Series: Midsomer Murders
The Night of the Stag, Part 1
A VAT inspector goes missing as he hunts for an illicit cider still responsible for brewing The Beast, a potent local hooch. At the Midsomer Abbas spring fayre which celebrates its friendship with Midsomer Herne, Barnaby and Jones sample the local cider, while temperance preacher Norman Grigor calls on residents to repent of their drunken ways. Suddenly, Barnaby is violently ill as the body of missing man Peter Slim is found floating in the cider vat. Meanwhile Samuel Quested (Warren Clarke), the traditionalist mayor of Midsomer Abbas, seeks to revive the ancient rite known as 'The Stag.'