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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...




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  • 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