Midsomer Murders (1997– )
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Echoes of the Dead 

The drowning of a woman in a bathtub becomes the first murder in a series of copycat murders imitating infamous murders from the past.

Director:

Nicholas Laughland (as Nick Laughland)

Writers:

Peter Hammond (screenplay) (as Peter J Hammond), Caroline Graham (based on characters by)
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Cast

Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Neil Dudgeon ... DCI John Barnaby
Jason Hughes ... DS Ben Jones
Barry Jackson ... Dr. Bullard
Fiona Dolman ... Sarah Barnaby
Sarah Smart ... Jo Starling
Ron Cook ... Bernard Flack
Adrian Rawlins ... David Orchard
Melanie Kilburn Melanie Kilburn ... Yvonne Flack
Andrew Buckley ... Malcolm Merryman
Daisy Haggard ... Fran Carter
Thomas Arnold Thomas Arnold ... Sam Tomlin
Pam Ferris ... Liz Tomlin
Lee Boardman ... Matt Rowntree
Kacey Ainsworth Kacey Ainsworth ... Nikki Rowntree
Malcolm Terris ... Len Merryman
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Storyline

Dianne Price is drowned in the style of the Brides in the Bath murders of almost a century earlier. Blessed Be the Bride is scrawled in lipstick on her bathroom mirror. Her grieving flatmate Jo, who works at a donkey sanctuary run by hard-drinking Liz Tomlin and her antagonistic son Sam, takes the opportunity to escape her voyeuristic landlord Bernard Flack to move in with vet Fran Carter but Fran too is killed, also in a copycat murder from the 1930s, again bridal-related. Pub landlord Matt Rowntree, an ex-cop, is married to Nikki, a former madame whose girls specialized in dressing up fantasies, which arouses Barnaby's suspicions but then an elderly couple are slain, with Just Married daubed on their car and Bridal Suite on the door. Bernard's voyeurism actually saves Jo's life as he calls the police to arrest the murderer, out to claim a fifth victim. Written by don @ minifie-1

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Genres:

Crime | Drama | Mystery

Certificate:

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 April 2011 (UK) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

16:9
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Trivia

Adrian Rawlins and Pam Ferris both appeared in the Harry Potter franchise. Rawlins as James Potter and Ferris as Aunt Marge Dursley. See more »

Quotes

[to the murderer]
DCI John Barnaby: Did you think you were doing God's work? Did you think you *were* God?
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Soundtracks

Main Theme
Composed by Jim Parker
Theremin played by Celia Sheen
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Epic. Back on form.
21 April 2011 | by james_89See all my reviews

Neil Dudgeon is a great actor, but unfortunately his first two Midsomer episodes were frankly terrible, as they were written by the dreadful Michael Aitkens who simply writes pantomime characters and simplistic stories.

This episode is what Midsomer Murders is all about.

When a young woman is found strangled, dressed like a bride and laid in a bath, with a message in lipstick on the mirror reading "Blessed Be The Bride", it is clear someone dangerous is on the loose. It soon becomes clear a wedding-obsessed serial killer is at large when another innocent young woman is killed, dismembered, stuffed in a crate and sprinkled with rose petals. The maniac is copying murders from the early 20th century, but why? And who are they? Peter J Hammond rarely disappoints, and this was one of the best episodes ever. The story is gripping, the characters 3 dimensional and although its not a surprise who the truly repugnant serial killer turns out to be, it doesn't really matter as the climax is utterly terrifying, edge-of-the seat stuff.

Its a dark story, and as the other reviewer says, disturbing even for adults. Nick Laughland made his Midsomer directorial debut here and he is terrific. Some of the most creative and chilling scenes the series has seen. I think the episode was the first time i have ever felt uncomfortable watching Midsomer Murders. That is no bad thing. This is a murder drama and should not be light and fluffy.

An amazing episode. Hope this is an example of whats to come from the series. If it is, the show has plenty of life (or death) left in it yet.


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