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Midsomer Murders

  • Episode:

    1 of 1

  • Title:

    Send in the Clowns

  • Transmission (TX):

    Tue 14 Jan 2020

  • TX Confirmed


  • Time

    8.00pm - 10.00pm

  • Week:

    Week 03 2020 : Sat 11 Jan - Fri 17 Jan

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  • Published:

    Wed 18 Dec 2019

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Midsomer Murders – Send in the Clowns

Things take a gruesome turn when Ferrabees Circus comes to town, bringing with it a chain of sinister clown sightings, threatening notes and deathly dangerous circus acts. Barnaby will have to face up to his fears in order to solve the case. 


Ferrabee’s Circus is back in town! But owner Joe and his troupe receive a less than warm welcome when a string of scary clown appearances around the village sours the reputation of the circus. Hoping to make a permanent base on the land Joe and his estranged brother Curtis share proves to be harder than Joe had once thought. Especially when Curtis begins to do everything in his power to turf the circus off the land. 

Joe’s circus is failing, and employee and lifelong friend Daniella is more than aware of this. Losing her own sister Elsa during a duet trapeze act accident, Daniella has relied on the circus as her family and doesn’t want to see it fail. So when her husband and lead clown Terry announces he’s jumping ship to join a different circus, Daniella chooses to remain loyal to Ferrabee’s. 

The circus faces its biggest hurdle when during a clown act, performer Terry is shot and killed live on stage in front of the audience! His stage partner Les is immediately blamed for the crime; the gun was in his hands and was witnessed by a crowd full of people. On closer inspection Barnaby and Winter realise that his was not the gun that killed Terry – someone who knew the act well must have shot him at the same time Les fired his gun, which only contained blanks. 

When footage is uncovered that shows a blurred figure lurking at the back of the Big Top on the day of Terry’s murder, our Detectives think they may have a new lead for their killer. But Barnaby and Winter are left baffled when another body turns up – this time at the abattoir neighbouring the circus. The Police begin to try and find what could possibly connect the two murders, whilst simultaneously trying to identify a mystery clown who is still terrifying the local residents... all of which leaves Barnaby forced to face his own fears... 

Cast list

DCI John Barnaby - Neil Dudgeon 
Ds Jamie Winter - Nick Hendrix 
Sarah Barnaby - Fiona Dolman 
Fleur Perkins - Annette Badland 
Joseph Ferabbee - Jason Watkins
Daniella Bellini - Lorraine Ashbourne
Harry Ferabbee - Andrew Gower
Curtis Ferabbee - Neil Stuke
Freya Ferabbee - Lorraine Burroughs
Terry ‘Groucho’ Bellini - Kevin Eldon
Sophia Bellini - Joni Kamen
Les ‘Oucho’ Morrison - Mike Grady
Mostyn Cartwright - Jonathan Bonnici
Ashley Denton - Terence Maynard