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Hell's Bells 

A woman is accused of strangling another villager to death with bell-rope. Agatha Raisin is hired to crack the case.


Geoffrey Sax


M.C. Beaton (based on the short story "Hell's Bells" by), Stewart Harcourt

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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Tim Stern Tim Stern ... Gene Harvey
Jamie Glover ... James Lacey
Daisy Beaumont Daisy Beaumont ... Mary Fortune
Sally Bretton ... Amanda Barton
June Watson ... Mrs. Josephs
Matt McCooey ... DC Bill Wong
Lucy Liemann ... Sarah Bloxby
Ashley Jensen ... Agatha Raisin
Rhashan Stone ... Jez Bloxby
Georgia Taylor ... Steph
Katy Wix ... Gemma Simpson
Maddie Monti Maddie Monti ... Kyra Simpson
Jason Barnett ... DCI Wilkes
Mathew Horne ... Roy Silver
Elexi Walker Elexi Walker ... Tracy Forrest


Agatha joins the local bell-ringers and quickly encounters discord when vicar's wife Sarah Bloxby suspects her husband Jez of having an affair with the leader, widowed Amanda Ballard. Amanda is found hanged from the bell-rope with a suicide note next to her but her life-style suggests foul play to Agatha, who discovers Amanda's ex-husband very much alive and paying for her expensive tastes. Jez comes under suspicion, having known Amanda before she came to the area, as does Amanda's old school-friend Steph, recently out of rehab. Agatha deduces that Amanda was killed by somebody she was black-mailing but that still leaves rather a lot of suspects. Written by don @ minifie-1

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Comedy | Drama | Mystery







Release Date:

14 June 2016 (UK) See more »

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Mammoth Screen See more »
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Reverend Jex Bloxby is accused of selling off church land. However he would not be able to do this on his own; the decision to sell church land is taken by the diocese rather than the individual vicar. See more »


[the bell-ringers are playing hesitantly and jerkily]
Amanda Barton: Mrs Josephs, you need to improve your rhythm.
Mrs. Josephs: I've always been known for my rhythm. I had three children by the rhythm method.
[the other bell-ringers smirk]
Agatha Raisin: That's a very different kind of rhythm, Mrs Josephs.
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Crazy Credits

Sally Bretton's character was referred to as Amanda Ballard in dialogue and on props such as letters, but she was listed in the credits as Amanda Barton. See more »


References Game of Thrones (2011) See more »


All People that on Earth do Dwell
Lyrics by William Kethe and music by Louis Bourgeois
Played on the bells
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Hell's Bells
21 June 2016 | by Prismark10See all my reviews

Hell's Bells starts off with bad bell ringing as a new recruit, Amanda Ballard has difficulty getting hang of the ropes so to speak. When Amanda is later found hanged in the belfry with a suicide note, Agatha investigates as she is not convinced that she killed herself.

Amanda seemed to have had a close relationship with the vicar, his wife was rather jealous and the vicar is acting rather suspiciously especially as the bishop wants to investigate the church's accounts.

A stronger episode than the previous week's instalment but parts of it were still shoddy. The actor playing the vicar was competing with Jamie Glover for the most wooden acting award. The alleged comedy bit when Matthew Horne and Katy Wix were interrogating Amanda's ex-husband while Agatha fed them information via an earpiece was excruciating.

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