Midsomer Murders The Killings at Badger’s Drift Recap Season 1 Episode 1 – Thanks to Netflix I’ve been introduced to the hugely popular murder mystery series Midsomer Murders. I have become addicted to the quirky series that has a respectable 20 seasons under its belt.
Midsomer Murders The Killings at Badger’s Drift Recap Season 1 Episode 1
Much like the fictional American location of Cabot Cove, the British locale of Midsomer has a disturbing number of murders and offers viewers multiple murders per episode. Midsomer Murders is a blend of camp and formulaic dependability.
It’s especially fun to see guest stars who have had legendary careers or soon to be stars who have gone onto much larger roles.
Midsomer Murders The Killings at Badger’s Drift Recap Season 1 Episode 1 – Spoilers below
Emily Simpson is searching the woods for a rare orchid when a sound draws her deeper into the woods. Off camera she sees a horrible sight that sends the poor woman heading home as fast as she can pedal her bike. Not long after she returns home, she’s confronted by her murderer.
When her neighbor calls the police, enter DCI Tom Barnaby and Sgt. Gavin Troy. Very quickly Barnaby and Dr. Bullard come to a consensus that Emily did not trip and fall, breaking her neck. It was murder.
There are plenty of suspects. There’s the Porsche driving (with license plates that read RIP 1) undertaker, Dennis Rainbird and his equally creepy, but criminally resourceful mother, Iris Rainbird.
There’s the young bride-to-be Katherine Lacey (Emily Mortimer) who is marrying the significantly older and wheelchair-bound Henry Trace. Believe it or not, that’s Julian Glover better known to Game of Thrones fans as Pycelle – the Grand Maester in residence at the Red Keep.
We’re introduced to Joyce Barnaby (Tom’s wife) and daughter Cully Barnaby who is a student and aspiring actress. Cully is visiting for a week, apparently sans green hair and a temporary tattoo, to study her lines for an upcoming play.
Very quickly it become clear that Joyce is a terrible cook. Though she serves up almost as many dishes as there are murders including lamb’s neck, quail, pot of au feu, and marks and sparks.
Poor Gavin Troy is obviously the butt of the joke in the wardrobe department – sporting shirts and ties of such throbbing, colorful variety that would rival Saul Goodman. Troy is a reckless driver and given to eyebrow raising commentary. He describes (accurately) one person of interest as being “scared shitless.” Another questionable choice of vocabulary on Troy’s part inspires Barnaby to point out that Troy is “as politically correct as a Nuremberg rally.”
Emily’s murder is only the first and the bodies begin to pile up in Badger’s Drift. Barnaby’s conscious and unconscious mind is always on the case and thanks to a wildly vivid dream and the sum of his dogged questioning, he cracks the case.
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There are a number of actors in this first episode who will appear in future episodes:
Richard Cant and Elizabeth Spriggs will return in Season 9 in Dead Letters (episode 2) as Alistair and Ursula Gooding.
The character David Whitely (Christopher Villiers) will appear again in Death’s Shadow (Season 2, episode 1)
Barbara Young who plays Anne Quine will return in Season 9’s Last Year’s Model as Gwen Trevelyan.
Body count and cause of death – Midsomer Murders The Killings at Badger’s Drift Recap Season 1 Episode 1
Emily Simpson – Bludgeoning
Bella Trace – Shot gun blast to the chest
Dennis Rainbird – Knife to the neck
Iris Rainbird – Multiple stab wounds
Phyllis Cadell – suicide
Katherine Lacey – Shot gun blast murder
Michael Lacey – Shot gun blast suicide
Body count to date: 7
Other episodes of Midsomer Murders reviewed on TV Eskimo:
1.2 – Written In Blood
Midsomer Murders The Killings at Badger’s Drift Recap Season 1 Episode 1 characters and cast include:
DCI Tom Barnaby – John Nettles (Bergerac, The Hound of the Baskervilles, The Merchant of Venice, Poldark)
Sgt. Gavin Troy – Daniel Casey (EastEnders, Coronation Street, Casualty, Marchlands, Silent Witness)
Joyce Barnaby – Jane Wymark (Poldark, Rob Roy, All Men Are)
Dr. Bullard – Barry Jackson (Barry Lyndon, Wimbledon, Doctors, Silent Witness, Heartbeat)
Cully Barnaby – Laura Howard (Young Dracula, Cuffs, Casualty)
Emily Simpson – Renee Asherson (The Others, Agatha Christie’s Miss Marple: A Murder is Announced)
Lucy Bellringer – Rosalie Crutchley (The Haunting, Casualty, Four Weddings and a Funeral)
Michael Lacey – Jonathan Firth (Luther, Victoria & Albert, Albert Schweitzer, Middlemarch)
Katherine Lacey – Emily Mortimer (Shutter Island, Hugo, Lars and the Real Girl, Harry Brown, Doll & Em, Match Point, Bright Young Things)
Henry Trace – Julian Glover (Grantchester, Game of Thrones, Holby City, Spies of Warsaw, Silent Witness, Scoop, Troy, Doctor Who)
Phyllis Cadell – Selina Cadell (Doc Martin, Match Point, Wild Child, Hereafter)
David Whitely – Christopher Villiers (Emmerdale, Bloody Sunday, Hetty Feather)
Dennis Rainbird – Richard Cant (Taboo, Outlander, Bleak House, Sparkle, Stuart: A Life Backwards)
Iris Rainbird – Elizabeth Spriggs (Sense and Sensibility, Simon and the Witch, Shackleton, Jeeves and Wooster, Doctor Who)
Dr. Trevor Lessiter – Bill Wallis (The Other Boleyn Girl, Brazil, Dangerfield)
Barbara Lessiter – Diana Hardcastle (The Boy, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, The Kennedys, A Good Woman)
Judith Lessiter – Jessica Hynes (Shaun of the Dead, Spaced, Son of Rambow, Bridget Jones’s Baby, Doctor Who, Swing Kids)
Anne Quine – Barbara Young (Coronation Street, Last of the Summer Wine, Jane Eyre, Doctors)
Mary Sharpe – Avril Elgar (Wilde, The Medusa Touch, Betrayal)