Things That Go Bump in the Night is the first episode of the eighth series of the popular ITV crime drama Midsomer Murders and originally aired on 10th October 2004.


The murder of undertaker Patrick Pennyman takes DCI Barnaby and DS Scott to the pretty village of Fletcher's Cross, where residents are divided about the rights and wrongs of a spiritualist church run by medium Rosetta Price. When Joyce Barnaby's friend Elizabeth is also killed, the detectives must find if there's a link between the funeral parlor and revelations from the spirit world.


DCI Barnaby and DS Scott investigate the murder of Patrick Pennyman, an undertaker in the village of Fletcher's Cross. The man's wife thinks he committed suicide but the pathologist determines he was killed. The man died soon after his return home after attending a service at the local spiritualist church, itself the source of some controversy in the village. As the investigation progresses, the police learn that Pennyman was generally disliked. Former employees, business partners and others all had a grudge against him of one sort or another. Barnaby believes the head of the Spiritualist church to be a charlatan and while there is a link to the ever increasing number of murder victims, the solution to the crimes is to be found in an illicit love affair.



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Midsomer Murders Series 8 Episode 1 - Things That Go Bump in the Night Preview

Midsomer Murders Series 8 Episode 1 - Things That Go Bump in the Night Preview


  • The actor who portrayed Patrick Pennyman was not credited for his brief appearance as the first murder victim.

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

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