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Murder on St. Malley's Day is the fifth episode of the fifth series of the popular ITV crime drama Midsomer Murders. It was first shown on 22nd September 2002.


Daniel Talbot, a student of the prestigious Devington School, drops dead shortly after returning for help upon being viciously attacked in woodland during the school's annual St. Malley's Day race. His father, Anthony Talbot, insists that someone from the nearby village of Midsomer Parva was responsible, but things are not as straightforward for Barnaby and Troy, when they slowly discover that Daniel had wanted to run away during the race. Their investigation quickly turns up hidden conspiracies concerning both the school and its secretive, elite group known as the Pudding Club, whose members throw up a wall of silence, just before more bodies turn up.


The village of Midsomer Parva is dominated by the imposing Devington School - as a seat of learning, Devington may be undistinguished in the great world, but it is socially well-connected and it has economic clout. When the College's Pudding Club sets off a murderous chain of events, ranks begin to close against DCI Barnaby and DS Troy, and they need inside information to catch the killer. Is it someone from the local village who has a grudge against the school or is the killing motivated by activities at the school?



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Midsomer Murders - Most Dramatic Episode E09

Midsomer Murders - Most Dramatic Episode E09


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

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