Midsomer Murders: A Tale of Two Hamlets is set in Upper Walden & starts at the grand opening of the 'Ellis Bell Satanic Experience' public attraction at Upper Walden Manor that ties in with a smash hit horror film The House of Satan based upon the 100 year old book by former Upper Walden resident Ellis Bell, the owner Rupert Smythe-Webster (Ronald Pickup) introduces the star of the film & his nephew Larry Smith (Charlie Beall) who becomes toast when he runs out in front of the press & over to a nearby cricket pavilion which explodes when he enters it. DCI Tom Barnaby (John Nettles) & Stg. Gavin Troy (Daniel Casey) are on the case & there are no shortage of suspects, then Frank (Jonathan Hyde) another Smythe-Webster is found murdered & Barnaby has to sift through the rumours & clues to bring the killer or killers to justice...
Episode 4 from season 6 this Midsomer Murders mystery was directed by Peter Smith & is another top murder mystery from one of my favourite show's. The script by Alan Plater has all the usual ingredients for a good episode with blackmail, back stabbing, dark secrets, lies, murder & the letting down of car tyres. The story is as intricate & intriguing as usual, the murder mystery elements are good & pretty gripping. These Midsomer murder mysteries are never that easy to second guess & I doubt many will identify the killer or killers easily, there's plenty of suspects, they all have reasonable motives & there isn't one particular suspect that stands out or is too heavily implicated. The character's are good as is the dialogue & the killer or killers have good & interesting motives which work very well but at almost two hours in length & not much action or excitement some may begin to run out of patience before the end. I liked it but then I'm a big fan of the series so maybe I'm biased but I don't really care.
As usual there's plenty of the English countryside on show here & it's well made with high production values. The acting is strong from a good cast.
A Tale of Two Hamlets is a top British murder mystery from possibly the best crime drama currently on TV over here (I'm not sure if this is show elsewhere in the world). Definitely recommended especially for mystery fans.
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