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MIDSOMER MURDERS: The Killings At Badger’s Drift - Parts One & Two

Airs Thursdays, August 7 & 14, 2014 at 9 p.m. on KPBS TV

Above: DCI Tom Barnaby and Detective Sergeant Troy of Causton CID.

Now in its 16th season on ITV in England, MIDSOMER MURDERS has been an international phenomenon since it first premiered in 1997. The pilot episode, "The Killings At Badger's Drift" was the highest-rated show on British television that year, and the series continues to garner stand-out ratings.

Courtesy of Aurelien Hayman

Emily Simpson's house - known as Beehive Cottage.

"The Killings At Badger's Drift" (Parts One & Two) - The peace of the seemingly idyllic village of Badger's Drift is shattered by the inexplicable murder of an old lady, Emily Simpson (Renée Asherson), found dead in her cottage after witnessing something unsettling in the woods. Her old friend, Lucy Bellringer (Rosalie Crutchley), is convinced that Emily's death was not from natural causes. The investigation of DCI Barnaby (John Nettles) and Detective Sergeant Troy (Daniel Casey) of Causton CID uncovers a web of sinister events, some long buried in the past.

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