Midsomer Murders (1997– )
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With Baited Breath 

Fishermen flock to Solomon Gorge desperate to catch a giant fish that is said to lurk in the lake. Their plans are threatened when hundred of others appear for the Pyscho Mud Run.


Jennie Darnell


Jeff Povey


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Episode credited cast:
Annette Badland ... Fleur Perkins
Aneurin Barnard ... Freddie Lamb
Andrew Brooke ... Lex Bedford
Lee Byford Lee Byford ... Police Officer
Lucie Cooper-Jones Lucie Cooper-Jones ... Detective
Fiona Dolman ... Sarah Barnaby
Neil Dudgeon ... DCI John Barnaby
Lloyd Everitt ... Harper Kaplan
Eleanor Fanyinka ... Jade-Marie Pierce
Vincent Franklin ... Artie Blythe
Nitin Ganatra ... Eric Skye
Steve Healey Steve Healey ... Fire Fighter
Nick Hendrix ... DS Jamie Winter
Paul Hunter Paul Hunter
Miles Jupp ... Cornelius Tetbury


Fishermen flock to Solomon Gorge desperate to catch a giant fish that is said to lurk in the lake. Their plans are threatened when hundred of others appear for the Pyscho Mud Run.

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Crime | Drama | Mystery




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25 December 2019 (USA) See more »

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Midsomer Murders
(Theme Song)
Written by Jim Parker
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Lurking under the surface
24 March 2020 | by TheLittleSongbirdSee all my reviews

Although 'Midsomer Murders' was a personal favourite for quite some time, it has been very uneven for a while now. When the show was good, it was brilliant at its best with there being many classics in the early seasons. When it was not good, it was incredibly disappointing with "Blood on the Saddle" and "Night of the Stag" especially being disgraces. While the show is still variable, it has shown more life since Fleur Perkins, the best pathologist since Bullard easily, was introduced.

"With Baited Breath" is not 'Midsomer Murders' on top form, that has yet to happen with the John Barnaby era (some have come close though). As far as Seasons 20 and 21 go, the significance being that that's how long Fleur has been on the show so it's like a new chapter, it is right in the middle if ranking the episodes in quality. Which is not too bad a position to be in. After a very disappointing, though did like it a little better than another reviewer while agreeing with what they said about it, previous episode in "Sting of Death", it is great to say that "With Baited Breath" is quite some improvement. It could have been better though.

There are a lot of pros. "With Baited Breath" is very well made, almost all 'Midsomer Murders' are. Cannot rave about the scenery enough and the photography is both beautiful and atmospheric in all the right places. Another continually great aspect has been the music, an aspect that doesn't disappoint here. It has haunting moments and faithful in style to the music for the Tom Barnaby-era episodes. Enough of the script intrigues and takes itself seriously without being morose, none of the unintentional camp and excessive silliness can be seen here.

Enough fun and charming moments can be seen in the story, though this aspect is very flawed on the whole here, and it is agreed that the lake monster subplot was good fun and intriguing to begin with and one of the show's better and more original ideas in a while. Really loved the murders, which were very creative and not goofy or too ordinary. Continue to absolutely love Fleur and the acting, after being underwhelming in "Sting of Death" is a return to the usual solid acting.

It could have been better though, the episode that is. As fun the lake monster subplot was, part of me really wished that more time was taken with it and that more was done with it, somehow it felt incomplete by the end. The story doesn't have enough twists or surprises and after a sluggish first half an hour it then becomes too crowded. Further suffering from too many characters that vary wildly in necessity.

Despite being much more satisfying than that for the previous episode, most endings for most episodes would be though, the ending is very obvious and over-familiar, as well as rushed. The murderer's identity was not that much of a shock and the motive is so old hat. Winter is incredibly bland and he easily could have been written out of the episode and nobody would have noticed. His subplot is stuck in thick mud early on and never gets out of it, and one knows something is wrong when his partner is more memorable and that you don't care much for her either.

Summing up, worthwhile enough but won't leave many breathless. 6/10

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