Midsomer Murders (1997– )
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The Maid in Splendour 

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Midsomer Worthy's beloved local pub figures in a case involving unrequited love, secret business deals, and passionate affairs.


Richard Holthouse


Andrew Payne (screenplay), Caroline Graham (characters)



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
John Nettles ... DCI Tom Barnaby
John Hopkins John Hopkins ... Sergeant Dan Scott
Jane Wymark ... Joyce Barnaby
Laura Howard ... Cully Barnaby
Barry Jackson ... Dr Bullard
William Gaunt ... Michael Bannerman
Frances Tomelty ... Audrey Monday
Alan Cox ... Stephen Bannerman
Freddie Jones ... Benbow
Raymond Coulthard ... Lawrence Haggard
Sophie Hunter ... Bella Monday
Dave Hill Dave Hill ... Clive Cruickshank
Peter-Hugo Daly Peter-Hugo Daly ... Wesley
Rachel Power Rachel Power ... Lorna Bannerman
Leon Ockenden ... Jamie Cruickshank


DCI Tom Barnaby and DS Dan Scott investigate the shotgun murder of Jamie Cruikshank, a barman at the Maid in Splendour, a pub in the village of Midsomer Worthy. The pub is now owned by Stephen Bannerman, a much disliked local property developer who has his own plans for the pub. Bannerman's father Michael, the original owner, didn't agree with his son's plans to turn the pub into a high end restaurant nor of his affair with Bella Monday, the daughter of his lifelong friend Audrey. When Stephen is subsequently killed, also by shotgun, Barnaby begins to wonder if Cruikshank's murder may have resulted from a case of mistaken identity. Written by garykmcd

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Crime | Drama | Mystery








Release Date:

25 January 2004 (UK) See more »

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Bentley Productions See more »
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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


William Gaunt plays Michael Bannerman in this episode. He returns in episode 15.1, Midsomer Murders: The Dark Rider (2012), in the role of Ludo DeQuetteville. See more »


When Barnaby and Scott arrive to speak with Clive Cruickshank after Stephen Bannerman's murder there is snow on the lawns. However when they come out there is no snow. See more »


[first lines]
Michael Bannerman: Come in.
Audrey Monday: Sorry, Michael. The extractor fan in the dining room has packed up again.
Michael Bannerman: Well, you should speak to Stephen.
Audrey Monday: I did. Yesterday.
Michael Bannerman: All right, Audrey, I'll have a word.
[pours himself a whiskey]
Audrey Monday: It's not good for you, you know.
Michael Bannerman: Oh, it's only a small one. Don't tell Stephen.
Audrey Monday: I meant sitting in this room, looking at those photographs. It's three years, Michael. It's time you got on with your life.
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References The Seventh Seal (1957) See more »


Midsomer Murders
(Theme Song)
Written by Jim Parker
Performed by Celia Sheen
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murder and mayhem
26 September 2014 | by blanche-2See all my reviews

Barnaby and Scott are drawn into an investigation concerning a barman at a Midsomer Worthy pub, Maid in Splendor. The young man was Jamie Cruikshank. The bar has changed hands amid some controversy: it's now owned by Stephen Bannerman, a property developer, who wants to make the local hangout more high end. The pub previously belonged to his father, Michael, who didn't approve of Stephen' plans. He also didn't approve of Stephen's affair with Bella Monday, the daughter of his lifelong friend Audrey.

Then Stephen is killed, and Barnaby wonders if Cruickshank's death was a mistake.

Good episode, and a dark one, literally as well as figuratively as there are a lot of night scenes. As usual, the locations are beautiful. Scott is much different from Troy, Barnaby's old partner. Where Troy was more subtle about his desire for various members of the opposite sex, Scott is an open flirt who drives Barnaby crazy. I like the interaction between the two; it can get very spirited.

A fine episode, and a rather sad one.

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