The BEST Episodes of Midsomer Murders

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Oct 18, 2020

Network: ITV

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

Hidden Depths

#1 - Hidden Depths

Season 8 - Episode 6 - Aired Mar 14, 2005

Barnaby investigates several more murders in another Midsomer village, at least two of them very imaginitive ones (see list of victims).

star 8.43
321 votes
Directors: Sarah Hellings
Writers: David Hoskins
Last Year's Model

#2 - Last Year's Model

Season 9 - Episode 8 - Aired Jul 3, 2006

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 8.42
388 votes
Writers: David Hoskins
Country Matters

#3 - Country Matters

Season 9 - Episode 6 - Aired Jun 19, 2006

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 8.38
300 votes
Writers: Andrew Payne
Painted in Blood

#4 - Painted in Blood

Season 6 - Episode 3 - Aired Jan 17, 2003

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 8.37
273 votes
Writers: Andrew Payne
Garden of Death

#5 - Garden of Death

Season 4 - Episode 1 - Aired Sep 10, 2000

The Inkpen family has bought back its ancestral home, Inkpen Manor at Midsomer Deverell, and they plan to turn a village Memorial Garden on their land into a tea shop. This causes consternation in the village, and the Bennetts (who previously owned the manor and founded the Memorial Garden) lead the opposition. Then young Fliss Inkpen-Thomas is found dead in the Memorial Garden with her skull smashed in, and a few days later her mother Elspeth dies of poisoning, with the possibility of suicide firmly denied by her family and friends. Barnaby investigates the deaths and finds older and more deep-seated motives for murder lurking in another ancient family.

star 8.35
274 votes
Directors: Peter Smith
Writers: Christopher Russell
Birds of Prey

#6 - Birds of Prey

Season 6 - Episode 5 - Aired Jan 31, 2003

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 8.35
250 votes
Writers: Michael Russell
Murder on St Malley's Day

#7 - Murder on St Malley's Day

Season 5 - Episode 4 - Aired Sep 22, 2002

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 8.32
314 votes
Directors: Peter Smith
Writers: Andrew Payne
Market for Murder

#8 - Market for Murder

Season 5 - Episode 1 - Aired Jun 16, 2002

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 8.32
330 votes
Directors: Sarah Hellings
Writers: Andrew Payne
The Green Man

#9 - The Green Man

Season 7 - Episode 1 - Aired Nov 2, 2003

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 8.30
325 votes
Writers: Michael Russell
Ring Out Your Dead

#10 - Ring Out Your Dead

Season 5 - Episode 3 - Aired Sep 15, 2002

In the village of Midsomer Wellow, someone is killing off the bellringers of the parish church, in the week before a big bell-ringing competition. One young woman on the team is even shot dead in the churchyard on her wedding day.Before he can crack the case, Barnaby has to understand the significance of an old killing in the same village in the year 1840, when the Midsomer Wellow Vicar of the day, the Reverend Jonathan Ebbrell, was murdered and thrown down a well by the bellringers of his church. So where are the Ebbrells now?

star 8.27
316 votes
Directors: Sarah Hellings
Writers: Christopher Russell
The Maid in Splendour

#11 - The Maid in Splendour

Season 7 - Episode 5 - Aired Jan 25, 2004

Jamie Cruickshank, a bartender at the Maid in Splendour public house, is keen on Bella Monday, a barmaid, and follows her to a tumbledown old cottage in the woods, only to be blasted with a twelve-bore shotgun. Then the pub landlord's son, Stephen Bannerman, is also killed in the same way. Barnaby finds there was ill-feeling between locals and newcomers to the village and also between the landlord and his aggressive son, who was in the process of taking over the business.

star 8.26
247 votes
Writers: Andrew Payne
Tainted Fruit

#12 - Tainted Fruit

Season 4 - Episode 6 - Aired Sep 23, 2001

Barnaby and Troy go out to the village of Midsomer Malham to investigate death threats against Melissa Townsend, the beautiful daughter of the big house. They find that some Midsomer Malham villagers blame Melissa for causing the death of a local poacher by failing to get the leaking roof of his cottage mended. Then barbiturates are stolen from Raif and Georgina Canning's veterinary surgery and the district nurse is found in her crashed car in a confused state. Barnaby and Troy dash to the Manor, fearing the drugs theft may be connected to the death threats - but they find Melissa is already lying dead by the swimming pool with a syringe in her stomach. Now they have a murderer to find.

star 8.24
295 votes
Directors: Peter Smith
Writers: David Hoskins
Sauce For The Goose

#13 - Sauce For The Goose

Season 8 - Episode 7 - Aired Apr 3, 2005

A tour of Plummer's famous relish factory ends in tragedy when one of the visitors is crushed against towers of relish bottles and dumped naked into a 200-degree sterilizer. When the dead man is found to be an executive with rival company Fieldway Foods, Barnaby and Scott's investigation uncovers many secrets and lies among the Plummer family. Someone is also trying to frighten matriarch Amelia Plummer. But who feels strongly enough about Plummer's Relish to commit murder?

star 8.24
273 votes
Directors: Renny Rye
Writers: Andrew Payne
The Straw Woman

#14 - The Straw Woman

Season 7 - Episode 6 - Aired Feb 29, 2004

When a traditional festival is revived at Midsomer Parva, it goes disastrously wrong, with the curate (or assistant priest) being burnt alive inside a straw effigy of a woman. Local property owner Alan Clifford holds an orgy at the Manor House, and it seems he has secrets... And then, just after finding a pig's head on the altar of the parish church, the dead curate's gay lover, the Reverend Jim Hale, dies too, seemingly of 'spontaneous combustion' - that is, he bursts into flames without any normal explanation. Barnaby refuses to believe in rumours of witchcraft and is vindicated when it proves that Hale's clothes had been sprinkled with phosphorus. Then, with Barnaby hot on the killer's trail, Liz Francis is knocked out with a candlestick and becomes the third villager to be burnt alive.

star 8.22
237 votes
Directors: Sarah Hellings
Writers: Jeff Dodds
Destroying Angel

#15 - Destroying Angel

Season 4 - Episode 2 - Aired Aug 26, 2001

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 8.16
368 votes
Directors: David Tucker
Writers: David Hoskins
Dead Letters

#16 - Dead Letters

Season 9 - Episode 2 - Aired Feb 26, 2006

The village of Midsomer Barton is celebrating Oak Apple Week when a local single mother, Marion Slade, is found drowned in the village stream. It looks like suicide, and that she was driven to it by grief over the death, eight years before, of her daughter, Bella, a local beauty pageant winner. Barnaby investigates and is shaken by two villagers who look like murder victims from his past. Then another body is discovered and it appears that the festivities have stirred up a cocktail of adultery, contempt, unrequited love and revenge in the village. And it all appears to center around Bella Slade.

star 8.15
307 votes
Directors: Renny Rye
Writers: Peter J. Hammond
A Worm in the Bud

#17 - A Worm in the Bud

Season 5 - Episode 2 - Aired Jun 23, 2002

Susan Bartlett, who was depressed about her infertility, is found dead in a wood - with the appearance that she killed herself. But then Barnaby finds that Susan's emailed suicide note was sent after she was dead. The ensuing murder investigation uncovers old feuds, infidelity and witchcraft.

star 8.14
291 votes
Directors: David Tucker
Writers: Michael Russell
Judgement Day

#18 - Judgement Day

Season 3 - Episode 3 - Aired Jan 29, 2000

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 8.12
317 votes
The Great and The Good

#19 - The Great and The Good

Season 12 - Episode 7 - Aired Apr 14, 2010

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 8.11
257 votes
Writers: David Hoskins
The Animal Within

#20 - The Animal Within

Season 10 - Episode 2 - Aired Jan 19, 2007

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 8.11
358 votes
Directors: Renny Rye
Writers: David Hoskins
Bantling Boy

#21 - Bantling Boy

Season 8 - Episode 4 - Aired Jan 16, 2005

Race-horse trainer Bruce Hartley is found bludgeoned to death with a hammer after the Causton Gold Cup race meeting. Bruce, an alcoholic, had threatened to reveal the reason why his father had bequeathed the thoroughbred race-horse Bantling Boy to four Midsomer villagers. The members of the syndicate come under suspicion, and the killing continues when Dr John Osgood, the lover of Bruce's wife Marianna, is also found dead - and even the Gold Cup-winning horse Bantling Boy falls sick. Barnaby and Scott must unravel the secrets of the Bantling family of Bantling Hall to find the killer.

star 8.10
310 votes
Directors: Sarah Hellings
Writers: Steve Trafford
The Made-to-Measure Murders

#22 - The Made-to-Measure Murders

Season 13 - Episode 2 - Aired May 12, 2010

The residents of Milton Cross, a feudal estate with a church, farms, houses and acres of land, depend on lord of the manor Edward Milton for their livelihoods. When Sonia Woodley is stabbed to death in the churchyard two years after the death of her husband, bespoke tailor Gerald, Barnaby and Jones investigate, and the village begins to reveal its secrets. Guest staring James Wilby, Gwyneth Strong and Karl Davies (formerly Emmerdale's Robert Sugden), with John Nettles and Jason Hughes

star 8.10
332 votes
Directors: Peter Smith
Writers: Andrew Payne, Caroline Graham
Death of a Stranger

#23 - Death of a Stranger

Season 3 - Episode 1 - Aired Dec 31, 1999

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 8.10
298 votes
Directors: Peter Cregeen
Writers: Douglas Livingstone
The Axeman Cometh

#24 - The Axeman Cometh

Season 10 - Episode 4 - Aired Feb 2, 2007

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 8.09
308 votes
Directors: Renny Rye
Writers: Michael Aitkens
Death in a Chocolate Box

#25 - Death in a Chocolate Box

Season 10 - Episode 8 - Aired May 11, 2008

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 8.09
309 votes
Writers: Tony Etchells