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Midsomer Murders

  • Episode: 

    4 of 4

  • Title: 

    A Vintage Murder
  • Transmission (TX): 

    Wed 18 Feb 2015
  • TX Confirmed: 

    Yes
  • Time: 

    8.00pm - 10.00pm
  • Week: 

    Week 08 2015 : Sat 14 Feb - Fri 20 Feb
  • Channel: 

    ITV
  • Status: 

    Last in series
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Episode 4 - A Vintage Murder
 
The fizz goes out of a sparkling wine launch when the glasses are laced with poison. Who is targeting the Midsomer Vinae Winery and what does the attack have to do with the death of a child in a hit-and-run accident?
 
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The launch of the latest sparkling wine by Midsomer Vinae Winery falls flat when wine critic Nadia Simons gives it a scathing review, then guests sampling the vintage start to collapse. Owner William Carnarvon suspects the Farmers Wives Association of trying to destroy his business while his wife Diana frets over her mother Matilda, one of the victims.
 
Kate reveals the wine was laced with slug poison while campaigner and district nurse Elspeth Rice convenes an urgent meeting. At the nearby Vine Hotel, boss Louis Paynton tells detectives he sold his family’s farm to the Carnarvons to establish the winery.
 
The villagers blame the vineyard for the death of 10-year-old Jessica Tyler, daughter of hotel porter Roger and his wife Judy, because Jessica was struck by a hit-and-run driver following an earlier boozy wine launch. Nadia’s car was seen speeding from the scene.
 
Nadia is drinking again when a car drives straight at her. She recovers consciousness briefly only to find herself trapped in the vineyard’s fermentation room with no air supply. Louis’ son Kevin discovers her body – she died from carbon dioxide poisoning.  Barnaby and Nelson search Nadia’s room and find cash and air tickets to the south of France.
 
Kevin, a loyal worker at the winery, is angry when his dad tells him he wants to buy it from  the struggling Carnarvons.  Meanwhile the Tylers’ surviving daughter Tina plans to run away with the Carnarvon’s son Ryan. Nelson discovers Nadia had been sacked for taking bribes in return for good reviews and had cirrhosis of the liver. Judy tells police that since Jessica’s death she has hardly been outside, but is comforted by Elspeth. Elspeth is worried about falling water levels in the pond.
 
William and Diana face losing the vineyard but Matilda wants to give her cash to Ryan instead – only if he takes up a prestigious offer to study music. They deny paying Nadia for a good review and refuse Louis’ offer to buy them out.  Later Louis is called to a guest’s bedroom and falls to his death from the window, apparently pushed. Kevin tells police his father never took no for an answer – especially where women were concerned.
 
Tina and Ryan pack to leave, but as Tina waits by the pond she is dragged into the bushes. Kevin, now owner of the Vine Hotel, offers to go into partnership with William, but his mentor is offended not flattered and tells a hurt Kevin he is as bad as his father.
 
Kate reviews Jessica’s case and finds the collision was low speed, so it’s unlikely to be Nadia. Ryan fears he’s been jilted, until he spots Tina’s backpack by the pond. Police divers are called but instead of Tina, they find a small rusting red car underwater. Ryan’s parents are angry at the plans to elope and even Matilda turns against him.
 
Diana admits she applied for bankruptcy – she paid Nadia for a bad review because she wanted the vineyard to close.  She also admits to poisoning the wine.  Meanwhile time is running out for Tina who is bound and gagged and trapped in a cellar as wine begins to cascade dangerously from above. Can police find her in time and discover who really killed Jessica – and Nadia and Louis?
 
Characters – A Vintage Murder
 
Nadia Simons – Naoko Mori
A revered wine critic, she has an acid tongue and an arched eyebrow at all times. It's Nadia's world and we just live in it.
 
William Carnarvon – Mark Bonnar
A middle-class dreamer who pursued his dream of living the bucolic life and starting his own vineyard. William is ineffectual and selfish.
 
Diana Carnarvon – Ruth Gemmell
William's wife and a selfless grafter at the end of her tether, Diana is determined to have a happy successful family after always bearing the brunt of her mother's disappointments.
 
Ryan Carnarvon – Tom Rhys Harries
Ryan takes after William, his father. He’s a hormonal dreamer who will squander his considerable musical talent on teenage infatuation and romantic notions.
 
Matilda Stowe – Claire Bloom
Diana's mother and a merry widow who loves her grandson but is not convinced her son-in-law and daughter have his best interests at heart.
 
Louis Paynton – Lloyd Owen
Farming estate owner turned hotelier, Louis thinks his success gives him the right to take whatever he wants, including Diana.
 
Kevin Paynton – Max Bennett
Louis' son, who is more enamoured with the wine industry than hotels, much to his father's disappointment. He’s a dreamer in need of a decent father figure.
 
Elspeth Rice – Selina Griffiths
Elspeth is a district nurse who presents herself as a people's champion. However she has more selfish motives.
 
Roger Tyler – Wayne Foskett
The handyman and night porter at the Vine Hotel, Roger is very protective of his remaining daughter and he’ll do anything to safeguard her and his vulnerable wife.
 
Judy Tyler – Rosie Cavaliero
Roger's wife Judy is so frustrated and heartbroken at the iniquitous loss of her daughter that she’s forgotten she still has a living child. She appears to be beset with a panic disorder.
 
Tina Tyler – Sabrina Bartlett
Roger and Judy's daughter Tina is desperate for affection and attention. She’s hormonally in love with Ryan and is a hopeless romantic with a tender heart.
 
PC Carolyn Florrie – Jaye Jacobs
PC Florrie is a no nonsense police officer who’s brutally honest and unguarded but also caring and great fun.
 
Ida Romano – Amalia Vitale
The Barnaby's new nanny.  She’s friendly and efficient to the point of irritation.
 
Series overview
 
A stolen crime novel, celebrity magic, a folk festival and the launch of a new English sparkling wine become the backdrops for murder and mayhem when Neil Dudgeon and Gwilym Lee return to the beautiful but deadly countryside of Midsomer in a new series of the top-rating Midsomer Murders.
 
Neil and Gwilym star as DCI John Barnaby and DS Charlie Nelson in four new two-hour episodes made by Bentley Productions for ITV. They are assisted by pathologist Dr Kate Wilding, played by Tamzin Malleson.
 
Barnaby must also juggle life as a new dad to baby Betty, with the support of his wife Sarah (series regular Fiona Dolman).
 
As ever, the episodes feature a stellar array of guest stars including Joe Absolom, Dean Andrews, Claire Bloom, Mark Bonnar, Daniel Brocklebank, Amanda Burton, Rosie Cavaliero, Ruth Gemmell, Lucie Jones, Adam Kotz, Naoko Mori, Lloyd Owen, Clarke Peters, Andrew-Lee Potts, Jack Shepherd, Una Stubbs, Georgia Taylor and Lia Williams.