Midsomer is buzzing with excitement at the arrival of the annual ‘Paramount Dance Extravaganza’. But behind the sequins and smiles are deep running feuds and passions, and when the stakes are high, the desire to win can outweigh just about anything.
DCI Barnaby’s Dad NED (Christopher Timothy) has come to town. An avid ballroom dancer in his heyday, Ned is delighted to learn that his trip to Midsomer coincides with the annual ‘Paramount Dance Extravaganza’; a challenging ballroom dancing competition taking place over 4 nights.
This year, the event is sponsored by Andrew Wilder (Nigel Havers) and ‘The Wilder Institute’ – an impressive research facility that develops exoskeletons and prosthetics for amputees, the disabled and elderly… as well as developing robotic aids for construction workers and manufacturing industries.
Andrew made his fortune as a high street mogul, but decided to develop The Wilder Institute when he was diagnosed with a degenerative brain condition, with the aim of helping people like him live a more comfortable life. With time running out for Andrew, he now has to decide who to leave his impressive empire to; his ambitious and power hungry daughter HEATHER (Jaye Griffiths), or his desperate to please son RAY (Tom Chambers), who seems more at home on the dance floor than in a boardroom, despite his latest business venture with business partner and Heather’s fiancé, JAKE (Jack Hawkins).
The dance show gets off to an impressive start, but behind the sequins and smiles it’s clear to see that the dancers are harbouring deep seated jealousies that go back years. And none harbour more resentment than dancer ROSA CORRIGAN (Faye Tozer), who is boiling over with anger after her dance partner happened to be detained the day before the competition at immigration. Sick of watching her competitors sashay across the dance floor, Rosa storms off home… only to be later found murdered, choked with the tulle from her flamboyant dance costume.
Looking into her background, Barnaby and Winter discover that Rosa was in fact a journalist, mostly focused on low level local news stories… had she started to investigate something that someone would rather keep hidden? Or could this all really be about ancient grudges from the dance floor?
- DCI John Barnaby – Neil Dudgeon
- Ds Jamie Winter – Nick Hendrix
- Sarah Barnaby – Fiona Dolman
- Fleur Perkins – Annette Badland
- Ned Barnaby – Christopher Timothy
- Andrew Wilder – Nigel Havers
- Lily Wilder – Jaye Griffiths
- Heather Wilder – Carolina Main
- Ray Wilder – Tom Chambers
- Jake Hannity – Jack Hawkins
- Rosa Corrigan – Faye Tozer
- Duncan Corrigan – Cassidy Little
- Rachel Stevenson – Natalie Gumede
- Tanya Brzezinski – Kazia Pelka
- Warren Cunningham – Luke Pierre
- Anton Walsh – Danny Mac
- Betty Barnaby – Isabel Shaw
Series 21 of this long running detective drama kicks off at 8:00pm on ITV.