Death and the Divas is the fourth episode of the fifteenth series of the popular ITV crime drama Midsomer Murders and was originally aired on 2nd January 2013.


The murder of a journalist has chilling echoes of a 1960s horror film starring Midsomer's own Stella Harris. When Stella's more famous sister returns after a 40-year family rift, the killings escalate, each reminiscent of a movie plot. Is life – and death – imitating art?


In Midsomer Langley, DCI Barnaby and DS Jones investigate the murder of writer Eve Lomax, who is found in a pool of blood in her home. She was found by her landlord Patrick Tilman and was writing a book about local 1960s film star Stella Harris and her more famous sister Diana Davenport, also an actress. In fact, at the time Lomax was found the Midsomer Langley Film Society was holding a festival in Stella's honor when Diana unexpectedly arrived. Dr. Wilding determines that Lomax bled to death as a result of two vampire-like puncture wounds her neck, much like some of the characters in one of Stella Harris' old films. Stella's daughter Emma knew Lomax from school days but there is soon a second and then a third death, both patterned after one of Stella's movies. A attempt on a fourth person leads to solving the murders.



Body Count

Prior to the Episode

In the Episode

Body Count Notes

Each murder is a copy of the plot of a film in which Stella Harris played.

  • The first murder is based on the movie "A Thirst For Blood".
  • The second murder is based on the movie "Death And The Diva".
  • The third murder is based on the movie "The Mummy Rises".

Supporting Cast

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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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