The murder of a village blow-hard, who had few supporters among his neighbors, happens while a gathering of travelers is taking place.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Daniel Casey ...
Jane Wymark ...
Orville Tudway
John Duttine ...
Will Saxby
Muriel Saxby
Hector Bridges
Tricia George ...
Jenny Bridges
Fleur Bridges
Rowena Cooper ...
Tilly Dinsdale
Felicity Dinsdale
Ian Thompson ...
Peter Fairfax
Daniel Betts ...
Stefan Miller


A complicated set of relationships by marriage (where each of a pair of married couples was previously married to their current spouse's ex) makes it more difficult for Barnaby and Troy to unravel the motive behind the killing of an ex-Army man who still thought he was commanding a squadron of fellow villagers. The appearance of a traveling band of nomads for a festival adds to the list of suspects, as well as a possible second victim. Written by Ron Kerrigan <>

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Crime | Drama | Mystery





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19 September 1999 (UK)  »

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Hector Bridges wears the regimental tie of the Royal Irish Fusiliers. It would be a question as to whether he served in that unit, because it was amalgamated in 1968 (with the Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers and the Royal Ulster Rifles) and thenceforth was known as the Royal Irish Rangers. See more »


[last lines]
Cully Barnaby: He's doing coq au vin with bread and butter pudding.
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References Matilda (1996) See more »

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the local blowhard is rubbed out
26 October 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

"Blood Will Out" is a very good entry into the Midsomer Murders series, and an early one, with Barnaby (John Nettles) and his original partner, Troy (Daniel Casey).

In this episode, Barnaby is put on a diet by his wife and daughter, and Troy is supposed to make sure he doesn't cheat. So one can imagine the mood he's in as he takes on the conflict between villagers and itinerants who settle in for a while. One group is related to one of the people in the village, and the other is the Smith clan, a bunch of thieves.

When the local magistrate is murdered, there are plenty of suspects among villagers and itinerants. There are also complicated relationships, with a pair of married couples previously married to their current spouse's ex. Finding the murderer this time isn't going to be easy.

Very good story with some nice humor coming from Barnaby's diet and Troy's efforts to keep him on "cabbage day" or whichever day it is, and Barnaby getting into an argument with the salesperson at the clothing store, comparing the store unfavorably to Marks & Spencer.


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