Clarista Hoult Clarista Hoult ... Julie Fielding
Barry Jackson ... Dr. Bullard
Emily Joyce ... Bernadette Sullivan
Adam Kotz Adam Kotz ... James Harrington
Paul Venables Paul Venables ... Simon Bartlett


Some of the residents of Midsomer Worthy are trying to prevent James Harrington from turning Setwale Woods into a housing estate. Led by a solicitor, Bernadette Sullivan, and a local farmer, Simon Bartlett, who also happen to be having an affair, they haven't had much success in court. When Bartlett's wife Susan is found dead in the woods, Barnaby and Troy must first determine is if her murder is related to the planned development or something as yet unknown. The information provided by two inquisitive children, who see the investigation as a fascinating game, proves invaluable in solving the crime. Written by garykmcd

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Crime | Drama | Mystery


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Release Date:

23 June 2002 (UK) See more »

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Bentley Productions See more »
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Did You Know?


Adam Kotz plays James Harrington in this episode. He returns in episode 17.1, Midsomer Murders: The Dagger Club (2015), in the role of Nick Summersbee. See more »


When the flowers are discovered on the lawn in the shape of a body, a label is clearly seen above one of the shoulders, but when the police arrive the label has gone. See more »


[leaving courthouse]
Sergeant Gavin Troy: Where do they get these judges from? The man burgled his way through every village in the county.
DCI Tom Barnaby: Look, we catch the criminals; we offer up the evidence. Not everyone likes what happens in court. Maybe the judge was right; give the boy one more chance. Oh, look. A squadron of pigs over Causton.
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Midsomer Murders
(Theme Song)
Written by Jim Parker
Performed by Celia Sheen
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It always bothers me
21 April 2013 | by ojay2See all my reviews

It always bothers me that there seems to be no explanation as to how the sale of Setwale Wood by Harrington will affect the operation of Bartlett's dairy farm. Only conjecture would be that it would compromise some water rights, or the whole area would fall under new zoning regulations. Otherwise, it would seem to be solely for sentimental reasons. As for the first murder not being seen, well we do see a dark figure at night dragging the body from the position originally seen by the children in the wood, when the victim was unconscious, and then dumped into the lake. Depending on one's TV screen settings the face may be distinguishable, however, in the second incident we see the murderer's clothed and shod lower limbs while setting up the body for transport to the lake.

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