Strangler's Woods is the second episode of the second series of the popular British crime drama Midsomer Murders and was originally aired 3rd February 1999.

"She's been dying for about 6 years now... we're getting used to it."
– Leonard Pike


Barnaby is hoping for some father-daughter bonding with Cully while Joyce is away nursing her sick mother. However his hopes soon fade when a naked woman is discovered strangled by a tie round her neck in woodland, where three women were murdered in the same fashion nine years before. Barnaby, with the help of Sergeant Troy, has to decide whether it's the same murderer back with a vengeance or if someone else is pulling their own evil strings



  • John Nettles as DCI Tom Barnaby
  • Daniel Casey as Sgt. Gavin Troy
  • Jane Wymark as Joyce Barnaby
  • Laura Howard as Cully Barnaby
  • Peter Eyre as Leonard Pike
  • Kathleen Byron as Dorothea Pike
  • Frank Windsor as George Meakham
  • Anne Stallybrass as Emily Meakham
  • Trudie Styler as Liz Frances
  • Jeremy Clyde as Bill Mitchell
  • Phyllis Logan as Kate Merrill
  • Nicholas Farrell as John Merrill (as Nick Farrell)
  • Tom Eilenberg as David Merrill
  • Debbie Chazen as Anna Santarosa
  • Betty Romani as Carla Constanza (as Betti Romani)
  • Toby Jones as Dr. Dan Peterson
  • Cyril Shaps as Sebastian Renwick
  • Katy Brittain as Gloria Bradley
  • Neil Conrich as Police Constable Angel
  • Frank Carson as Nick (as Frankie Carson)
  • Anthony Howes as Milkman
  • Elizabeth Tyrrell as Ticket Seller
  • Tara Hugo as Ad Woman
  • George Lane Cooper as Brazilian Bandit
  • Rebecca Charles as Path Lab Assistant


Murder Victims

Supporting Cast


  • First appearance of Dr Dan Peterson

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

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