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Tainted Fruit is the first episode of the fifth series of the popular ITV crime drama Midsomer Murders and originally aired on 23rd September 2001.


On the same day that a local district nurse is charged for drunk driving following an evening event in Midsomer Malham, a local veterinarian discovers that someone has stolen barbiturates from his surgery. DCI Barnaby and DS Troy become greatly concerned for the safety of Melissa Townsend, a thoroughly disliked young woman who had recently received death threats that blamed her for the death of a local poacher, but are unable to prevent someone from murdering her, after her body is found with a syringe in the stomach beside her father's swimming pool. While a wealth of hatred lies within the village, it slowly transpires that someone wanted to hide a secret when the pair uncover blackmail and greed at the heart of their investigations.




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Midsomer Murders Series 5 Episode 1 - Tainted Fruit Preview


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

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