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Midsomer Murders

  • Episode: 

    3 of 5

  • Title: 

    Wild Harvest
  • Transmission (TX): 

    Wed 29 Jan 2014
  • TX Confirmed: 

    No
  • Time: 

    8.00pm - 10.00pm
  • Week: 

    Week 05 2014 : Sat 25 Jan - Fri 31 Jan
  • Channel: 

    ITV
Episode three: Wild Harvest 
 
When wealthy farmer Martin Strickland is covered in truffle oil and mauled to death by wild boar, the investigation leads to restaurant Wyvern House and its tyrannical celebrity chef Ruth Cameron. Secrets from the past bubble to the surface and the killer strikes again – but the poison spreads wider than its intended target.
 
After hearing shots in the night, 60s model turned herbalist Lizzy Thornfield discovers the body of Martin Strickland. The wealthy Midsomer Wyvern landowner has been tied to a tree and mauled to death.
 
Martin’s second wife Camilla tells Barnaby that he had fallen out with the tenants of Wyvern House, his former family home, now a restaurant run by tyrannical celebrity chef Ruth Cameron and her husband Johnny Linklater.  Martin was also angry about £10,000 worth of truffles stolen from his land.
 
The dead man’s last phone call was to Angela Linklater, landlady of the Stag & Huntsman and ex-wife of Johnny – she’s also his lover.  Camilla put up with the affair, but she is very angry to learn Martin left his substantial estate to his daughter Amy, ambitious commis-chef at Wyvern House.
 
The police confiscate shotguns from farmhand Jamie Weston but the post mortem reveals that Martin was covered in truffle oil and eaten alive by wild boar.  
 
Ruth’s protégé and whipping boy Nick Iver, sous chef at Wyvern House, is appalled to discover Ruth has stolen his recipes for her latest book ‘Wild Harvest’.  He throws a jug of fruit compote at her and storms out just as Barnaby and Nelson arrive.  
 
None of the women in Martin’s life seem to be too upset he’s dead. Amy tells Johnny she’s now his landlady and wants to invest in Wyvern House in return for a share of the business.
 
Jamie shows Barnaby and Nelson the site of the stolen truffles and they spot a bat box hiding a security camera.  Jamie’s sister Stephanie, the local butcher and Nick’s girlfriend, reels at the news.
 
Ruth is signing books at the farmers’ market when Lizzy accuses her of killing her son Max. 
Ruth returns to the restaurant in time to see Amy drop dead after tasting the wild celery and mushroom soup – the ‘celery’ is in fact a type of hemlock.  Meanwhile Johnny and Angela’s son Ferdy, the kitchen porter, is found in possession of magic mushrooms.
 
Camilla now stands to inherit, while Nick claims Martin offered to make him head chef at Wyvern House but he turned it down because of a long-held loyalty to Ruth. Then Barnaby and Sarah realise Ruth was the intended victim. Could the murderer strike again?
 
Meanwhile, CCTV identifies the truffle thief as Johnny, who claims Martin was blackmailing him to get control of the restaurant. He’s arrested as Barnaby discovers that Ruth was in a car crash 22 years ago. Max Thornfield, her boyfriend, was killed and Lizzy blames Ruth.
 
Nick’s past catches up with him while Jamie and Stephanie are caught red-handed.  As Ruth tries to atone for her wrongdoings, the killer strikes again, but once again the poison spreads wider than its intended target.  Will anyone else die before the case is solved?
 
 
Characters
 
Ruth Cameron - Sharon Small
Tyrannical celebrity chef Ruth has worked incredibly hard to set up her own restaurant, Wyvern House. Bold, determined and feisty, Ruth is passionate about food but her drive for perfection wins her a few enemies.    
               
Johnny Linklater - Clive Wood
Ruth's affable husband and co-owner of Wyvern House, Johnny adores Ruth, and is terrified of letting her down. Loveable but dysfunctional, he relies on Ruth’s strength and success.  
 
Nick Iver - Marc Elliott
Sous chef Nick is Ruth's protégé and whipping boy. He’s a good, sensitive person in a 
loving relationship with his partner, Stephanie. However his commitment to Ruth remains absolute.
 
Ferdy Linklater - Tyger Drew-Honey
Johnny's son and sardonic kitchen porter who likes to revel in others’ misery.  But he could be just a typical teenager.
 
Amy Strickland - Lucinda Dryzek
The ambitious commis-chef at Wyvern House and daughter to Martin, Amy’s had a troubled upbringing, and is determined to make something of herself independently of her father. 
 
Martin Strickland - Neil McCaul
A local wealthy gentleman farmer, who you wouldn’t like to double-cross, and father to Amy.
 
Camilla Strickland - Lucy Akhurst
Martin’s second wife Camilla is scheming, opportunistic and materialistic. She clashes with Martin’s daughter, Amy.
 
Angela Linklater - Arabella Weir
Angela is Johnny’s ex-wife and mother to Ferdy.  She’s landlady of the Stag & Huntsman and is self-confident, attractive and slightly blousy. 
 
Stephanie Weston - Catherine Bailey
The local butcher and Nick's girlfriend, Stephanie is bubbly, ballsy and protective of Nick.  
 
Jamie Weston - Matt Kennard
A farmhand working for Martin and Stephanie’s brother, Jamie is the quiet, sympathetic type. 
 
Lizzy Thornfield - Hayley Mills
A hippyish herbalist but contrary to appearances, Lizzy has sass, and has lived in the fast lane. She also has a dark history with Ruth, history she’s not going to let the chef forget.
 
Cast
 
DCI John Barnaby - Neil Dudgeon
DS Charlie Nelson - Gwilym Lee
Sarah Barnaby - Fiona Dolman
Kate Wilding - Tamzin Malleson
Martin Strickland - Neil McCaul
Ruth Cameron - Sharon Small
Nick Iver - Marc Elliott
Amy Strickland - Lucinda Dryzek
Johnny Linklater - Clive Wood
Ferdy Linklater - Tyger Drew-Honey
Lizzy Thornfield - Hayley Mills
Jamie Weston - Matt Kennard
Stephanie Weston - Catherine Bailey
Camilla Strickland - Lucy Akhurst
Angela Linklater - Arabella Weir