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}}'''Death of a Hollow Man''' is the second episode of the [[Series One|first series]] of the popular British 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 [[John Barnaby|DCI Barnaby]] and [[Gavin Troy|DS Troy]] and featured a guest cast consisting of Bernard Hepton, Debra Stephenson, Janine Duvitski, Angela Pleasence, Nicholas Le Prevost and John Cater.
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}}'''Death of a Hollow Man''' is the second episode of the [[Series One|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 [[Tom Barnaby|DCI Barnaby]] and [[Gavin Troy|DS Troy]] and featured a guest cast consisting of Bernard Hepton, Debra Stephenson, Janine Duvitski, Angela Pleasence, Nicholas Le Prevost and John Cater.
   
 
==Synopsis==
 
==Synopsis==
A quiet animal-loving woman, Agnes Gray, is found drowned in the village of [[Ferne Basset]]. Her cousin Esslyn Carmichael is due to appear in Causton Amateur Dramatics' showing of Amadeus which [[Joyce Barnaby]] is taking part in. As her husband DCI Barnaby and Sergeant Troy investigate the death, tensions are running backstage at the theatre. But the opening night defies all expectations as someone turns Esslyn's final act into a true coup de theatre.
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A quiet animal-loving woman, [[Agnes Gray]], is found drowned in the village of [[Ferne Basset]]. Her cousin [[Esslyn Carmichael]] is due to appear in Causton Amateur Dramatics' showing of Amadeus which [[Joyce Barnaby]] is taking part in. As her husband [[Tom Barnaby|DCI Barnaby]] and [[Gavin Troy|Sergeant Troy]] investigate the death, tensions are running backstage at the theatre. But the opening night defies all expectations as someone turns Esslyn's final act into a true coup de theatre. But who wanted to assure the ''' Death of this Hollow Man'''?
   
 
==Plot==
 
==Plot==
The Causton Players are getting ready for their production of Amadeus when Barnaby tells one of the lead actors Esslyn Carmichael (played by Nicholas Le Prevost) that his cousin Agnes Gray (Denyse Alexander) has been murdered. The body of 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 Amadeus. 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. Esslyn is married to the young Kitty (Debra Stephenson), and is divorced from heavy-drinker Rosa (Sarah Badel). Avery Phillips (Nick Woodeson) and his partner Tim Young (Richard Huw), who own the local bookshop, are both involved in ''Amadeus''. The play's director is wealthy Harold Winstanley (Bernard Hepton), who is married to Doris (Angela Pleasence), the stage manager is shy[Deidre Tibbs (Janine Duvitski), who is rumoured to be in a relationship with actor David Smy (Ian Fitzgibbon), whose father Colin (Geoffrey Hutchings) works backstage.
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The Causton Players are getting ready for their production of Amadeus when Barnaby tells one of the lead actors [[Esslyn Carmichael]] (played by Nicholas Le Prevost) that his cousin [[Agnes Gray]] (Denyse Alexander) has been murdered. The body of 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 Amadeus. [[Tom Barnaby|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. Esslyn is married to the young [[Kitty Carmichael|Kitty]] (Debra Stephenson), and is divorced from heavy-drinker [[Rosa Carmichael|Rosa]] (Sarah Badel). [[Avery Phillips]] (Nick Woodeson) and his partner [[Tim Young]] (Richard Huw), who own the local bookshop, are both involved in ''Amadeus''. The play's director is wealthy [[Harold Winstanley]] (Bernard Hepton), who is married to [[Doris Winstanley|Doris]] (Angela Pleasence), the stage manager is shy [[Deirdre Tibbs]] (Janine Duvitski), who is rumored to be in a relationship with actor [[David Smy]] (Ian Fitzgibbon), whose father [[Colin Smy|Colin]] (Geoffrey Hutchings) works backstage.
   
 
==Cast==
 
==Cast==
<div style="{{column-count|2}}">
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<div style="​column-count: 2; -moz-column-count: 2; -webkit-column-count: 2;​">
 
*[[John Nettles]] as [[Tom Barnaby|DCI Tom Barnaby]]
 
*[[John Nettles]] as [[Tom Barnaby|DCI Tom Barnaby]]
 
*[[Daniel Casey]] as [[Gavin Troy|DS Gavin Troy]]
 
*[[Daniel Casey]] as [[Gavin Troy|DS Gavin Troy]]
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*[[Laura Howard]] as [[Cully Barnaby]]
 
*[[Laura Howard]] as [[Cully Barnaby]]
 
*[[Barry Jackson]] as [[George Bullard|Dr. George Bullard]]
 
*[[Barry Jackson]] as [[George Bullard|Dr. George Bullard]]
*Denyse Alexander as Agnes Gray
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*Denyse Alexander as [[Agnes Gray]]
*Janine Duvitski as Deirdre Tibbs
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*Janine Duvitski as [[Deirdre Tibbs]]
*Ian Fitzgibbon as David Smy
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*Ian Fitzgibbon as [[David Smy]]
*Geoffrey Hutchings as Colin Smy
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*Geoffrey Hutchings as [[Colin Smy]]
*Bernard Hepton as Harold Winstanley
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*Bernard Hepton as [[Harold Winstanley]]
*Angela Pleasence as Doris Winstanley
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*Angela Pleasence as [[Doris Winstanley]]
*Sarah Badel as Rosa Carmichael
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*Sarah Badel as [[Rosa Carmichael]]
*Ed Waters as Nicholas Bentley
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*Ed Waters as [[Nicholas Bentley]]
*Nicholas Woodeson as Avery Phillips (as Nick Woodeson)
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*Nicholas Woodeson as [[Avery Phillips]] (as Nick Woodeson)
*Richard Huw as Tim Young
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*Richard Huw as [[Tim Young]]
*Nicholas Le Prevost as Esslyn Carmichael
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*[[Nicholas Le Prevost]] as [[Esslyn Carmichael]]
*[[Debra Stephenson]] as Kitty Carmichael
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*[[Debra Stephenson]] as [[Kitty Carmichael]]
 
*Vivienne Moore as Jenny Evers
 
*Vivienne Moore as Jenny Evers
*John Carter as Mr. Tibbs
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*John Cater as Mr. Tibbs
 
*Hilary Crane as Mrs. Maddox
 
*Hilary Crane as Mrs. Maddox
 
*Robert McIntosh as Charles Makepeace
 
*Robert McIntosh as Charles Makepeace
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*Michael Cronin as Emperor Joseph
 
*Michael Cronin as Emperor Joseph
 
*Elizabeth Tyrrell as Elderly Lady
 
*Elizabeth Tyrrell as Elderly Lady
*Neil Conrich as Police Constable Angel
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*[[Neil Conrich]] as [[PC Angel|Police Constable Angel]]
 
*Megan Fisher as WPC Hitchens
 
*Megan Fisher as WPC Hitchens
 
*Eunice Roberts as TV Announcer
 
*Eunice Roberts as TV Announcer
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*Catherine Bott as Solo Voice
 
*Catherine Bott as Solo Voice
 
*Tim Packham as Man Walking Dog (uncredited)
 
*Tim Packham as Man Walking Dog (uncredited)
*Laurance Richardson as Police Officer (uncredited)
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*Laurence Richardson as Police Officer (uncredited)
 
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</div>
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==Galleries==
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===Body Count===
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<gallery captionalign="center" captionsize="large" bordersize="medium" navigation="true" widths="110" spacing="small" hideaddbutton="true">
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Agnes-gray.jpg|[[Agnes Gray]]<br>Struck on head three times with a crowbar, then thrown in river prior to the events of the episode.
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Esslyn-carmichael.jpg|[[Esslyn Carmichael]]<br>Slit own throat with prop razor (taped blade) that was tampered with prior, exposing the blade. We'll call this a murder...
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</gallery>
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===Supporting Cast===
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<gallery captionalign="center" captionsize="large" bordersize="medium" widths="110" spacing="small" hideaddbutton="true">
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Harold-winstanley.jpg|[[Harold Winstanley]]
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Rosa-carmichael.jpg|[[Rosa Carmichael]]
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Kitty-carmichael.jpg|[[Kitty Carmichael]]
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Dierdre-tibbs.jpg|[[Deirdre Tibbs]]
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David-smy.jpg|[[David Smy]]
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Colin-smy.jpg|[[Colin Smy]]
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Avery-phillips.jpg|[[Avery Phillips]]
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Tim-young.jpg|[[Tim Young]]
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Nicholas-bentley.jpg|[[Nicholas Bentley]]
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Doris-winstanley.jpg|[[Doris Winstanley]]
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</gallery>
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==Video==
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[[File:Midsomer Murders - Most Intriguing Crime E05|thumb|none|350 px]]
   
 
==Notes==
 
==Notes==
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*Geoffrey Hutchings and Nicholas Le Prevost later appeared together in the [[The Dogleg Murders]].
Geoffrey Hutchings and Nicholas Le Prevost later appeared together in the [[The Dogleg Murders]].
 
   
 
The following actors and actresses that first appeared in this episode have appeared in subsequent episodes
 
The following actors and actresses that first appeared in this episode have appeared in subsequent episodes
 
 
*Denyse Alexander - [[Blood Wedding]]
 
*Denyse Alexander - [[Blood Wedding]]
 
*Sarah Badel - [[The Black Book]]
 
*Sarah Badel - [[The Black Book]]
 
*Catherine Bott - [[Market for Murder]]
 
*Catherine Bott - [[Market for Murder]]
*Neil Conrich -
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*[[Neil Conrich]] - [[The Killings at Badger's Drift]], [[Written in Blood]], [[Death's Shadow]], [[Strangler's Wood]], [[Beyond the Grave]] and [[Birds of Prey]]
 
*Hilary Crane - [[Painted in Blood]]
 
*Hilary Crane - [[Painted in Blood]]
 
*Geoffrey Hutchings - [[The Dogleg Murders]]
 
*Geoffrey Hutchings - [[The Dogleg Murders]]
*Nicholas Le Prevost - [[The Dogleg Murders]]
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*[[Nicholas Le Prevost]] - [[The Dogleg Murders]]
 
*Laurence Richardson - [[Who Killed Cock Robin?]]
 
*Laurence Richardson - [[Who Killed Cock Robin?]]
 
*Elizabeth Tyrrell - [[Strangler's Wood]]
 
*Elizabeth Tyrrell - [[Strangler's Wood]]
 
*Ed Waters - [[Beyond the Grave]]
 
*Ed Waters - [[Beyond the Grave]]
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*John Cater - [[The Animal Within]]
==Galleries==
 
 
===Body Count===
 
<gallery captionalign="center" captionsize="large" bordersize="medium" navigation="true" widths="110" spacing="small" hideaddbutton="true">
 
Agnes-gray.jpg|'''Agnes Gray'''<br>Struck on head with crowbar. This took place prior to the main activities in the plot.
 
Esslyn-carmichael.jpg|'''Esslyn Carmichael'''<br>Slit own throat with razor that was supposed to be safe. We'll call this a murder...
 
</gallery>
 
 
===Supporting Cast===
 
<gallery captionalign="center" captionsize="large" bordersize="medium" widths="110" spacing="small" hideaddbutton="true">
 
Tim-young.jpg|Tim Young
 
Rosa-carmichael.jpg|Rosa Carmichael
 
Harold-winstanley.jpg|Harold Winstanley
 
Kitty-carmichael.jpg|Kitty Carmichael
 
Nicholas-bentley.jpg|Nicholas Bentley
 
Doris-winstanley.jpg|Doris Winstanley
 
Dierdre-tibbs.jpg|Dierdre Tibbs
 
David-smy.jpg|David Smy
 
Colin-smy.jpg|Colin Smy
 
Avery-phillips.jpg|Avery Phillips
 
</gallery>
 
 
==Notes==
 
 
[[Category:Series One episodes]]
 
[[Category:Series One episodes]]

Latest revision as of 19:26, February 29, 2020

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.

SynopsisEdit

A quiet animal-loving woman, Agnes Gray, is found drowned in the village of Ferne Basset. Her cousin Esslyn Carmichael is due to appear in Causton Amateur Dramatics' showing of Amadeus which Joyce Barnaby is taking part in. As her husband DCI Barnaby and Sergeant Troy investigate the death, tensions are running backstage at the theatre. But the opening night defies all expectations as someone turns Esslyn's final act into a true coup de theatre. But who wanted to assure the Death of this Hollow Man?

PlotEdit

The Causton Players are getting ready for their production of Amadeus when Barnaby tells one of the lead actors Esslyn Carmichael (played by Nicholas Le Prevost) that his cousin Agnes Gray (Denyse Alexander) has been murdered. The body of 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 Amadeus. 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. Esslyn is married to the young Kitty (Debra Stephenson), and is divorced from heavy-drinker Rosa (Sarah Badel). Avery Phillips (Nick Woodeson) and his partner Tim Young (Richard Huw), who own the local bookshop, are both involved in Amadeus. The play's director is wealthy Harold Winstanley (Bernard Hepton), who is married to Doris (Angela Pleasence), the stage manager is shy Deirdre Tibbs (Janine Duvitski), who is rumored to be in a relationship with actor David Smy (Ian Fitzgibbon), whose father Colin (Geoffrey Hutchings) works backstage.

CastEdit

GalleriesEdit

Body CountEdit

Supporting CastEdit

VideoEdit

Midsomer Murders - Most Intriguing Crime E05

Midsomer Murders - Most Intriguing Crime E05

NotesEdit

  • Geoffrey Hutchings and Nicholas Le Prevost later appeared together in the The Dogleg Murders.

The following actors and actresses that first appeared in this episode have appeared in subsequent episodes

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