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Small Mercies is the fifth episode of the twelfth series of the popular ITV crime drama Midsomer Murders and originally aired on 28th October 2009.


In the village of Little Worthy Bob Moss goes to open up the model village of which he is curator to find a gruesome extra attraction. Young local Richard Tanner has been stabbed in the side and his corpse tied down like Gulliver was in Liliput. Richard had his enemies, in respect of his liberal sex life and in his opposition to the running of the model village, owned by two elderly sisters, seemingly pillars of the community. There are two further deaths before Barnaby uncovers a secret affair from three decades earlier and a love child, not the most stable citizen of Midsomer, who will go to any lengths to get rid of enemies of the model village and its inhabitants—their Small Mercies.




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Tom Barnaby: You see, Jones. You look at this, you'd think you're in some kind of rural paradise. And how wrong you'd be.



  • When questioned about her life before she came to Little Worthy, Bernice says that her adoptive mother died as a result of drinking something that did not agree with her. This could potentially be another murder that was committed by Bernice.

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


  • It is revealed that Bernice is the daughter of Bob Moss and Hilary Compton.