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The Killings of Copenhagen 

Barnaby and Nelson join forces with two female Danish police detectives after Eric Calder is poisoned by Strychnine coating when opening one of his famous golden clusters.

Director:

Alex Pillai

Writers:

Paul Logue (screenplay), Caroline Graham (based on characters by)
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Cast

Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Neil Dudgeon ... DCI John Barnaby
Gwilym Lee ... DS Charlie Nelson
Fiona Dolman ... Sarah Barnaby
Tamzin Malleson ... Kate Wilding
Sanjeev Bhaskar ... Armand Stone
Ann Eleonora Jørgensen ... VPK Birgitte Poulsen
Birgitte Hjort Sørensen ... KA Anna Degn
Marie Askehave ... Ingrid Madsen
Nicolaj Kopernikus ... Thomas Madsen
Jonathan Barnwell ... Harry Calder
Caroline Goodall ... Penelope Calder
Adrian Lukis Adrian Lukis ... Julian Calder
Poppy Drayton ... Summer Haleston
Joanna Scanlan ... Clara Trout
Marcus Hutton ... Eric Calder
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Midsomer biscuit tycoon Eric Calder is poisoned by one of his own biscuits whilst in Copenhagen to seal a contract with businessman Albert Toft. As the goods were sent from Midsomer, detective Birgitte Poulsen asks Barnaby to investigate. He finds that Eric's son Harry had no interest in the family firm but had recently rowed with Eric whilst his wife Penelope has been having an affair with his brother Julian. Also in the frame is chief baker Armand Stone, a man with a good knowledge of chemistry. Julian is also murdered, drowned in whisky, but Barnaby and Nelson fly to Copenhagen from where a floral tribute was sent to Eric's funeral, paid for by a credit card stolen from Pastor Thomas Madsen. They find that Eric has been involved for many years with Ingrid Madsen, by whom he has a daughter. Whilst Barnaby works out the identity of the daughter there are more deaths back at Midsomer and he must link them with the killings of Copenhagen. Written by don @ minifie-1

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Crime | Drama | Mystery

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TV-14 | See all certifications »
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Country:

UK

Language:

English | Danish

Release Date:

12 February 2014 (UK) See more »

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Trivia

Nicholas Jones plays Ernest Bradley in this episode. He previously played the role of Reverend Moreland in episode 13.2, Midsomer Murders: The Made-to-Measure Murders (2010). See more »

Goofs

Barnaby and Nelson's taxi passes Amalienborg Palace (residence of the queen, the crown prince and other members of the royal family), but that would be a detour when driving from Copenhagen Airport to the police headquarter, and you will not pass that many flat motorways on that tour, unless the taxi driver cheats foreign costumers. Besides it is usually not allowed to drive cars in the Palace square. See more »

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[first lines]
Receptionist: Here's your package, Mr. Calder.
Eric Calder: Oh. Thank you.
Receptionist: You're welcome.
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Main Theme
Composed by Jim Parker
Theremin played by Celia Sheen
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'Midsomer Murders' goes to Copenhagen
22 March 2017 | by TheLittleSongbirdSee all my reviews

When in its prime (a vast majority of Seasons 1-9), 'Midsomer Murders' was a great show and one that is watched and re-watched frequently. Seasons 10-13 became more uneven, with three of the show's worst episodes coming from Seasons 11 and 13, but there were a few solid episodes and "Blood Wedding" and especially "Master Class" were gems.

After John Nettles retired and Neil Dudgeon and the new character of John Barnaby took over, 'Midsomer Murders' just hasn't been the same on the most part. Season 14 was a disappointment outside of "The Oblong Murders" and "A Sacred Trust", with "Echoes of the Dead" and "The Night of the Stag" being show low-points. Season 15 was inconsistent, being a case of starting promisingly and then took a three-episodes-in-a-row strange turn with "Written in the Stars" before finishing on a good note.

Season 16 got off to a very good start with "The Christmas Haunting", introducing us to Barnaby's new partner Nelson. "Let Us Prey", while not a terrible episode at all, was a disappointment and very problematic. "Wild Harvest" was very strong, even stronger than "The Christmas Haunting". "The Flying Club" is decent.

"The Killings of Copenhagen" is unique for its change of location from Midsomer to Copenhagen and even more so for being the show's centenary milestone episode. And a good one it is too. Not classic 'Midsomer Murders' by any stretch of the imagination but you can do with far worse too.

Not everything works. Sanjeev Bhaskar overdoes it dreadfully in a way that his character feels like an exaggerated cartoon caricature rather than a real person, which really takes one out of the setting and the story. What should have been a suspenseful climax is instead ludicrously contrived and goes well overboard on the silliness, which dissipates the suspense completely, not helped by an all too convenient rescue and the rather indifferent acting of the victim. Kate continues to be bland and without much personality.

However, the production values cannot be faulted as usual. It's mostly beautifully and atmospherically shot with suitably picturesque scenery and Copenhagen like a strikingly moody and colourful character in itself. The music fits perfectly, with some lush jauntiness and sometimes an ominous quality, and the haunting theme tune is one of the most memorable and instantly recognisable of the genre.

Despite an awful lot going on, the story doesn't feel over-stuffed or convoluted. It is also neither tediously padded or simplistic, with some nice suspense and unusual murders. Surprisingly, the gentle whimsy of 'Midsomer Murders' and the moody grittiness of the Scandinavian crime dramas (even more grim than the grimmest episode of 'Midsomer Murders' previously) contrasts very well. The writing is rarely too heavy or too serious and only in the climax does it get silly or outlandish.

Most of the characters, with the exceptions of Kate and Armand Stone, are welcome returns to the colourful, eccentric and occasionally smarmy ones of classic 'Midsomer Murders' than the colourless and pantomimic ones of late 'Midsomer Murders'. Particularly enjoyable were the Bradley brothers, played with smarmy glee by Nicholas Jones and Richard Cordery.

Neil Dudgeon is much more comfortable than he was in the previous two seasons, though he continued to have uneven moments since. Gwilym Lee is settling in very nicely, he is likable and isn't a dumbed down idiot like Jones became and the chemistry between him and Barnaby sees a much better treatment of him from Barnaby. Sykes is an amusing and adorable scene stealer and Sarah's chemistry with John is more playful and warmer than before. Ann Eleonora Jørgensen and particularly Birgitte Hjort Sørensen bring spark and grit, and work well with Barnaby and Nelson.

Overall, a good milestone episode without being outstanding. 7/10 Bethany Cox


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