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Who Killed Cock Robin? 

Barnaby and Troy are drawn to Newton Magna where their search for a horse whisperer allegedly struck by a car is complicated by the discovery of a body in the town well.


David Tucker


Jeremy Paul (screenplay), Caroline Graham (characters)




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
John Nettles ... DCI Tom Barnaby
Daniel Casey ... Sgt. Gavin Troy
Jane Wymark ... Joyce Barnaby
Patrick Drury Patrick Drury ... Robin Wooliscroft
Mick Ford ... Frank Lightbourne
Jonathan Hackett Jonathan Hackett ... Reverend Thorne
Polly Hemingway ... Bubbles Stockard
Noah Huntley ... Noel Wooliscroft
George Innes ... Jackie Marsh
Barry Jackson ... Dr. Bullard
Larry Lamb ... Melvyn Stockard
Jane Lapotaire ... Mary Mohan
Gabrielle Lloyd ... Valerie Megson
Polly Maberly ... Julie Stockard
Linda Marlowe ... Bridget Wooliscroft


While driving home from a party in the village of Newton Magna, Dr. Burgess accidentally hits someone with his car. He goes to a nearby pub for assistance, but when they return to the scene of the accident, there's no one to be found. The pub owner seeks Tom Barnaby's assistance but all he and Sgt. Troy can find is a bloody handkerchief by the side of the road. Barnaby does meet up with Melvyn Stockard, now a buyer and seller of horses, but who was once convicted of robbery. They know that the person struck by the car was a recently arrived Irishman who claimed to be a horse whisperer. When a body is found in the village well, the police uncover a complex web of marital infidelities and deceit. When another villager is found murdered, Barnaby finds that the horse whisperers appearance in the village some weeks before may been for a very specific purpose. Written by garykmcd

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Crime | Drama | Mystery


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9 September 2001 (UK) See more »

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Did You Know?


Linda Marlowe plays Bridget Wooliscroft in this episode. She returns in episode 13.7, Midsomer Murders: Not in My Back Yard (2011), in the role of Fiona Conway. See more »


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[first lines]
Dr. Burgess: I'be outstayed my welcome.
Francesca Ward: Not at all, Dr. Burgess.
Dr. Burgess: Oh, please. Please call me Oliver.
Francesca Ward: Good night, Oliver.
Dr. Burgess: Senorita Francesca.
[kisses her hand]
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Midsomer Murders
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Written by Jim Parker
Performed by Celia Sheen
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A very solid mystery.
26 February 2019 | by Sleepin_DragonSee all my reviews

Who killed Cock Robin is a solid mystery, a good old fashioned, traditional whodunnit, with a solid plot, a good set of characters, nothing outlandish, as would be expected in later years.

None of the characters are particularly dynamic, but Larry Lamb is very good, and Yolanda Vazquez as always is very charismatic, and quite captivating. I would have to say that some of the others are very nondescript, you're not going to remember many of them after a few days, nor are you going to remember much of the plot itself. Gabrielle Lloyd, who has a good pedigree with Murder Mysteries isn't given enough screen time.

I like the ending, the conclusion was dramatic, and you were left wonderful as to the killer's identity to the last.

I like the early years, I like the less elaborate forms of killing, but perhaps this one is a little too subtle for its own good. 7/10

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