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Death of a Hollow Man is the second episode of the first series of the popular ITV crime drama Midsomer Murders that was first broadcast on 29th March 1998 and is the only episode so far to have been adapted by Caroline Graham herself, who was the author of the book of the same name. It starred John Nettles and Daniel Casey as DCI Barnaby and DS Troy and featured a guest cast consisting of Bernard Hepton, Debra Stephenson, Janine Duvitski, Angela Pleasence, Nicholas Le Prevost and John Cater.
The body of Agnes Gray, a woman who loved only animals, is found in the river—but she did not drown. And then her cousin Esslyn Carmichael is tricked into killing himself on stage during an amateur production of the murder mystery Amadeus. DCI Barnaby has to get to grips with clues which include adultery, dramatic ambition, stolen religious art, and large donations to animal charities, before unmasking a killer who proves to be mad. Meanwhile, love begins to blossom between Cully Barnaby and Nico Bentley, one of the cast of Amadeus...
- John Nettles as DCI Tom Barnaby
- Daniel Casey as DS Gavin Troy
- Jane Wymark as Joyce Barnaby
- Laura Howard as Cully Barnaby
- Barry Jackson as Dr. George Bullard
- Denyse Alexander as Agnes Gray
- Janine Duvitski as Deirdre Tibbs
- Ian Fitzgibbon as David Smy
- Geoffrey Hutchings as Colin Smy
- Bernard Hepton as Harold Winstanley
- Angela Pleasence as Doris Winstanley
- Sarah Badel as Rosa Carmichael
- Ed Waters as Nicholas Bentley
- Nicholas Woodeson as Avery Phillips (as Nick Woodeson)
- Richard Huw as Tim Young
- Nicholas Le Prevost as Esslyn Carmichael
- Debra Stephenson as Kitty Carmichael
- Vivienne Moore as Jenny Evers
- John Cater as Mr. Tibbs
- Hilary Crane as Mrs. Maddox
- Robert McIntosh as Charles Makepeace
- Patricia Heneghan as Peggy Marshall
- Michael Cronin as Emperor Joseph
- Elizabeth Tyrrell as Elderly Lady
- Neil Conrich as Police Constable Angel
- Megan Fisher as WPC Hitchens
- Eunice Roberts as TV Announcer
- Sonya Walger as Becky Smith
- Alan Leith as Mr. Green
- Iain Fraser as Constable
- Catherine Bott as Solo Voice
- Fiona Dolman as Charity Solicitor (uncredited)
- Tim Packham as Man Walking Dog (uncredited)
- Laurence Richardson as Police Officer (uncredited)
- This is the first episode in which the murderer/murderers don't die and Barnaby and Troy manage to make an arrest.
- Gavin Troy meets Cully Barnaby for the first time and it's obvious that he really likes her.
- Nicholas Bentley appears for the first time in this episode and he and Cully begin to have a romantic relationship. It is believed they started dating off-screen before the events of the episode.
- This is the first episode in which Joyce and Cully are tied stronger in the main plot, taking part in the production of the play and attending it respectively.
- Causton Playhouse is shown for the first time and it is the main location of the episode.
- This episode featured an uncredited appearance of Fiona Dolman as a Charity Solicitor before returning years later as Sarah Barnaby.
- Geoffrey Hutchings and Nicholas Le Prevost later appeared together in The Dogleg Murders.
The following actors and actresses that first appeared in this episode have appeared in subsequent episodes
- Denyse Alexander - Blood Wedding
- Geoffrey Hutchings - The Dogleg Murders
- Sarah Badel - The Black Book
- Ed Waters - Beyond the Grave
- Nicholas Le Prevost - The Dogleg Murders
- John Cater - The Animal Within
- Hilary Crane - Painted in Blood
- Elizabeth Tyrrell - Strangler's Wood
- Catherine Bott - Market for Murder
- Laurence Richardson - Who Killed Cock Robin?