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Series One of Midsomer Murders included the stand alone pilot episode entitled The Killings at Badger's Drift which was broadcast on 23 March 1997. The remaining episodes aired from 22 March 1998, and concluded on 6 May 1998.

Main Cast
Name Portrayed by Occupation Notes
Tom Barnaby John Nettles DCI Causton CID
Gavin Troy Daniel Casey DS Causton CID DCI Barnaby's partner
Joyce Barnaby Jane Wymark Wife of DCI Barnaby
Cully Barnaby Laura Howard Daughter of DCI Barnaby
George Bullard Barry Jackson Chief pathologist of Midsomer County. In the novels he is named Jim.


Pilot Episode
Ep ID Title Director Writer Air Date
Pilot.1 The Killings at Badger's Drift Jeremy Silberston Anthony Horowitz 23 March 1997
A gentle stroll in the Badger's Drift's wood for Miss Emily Simpson ends in tragedy. To the village doctor Miss Simpson's death looks natural but her old friend Lucy Bellringer is unconvinced. Lucy eventually draws the unwilling Chief Inspector Detective Barnaby into the case. Barnaby's investigation reveals old rivalries, old loves and new scandals. Then a second horrifying killing shocks Barnaby into running the murderer to ground.
Episodes
Ep ID Title Director Writer Air Date
1.1 Written in Blood Jeremy Silberston Anthony Horowitz 22 March 1998
Gerald Hadleigh, secretary of the Midsomer Worthy's Writer's Circle never wanted to invite best selling novelist, Max Jennings, to one of their meetings. When Gerald is found dead the next morning from a brutal battering, the other members of the circle wish they had heeded his reluctance. Inspector Barnaby soon discovers that Gerald is a man of mystery with a past. When another body is found in Midsomer Worthy, Barnaby has a double murder on his hands.
1.2 Death of a Hollow Man Jeremy Silbertson Caroline Graham 29 March 1998
At The Corn Exchange, preparations are in full swing for the forthcoming production of Amadeus, unaware that nearby the body of a local resident, Agnes Grey is about to be found floating in the river. Barnaby sets out to discover who has perpetrated the crime, however before he can conclude his investigations, there is trouble at the theatre.
1.3 Faithful unto Death Baz Taylor Douglas Watkinson 22 April 1998
A project to redevelop the Old Mill is struggling financially and many of the inhabitants of Morton Fendle believe that they have been conned out of a considerable sum of money. When the wife of the wealthy mill owner goes missing Barnaby suspects that she has been kidnapped and sets out to unravel the mystery.
1.4 Death in Disguise Baz Taylor Douglas Watkinson 6 May 1998
There is a death at The Lodge of the Golden Windhorse. At the commune William Carter is found at the bottom of the stairs with a broken neck. Barnaby and Troy are called in to find out if this was a simple accident or if there are more sinister goings on. A few days later Barnaby and Troy are called back to The Lodge, only this time there is no doubt.


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