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A Tale of Two Hamlets is the fourth episode of the sixth series of the popular ITV crime drama Midsomer Murders and originally aired 24th January 2003.


The Smythe-Websters are a rich family whose wealth and power dominate the two villages of Upper Warden and Lower Warden. The Head of the Manor's nephew, Larry, is killed in an explosion which appears to be related to the recent making of a horror film based on the village's history. Larry's Uncle Frank was producing the film and sees the death as good publicity. Barnaby and Troy begin to wonder just how far the Smythe-Websters would go for more money and power.




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Tom: "Stop Troy, stop. We go down the hill, Troy"
Troy: "I thought we were going to Upper Warden."
Tom: "Yeah, we are. Upper Warden is down the hill; Lower Warden is up the hill."
Troy: "That doesn't make any sense."
Tom: "Troy, this is Midsomer!"
Troy: "Sorry, I forgot"
— Tom and Troy