Midsomer Murders: Season 6, Episode 3

Painted in Blood (17 Jan. 2003)

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Barnaby's wife, Joyce, finds a dead body on the Midsomer Florey village green while taking part in a watercolour painting class, and she recognizes it as the elderly Miss Fairfax.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Daniel Casey ...
Jane Wymark ...
Barry Jackson ...
Godfrey Teal
Barrett Filby
Barbara Durkin ...
Linda Tyrell
Tony Carter
Clive Merrison ...
Colin Hawksley
Dinah Stabb ...
Tessa Hawksley
Denise Black ...
Ann Carter
David Mallinson ...
Alan Pinkney
Andrew Lancel ...
DC Simon Backley
DS James Noland
Anna Northam ...
Ruth Fairfax


Joyce Barnaby discovers one of her fellow outdoor art class students, Ruth Fairfax murdered and husband Tom, assisted by DS Troy, has yet another case to solve. Fairfax presented herself as an elderly resident and she always insisted on sitting in exactly the same spot in the village green. Imagine the investigators surprise when the autopsy actually reveals her to be a thirty-something woman who disguised herself with wigs and make-up. The case take a peculiar twist when Barnaby is ordered off the case and replaced by a senior officer from the National Intelligence Team. This is especially so when the senior investigating officer is never present and the case is seemingly left in the hands of a DS and a DC who appear less than competent. Written by garykmcd

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Joyce's painting class is disrupted
1 September 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Joyce Barnaby is taking painting classes in Midsomer Florey. She finds that not all of her fellow students are friendly. By mistake, she ha taken the spot of the elderly Miss Fairfax, and poor Joyce has to move out of her way.

Then the rude Miss Fairfax is found murdered, and Barnaby and Troy are brought in. Turns out that Miss Fairfax wasn't old at all, she was just made up to look that way. She's actually in her thirties.

Barnaby is removed from the case and replaced by someone from the National Intelligence Team who is never around. His underlings don't know which end is up, and Barnaby is frustrated, especially since the thrilled Troy is working with them.

I thought this was an amusing episode. I happen to like it when the characters are featured, rather than just having them solve a murder.

This episode is a little bit different from the usual, but good and watchable.

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