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Dark Autumn is the fifth episode of the fourth series of the popular ITV crime drama Midsomer Murders and originally aired on 16th September 2001.


When Dave Cutler, the local postman, is found with his throat slit, DCI Barnaby and DS Troy are on the case. Cutler it seems had slept with most of the woman in the village so between spurned lovers and irate husbands, there are any number of suspects. They are assisted by the local police in the form of the very attractive WPC Jay Nash, to whom Troy takes a instant liking. When a second and then a third murder takes place, the police realize they have a far more complex motive that simple jealousy.




Body Count

Prior to the Episode

In the Episode

Body Count Notes

  • During each murder, the killer plays the song "The Creep" written by Ken Mackintosh.

Supporting Cast

Episode Images


Midsomer Murders - Best Location E08

Midsomer Murders - Best Location E08


  • This is the first episode in which an attempt is made to kill an investigating officer.
  • The knife used in the first two killings is most likely known as a Billhook or Firewood Knife. Ade Jessell is seen using a similar knife for trimming small branches.

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

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