Midsomer Murders (1997– )
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Death of the Small Coppers 

A butterfly collector is found pinned to a wall like one of his specimens.


Paul Harrison


Chris Murray (screenplay), Caroline Graham (based upon the books by)




Episode complete credited cast:
Neil Dudgeon ... DCI John Barnaby
Nick Hendrix ... DS Jamie Winter
Fiona Dolman ... Sarah Barnaby
Annette Badland ... Fleur Perkins
Mark Benton ... Eddie Rowbotham
Peter Egan ... Grady Palmerston
Ray Fearon ... Carlton Scott
Ellie Haddington Ellie Haddington ... Ginny Welton
Thusitha Jayasundera ... Anika Sidana
Ann Eleonora Jørgensen ... Birgitte Poulsen
Ella Kenion ... Celeste Palmerston
John Light ... Luke Fawcett
Niamh McGrady ... Penny Kingdom (as Niamh Mcgrady)
Chance Perdomo ... Leo Scott


School principal Mahesh Sidana, avid butterfly collector and founder of an elitist top-IQ society, is the first victim of a series of weird murders with an MO evoking the fate of caught insects. While Barnaby's Danish colleague-friend, detective Birgitte Poulsen, goes undercover in the IQ club, an interest of hers since her father's death, Barnaby and Jamie Winter follow other leads, such as Mahesh's widow's romantic interests, and other intrigues behind both hobbies. The IQ club president, suspiciously uncooperative, is abusive to his assistant, unsympathetic to the candidature of ambition-frustrated Carlton Scott's son Leo, and may be the recipient of ill-gotten gains. Written by KGF Vissers

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Crime | Drama | Mystery


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English | Danish

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17 March 2019 (UK) See more »

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Did You Know?


Peter Egan plays Grady Palmerston in this episode. He previously played the role of Norman Swanscombe in episode 13.7, Midsomer Murders: Not in My Back Yard (2011). See more »


The 'Circulus Entrance Exam' has the spelling error 'Instuctions' above (1) on the paper instead of 'Instructions'. See more »


[Eddie Rowbotham makes it clear that his surname is not pronounced Rowbottom]
DCI John Barnaby: [to Winter] Perhaps you'd like to have a word with Mr...
Eddie Rowbotham: ...Rowbotham - with a "th".
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Midsomer Murders
(Theme Song)
Written by Jim Parker
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I was astonished about the killer
19 March 2019 | by Sulla-2See all my reviews

I was astonised about the killer. I never thought he would have the where with all to cayyr out the muirders the way they occured. WE were not given a clue who wasresponsible.

Thusitha Jayasundera looked younger than she did in The Bill and Mark Benton played Mark Benton.

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