Midsomer Murders (1997– )
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Days of Misrule 

During the Christmas days Barnaby has to solve an explosion as well as a number of murders near a freight company while trying to cope with his acting CS who has very strong beliefs about teamwork.


Renny Rye


Elizabeth-Anne Wheal (screenplay), Caroline Graham (characters)


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
John Nettles ... DCI Tom Barnaby
Jason Hughes ... DS Ben Jones
Jane Wymark ... Joyce Barnaby
Barry Jackson ... Dr Bullard
Kirsty Dillon ... WPC Gail Stephens
Tim Pigott-Smith ... Matt Parkes
Joseph Millson ... James Parkes
Niamh Cusack ... Penny Galsworthy
Judy Parfitt ... Caroline Halsey
Nick Fletcher ... CS John Cotton
Gus Gallagher Gus Gallagher ... Dale Mitchinson
Sidney Livingstone Sidney Livingstone ... Don Mitchinson
Tom Beard ... Tim Galsworthy
Elspeth Rae Elspeth Rae ... Layla Barkham
Alexandra Morris Alexandra Morris ... Daisy


In the run-up to Christmas, Barnaby and Jones find themselves, thanks to their very young 'wonder boy' chief superintendent, on a team-building exercise at the local Territorial Army Centre, run by Matt Parkes. Colonel Parkes is a highly respected man, unlike his womanizing waster of a son, Jamie, who is hated by all,even Caroline, his grand-mother, whose daughter died giving birth to him. Especially bitter is Penny Galsworthy,wife of another T.A. officer and garage owner Tim, whose daughter killed herself after being impregnated by Jamie, and she stalks him obsessively. George Barkham, another soldier, missed out on being promoted to a partnership at Matt Parkes' haulage firm, thanks to Jamie, who is also black-mailing George's daughter. The Parkes' yard is torched, causing an explosion and a watch-man almost killed. Then a criminal associate of Jamie and Jamie himself both meet their maker in quick succession. Ultimately Barnaby has the sad duty of arresting somebody who has rid the... Written by don @ minifie-1

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Crime | Drama | Mystery








Release Date:

24 December 2008 (UK) See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Bentley Productions See more »
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Aspect Ratio:

16:9 widescreen
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Did You Know?


Tom Beard plays Tim Galsworthy in this episode. He previously played the role of Martin Fulmer in episode 5.4, Midsomer Murders: Murder on St. Malley's Day (2002). See more »


Cotton, Jones and Barnaby are handcuffed together, standing on the stumps on the obstacle course. When Jones steps over to Barnaby's stump, they fall backward together, still cuffed - but in the very next shot the handcuffs are removed from all three. See more »


[first lines]
James Parkes: Now stay there one moment.
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Midsomer Murders
(Theme Song)
Written by Jim Parker
Performed by Celia Sheen
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Good vs. Evil
29 January 2020 | by vitoscottiSee all my reviews

Bigger than life good Colonel, and rotten son. Christmas cheer and murders. The truck smuggling from Europe has been done before. A crippling accident, blackmail, mourning mother, etc. All done so many times. A lot of overacting with over the top characters. But, it all worked well together in a pretty solid script. Whenever there's an English Colonel I always think of the Fawlty Towers Colonel. Very good Episode. Vito S 1-28-20

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