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The Killings of Copenhagen is the fifth episode of the sixteenth series of the popular ITV crime drama Midsomer Murders and originally aired on 12th February 2014.


DCI Barnaby and DS Nelson join forces with two female Danish police detectives after Eric Calder is poisoned by strychnine after opening an empty tin of his company's famous Golden Clusters.


DCI Barnaby and DS Nelson investigate the murder of Eric Calder who was apparently poisoned and killed by strychnine while on a business trip to Copenhagen. Calder's family have been making biscuits in Badger's Drift for over a century and the Danish police seek Barnaby's help in investigating matters at his end. Calder had a wife Penelope, a son named Harry and a younger brother, Julian. The dead man seems to have had few friends and was in Copenhagen to supply product to a Danish firm. His right-hand man in the business was his master baker, Armand Stone. Barnaby quickly determines that the contaminated package Calder received at his hotel originated in his own company's mail room. Dr. Wilding confirms that Calder died from strychnine poisoning which points the finger at Stone, who has a background in chemistry, but he says Calder and his son Harry had a huge row recently. In Stockholm, they learn that Calder was planning to reunite with a woman he had left long ago but the solutions to the deaths are found at the biscuit factory and the recipe for their best-selling product. In the midst of the investigation, Sarah goes into labor.



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  • First appearance of baby Betty Barnaby.
  • First appearance of VPK Birgitte Poulsen.

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