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Midsomer Murders - Talent For Life [DVD]

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The following actors and actresses who appeared in this episode have also appeared in the following episodes: At his home, Duncan Goff tells his wife, Dixie Goff, that he has to go see a few patients. He tells her not to wait up. She is working on sculptures in her studio. The motive was also agreed not very interesting and pretty mundane and clichéd. Again agreed the show was at its best when the motives were either fresh, darker and more outlandish (though some, especially the Neil Dudgeon episodes, went too overboard on the outlandish to the point of absurdity and were convoluted at times too), here in comparison it was bland. Season 6 Episode 1 of Midsomer Murders resulted in a 0.00 rating in the 18-49 demographic. Midsomer Murders Season 6 Episodes... Barnaby goes to see Melrose Plunkett at Isobel's home. Quentin is upstairs valuing the furniture. Barnaby asks where Isobel's share certificate is. There is another document under the certificate. Barnaby asks, "Is this the formal agreement between yourself and Isobel for the transfer of the ownership to you of the house and furniture?" Melrose says, "Yes, it is." Rebecca calls, "Melrose! The Jaguar man's here." Barnaby says, "Your agreement with Isobel about the house, was that common knowledge in the village?" Melrose says, "Not as far as I know. She was a proud woman. She asked us not to mention it."

A Talent for Life is the first episode of the sixth series of Midsomer Murders and originally aired 3rd January 2003. Rebecca rants, "Isobel had no comprehension of economy. As you can see we don't exactly live like lords. It severely stretched us, letting her live in that house, and we've had to scrimp to get by. Isobel, of course, continued to live the high life. I know she's family and you have to be loyal but the truth is, Isobel was a very manipulative woman. Men ran around after her and she did nothing in return." Troy asks, "Which men ran around after her?" Rebecca says, "My husband for one. And Quentin Roka for another. Her antique dealer playmate. God knows what was going on there." Melrose says, "Quentin runs the antique shop near Isobel's. He often helps her out..." Rebecca interrupts, "Wheedling his way into her confidence. With the finances." Melrose says, "Quentin paid the odd bill for her at the Post Office. I am the person who will benefit financially from Isobel's death in that I now have possession of my assets." Eureka!" Moment: Barnaby realises that the apparent Gone Horribly Right fake murder gambit must have been actual murder when he overhears someone using the phrase "in the dark": if someone was faking a murder attempt on themselves and their survival depended on being able to make a phone call for help, why would they risk dialling a number in the dark? Peregrine's instructs his man, Hastings, to take bottles of bubbly to the kitchen. People pour into the house for the after- funeral reception.

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The rapport between John Nettles, his wife Jane Wymark, his daughter Cully (Laura Howard), and especially Gavin (Daniel Casey), is usually worth watching every episode. Casey has a classic remark about all the "wrinklies going at it" and whether the elderly could be suspected due to adultery. A Talent For Life" takes place in the Midsomer village of Malham Bridge and the story starts when Isobel Hewitt slaps Margaret Seagrove in the face. Margaret wants to press charges and Barnaby and Troy come along to have a word. Isobel Hewitt brags about her slap against Mrs Seagrove and as she talks with her nephew, Melrose Plunkett and his wife Rebecca, they inform Isobel that they can not carrying on paying off her overdraft. Shortly after, Isobel Hewitt and Duncan Goff are found murdered by the river. Barnaby stops by the mobile library to say hi to Cully. She is working on an exhibition of vintage photographs of the village. Troy drops by, "I didn't know libraries were your thing." Cully says, "I kind of got talked into it. I'm setting up the exhibition in the hall tomorrow. What brings you to Malham Bridge?" Troy says, "Oh, you know. Run of the mill stuff. Interviewing an old-age pensioner for assault." Cully says, "Isobel Hewitt? You won't catch her at home. She just roared through here in her Jaguar. Apparently she likes to practice skid control at the old airfield." Troy sighs, "Is your dad ever wrong?"

Barnaby and Troy stop by to speak to Cully. She is working on the photography exhibit. Cully tells them she heard something else about Doctor Goff. Keith Scholey's mother died of cancer last year. Apparently Keith blamed him, said his mother would've survived if he'd diagnosed it sooner. He made official complaints and they came to nothing. Keith said it was a cover up.Margaret files charges, which brings Barnaby and Troy to the village. Isobel, an older, vital woman, goes for a drive with a doctor, Duncan Goff in a jaguar. Later, they are both found murdered, beaten with a stake from a fence. Beatrice speaks to Barnaby. She says, "I think it more likely Isobel was the target. I spoke to her by phone the night before she was killed. She'd just had the most terrible row with a mutual friend.... John Nettles is great at delivering his lines to suspects, especially the arrogant, the wealthy, the upper-class, and those who think he is just a dumb copper. He is humble and yet you can see what he is thinking, and that is pretty cool. Nettles expressions do the acting! I've always loved "Midsomer murders", especially when Tom Barnaby was around (that would be 1-13 seasons), but after John Nettles left, the show has not been the same. The 5th season was pretty strong throughout. ( In my opinion only not very good episode being "Market for murder"). The sixth season however starts of quite decent with "A talent for life".

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