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Breaking the Chain is the third episode of the eighteenth series of the popular ITV crime drama Midsomer Murders and originally aired 27th January 2016.

Synopsis

An international cycling competition comes to the Midsomer village of Burwood Mantle. When the race leader is murdered, DCI Barnaby and DS Nelson find themselves drawn into a ruthlessly competitive world of blackmail, bribery and bloodshed where winning comes at any cost.

Plot

Cyclist Greg Eddon is killed after winning the local leg of a national race, beating team mate Mitch McCordell at the last minute. Mitch's father Des, who owns the DJM racing stable tells Barnaby the race is make or break for them but there are clearly factions as Mitch's brother Aiden had sent threatening texts to Greg after he was seen kissing Aiden's girlfriend Amber. Local environmentalist Gerry Bleacher opposes the races, claiming that people die because of them and organizer and pub landlady Mary Appleton receives messages accusing her of murder. Des admits that DJM's sponsorship depends on Mitch's continuing success as the company is cash strapped whilst Reece Dexter, who runs rival team Ravondale, accuses Des of corruption and persuades Aiden to cycle for his stable. Another murder follows before Barnaby is able to save a further victim and identify who, in the cycling world, was guilty of literally breaking the chain.

Cast

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Supporting Cast

Episode Images

Video

Midsomer Murders Series 18 Episode 3 - Breaking the Chain Trailer

Midsomer Murders Series 18 Episode 3 - Breaking the Chain Trailer

Notes

The following actors and actresses who appeared in this episode have also appeared in the following episodes

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