Midsomer Murders (1997– )
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The Ghost of Causton Abbey 

The ancient Causton Abbey is now a brewery, but the old curse is still active: one person is found boiled to death in one of the vats shortly after a party to launch a new ale.


Matt Carter


Helen Jenkins (screenplay), Caroline Graham (based upon the books by)

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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Neil Dudgeon ... DCI John Barnaby
Nick Hendrix ... DS Jamie Winter
Fiona Dolman ... Sarah Barnaby
Annette Badland ... Fleur Perkins
Amber Aga ... Emani Taylor
Michael Byrne ... Keith Grundy
Beth Cooke ... Young Sylvia
John Cummins John Cummins ... Brother Jozef
Zebb Dempster ... Toby Grundy
Angela Griffin ... Jenny Moss
Tony Gardner ... Russell Grundy
Anita Harris ... Irene Taylor
Jason Merrells ... Paul Taylor
Anjli Mohindra ... Faiza Jindal
Chu Omambala ... Kwame Asante


Causton is buzzing at the opening of a new brewery on the site of a famously cursed Abbey. But excitement turns to fear when a man is found boiled to death in one of the vats. DCI Barnaby and DS Winter are puzzled; could this really be about beer?

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Crime | Drama | Mystery








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10 March 2019 (UK) See more »

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DCI John Barnaby: I'm DCI John Barnaby. I was hoping for an estimated time of death.
Fleur Perkins: Are you a smoker? Heavy drinker?
DCI John Barnaby: No?
Fleur Perkins: Then I give you another thirty years.
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Opening credits prologue: CAUSTON ABBEY MIDSOMER 1539 See more »


Midsomer Murders
(Theme Song)
Written by Jim Parker
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A welcome return as a body is found in a brewery
11 March 2019 | by TweekumsSee all my reviews

This episode opens five hundred years in the past with the execution of a monk in Causton Abbey; as he is about to die he curses the place. Back in the present the Abbey is now home to a craft brewery. A party is taking place to celebrate the launch of a new beer, which is due to be available in supermarkets. This being Midsomer it is not surprising that the next morning a body is found... a man was boiled to death in the brewery. The first suspects are the local real ale society, whose beer festival was overshadowed by the event but more suspects emerge when it is learnt that the dead man was a writer who had helped locals ghost write autobiographies... including an old East End gangster.

We may have been kept waiting for this batch of episodes but if this one is anything to go by the wit will have been worth it. The story is classic Midsomer; ancient curses; multiple suspects/motives and plenty of familiar faces amongst the guest cast. One might think that the idea of a brewery in a five hundred year old abbey where somebody was executed is unlikely but my local pub is in part of a thirteenth century priory which was used as the condemned man's cell! The story progresses nicely with new suspects being introduced and a few nice twists along the way. This episode also introduces new pathologist Fleur Perkins; on the strength of this episode this character, played by Annette Badland, will be a welcome addition. The cast give a solid performance throughout. Overall a fine episode that fans of the series should enjoy.

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