The Axeman Cometh is the fourth episode of the tenth series of the popular ITV crime drama Midsomer Murders and was originally aired on 2nd February 2007.


When Barnaby's favourite rock band, Hired Gun, reform to play a gig at the Midsomer Rocks Festival, paranoid lead singer Gary Cooper is convinced that someone is trying to scare them off and stop the reunion. The guitarist Jack 'Axeman' McKinley and the rest of the band are staying at Gary's estate, Badger's Hall, while they are all in town. As accidents appear to happen around the band members, will Barnaby catch the killer before they are all dead?


DCI Barnaby revels in the atmosphere of a major rock concert being held in Badgers Drift that features Hired Gun, an influential rock group from his youth and his personal favorite. Barnaby is soon on the job when the group's lead singer, Mimi Clifton, is electrocuted on stage during their opening number. It is quickly apparent that the equipment was tampered with and they are dealing with a case of murder. Gary Cooper, the group's nominal leader, believes the attempt was directed at him as he has been harassed and threatened for some time. He thinks his nemesis is former band member Ginger Foxton who disappeared 30 years ago, a case the then Det. Sgt. Barnaby and his DI Owen Jenkins, had worked on. When an attempt is made on a second member of the group and then a third, successfully this time, Barnaby thinks Cooper might be right. Revenge is at the center of it all, but not for the reasons that seem apparent.



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Midsomer Murders Series 10 Episode 4 - The Axeman Cometh Preview

Midsomer Murders Series 10 Episode 4 - The Axeman Cometh Preview


  • This episode introduced the character of Simon Dixon portrayed by Sam Hazeldize.
  • Michael Angelis plays a drummer in a band in this episode sort of like Ringo Starr who was the narrator of Thomas The Tank Engine before him.

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

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