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Habeas Corpus is the first episode of the eighteenth series of the popular ITV crime drama Midsomer Murders and originally aired 6th January 2016.


When wealthy landowner Gregory Lancaster's body goes missing on the night of his death, a sinister web of secrets and lies is exposed in the village of Little Malton. DCI Barnaby, DS Nelson and new Forensic Pathologist Dr. Kam Karimore are drawn into a macabre world of body-snatching as they seek to identify the villain.


Gregory Lancaster dies of pneumonia but when the undertakers arrive the body has vanished, even though his family was in the room below. Soon afterwards the body of Lydia Dryfield, the family's former nanny, is dug up from its grave to disappear. Melissa Ackers, the vicar, is not popular with Mrs. Lancaster and her daughter Rose, who suspect an affair with Rose's boy friend Craig Coffley, whilst millionaire Sonny Desai, childhood friend of Gregory's heir Felix wants to buy the house from him. New pathologist Dr. Kam Karimore presents evidence incriminating both Craig and Felix, and Sonny's opportune appearance also puts him in the frame. When two, far from dead, people also disappear DCI Barnaby and DS Nelson must identify who claimed, on two occasions, Habeas Corpus.



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Midsomer Murders Series 18 Episode 1 - Habeas Corpus Trailer


  • Charlie shows John and Sarah a picture of Ben Jones and Kate Wilding together in Brighton.
  • This is the second episode of Midsomer Murders where, ironically, there were no murders, the first episode being Blue Herrings.

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