The House in the Woods is the first episode of the ninth series of the popular British crime drama Midsomer Murders and originally aired on 9th October 2005.


Deserted for years, an historically significant house is coveted by a number of people: a yuppie couple looking for a country home to restore, a local builder and his estate agent partner looking for development rights, and a conservationist. The owner is anxious to sell, but when a couple of deaths occur in the vicinity (and inside the house), things come to a halt while DCI Barnaby investigates.


Winyard, a once beautiful but isolated house set deep in the woods, has fallen into decay and is believed haunted by some locals. It attracts the attention of Joyce Barnaby, who has joined a preservationist group crusading against profiteering Realtors like Harriet Davis, who conspires with her lover, builder Gerry Moore, to rehab historic old homes for personal gain. When a house-hunting young yuppie couple are stonewalled by Davis, they decide to inspect the house on their own. After their bodies are discovered garroted by piano wire, Chief Inspector Barnaby arrives in Midsomer Newton and recruits local constable Ben Jones to assist him in investigating the double murder.



  • First appearance of DC Ben Jones.