Midsomer Murders (1997– )
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Written in the Stars 

During a total eclipse of the sun, an astronomer is bludgeoned to death by a meteor, and an astrologer claims to have predicted each subsequent murder.


Renny Rye


Steve Trafford (screenplay), Caroline Graham (based on characters by)




Episode complete credited cast:
Neil Dudgeon ... DCI John Barnaby
Jason Hughes ... DS Ben Jones
Fiona Dolman ... Sarah Barnaby
Tamzin Malleson ... Kate Wilding
Harry Hadden-Paton ... Lawrence Janson
Kenny Ireland ... George Dormer
Soraya Radford Soraya Radford ... Gagan Dutta
Jay Taylor Jay Taylor ... Peter Groves
Barnaby Kay ... Adrian Sharp
Maureen Lipman ... Mags Dormer
Tim Wallers ... Jeremy Harper
Clare Calbraith ... Catrina Harper
Kelly Price ... Tanya Walker
Ace Bhatti ... Harry Dutta
Charles Daish Charles Daish ... Jack Clough


During a local eclipse of the sun, Jeremy Harper, one of a group of amateur astronomers, is killed on Moonstone Ridge by a blow to the head with a meteorite. Jeremy had rowed with Laurence Janson, head of the university observatory over plans to extend the observatory onto the ridge but was unaware of his wife Catrina's affair with Janson. Local clairvoyant Mags Dormer had warned Jeremy of impending disaster and tells Barnaby that Moonstone Ridge is cursed, since Catrina's sister Mary, wife of pharmacist Harry Dutta, also died there some years earlier. Then other murders occur, of members of the group who were opposed to Janson's plans but had also made a discovery of their own, leading to a resolution of the case written in the stars. Written by don @ minifie-1

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Crime | Drama | Mystery


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Release Date:

25 September 2012 (UK) See more »

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16:9 HD
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Did You Know?


At one point, Barnaby does a web search. The list of results has the normal Google format and layout. At the top of the screen is the bottom half of what should be the word "Google" (in the usual font and colours). Although only the bottom half of the first word and start of the second word is visible, for a split second, it actually, obviously, says "Big-Brow..." rather than Google (or the previous text given here - "Big Brother"). Possibly it was meant to be "Big-Browser"? See more »


When Barnaby and Jones visit Adrian Sharpe after Gagan goes missing, a kettle is heard whistling. However, when he takes the kettle off, it does not appear to be a whistling kettle as there is no whistle cap removed. However, there are some styles of kettle which have a whistling flap inside the spout, which would not be visible on camera. See more »


[first lines]
Man at gate: Park wherever you like.
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References Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977) See more »


Midsomer Murders
(Theme Song)
Written by Jim Parker
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Mystic Mags Magic or Stardust?
15 May 2017 | by Sleepin_DragonSee all my reviews

A fair attempt at creating a spiritual and astrological episode, a similar feel to 'Things that go bump in the Night.'

It's certainly a watchable episode, but it's slightly forgettable when compared to some of the show's richer episodes, but the story is above average, the killings are innovative, but the main problem has to be the characters, with the exception of Maureen Lipman, they're all a bit forgettable.

Neil Dudgeon and Jason Hughes make a great combination, they work well off one another. Jason Hughes is much missed from the show. Sykes steals so many scenes.

I'm a life long fan of Maureen Lipman, she's appeared in two of my favourite shows, Midsomer Murders and Doctor Who, and it's fair to say that as an actress she's been given poor parts in both. Mystic Mags was almost a caricature, you expect characters to be big and bold, perhaps just a little too over the top.

The episode looks beautiful, it's very professionally shot, it both looks and sounds wonderfully atmospheric, with an excellent accompanying music. Some lighter moments throughout, particularly from the late great Kenny Ireland, and that moment where Jones tells Barnaby Uranus is fourteen times bigger then the Earth. It's not the best ending to be honest.

A fairly good watch, but you'll forget all about it pretty soon. 7/10

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