Midsomer Murders (1997– )
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The Green Man 

Barnaby and Troy tackle two separate cases as Troy prepares to leave Midsomer after his promotion to DI.


Sarah Hellings


Michael Russell (screenplay), Caroline Graham (characters)


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
John Nettles ... DCI Tom Barnaby
Daniel Casey ... Sergeant Gavin Troy
Jane Wymark ... Joyce Barnaby
Laura Howard ... Cully Barnaby
Barry Jackson ... Dr. George Bullard
David Bradley ... Tom
John Carlisle John Carlisle ... Lord Fitzgibbon
Tim Woodward ... Timothy Webster
Cherie Lunghi ... Lillian Webster
Marc Buchner Marc Buchner ... Daniel Webster
Henry Cavill ... Simon Mayfield
Jamie Thomas King ... Steven Curtis (as Jamie King)
Fred Pearson ... Charlie Birkett
Andrew Dunn Andrew Dunn ... Constable Crabbe
Terence Beesley ... Jerry Curtis


A cave in of a local canal tunnel under restoration reveals the skeletons of eight individuals. While most of the skeletons are from a cave in when the canal was under construction in the 19th century, one is obviously of a more recent vintage. Dental records identify him as Eric Edwards who was reported missing in 1965. Supt. Barnaby delves into the history of the canal to see if he can find a connection. DS Troy is over the moon when he learns that he has qualified as a Detective Inspector and that there may be a job for him in another county. In what may be his last case in Midsomer, he follows up on an anonymous tip that teenagers are harassing a local hermit, Tom. When one of those teenagers is shot through the head, Barnaby leaves "Inspector" Troy in charge of the case. Written by garykmcd

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Did You Know?


Cherie Lunghi plays Lillian Webster in this episode. She returns in episode 18.4, Midsomer Murders: A Dying Art (2016), in the role of Alexandra Monkford. See more »


Troy drives a Rover 45 with registration plate BX03 ZZG. When Barnaby and Troy learn that Cully may be in mortal danger, they jump into Troy's car and leave the station with a blue rooftop light and siren. But the plate on the car has changed to BU03 ZZG. As they are seen driving with the flashing light and siren, and arriving on-scene, the plate has returned to the original BX03 ZZG. See more »


[first lines]
Daniel Webster: Trouble.
Cully Barnaby: What?
Daniel Webster: Incoming. My dynamic dad.
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References The Land That Time Forgot (1974) See more »


Midsomer Murders
(Theme Song)
Written by Jim Parker
Performed by Celia Sheen
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One of the toughest and darkest episodes of Midsomer Murders with a bitter aftertaste
20 October 2020 | by znatokdetectivaSee all my reviews

I love Midsomer Murders, which I think is a perfect combination of all the elements needed for a detective show. It was just fine the first 6 seasons, with the only low points being "The Electric Vendetta" and "Who Killed Cock Robin?" (in fact, "Blue Herring" wasn't the best episode of the show either, but had too much good stuff and humor to call it a flop), and continues to be great here in season 7, which kicks off with "The Green Man", a good if not exactly great start. "The Green Man" is a sad breakup with Sgt. Troy and just a good episode in itself. In fact, my complaint about "The Green Man" is that it falls away from the usual concept and style of Midsomer Murders, being one of the most dark and bitter episodes of the show and does not carry the usual cheerfulness, humor and comfort that fills most good episodes of Midsomer Murders. Secondly, it is somewhat sagging in the middle and it lacks more dynamism and atmosphere. But now about the pros: I really liked the line with the old murder and its ending, which is one of the saddest in Midsomer Murders. The murder victims are all disgusting, and I'm very glad they were killed. The ending of the main storyline is hard, rough, unpleasant and shocking, but at the same time logical and successful, although the killer is a rather pathetic character. But the main advantage of the episode is undoubtedly David Bradley in the role of Tom, who actually steals the show and does an incredible, powerful and charismatic job, all the scenes with him are heartfelt and his character can not but inspire respect and compassion. As a result, a solid, though out of the ordinary episode of a great show. 9/10.

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