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MIDSOMER MURDERS: Season 7

A scene from MIDSOMER MURDERS: Season 7, episode 1 “Green Man” featuring Detective Chief Inspector Tom Barnaby (center). Set in the deceptively idyllic fictional English county of Midsomer, the suspenseful drama is based on the popular novels of Caroline Graham.
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A scene from MIDSOMER MURDERS: Season 7, episode 1 “Green Man” featuring Detective Chief Inspector Tom Barnaby (center). Set in the deceptively idyllic fictional English county of Midsomer, the suspenseful drama is based on the popular novels of Caroline Graham.

Airs Thursdays, July 28, Aug. 4, Sept. 8-29, Oct. 6 - Nov. 10 & Dec. 15 & 22, 2016 at 9 p.m. on KPBS TV

Featuring unsavory characters, unrequited love, secret affairs, corruption and conspiracy, Season 7 of MIDSOMER MURDERS is sure to have mystery lovers on the edge of their seats.

Set in the deceptively idyllic fictional English county of Midsomer, the suspenseful drama MIDSOMER MURDERS is based on the popular novels of Caroline Graham. Featuring an eccentric cast of characters, ubiquitous red herrings, and quaint countryside scenery, this long-running crime series recalls classic public television British mysteries of the past. At the heart of the show is the perceptive and meticulous criminal investigator Detective Chief Inspector Tom Barnaby (John Nettles - BERGERAC; THE CHANNEL ISLANDS AT WAR).

After the promotion and subsequent departure of Barnaby's longtime sidekick Sergeant Troy (Daniel Casey) in episode one, newcomer Sergeant Dan Scott (John Hopkins) arrives to pick up the slack. The new duo investigate an array of captivating crimes, including the violent murder of a womanizing landowner, the burning of a clergyman at a festival, and the death of a prize-winning author. Season 7 guest stars include David Bradley ("Harry Potter," GAME OF THRONES), Henry Cavill ("Man of Steel") and Sophie Turner (Vanity Fair).

EPISODE GUIDE:

Actor David Bradley (GAME OF THRONES) is featured in episode 1 "Green Man" of Season 7 of MIDSOMER MURDERS.
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Actor David Bradley (GAME OF THRONES) is featured in episode 1 "Green Man" of Season 7 of MIDSOMER MURDERS.

“The Green Man” Parts 1 & 2 air Thursdays, July 28 & Aug. 4 at 9 p.m. - Sgt. Troy sadly leaves the Midsomer team in this episode, though not before having to cope with some dramatic events. Troy wins a promotion to inspector but before he can decide on his future, the Midsomer canal tunnel collapses during a restoration project, revealing ancient human bones with a recent skeleton hidden among them. As Barnaby investigates, Troy is sent to the woods near Midsomer Worthy where Tom (David Bradley - "Argus Filch" in "Harry Potter"), has been attacked by a group of youths. Then one of the teenagers is caught in a man trap and shot dead. Is Tom responsible? This episode features Henry Cavil ("Man of Steel").

Newcomer Sergeant Dan Scott (John Hopkins) in MIDSOMER MURDERS: Season 7, episode 2 "Bad Tidings."
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Newcomer Sergeant Dan Scott (John Hopkins) in MIDSOMER MURDERS: Season 7, episode 2 "Bad Tidings."

"Bad Tidings" Parts 1 & 2 air Thursdays, Sept. 8 & 15 at 9 p.m. - Sergeant Dan Scott arrives to work with Barnaby and is thrown straight into a murder investigation in Midsomer Mallow. A squeaking noise heard near the scene of Fiona Thompson's bloodstained body leads police to suspect an odd job man. But when the murder toll rises, Barnaby becomes concerned for Cully, who is organizing a 10-year reunion with her old school friends.

Sergeant Dan Scott (John Hopkins), DCI Tom Barnaby (John Nettles) and wife Joyce Barnaby (Jane Wymark) in a scene from MIDSOMER MURDERS: Season 7, episode 3 “Fisher King.”
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Sergeant Dan Scott (John Hopkins), DCI Tom Barnaby (John Nettles) and wife Joyce Barnaby (Jane Wymark) in a scene from MIDSOMER MURDERS: Season 7, episode 3 “Fisher King.”

"The Fisher King" Parts 1 & 2 air Thursdays, Sept. 22 & 29 at 9 p.m. - Womanizing landowner Gareth Heldman is killed by a violent blow from a Celtic spear, reawakening memories of a tragic archaeological dig at the ancient mound of Midsomer Barrow. Barnaby and Scott's investigation stirs up a maze of twisted relationships, professional jealousies and lies festering within the picturesque village community.

A scene from MIDSOMER MURDERS: Season 7, episode 4 "Sins of Commission." A prize-winning author is murdered on the eve of the Midsomer Literary Festival.
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A scene from MIDSOMER MURDERS: Season 7, episode 4 "Sins of Commission." A prize-winning author is murdered on the eve of the Midsomer Literary Festival.

"Sins Of Commission" Parts 1 & 2 air Thursdays, Oct. 6 & 13 at 9 p.m. - A prize-winning author is murdered on the eve of the Midsomer Literary Festival. Barnaby and Scott discover the seemingly highbrow literary community of Midsomer St. Michael is in fact a hotbed of corruption, sexual scandal and financial mismanagement. But before they can discover which of their suspects is telling the truth, the death toll begins to rise.

A scene from MIDSOMER MURDERS: Season 7, episode 5 "Maid in Splendour," featuring Detective Chief Inspector Tom Barnaby (John Nettles).
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A scene from MIDSOMER MURDERS: Season 7, episode 5 "Maid in Splendour," featuring Detective Chief Inspector Tom Barnaby (John Nettles).

"The Maid in Splendor" Parts 1 & 2 air Thursdays, Oct. 20 & 27 at 9 p.m. - A barman from the "Maid in Splendour" pub is shot dead as he walks near a ruined cottage in the woods. Barnaby and Scott discover a clash of cultures at the pub, between locals and new money, and between charming old landlord Michael Bannerman (William Gaunt) and his bullish son Stephen. But when Stephen, too, is murdered, past passions become as important as current enemies.

A scene from MIDSOMER MURDERS: Season 7, episode 6 “Straw Women,” featuring Detective Chief Inspector Tom Barnaby (John Nettles) and Sergeant Dan Scott (John Hopkins).
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A scene from MIDSOMER MURDERS: Season 7, episode 6 “Straw Women,” featuring Detective Chief Inspector Tom Barnaby (John Nettles) and Sergeant Dan Scott (John Hopkins).

Broadcast dates/times to be determined:

"The Straw Woman" Parts 1 &2 air Thursdays, Nov. 3 & 10 at 9 p.m. - The revival of a traditional festival at Midsomer Parva ends in tragedy when the curate is burned alive inside a straw effigy of a woman. Then his gay lover, Rev. Jim Hale (Jonathan Hackett) dies too, a victim of apparent spontaneous combustion, in front of a severed pig's head on the altar. Amid rumors of witchcraft, some villagers blame Manor owner and orgy host Alan Clifford (Keith Barron), who has a secret of his own.

A scene from MIDSOMER MURDERS: Season 7, episode 7 "Ghost Of Christmas Past," featuring Detective Chief Inspector Tom Barnaby
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A scene from MIDSOMER MURDERS: Season 7, episode 7 "Ghost Of Christmas Past," featuring Detective Chief Inspector Tom Barnaby

Broadcast dates/times to be determined:

"Ghosts Of Christmas Past" Parts 1 & 2 air Thursdays, Dec. 15 & 22 at 9 p.m. - Barnaby looks forward, with reservations, to entertaining his in-laws for Christmas. Meanwhile, exactly nine years after the suicide of Ferdy Villiers, his family and their guests arrive at the somewhat dilapidated Villiers home to celebrate the festive season. However, not everyone present is imbued with the holiday spirit and the already rather tense atmosphere begins to disintegrate even further when it becomes apparent that someone in the household is all too aware that certain family members have dark secrets to hide. When what initially appears to have been an accident is revealed to be murder, Barnaby and Scott discover that they must first unravel what really happened in the past in order to resolve the present.

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