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Midsomer Murders

  • Episode: 

    1 of 6

  • Title: 

    Habeas Corpus
  • Transmission (TX): 

    Wed 06 Jan 2016
  • TX Confirmed: 

    Yes
  • Time: 

    8.00pm - 10.00pm
  • Week: 

    Week 01 2016 : Sat 02 Jan - Fri 08 Jan
  • Channel: 

    ITV
  • Status: 

    Returning
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Series overview
 
Body snatching, UFO spotting and an international cycle race are just some of the weird and wonderful worlds that DCI John Barnaby and DS Charlie Nelson are immersed in for the 18th series of MIDSOMER MURDERS.
 
Neil Dudgeon (Barnaby) and Gwilym Lee (Nelson) return for a extended run of six feature length episodes on ITV made by Bentley Productions (part of All3media).
 
The crime solving duo is joined this series by new forensic pathologist Dr Kam Karimore played by Manjinder Virk.  And Barnaby's wife Sarah (series regular Fiona Dolman) also returns along with baby Betty and of course family favourite Sykes the dog.
 
Episode 1: Habeas Corpus
 
When wealthy landowner Gregory Lancaster’s body goes missing on the night of his death, a sinister web of secrets and lies is exposed in the village of Little Malton. DCI Barnaby, DS Nelson and new Forensic Pathologist Kam Karimore are drawn into a macabre world of body-snatching as they seek to identify the villain.
 
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Wealthy landowner Gregory Lancaster breathes his last, surrounded by his wife Hermione, daughter Rose and Craig Coffley, Rose’s partner. Dr Isaac Vernon confirms the death,as Gregory’s son, Antarctic expedition leader Felix, arrives just too late to see his father. Undertakers Caleb Southwood and Ellie Loxley go to the body, only to discover that it has gone missing.
 
The Barnabys and Betty, with her favourite pink teddy, see Nelson arrive with the news. At Malton Hall they find new pathologist Kam Karimore in situ, and Nelson tells Barnaby they have got off on the wrong foot. Concluding the body was removed via the window, Barnaby and Nelson interview the family, and learn that Felix plans to affect a quick sale, whilst a visit from Rev. Melissa Ackers shows bad blood between the family and the vicar.Barnaby and Nelson are intrigued to learn that doctor Isaac and undertaker Caleb live together: a “one-stop shop”, perhaps?
 
When the body of the Lancaster’s ex-nanny is stolen from the graveyard it seems the family are being persecuted. Barnaby learns that Melissa’s antagonism from the family was over access to a family vault, and notices a closeness between the vicar and Craig. Then wealthy businessman Sonny Desai – an old school-friend of Felix’s – arrives to buy the estate, much to tenant farmer Bobbie’s shock. Barnaby presses Caleb and Isaac over Lydia’s death and burial, and Ellie grows suspicious of her employers. As Sonny and the Lancasters reacquaint themselves, the tensions mount over the ‘climbing game’ they played as children. Caleb and Isaac move a body to a car under cover of darkness. Barnaby and Nelson get a breakthrough when Kam reveals climbing-rope fibres were found at both crime scenes, making both Felix and Craig suspects. Meanwhile Craig and Bobbie both question Sonny’s motives, and Sonny and Felix’s friendship gives way to mutual distrust. A search of Craig’s van finds nothing, Craig tells Melissa to keep away from him. Then Felix finds Craig in the woods, seemingly dead.
 
Barnaby and Nelson arrive on the scene to find the body has gone. Barnaby orders a search and the evidence mounts against Felix when a carabiner is found nearby with his fingerprints on it. It transpires Felix lied about his return to the UK and agreed the sale of Malton Hall to Sonny years ago in return for expedition funding. Nelson learns of Sonny’s business interests in mining. Meanwhile, Ellie sneaks into Caleb’s garage and discovers a body in the car, and has to jump in beside the corpse to avoid being caught. Felix insists he’s being framed, and as relations sour between him and 
 
Sonny, Barnaby and Nelson get word that Ellie is missing. They head off in pursuit, finding her en route to Devil’s Lake, and arriving at the waterside just in time to prevent Caleb and Isaac dumping a body. 
 
Caleb and Isaac explain they merely offer bespoke funeral services, but Barnaby and Nelson make a vital breakthrough when they learn of a death on a previous expedition of Felix’s, and realise that this isn’t about property, it’s about revenge. As someone is thrown into serious danger from the top of Malton Scar Barnaby and Nelson race to save the day and solve the mystery.