Midsomer Murders (1997– )
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Ghosts of Christmas Past 

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Nine years after Ferdy Villers killed himself, his family reunites for Christmas, unaware that someone is out for revenge.


Renny Rye


David Hoskins (screenplay), Caroline Graham (characters)



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
John Nettles ... DCI Tom Barnaby
John Hopkins John Hopkins ... Sergeant Dan Scott
Jane Wymark ... Joyce Barnaby
Laura Howard ... Cully Barnaby
Barry Jackson ... Dr Bullard
Haydn Gwynne ... Jennifer Carter
Margery Mason Margery Mason ... Lydia Villiers
Bruce Alexander ... Dominic Jones
Mel Martin ... Kate Frears
Philip Quast ... Ross Villiers
William Chubb William Chubb ... Digby Frears
Alice Patten ... Emily Hide
Dominic Colenso Dominic Colenso ... Aidan Carter
Rory Copus ... Howard Frears
Lydia Leonard ... Phoebe Frears


With his parents-in-law visiting for the holidays, DCI Barnaby is almost relieved to be called out when Lydia Villiers claims she was pushed down the staircase. When she dies, the police have a possible murder case on their hands. The Villiers family has re-united for Christmas including a long lost brother, Ross, but there are many secrets in the house. One subject that is not talked about much is the suicide of one of the siblings, Ferdie, nine years previously. Several of the young adults in the house, children when their uncle took his life, have memories of the incident. When the police learn that Ferdie's fiancée also committed suicide soon after his death, they have a better understanding of who might be seeking revenge. Written by garykmcd

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Crime | Drama | Mystery


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Release Date:

25 December 2004 (UK) See more »

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Ghosts of Christmas Past See more »

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Did You Know?


Bryan Matheson plays Vicar in this episode. He returns in episode 10.4, Midsomer Murders: The Axeman Cometh (2007), in the role of Cedric. See more »


On the tombstone of the magician's assistant, the name is Claire. In the credits, the name is Clare. See more »


[first lines]
Jennifer Carter: All right, let's see if this'll stay up this time, unlike last year. Will you check the mince pies? I want to get the brandy butter done in plenty of time.
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Features Dead of Night (1945) See more »


Midsomer Murders
(Theme Song)
Written by Jim Parker
Performed by Celia Sheen
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My Favorite Episode
13 April 2018 | by cindylou77See all my reviews

Anyone who watches Midsomer Murders would probably agree that the storylines are silly and full of holes, but suspending disbelief for 90 minutes is part of its charm. Despite Barnaby & Co quite possibly being the worst detectives on the planet (it reliably takes at least three murders before the case is solved), the lead character, the English countryside, always delivers.

This episode is one I rewatch often. Most of the scenes take place inside a crumbling manor home - rolling meadows and lush forests aren't relied upon to draw you in. Old homes and old families are as much a part of the English landscape as its fields and streams, though. How many of us have dreamed of living in one of these ancient abodes with faulty wiring and buckling ceilings? To sleep in the same beds as our ancestors next to a roaring fire? The creaking floor boards whisper the secrets of generations past and present. This is the home I dream of when I'm on a packed subway, one of the loneliest of places. I almost understand why someone might kill to keep it. The episode takes place during Christmas. The decorations are as old as the secrets, and some of the family really hate those old ornaments. Though MM is heavy handed with dramatizations, I found things in this episode more relatable than in most others. We all play slight of hand with our families, especially during the holidays, just to maintain peace. In this episode, the home is a living, breathing being that can return the love it receives, or lash out when it feels neglected. It is the matriarch, and she's old and frail but benevolent.

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