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{{Infobox episode|series_and_ep_number = Series Two, Episode One|image1 = Death's-shadow.jpg|airdate = 20 January 1999|village_or_location = [[Badger's Drift]]|writer = [[Anthony Horowitz]]|director = [[Jeremy Silberston]]|previous_episode = [[Death in Disguise]]|following_episode = [[Strangler's Wood]]}}'''Death's Shadow''' is the first episode of the [[Series Two|second series]] of the popular [[ITV]] crime drama [[Midsomer Murders]] and was originally aired 20th January 1999.
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{{Infobox episode
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|series_and_ep_number = Series Two, Episode One
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|image1 = Death's-shadow.jpg
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|airdate = 20 January 1999
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|village_or_location = [[Badger's Drift]]
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|writer = [[Anthony Horowitz]]
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|director = [[Jeremy Silberston]]
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|previous_episode = [[Death in Disguise]]
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|following_episode = [[Strangler's Wood]]
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}}'''Death's Shadow''' is the first episode of the [[Series Two|second series]] of the popular [[ITV]] crime drama [[Midsomer Murders]] and was originally aired 20th January 1999.
   
 
==Synopsis==
 
==Synopsis==
[[John Barnaby|DCI Barnaby]] and his wife [[Joyce Barnaby|Joyce]] plan to renew their wedding vows at St Michael's in [[Badger's Drift]], but this is put on hold when a local property developer, [[Richard Bayly]], is found decapitated in his own home. Barnaby and [[Gavin Troy|DS Troy]] have a lot to discover as the man had an illness which meant he might have only weeks to live. They discover that Badger's Drift is a hotbed of corruption and property feuding. However, they begin to doubt their theories when more bodies turn up.
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[[Tom Barnaby|DCI Barnaby]] and his wife [[Joyce Barnaby|Joyce]] plan to renew their wedding vows at St Michael's in [[Badger's Drift]], but this is put on hold when a local property developer, [[Richard Bayly]], is found decapitated in his own home. Barnaby and [[Gavin Troy|DS Troy]] have a lot to discover as the man had an illness which meant he might have only weeks to live. They discover that Badger's Drift is a hotbed of corruption and property feuding. However, they begin to doubt their theories when more bodies turn up.
   
 
==Plot==
 
==Plot==
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==Cast==
 
==Cast==
 
 
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*[[John Nettles]] as DCI [[Tom Barnaby]]
 
*[[John Nettles]] as DCI [[Tom Barnaby]]
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*Judy Parfitt as [[Angela Wentworth]]
 
*Judy Parfitt as [[Angela Wentworth]]
 
*Julian Wadham as [[Simon Fletcher]]
 
*Julian Wadham as [[Simon Fletcher]]
*Dominic Jephcott as [[Richard Bayly]]
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*[[Dominic Jephcott]] as [[Richard Bayly]]
 
*[[Christopher Villiers]] as [[David Whitely]]
 
*[[Christopher Villiers]] as [[David Whitely]]
 
*Nick Dunning as [[Ian Eastman]]
 
*Nick Dunning as [[Ian Eastman]]
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*Terence Corrigan as [[Charles Jennings]]
 
*Terence Corrigan as [[Charles Jennings]]
 
*Nick Robinson as [[Felix Bryce]]
 
*Nick Robinson as [[Felix Bryce]]
*Eileen Davies as [[Olive Beauvoisin]]
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*[[Eileen Davies]] as [[Olive Beauvoisin]]
 
*Timothy Bateson as [[James Jocelyne|Mr. Jocelyne]]
 
*Timothy Bateson as [[James Jocelyne|Mr. Jocelyne]]
 
*[[Marlene Sidaway]] as [[Mrs. Bundy]]
 
*[[Marlene Sidaway]] as [[Mrs. Bundy]]
 
*[[Neil Conrich]] as [[PC Angel|Police Constable Angel]]
 
*[[Neil Conrich]] as [[PC Angel|Police Constable Angel]]
 
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==Galleries==
 
==Galleries==
 
 
===Body Count===
 
===Body Count===
 
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felix-bryce.jpg|[[Felix Bryce]]<br>Died 30 years prior to the events of the episode by hanging. Accidental death.
 
felix-bryce.jpg|[[Felix Bryce]]<br>Died 30 years prior to the events of the episode by hanging. Accidental death.
Placeholder_person.png|[[Jennifer Bryce]]<br>Unspecified killed 9 months after Felix's death due to being heartbroken<br>(mercy murder).
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Sdfg.png|[[Jennifer Bryce]]<br>Died of depression 9 months after Felix's death due to being heartbroken.
richard-bayly.jpg|[[Richard Bayly]]<br>Beheaded with sword.
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richard-bayly.jpg|[[Richard Bayly]]<br>Decapitated with an Indian sword.
 
david-whitely-01.jpg|[[David Whitely]]<br>Burned to death in the arson fire of the trailer he lived in.
 
david-whitely-01.jpg|[[David Whitely]]<br>Burned to death in the arson fire of the trailer he lived in.
 
simon-fletcher.jpg|[[Simon Fletcher]]<br>Shot in back with an arrow.
 
simon-fletcher.jpg|[[Simon Fletcher]]<br>Shot in back with an arrow.
stephen-wentworth.jpg|[[Stephen Wentworth]]<br>Committed suicide bu jumping from the top of the scaffolding surrounding the church.
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stephen-wentworth.jpg|[[Stephen Wentworth]]<br>Committed suicide by jumping from the top of the scaffolding surrounding the church.
 
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===Episode Images===
 
===Episode Images===
 
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Deaths-shadow-09.jpg
 
deaths-shadow-01.jpg
 
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==Notes==
 
==Notes==
 
 
*Last appearance of Christopher Villiers as David Whitely.
 
*Last appearance of Christopher Villiers as David Whitely.
 
*This episode marked the debut of Eileen Davies in the role of Olive Beauvoisin and Terence Corrigan in the role of Charles Jennings.
 
*This episode marked the debut of Eileen Davies in the role of Olive Beauvoisin and Terence Corrigan in the role of Charles Jennings.
   
The following actors and actresses that appeared in this episode have appeared in subsequent episodes:
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The following actors and actresses who appeared in this episode have also appeared in the following episodes:
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*[[Christopher Villiers]] - [[The Killings at Badger's Drift]]
*Timothy Bateson - [[Orchis Fatalis]]
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*Timothy Bateson - [[Written in Blood]] and [[Orchis Fatalis]]
 
*[[Neil Conrich]] - [[The Killings at Badger's Drift]], [[Written in Blood]], [[Death of a Hollow Man]], [[Strangler's Wood]], [[Beyond the Grave]] and [[Birds of Prey]]
 
*[[Neil Conrich]] - [[The Killings at Badger's Drift]], [[Written in Blood]], [[Death of a Hollow Man]], [[Strangler's Wood]], [[Beyond the Grave]] and [[Birds of Prey]]
 
*Terence Corrigan - [[Dead Man's Eleven]]
 
*Terence Corrigan - [[Dead Man's Eleven]]
*Eileen Davies - [[Dead Man's Eleven]] and [[Hidden Depths]]
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*[[Eileen Davies]] - [[Dead Man's Eleven]] and [[Hidden Depths]]
 
*Dominic Jephcott - [[Four Funerals and a Wedding]]
 
*Dominic Jephcott - [[Four Funerals and a Wedding]]
 
*Judy Parfitt - [[Days of Misrule]]
 
*Judy Parfitt - [[Days of Misrule]]

Latest revision as of 17:18, May 15, 2020

Death's Shadow is the first episode of the second series of the popular ITV crime drama Midsomer Murders and was originally aired 20th January 1999.

SynopsisEdit

DCI Barnaby and his wife Joyce plan to renew their wedding vows at St Michael's in Badger's Drift, but this is put on hold when a local property developer, Richard Bayly, is found decapitated in his own home. Barnaby and DS Troy have a lot to discover as the man had an illness which meant he might have only weeks to live. They discover that Badger's Drift is a hotbed of corruption and property feuding. However, they begin to doubt their theories when more bodies turn up.

PlotEdit

Barnaby and Troy investigate the murder of Richard Bayly who is found in his home in Badger's Drift hacked to death. Bayley had recently received bad news from his doctor who informed him that he had a brain tumour. There are many possible suspects, including villagers who oppose Bailey's plan to redevelop a major property, Tye House, into a golf course and residential housing estate and his childhood friend, Ian Eastman, who lost out on an opportunity to develop the new property. Cully Barnaby gets an opportunity to work with Simon Fletcher, a one-time resident of Badger's Drift who is now a well-known director and also happens to be a childhood friend to Eastman and Bayly. When a second murder is committed, the detectives must find a motive that is linked to events some 30 years earlier.

CastEdit

GalleriesEdit

Body CountEdit

Supporting CastEdit

Episode ImagesEdit

NotesEdit

  • Last appearance of Christopher Villiers as David Whitely.
  • This episode marked the debut of Eileen Davies in the role of Olive Beauvoisin and Terence Corrigan in the role of Charles Jennings.

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

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