Midsomer Murders

Midsomer Murders

Episode name:
The Blacktrees Prophecy
Transmission (TX):
TX confirmed:
8:00pm ~ 10:00pm

Week 16 2024 : Sat 13 Apr - Fri 19 Apr

Tue 02 Apr 2024

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Midsomer Murders

The Blacktrees Prophecy

Short Synopsis

When a survivalist is found murdered in his bombproof shelter, Barnaby unravels a dark conspiracy to reveal how far people will go to escape the end of the world.

Long synopsis

The village of Blacktrees-on-Marsh not only sits in the very heart of Midsomer, but extraordinarily enough, it was once also listed on secret Cold War documents that detailed the places Russia would target in England in the event of nuclear war. While the listing is more than likely a myth or a joke that someone cracked in The Huntsman’s Horn, there are still some who are convinced of its truth… even plagued by it.

Blacktrees-on-Marsh has always been haunted by the shadow of the Blacktrees Prophecy, and for some the fear has seeped into them so deeply that a small group of locals founded Midsomer’s first doomsday prepper group.

Founded two decades ago by WARREN KAINE, an obsessive, compulsive fearmonger, Warren’s apocalyptic beliefs have grown to dominate every second of his existence. He initially became a prepper after attending the site of a natural disaster, Warren’s PTSD led to him growing increasingly terrified of life and the spectre of imminent disaster. Fear burrowed into his brain so deeply that he plunged his life savings into the building of a bombproof underground bunker stocked with rations to last four people for months on end.

One morning Warren receives the call he was been waiting for - nuclear missiles have launched - vindicated, Warren races to the bunker and radios for the other preppers to meet him there.

But as dawn breaks over Blacktrees-on-Marsh, the sun rises over village green serenity, rather than a scorched earth. Warren’s resentful wife CLODAGH arrives at the bunker to tell him it was a hoax but discovers Warren dead.

As BARNABY and WINTER arrive to investigate, FLEUR explains Warren was suffocated, someone tampered with the air filter and sucked the oxygen out – this is someone with technical skills.

But even Barnaby must admit he is tempted by the outdoors life and stocks up on his own survival rations when Sarah reveals that her mother is coming to stay… 
Warren, who was part of a small doomsday prepper community in the village, had found much comfort being with like-minded individuals… until now. The duo must question if someone was desperate to get their hands on Warren’s shelter, or if someone is trying to send a message? The pressure is on to work out who and why before the killer can strike again.


DCI John Barnaby - Neil Dudgeon
Ds Jamie Winter - Nick Hendrix
Sarah Barnaby - Fiona Dolman
Fleur Perkins - Annette Badland
Warren Kaine - Aran Bell
Clodagh Kaine - Sonita Henry 
Etta Derby - Cora Kirk
Randall Salt - Pal Aron
Medora Salt - Nina Wadia
Stu Levy - Tej Obano
Becky Burrows - Carly-Sophia Davies
Guy Burrows - Robert Cavanagh
Paige Burrows - Holly Aird 
Lyra Kaine - Kate Robbins
Zane Burrows - Cayvan Coates



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