The Night of the Stag is the sixth episode of the fourteenth series of the popular ITV crime drama Midsomer Murders and originally aired on 21st October 2011.


Local bootleggers come under suspicion after the disappearance of a government inspector.


A VAT inspector goes missing as he hunts for an illicit cider still responsible for brewing The Beast, a potent local hooch. At the Midsomer Abbas spring fayre which celebrates its friendship with Midsomer Herne, DCI Barnaby and DS Jones sample the local cider, while temperance preacher Norman Grigor calls on residents to repent of their drunken ways. Suddenly, Barnaby is violently ill as the body of missing man Peter Slim is found floating in the cider vat. Whilst temperance campaigners, led by fervent, recovered-alcoholic parson Norman Grigor, protest against the Midsomer Abbas May Festival, the body of Peter Slim, a revenue inspector investigating illicit stills, is found dumped in a cider vat. The murder weapon, an apple tree harvester which shook him to death, belongs to boozy cider mill owner Anthony Devereux, a man with something to hide though he denies murder. Then Barnaby discovers a secret connecting Slim to a village girl and a party to that secret, the Reverend Conrad Walker,is murdered. As pub landlord Samuel Quested leads the villagers in the revival of an old fertility and after discovering Rev. Walker’s badly beaten body in his church, Barnaby and Jones find themselves in peril during the night of the stag.



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Midsomer Murders Series 14 Episode 6 - The Night of the Stag Preview

Midsomer Murders Series 14 Episode 6 - The Night of the Stag Preview


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


Reverend Norman Grigor has gatecrashed a Cider Festival at the local brewery and is preaching fervently about the evils of alcohol. He even accuses the vicar of being a fornicator

"Tell me, Norman. If "the other" is so wrong, how come you've got six children of your own?"
– Samuel Quested (crowd laughs)

"Six we know of, that is."
– Samuel Quested (more laughter)

"I can assure you, Samuel Quested, that I made those children to glorify the Lord. The act itself gave me no pleasure."
– Rev Norman Grigor

"I'm sure your wife would say the same."
– Chloe Baker (uproarious laughter)

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