The BEST Episodes of Midsomer Murders

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Nov 1, 2019

Network: ITV

A veteran DCI and his young Sergeant investigate murders around the regional community of Midsomer.

Destroying Angel

#1 - Destroying Angel

Season 4 - Episode 2

Barnaby attends the funeral of the owner of the Easterly Grange Hotel and hears that the hotel manager has gone missing. The will is read, and it seems the hotel has been divided between the missing manager and his beautiful wife, the hotel's chef and its accountant.A dog finds the hotel manager's severed hand, and the others named in the will receive threatening notes. Then accidents start to happen to them all, including mushroom-poisoning, an apparently accidental shooting, a falling drinks cabinet and a sabotaged vehicle. Barnaby next learns that the missing hotel manager had in his possession a more recent will, which is also now missing....

star 7.98
132 votes
Directors: David Tucker
Writers: David Hoskins
Judgement Day

#2 - Judgement Day

Season 3 - Episode 3

A thief gets killed with a pitchfork, and the villagers of Midsomer Mallow worry that the killing may undermine their chances of a prize in this year's Perfect Village competition. Things clearly take a turn for the worse when two of the competition judges are the next to be murdered.

star 7.94
111 votes
Writers:
Death in a Chocolate Box

#3 - Death in a Chocolate Box

Season 10 - Episode 8

Reformed criminal Ronnie Tyler prepares to leave Midsomer Holm, a tranquil village and halfway house. In the village is an historic camera obscura. New arrival Eddie Marston takes Ronnie's place, making DCI Barnaby uneasy.

star 7.92
112 votes
Writers: Tony Etchells
The Animal Within

#4 - The Animal Within

Season 10 - Episode 2

Faith Alexander arrives in Midsomer Deverell to visit her estranged Uncle Rex, much to the surprise of his friends and associates who had been told she was dead. The problem is Rex is missing and Barnaby's initial investigation into his disappearance becomes more sinister when Rex's body is found at the bottom of the weir. The case becomes more complicated as it appears the eccentric Rex left several different wills and everyone wants a slice of his estate. Was this the reason for murder, or is it related to a family feud from 40 years ago? What was the secret of the feud? Those who know are not saying but someone is prepared to commit further murders to ensure it is not revealed.

star 7.92
130 votes
Directors: Renny Rye
Writers: David Hoskins
Vixen's Run

#5 - Vixen's Run

Season 9 - Episode 3

The elderly Sir Freddy Butler has invited both his ex-wives, Annabel & Lucinda, to stay with him and his current wife, Tara. When he dies suddenly of a heart attack, the bitter rivalry between the three and Sandra, the wife of his heir, comes to the surface, with murderous consequences. To solve the mystery, Barnaby must unravel paternity questions about some of the residents of the hall, and find the legendary missing emeralds.

star 7.92
119 votes
Directors: Peter Smith
Writers: Michael Aitkens
Market for Murder

#6 - Market for Murder

Season 5 - Episode 1

In the beautiful village of Midsomer Market someone is killing the members of a ladies' reading circle. Barnaby finds the little society was really a cover for something quite different - the ladies had been operating a secret investment consortium, and there had been fierce disagreements between them about the cashing in of profits. How exactly does Harry Painter, a disgraced currency trader now working in the village as a swimming pool cleaner, fit into the picture, and what exactly is the motive for the murders?

star 7.92
128 votes
Directors: Sarah Hellings
Writers: Andrew Payne
Country Matters

#7 - Country Matters

Season 9 - Episode 6

Frank Hopkirk, an environmental adviser on the proposed site of a controversial Goodfare supermarket in Elverton-cum-Latterly, is found stabbed to death in an old farm building on the site. Barnaby & Jones question locals on both sides of the debate over the plans, and find that Mr Hopkirk had extra-curricular dealings with a number of the local ladies and their businesses. But which one of these caused passions to be stirred up to such a murderous extent?

star 7.91
105 votes
Writers: Andrew Payne
Death of a Stranger

#8 - Death of a Stranger

Season 3 - Episode 1

A tramp is found murdered in the woods near Marshwood. Superintendent Ron Pringle (who is on the point of retirement) has a local poacher arrested and charged, and he is later convicted of the crime. But then there is a second murder, and Barnaby thinks Pringle has got it badly wrong. He intends to see matters straightened out. Then Pringle himself is killed in what seems at first to be a riding accident - but Barnaby rightly suspects foul play.

star 7.89
122 votes
Directors: Peter Cregeen
Writers: Douglas Livingstone
Painted in Blood

#9 - Painted in Blood

Season 6 - Episode 3

Barnaby's wife, Joyce, finds a dead body on the Midsomer Florey village green while taking part in a watercolour painting class, and she recognizes it as the elderly Miss Fairfax.Barnaby is given the case, then finds himself taken off it and replaced by a team from the National Intelligence Squad, while he is assigned to deal with a missing handbag. However, he continues his investigation into the murder, finding deceit and double-dealing. It appears that 'Miss Fairfax' was not an elderly spinster at all, but a young detective sergeant from the National Intelligence Squad working under cover, and that her colleagues are busy fitting up the village handyman for the murder of an old lady who never was. He discovers that someone is busy hunting for some five million pounds still missing from an old robbery. In the closing moments, Barnaby has to lock two of the National Intelligence Squad's officers in a bank strong-room, where they are trying to snatch the missing cash, and to arrest the

star 7.88
131 votes
Writers: Andrew Payne
The Axeman Cometh

#10 - The Axeman Cometh

Season 10 - Episode 4

Barnaby rocks!!! Barnaby dusts off his LPs and reminices about his younger days as a member of a rock band, (much to the amusement of Jones) when his former rock idols Hired Gun', reform to play the Midsomer rock festival. Backstage, however, the old tensions which caused the group to split quickly resurface, and there is still the unexplained mystery of the band member who disappeared 30 years ago. It becomes evident that not everybody shares Barnaby's enthusiasm for the group when one of their members is electrocuted on stage at their opening gig. Who is responsible? Is it one of the band or their sinister butler. Barnaby has to cast aside his fan cloak for his professional one to investigate.

star 7.87
109 votes
Directors: Renny Rye
Writers: Michael Aitkens
Murder on St Malley's Day

#11 - Murder on St Malley's Day

Season 5 - Episode 4

The village of Midsomer Parva is dominated by the imposing Devington School - as a seat of learning, Devington may be undistinguished in the great world, but it is socially well-connected and it has economic clout. When the College's Pudding Club sets off a murderous chain of events, ranks begin to close against Barnaby and Troy, and they need inside information to catch a killer who is obsessed by loyalty to the school.

star 7.85
112 votes
Directors: Peter Smith
Writers: Andrew Payne
Death in Disguise

#12 - Death in Disguise

Season 1 - Episode 4

At a local New Age commune (fancifully called the Lodge of the Golden Windhorse) William Carter is found dead with a broken neck, lying at the bottom of a staircase. Barnaby and Troy have to decide whether the death was an accident or murder.

star 7.85
153 votes
Directors: Baz Taylor
Writers: Douglas Watkinson
Dead Man's Eleven

#13 - Dead Man's Eleven

Season 2 - Episode 3

The Barnabys are house hunting in Midsomer Worthy while the village prepares for the annual cricket match with Fletcher's Cross. Sgt Troy, looking to stay in shape, happens to be playing for Midsomer Worthy. Tragedy strikes when the Fletcher's Cross Captain's wife, Tara (Felicity Dean), is found beaten to death with her step-son's cricket bat. Soon Barnaby and Troy find themselves investigating several calculated murders.

star 7.84
138 votes
Writers: Anthony Horowitz
Death and Dreams

#14 - Death and Dreams

Season 6 - Episode 2

Barnaby investigates a death which looks very much like suicide. The dead man was a troubed and depressed gambler on a losing streak, but Barnaby's nose tells him to look for a murderer. During the investigation he recognizes someone from his past, in the shape of Dr Jane Moore.

star 7.82
131 votes
Writers: P.J. Hammond
Birds of Prey

#15 - Birds of Prey

Season 6 - Episode 5

Julian Shepherd, who has most of his money invested in Charles Edmonton's new invention, is found drowned, and there is every appearance that he killed himself due to money problems. Then a villager who has been stealing peregrine falcon eggs from Charles's widow is also found dead, and Barnaby and Troy investigate.

star 7.79
109 votes
Writers: Michael Russell
The Great and The Good

#16 - The Great and The Good

Season 12 - Episode 7

The night time peace of Badger's Drift is shattered horribly when teacher Connie Bishop screams in fright, convinced there is an intruder. Days later a local councillor, said to be obsessed with her, is found murdered in her garden. Is Connie the innocent victim she seems? Barnaby and Jones uncover jealous rivals, ruthless social climbers and a cottage with mysterious secrets as they search for the killer.

star 7.78
116 votes
Writers: David Hoskins
The Village That Rose from the Dead

#17 - The Village That Rose from the Dead

Season 19 - Episode 1

The Village of Little Auburn gas stood abandoned since World War Two but plans are afoot to restore it to its former glory, However, the grand reopening takes a grisly turn when a man is murdered. DCI Barnaby and his new partner, DS Jamie Winter, are soon on the case, and must unravel a web of lies connecting past and present to bring the killer to justice.

star 7.77
338 votes
Writers: Rachel Cuperman, Sally Griffiths, Caroline Graham
The House in the Woods

#18 - The House in the Woods

Season 9 - Episode 1

A couple who have been searching the Midsomer area for a suitable property to renovate, Peter & Caroline Cave, are found brutally garrotted in their car outside a supposedly haunted dilapidated old cottage in the woods near Midsomer Newton. There are several other people interested in buying the house, but are they desperate enough to murder potential rivals? Barnaby investigates, with the assistance of PC Ben Jones, who he temporarily appoints Detective Constable, in the absence of DS Scott. Joyce Barnaby is helping a local group of conservationists identify architecturally important buildings in the area, and is asked to investigate the same cottage, potentially putting her in danger. Barnaby then discovers that there is something odd about the person selling the cottage.

star 7.77
138 votes
Directors: Peter Smith
Writers: Barry Simner
Blood Will Out

#19 - Blood Will Out

Season 2 - Episode 4

The sleepy village of Martyr Warren is invaded by quarrelsome New Age travellers, some of whom fall out with Hector Bridges, a local magistrate. The police are well aware of the tensions, but matters come to a head when Hector is found shot dead. It quickly appears that he was feared by almost everyone in sight, including his own family. And there is more to the travellers than meets the eye - one of them is a former British army officer who fought alongside Hector in the Falklands War... Then (as so often happens to Barnaby and Troy) another dead body is found, this time that of an old man at the travellers' camp.Meanwhile, Barnaby is not feeling in full fighting trim for murder investigations, as Joyce has put him on a strict diet to lose weight.

star 7.77
120 votes
Directors: Moira Armstrong
Writers: Douglas Watkinson
The Green Man

#20 - The Green Man

Season 7 - Episode 1

The Barnaby-Troy partnership is about to come to an end, as Troy has passed his inspector's exam and is moving on. However, the murderers of Midsomer go on piling up the bodies. Joyce Barnaby gets trapped in a fallen canal tunnel, and in getting her out seven skeletons come to light in a hidden chamber. Meanwhile, two local tearaways are shot dead in the woods at Midsomer Worthy, and a tramp called Tom is accused of the killings. While Troy looks into the shootings, Barnaby wrestles with an old mystery. And although six of the skeletons found in the tunnel date from the 18th century, one is much more recent.

star 7.77
127 votes
Writers: Michael Russell
The Black Book

#21 - The Black Book

Season 12 - Episode 2

The sale of a previously unknown painting by an 18th century painter sends Barnaby into an investigation of murders as well as art forgery.

star 7.76
124 votes
Directors: Peter Smith
Writers: Nicholas Martin
Last Year's Model

#22 - Last Year's Model

Season 9 - Episode 8

Annie Woodrow, a charity worker from Midsomer Malham, is standing trial for killing her best friend, Frances Trevelyan, in a case that Barnaby had investigated ten months previously. But he becomes increasingly unsettled that the prosecution's case doesn't match the facts. Barnaby & Jones enlist the help of key witness Mrs Beverly in a risky entrapment to find out what really happened. Jones's promotion to Det Sgt comes through at the same time.

star 7.76
98 votes
Writers: David Hoskins
The Glitch

#23 - The Glitch

Season 12 - Episode 4

Midsomer University science fellow George Jeffers threatens to make public a problem with his state-of-the-art invention Kernel Logic, but American software boss Clinton Finn fears he will lose millions if the truth comes out. When a schoolteacher is killed in a hit-and-run, Barnaby suspects Jeffers was the intended target.

star 7.75
111 votes
Writers: Michael Russell
Faithful unto Death

#24 - Faithful unto Death

Season 1 - Episode 3

A craft centre in the old mill at Morton Fendle is losing money. Several locals have invested in the business and believe they have been swindled by Alan Hollingsworth, the man behind it. When Hollingsworth's glamorous wife Simone goes missing, Barnaby believes she has been kidnapped and puts Hollingsworth under observation. However, Hollingsworth evades the police, carrying a bundle of cash, and a woman neighbour who follows him to his rendez-vous is killed in a bizarre road accident. Then Hollingsworth is found dead, and Simone turns up alive. Barnaby guesses she and a friend faked the kidnapping, but he can't prove it.

star 7.74
174 votes
Directors: Baz Taylor
Writers: Douglas Watkinson
Last Man Out

#25 - Last Man Out

Season 19 - Episode 3

Pom-pom girls go wild as Lower Pampling's star cricketer Leo Henderson wins the match, taking his team through to the C10 Slam tournament semi-final. But later that day, Leo is found dead in the practice area, pummelled by cricket balls… At the cricket ground, Barnaby is surprised when he encounters his old DS Ben Jones. Jones introduces himself as Leo's teammate ‘Jack Morris' and warns an intrigued Barnaby not to blow his cover. In the dark about Jones' real identity, Winter's hackles are raised. Barnaby learns from Leo's friends, Serena and Elliot Luthando, that fast-paced C10 is not everyone's cup of tea. Council members St John Beachwood and Germaine Troughton, a famous ex-cricketer, hate its vulgarity and plan a village vote to decide whether it stays. Later that night, Jones consoles Leo's widow Melody. An intruder breaks in but Jones fails to catch him. Once Melody goes to bed, Jones finds a bag of cash hidden in Leo's study. Meanwhile, venerable St John makes a phone call asking someone to come home… but who is he speaking to? Best friends Melody and Serena discuss a special anniversary and later Serena ceremonially places a flower by a tree, marking the trunk with a knife. St John is delighted when a mysterious person shows up. Whilst Kam and Sarah watch the C10 semi-final together, Kam admires Jones' prowess on the pitch. After Lower Pampling's win, Jones is approached by captain Fitz Theara who bribes him to fix the final. Serena returns home to find an anxious Elliot glued to his computer. Upstairs she is spooked by a flower on her bed, but who has left it there? Melody is also frightened when she receives a funeral wreath from an anonymous donor. By the memorial tree, an impatient Fitz waits for someone. Fate deals him a cruel blow when he is stabbed through the heart with a cricket stump… At the crime scene, Barnaby spots twenty notches on the tree and tasks Winter to find out what happened in the village twenty years ago. Jones comes clean to Barnaby and Winter about his undercover investigation into match-fixing, revealing both Leo and Fitz's involvement. The discovery that architect Elliot Luthando owed Fitz a lot of money puts him under suspicion. When questioned, Elliot confesses his gambling addiction but denies murder. Meanwhile Winter unearths an article about Cilla Troughton, Germaine's daughter, who went missing twenty years ago. Nothing has been seen or heard from her since. But after receiving a strange summons, a terrified Serena and Melody meet at the tree to find Cilla herself there. St John asked her to come home once Leo was dead. Cilla reveals she wanted to scare her former friends as retribution for hounding her out of the village. Twenty years ago they dragged her to the tree to torment her for having an affair with Leo. Germaine has a painful reunion with her daughter as Cilla explains she rejected her when she needed her most. Hot on Cilla's trail, Barnaby deduces that she was pregnant with Leo's son who she later gave up for adoption, but who else knew? The village buzzes with excitement for the final of the C10 tournament. An undercover Jones closes in on the match-fixing ring and is shocked to discover that team manager Wade McMaster is the brains of the outfit. With the scam now fully exposed, Jones prepares to play cricket but moments before, he is kidnapped by the killer. A vital clue comes to light and Barnaby realises who murdered both victims. But as the clock ticks down, can Barnaby and Winter save Jones before he's bowled out?

star 7.73
273 votes
Directors: Matt Carter
Writers: Jeff Povey, Caroline Graham