Midsomer Murders (1997– )
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The Sicilian Defence 

When a young girl wakes up from a mysterious coma, she finds that no one knows what happened to her boyfriend, who disappeared around the same time she was attacked.


Alex Pillai


Paul Logue (screenplay), Caroline Graham (based on characters by)




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Neil Dudgeon ... DCI John Barnaby
Jason Hughes ... DS Ben Jones
Fiona Dolman ... Sarah Barnaby
Tamzin Malleson ... Kate Wilding
Richard Lumsden ... David Farmer
Jo Woodcock ... Harriet Farmer
Julie Graham ... Dr. Laura Parr
John Bell ... Jamie Carr
Julie Cox ... Olivia Carr
Nicholas Rowe ... Edward Stannington
Cal MacAninch ... Alan Robson
John Henshaw ... Arthur Potts
Fay Ripley Fay Ripley ... Caroline Potts
Cheryl Campbell ... Vivian Stannington
Rowena King ... Wendy Robson


Teenager Harriet Farmer is attacked in woods on her way to elope with boyfriend Finn Robson and left in a coma. Finn vanishes and a year later, as the annual Bishopwood chess tournament begins, Harriet wakes up with temporary amnesia. The chess club president, unpopular writer Edward Stannington is murdered, his sole heir being his dippy aunt Vivian. Barnaby learns that Stannington is the father of a young chess prodigy whom he has disowned and was out to discredit his chess rival, Alan Robson, Finn's father, the millionaire creator of a computer chess game. Furthermore unhappily-married hotelier Arthur Potts wanted the victim to invest in his ailing business and was refused. After Harriet's father is also murdered her kindly doctor, Laura Parr, and Barnaby take the girl to the woods where she was attacked to see if she can recall the events of the previous year. Her memories eventually lead to the unmasking of the killer, a face from the past of one of the families with a revenge ... Written by don @ minifie-1

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Crime | Drama | Mystery


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Release Date:

9 January 2013 (UK) See more »

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Bentley Productions See more »
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Did You Know?


John Bell plays "Jaimie Carr" in this episode and goes on to play "Young Ian" (Jaimie's nephew) in the 'Outlander' series. See more »


After the death of David Farmer, there is a scene with Dr. Parr, DCI Barnaby, and Harriet Farmer. Harriet - a year-long coma patient with an obvious tracheotomy at the beginning of the episode - shows no sign of even the faintest scar at this point. This sort of wound would leave a scar even years later. See more »


[first lines]
DCI John Barnaby: [holding sombreros] Remember these?
Sarah Barnaby: [laughs] I try hard not to.
DCI John Barnaby: 1996, we bought these in Puerto Vallarta; you wore a red dress.
Sarah Barnaby: Los Cabos, and the dress was blue.
DCI John Barnaby: [to Sykes] Least I got the year right.
DCI John Barnaby: [follows Sarah outside] We went dancing in these.
Sarah Barnaby: Yeah, that's Tequina for you. Right. Boxes are for charity, bags are for recycling; so, take your pick.
DCI John Barnaby: You can't give these to charity.
Sarah Barnaby: No, you're right; no-one's that desperate. Recycling it is then.
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Midsomer Murders
(Theme Song)
Written by Jim Parker
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This is a bit of a classic.
19 September 2018 | by Sleepin_DragonSee all my reviews

I'm sure we'd all agree that at this point in time the show wasn't exactly at its best, however there are some highlights, The Sicilian Defence being one of the finest.

Dare I say it, but at times I felt like I was watching an episode which could have easily been written for Morse, the writing is that good. It's a complex story which has multiple layers, all of which weave together and tie in nicely at the end.

The production is very slick, it's beautifully filmed, and features a brilliant soundtrack, it really adds to the story.

It felt like vintage Midsomer, an episode where the plot and characters were the main focus, as opposed to bizarre killing methods. The chess theme added a nice touch, again feeling like something from a decade ago.

Super acting, Julie Graham in particular deserved huge credit for a terrific performance.

Very good indeed. 9/10

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