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Midsomer Murders - The Killings At Badger's Drift [1997] [VHS]

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  • Actors: John Nettles, Jane Wymark, Daniel Casey
  • Writers: Caroline Graham
  • Format: Colour, PAL
  • Language: English
  • Classification: 12
  • Studio: Acorn
  • VHS Release Date: 22 Jan. 2001
  • Run Time: 102 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (126 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00004CWA9
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 255,906 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Inspector Barnaby (John Nettles) reluctantly becomes involved in an investigation of well-liked spinster Emily Simpson when her body is found in the nearby woods. Emily's friend Lucy Bellringer is convinced that it is a case of murder, and Barnaby discovers various scandals and intrigues in the local, deceptively tranquil village of Badger's Drift.

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Based on Caroline Graham's novels and featuring the stolid crime-solving skills of Detective Chief Inspector Barnaby, Midsomer Murders made their television debut in 1997 and continue to keep viewers happy with that potent whodunnit ingredient: spectacularly bloody murders in the most tranquil rural settings the Shires have to offer. Midsomer is a vaguely defined area of villages and hamlets with charming names like Badger's Drift and Goodman's Land. It also has the highest number of violent deaths per capita outside the average war zone. Serial killings abound to test the nerve of Barnaby (John Nettles) and his sidekick Sergeant Troy (Daniel Casey), a dullard easily perplexed by a world which refuses to stick to his black and white view of things.

Nettles is excellent; there's a hint of Bergerac still, now heavier of jowl and broader of beam, though the chasing is necessarily limited and the DCI enjoys the home comforts of an understanding wife and a spirited daughter. "Every time I go into any Midsomer village, it's always the same thing", he huffs. "Blackmail, sexual deviancy, suicide and murder." Ain't it the truth? The murders are astonishing. Family feuds, jealousy, incest, industrial espionage, all erupt at regular intervals leaving a trail of bodies with throats slashed, limbs dismembered and blood absolutely everywhere. Rivers of sheer nastiness run deep beneath the superficially pastoral perfection of Midsomer. Thank goodness there are still men like dependable Barnaby to get to the bottom of things. Eventually.

Sure of Barnaby’s eventual success, Midsomer Murders make for a cosy, even comforting, couple of hours curled up in front of the television. And they make a great showcase for star turns from the great stable of British character actors, too, from Celia Imrie and Elizabeth Spriggs to Imelda Staunton and Duncan Preston, who invariably turn this whimsical stuff into the tastiest possible ham.--Piers Ford --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


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4.6 out of 5 stars

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27 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 19 May 2011
Format: DVD
I absolutely love midsomer murders. It may be set in a village and targeted more at older people (I'm 15) but I still love it with the bigoted villagers and beautiful scenery. It reminds me so much of where I live, without the violent murders. Each episode has a dramatic storyline and an ending which you would never have predicted and it's surprising the amount of famous actors there are in it, in one episode I saw Orlando Bloom and in another the woman who played Professor Umbridge in Harry Potter 5 (I don't know the name). Barnaby is of course, brilliant and I can't imagine Midsomer Murders without him and I have refused to watch the new one without him in it. I only critisice one episode; Blue Herrings, which was rather dull and didn't have an exactly dramatic climax but all tv shows have the odd rubbish episode. The rest are faultless, well I say faultless, the whole series is of course completely unrealistic with the sheer density of murders in such an idealic village but that's all part of the charm. If your a midsomer fan then buy this, you will not regret it. I would also reccomend buying it on here seeing as places like hmv sell them at full price (£50 to £60), that may be different now but it was when I last went in.
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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 9 May 2004
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
If you are a budding teenager, (like I am) or an adult, who wants to relax on a Saturday night with a mystery to get your teeth into, then buy, "The Killings at Badgers Drift". It is in my opinion one of the best Midsomer Murders and it is not a boring pointless plot that doesn't explain everything. It's got a good and understandable plot with a clever twist.A typical but good British murder mystery, naturally consisting of 10 or so Characters, a few murders and one of them is the murderer. It has a powerful but twisted outcome. A brilliant contrast of characters. Iris Rainbird and her undertaker son, Dennis.(strange people!), The nice old lady, Emily Simpson, Catherine and Michael lacey, brother and sister and Phyllis Caddel, still mourning her dead sister. And many more. It is a village full of MANY secrets. If you are a Midsomer Murders fan like me and you can't choose which episode to buy, pick this one.(I did) It's Brilliant and if you watch it over and over again I bet you'll find a new bit of information you didn't know the first time!
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 16 May 2002
Format: DVD
It's good to see the adventures of John Nettles' Inspector Barnaby finally come to DVD. Taken from the first series 'Death of a hollow man' is one of the strongest episodes in the series history.
Full of memorable characters played by some of this countrys finest actors and with one memorable murder inflicted by the victim as he performs on stage.
The story is set around a amateur production of 'Amadeus' at the Causton Playhouse. But the cast, who includes the Inspector's wife Joyce, soon discover that someone is more interested in murder than showbusiness.
John Nettles returned to television after concentrating on his stage career and fits the part of Barnaby perfectly. He is paired with the accomplished young actor Daniel Casey who makes an admirable foil to his bosses ideas.
Well worth buying if you're a fan of the classic English murder mystery.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 23 Jan. 2003
Format: VHS Tape
Although not the best episode of the series (Death's Shadow gets my vote for that accolade), Dark Autumn makes for a good evening's entertainment and is a must for fans of the Midsomer Murders series. The story centres on a randy postman intent on delivering more than just the mail to the local female population, who quickly has his head chopped off for his efforts. Barnaby and Troy are put on the case, with Troy quickly falling for the local WPC, a dishy dark-haired beauty who has a few dark secrets of her own. What I liked more than anything in Dark Autumn was the creepy big band music that accompanied each murder - nice touch, guys. It sends a shiver down your back every time you hear it. As far as the "whodunnit" aspect of this episode is concerned, you'll have absolutely no idea who did it, but in my opinion neither would Miss Marple or Poirot in this case either (and even Barnaby is pushed), as the murderer's motive is a bit obscure to say the least. Nevertheless I enjoyed it - long live Midsomer Murders!
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31 of 32 people found the following review helpful By D. Hutchinson on 8 Jan. 2011
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1 DEAD MANS ELEVEN
2 BLUE HERRINGS
3 JUDGEMENT DAY
4 DEATH OF A STRANGER
5 GARDEN OF DEATH
6 DESTROYING ANGEL
7 ELECTRIC VENDETTA
8 WHO KILLED COCK ROBIN
9 DARD AUTUMN
over 14 hours of watching detective Barnaby working in the area of Midsomer, excellent value
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 16 Jun. 2001
Format: VHS Tape
I think that this is the best midsomer murders episode to date.The reason being is the great suspense littered throughout the story.As soon as the murder takes place you find out that anyone could be the killer.In this John Nettles fans are seeing him at his best as he tells the audience who did the murder Why and When with some brilliant dialogue.This is my personal favourite episode to date.The story starts as a flashback to Durrow,southern Ireland In 1955.In a house someone takes out a gun and shoots a man lying in bed.The scene then changes to present day.The Midsomer worthy writers circle has decided to Invite author Max Jennings to one of there meetings.One of the writers seems to have a problem with him coming to the meeting.The next day after the meeting the same writer is found dead after being battered to death with a candlestick.DCI Barnaby discovers that the writer is a man of mystery and when another body is found Barnaby must solve 2 murders wich he is preety certain are linked.If you love mystery and suspense stories this is definitely a must see episode of Midsomer Murders for you to enjoy!
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