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tv highs: MIDSOMER MURDERS ITV1, New Year's Day.

Byline: by Roz Laws

AS usual with the dastardly goings-on down Midsomer way, it's best not to try too hard to work out whodunnit.

The plot is as over the top as ever, so there's not much point. Just sit back and admire the scenery, amusing script and top-notch acting talent on show.

This cracker of an episode features veteran actors George Cole and Donald Sinden as old soldiers still at war - with each other, even though they're now in wheelchairs.

The family of Tommy Hicks, a soldier shot dead for cowardice in World War One, celebrate when his name is finally added to the war memorial in Midsomer Parva. But their joy is not shared by their uppercrust neighbours the Hammonds, who've been feuding with the Hicks ever since Duggie Hammond pulled the trigger which killed Tommy.

Duggie's grandson Johnny (Malcolm Sinclair) is organising a wartime re-enactment by the Midsomer Yeomanry, under the critical eye of his father Henry (Donald Sinden), a retired colonel. Tommy's son Lionel is played by George Cole and his grandson is Dave Hicks (Brian Capron), village mayor, shady property developer and a social climber who's desperate to get revenge on the Hammonds - but just because he killed in Coronation Street, will he do so again in Midsomer?

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OLD BOYS: George Cole and Donald Sinden
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Title Annotation:Features
Publication:Sunday Mercury (Birmingham, England)
Date:Dec 23, 2007
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