Midsomer Murders (1997– )
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Picture of Innocence 

Someone puts Barnaby in the frame in the murders of two rival photographers and is ordered to stay home on virtual house arrest.


Richard Holthouse


Andrew Payne (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
Nigel Anthony Nigel Anthony ... Lionel Bell
Andrew Tiernan ... Steve Bright
Adrian Scarborough ... Eddie Carfax
Peter Eyre ... Headley Madrigal
Richard Lintern ... Martin Spellman
Martin Hutson ... Seb Madrigal
Montserrat Lombard ... Philomena Bell
Caroline Trowbridge Caroline Trowbridge ... Imogen
Ian Peck ... Adam Knox
François Domange François Domange ... Maitre d' Hôtel (as Francois Domange)
Malcolm Raeburn Malcolm Raeburn ... Hotel Manager


DCI Tom Barnaby himself becomes the prime suspect when amateur photographer Lionel Bell is found death in the woods of Luxton Deeping because of a photograph showing Barnaby kissing Bell's estranged wife, who is an old girlfriend of his. Furthermore Barnaby's fingerprints are on a wine glass at Bell's home, an entry in Bell's diary names Barnaby as his guest the evening before his death and Barnaby has no alibi for neither that evening nor the time of the murder. The case is taken over by the unpopular detective inspector Martin Spellman who does not believe that the evidence against Barnaby is fabricated. More deaths occur while Barnaby conducts his own, unofficial investigation to clear his name Written by Carsten Pedersen

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Crime | Drama | Mystery








Release Date:

3 June 2007 (UK) See more »

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Bentley Productions See more »
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Did You Know?


Peter Eyre plays Headley Madrigal in this episode. He previously played the role of Leonard Pike in episode 2.2, Midsomer Murders: Strangler's Wood (1999). See more »


It's common in TV shows and movies to insert the sound of a motor drive when someone takes a picture--whether a motor drive is being used or not. When Seb is photographing his plate of bitten biscuits, he's using a camera that has no motor drive. You can easily tell, because he manually advances the film after each exposure (which defeats the purpose of having a motor drive--that's its job). Digital cameras, of course, need no motor to transport non-existent film, but you often still hear a motor drive "squeee" anyway. I suspect it's a running gag or in-joke within the sound editing guild. See more »


[first lines]
Steve Bright: Cheese!
Lionel Bell: Get out of the way; I'm trying to photograph this tree.
Steve Bright: So am I, so you'll just have to wait.
[snaps a shot]
Steve Bright: Oh yes, got a real cracker here, Lionel. One for the annual exhibition, I reckon. Your heap of junk hasn't got a prayer up against this baby.
Lionel Bell: Get out of my way!
Steve Bright: God, I'd love to give you a good thumping.
Lionel Bell: Help yourself. Why don't you finish me off while you're about it! After all, you're the one who ruined my life, aren't you?
Steve Bright: Don't be pathetic.
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Midsomer Murders
(Theme Song)
Written by Jim Parker
Performed by Celia Sheen
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Nettles is losing the plot...
8 June 2007 | by GhostwoodSee all my reviews

I am a great fan of both the series and John Nettles, but the plots of Midsomer Murders seem to be getting more inane with each episode. Granted, there have been some contrived though enjoyable episodes - A Death In Chorus and Country Matters are recent favourites - but this one was terrible.

The scene where the digital photographer continually flashed the film photographer by way of intimidation brought laughter and derision from my family, and the ultimate premise was too far-fetched for words.

Usually, good acting and production values tend to carry even the more contrived episodes through to a reasonable denouement; for me though, this one was just so silly it was beyond saving.

I've read somewhere that the franchise is coming to the end of its run...I hope it goes out on more of a high.

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