Midsomer Murders (1997– )
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Someone is killing off parish church bell ringers in the week before a big bell-ringing competition takes place in the village of Midsomer Mallow.

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Sarah Hellings

Writers:

Christopher Russell (screenplay), Caroline Graham (characters)
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Cast

Episode cast overview, first billed only:
John Nettles ... DCI Tom Barnaby
Daniel Casey Daniel Casey ... Sergeant Gavin Troy
Jane Wymark ... Joyce Barnaby
Hugh Bonneville ... Hugh Barton
Dugald Bruce-Lockhart Dugald Bruce-Lockhart ... Greg Tutt
Harry Burton Harry Burton ... Dennis Ebbrell
Graham Crowden ... Reggie Barton
Jamie de Courcey ... Marcus Steadman (as Jamie De Courcey)
Carmen Du Sautoy ... Rosalind Parr
Clare Holman ... Sue Tutt
Gemma Jones ... Maisie Gooch
Caroline Lintott Caroline Lintott ... Jen
Lyndsey Marshal ... Emma Tysoe (as Lyndesy Marshal)
Steven Pimlott Steven Pimlott ... Judge
Adrian Scarborough ... Peter Fogden
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Storyline

Murder is in the air in the village of Midsomer Mallow as Barnaby and Troy investigate the death of Greg Tutt, who was shot through the heart. He was a member of the local bell ringers and the village Lothario, whose fed-up wife had recently thrown him out; he had also been eyeing Emma who's engaged to Liam; these two are both members of the bell-ringing team. Reggie Barton leads a group of villagers who are opposed to the bell ringers using the church as a hobby, especially after their impromptu concert celebrating their big win at the track with their pooled funds. When a second bell ringer is killed, Barnaby tries to connect the recent deaths with church lore about a vicar who was killed and dumped down the well a century ago. Written by garykmcd

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Genres:

Crime | Drama | Mystery

Certificate:

TV-14 | See all certifications »
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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 September 2002 (UK) See more »

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Bentley Productions See more »
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(DVD)

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Color
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Trivia

Reggie's comment about pilots shooting at the Luftwaffe with their service revolvers is actually based in fact. During a daylight raid against Bergen in January 1945, Flight Lieutenant Ray Harris, flying Lancaster Willing Willie with 9 Squadron, drew his service revolver and fired at White 11, the FW-190A-8 of Unteroffizier Heinz Orlowski, who had flown alongside the Lancaster to salute the pilot, in the belief that the damage that had been inflicted would prevent the aircraft from returning home. (Chapter 1 of 'Lancaster: The Biography' by Sqd Ldr Tony Iveson, DFC and Brian Milton. ISBN 978-0-233-00270-5) See more »

Goofs

Near the beginning the bell ringers unlock the church for practice but Joyce is inside doing a brass rubbing. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Reggie Barton: What are you doing?
Peter Fogden: Unlocking the church door.
Reggie Barton: Why?
Emma Tysoe: We're going to practice.
Reggie Barton: On a Tuesday? Who gave permission?
Peter Fogden: I have a hot-line to God!
Reggie Barton: Blasphemous little whelk!
Peter Fogden: I'm sure he thinks well of you too, Reggie!
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Midsomer Murders
(Theme Song)
Written by Jim Parker
Performed by Celia Sheen
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Episode where church is used in a negative way
29 August 2015 | by ctyankee1See all my reviews

Another episode with a church and church people being used in a negative way in Midsomer Murders.

Church bell ringers start being murdered in this town one at a time. The head man of the ringers is obsessed with practicing and winning an award. That is his only goal in life.

It is said that this church Reverend was killed years ago by bell ringers. His body is found in a well. The cause is said is that he wanted the ringers to attend the church. This seems so bogus. I never heard of heads of churches allowing non-members of a church to go into the church tower to ring the church bells and enter a contest but this is how the story went.

Nobody seems to know why these killings take place. A theme but not the cause of deaths is a rich woman is like the town prostitute. She has sex with younger men and it is just a game with her, she broke up a marriage in the village and the wife caught her husband in their bed. She threw her husband's clothes out the window which was funny, even his pants. This loser woman also made a play for Sgt Troy and he looks like he gives in to her advances. I was disappointed in Troy.

A red headed male bell ringer is with a woman that is like his mother is walking near the church the bells start ringing when they are not supposed to ring. The woman wants to go see who is up there and the the young male said he is afraid of heights something like that. This makes no sense, he has to go up to the tower to practice ringing the bells when they are scheduled to practice.

The plot of killing all the bell ringers is interesting but stupid. The killer in the end does not seem physically competent to commit all these murders. It is a good mystery but a fantasy.


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