Midsomer Murders (1997– )
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Ring Out Your Dead 

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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.


Sarah Hellings


Christopher Russell (screenplay), Caroline Graham (characters)



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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


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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Crime | Drama | Mystery


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Release Date:

15 September 2002 (UK) See more »

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Bentley Productions See more »
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Did You Know?


Clare Holman plays Sue Tutt in this episode. She returns in episode 9.6, Midsomer Murders: Country Matters (2006), in the role of Rose Southerly. See more »


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


[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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has a bell-ringing competition brought out the worst in people?
10 December 2012 | by blanche-2See all my reviews

Bell-ringers are being murdered, and the question is, why? in this 2002 Midsomer Murders from season 5.

The church bell-ringers of Midsomer Wellow are preparing for a big bell-ringers' competition. As rehearsal begins, blood starts falling on the face of one of the ringers, Emma Tysoe (Lyndsey Marshal). It turns out that the body of Greg (Dugald Bruce Lockhart), who was somewhat of a playboy. Well, there are a few people who could have wanted him dead, including his soon to be ex-wife. But when there's another murder, and another - with a message near each, going back to the history of the it seems like someone is determined to knock off all those bell-ringers.

Interesting story tied to an old tale about the church itself which Barnaby and Troy attempt to untangle. As an amusing sideline, Troy finds himself in a flirtation with an older woman who is very up front about her sexuality, and had been a lover of the first victim.

Entertaining, with some good performances, particularly by Gemma Jones as Maisie Gooch, Graham Crowden, and Hugh Bonneville.

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