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The Silent Land is the fourth episode of the thirteenth series of the popular British crime drama Midsomer Murders and was first aired on 3rd August 2010.

Synopsis

On a dark night in the village of March Magna, DCI Barnaby's wife Joyce swerves her car and narrowly misses a shadowy figure in the road - or so she thinks. Later that night a body is discovered in the old cemetery. Did Joyce hit someone after all or was the victim, who seems to have plenty of enemies, killed by one of the villagers? Barnaby and DS Jones have their work cut out as all the villagers seem to be hiding something – but is it murder?

Plot

DCI Tom Barnaby, DS Ben Jones and DC Gail Stephens investigate the murder of Gerald Ebbs who is found sprawled across a grave in the cemetery of the church in March Magna. The investigation is initially quite stressful for Barnaby as his wife Joyce had an accident the previous evening while on her way home from a concert with their daughter Cully . She saw a figure on the road and swerved but is afraid she may have struck someone. Fortunately Dr. Bullard  confirms that Ebbs was struck on the head and has even identified the murder weapon. There is little doubt that Ebbs was disliked by everyone in the village so there are any number of suspects. Ebbs seemed to have a peculiar interest in that graveyard which was used mainly for patients from a nearby and long closed sanatorium. A second murder points Barnaby in the direction of the killer.

Cast

Body Count

  • Gerald Ebbs - Hit on head with a piece of stone edging taken from a grave site
  • Jeff Bowmaker - Fell after being pushed over a balcony railing

Notes