A woman is crushed to death with a giant round of cheese at the home of the world-famous Midsomer Blue. Secret and controversial plans to modernise the dairy are revealed while rumours about private lives of the parents cause a row at the prestigious local prep school. As other people linked to the dairy meet agonising deaths, long-held secrets start to emerge.
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Debbie Moffett is crushed to death by a giant round of cheese just hours after an argument at a Parents’ Council meeting at Midsomer Pastures Prep School. Debbie worked at the dairy which produces the world-famous Midsomer Blue and was found by her colleague Jim Caxton. Jim seems more anxious about his precious cheese than the death of Debbie.
Barnaby and Jones break the news to Debbie’s daughter Holly and headmistress Sylvia Mountford. Former England rugby player turned dairy owner Gregory Brantner comes home from a night at a hotel. Gregory’s wife Hayley, Oliver Ordish’s wife Beatrix and Jim’s sister-in-law Helen were all at prep school together and the Brantners recently returned to Midsomer to take over Hayley’s family business.
Detectives are suspicious when no-one has a bad word to say about Debbie. Then Kate discovers Holly was being expelled. She’s on a dairy scholarship which carries strict rules – which Debbie was breaking by allegedly having an affair. Debbie’s phone leads police to Oliver, who works for the cheese board. He admits they were sleeping together.
Gregory explains that Debbie was helping him with his business – despite winning awards, its cheese-making is labour-intensive and loss-making. Just then, Helen arrives and empties her milk delivery over the yard, angry that Gregory has cancelled her order.
Beatrix and Oliver argue and he storms off. When he returns from the pub, he is garrotted and the next morning Kate finds his mouth full of unusual maggots.
The dairy appears to be crucial to the case. Helen’s husband killed himself because his farm was struggling and Jim suspects she may be taking revenge. Then Beatrix’s daughter Poppy disappears. Gregory admits he was due to meet Debbie the night she died to celebrate a new controversial deal, making Midsomer Blue for a national supermarket chain. Meanwhile, as Hayley tries to comfort Beatrix, Jones finds her missing daughter.
Jim is sacked as Kate suspects Oliver was killed with cheese wire and covered with cheese fly larvae and Jones discovers Gregory was paying the dead man a consultancy fee. Gregory tries to reassure Hayley that the dairy has a future, but that night he goes to investigate an alarm at the dairy and is stabbed through the heart with a cheese needle. Hayley tries to talk to Helen but her old school friend is not interested.
Then Jones discovers Beatrix had a child as a teenager – Jake, now an animal rights activist. Helen is hit with a wrench as she tends her cattle. Jim finds her and they declare their love before being trampled to death. Nearby, Jim’s car is full of maggot-laden cheese.
Sylvia tells Beatrix and Hayley things have got out of hand. They deny any involvement but on the way home Beatrix collapses. Help comes from an unexpected source and the police rush back to their school. Can they stop the killer before the bitterness of the past leads to yet more deaths?
Debbie Moffett - Martine McCutcheon
Feisty single mum Debbie grew up in Midsomer and attended the local prep school. She works at the dairy and her daughter Holly attends the school on a dairy scholarship.
Sylvia Mountford - Maggie Steed
Headmistress of Midsomer Pasture Prep, Sylvia is in her 60s, icy and proper. She has been there for 40 years and rules children and parents alike with a rod of iron.
Beatrix Ordish - Lucy Liemann
Former pupil Beatrix is now chairperson of the Parents’ Council at the prep school and enjoys holding court. Pretty and prim, she’s unhappily married to Oliver.
Oliver Ordish - Richard Dillane
Oliver works for a quango promoting UK cheese and is an advisor to Gregory. He’s married to Beatrix but their outwardly devotion hides rifts and secrets on both sides.
Poppy Ordish - Eloise Webb
Poppy is Beatrix and Oliver’s precocious and bright eight-year-old daughter.
Hayley Brantner - Hattie Morahan
Hayley, an aspiring writer, grew up in Midsomer where her father ran the dairy. She gladly left to marry Gregory, but her father’s death brought her back and she hates it.
Gregory Brantner - Patrick Robinson
Former England rugby player Gregory Brantner arrived in Midsomer to take over the dairy after the death of his father-in-law. He’s a fish out of water but wants to succeed.
Jim Caxton - Con O’Neill
Jim works at the dairy and has devoted his life to the production of the perfect Midsomer Blue cheese. As a result, he’s socially inept and unable to express his emotions.
Helen Caxton - Kate Ashfield
Helen was recently widowed after the suicide of her husband, Jim’s brother. She farms dairy cattle but faces an uncertain future as her herd is threatened by cuts at the dairy.
Jake Yapley - Jesse Fox
A young man with a secret past, Jake is intense and damaged and has turned his anger into animal rights activism.
Holly - Isabella Blake-Thomas
Debbie’s sweet-natured daughter, aged eight, a pupil at Midsomer Pastures Prep.