Midsomer Murders: Season 5, Episode 3

Ring Out Your Dead (15 Sep. 2002)

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In the village of Midsomer Wellow, someone is killing off the bell ringers of the parish church, in the week before a big bell-ringing competition. One young woman on the team is even shot dead in the churchyard on her wedding day.

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Daniel Casey ...
Jane Wymark ...
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Hugh Barton
Dugald Bruce Lockhart ...
Greg Tutt (as Dugald Bruce-Lockhart)
Harry Burton ...
Dennis Ebbrell
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Reggie Barton
Jamie de Courcey ...
Marcus Steadman (as Jamie De Courcey)
Carmen Du Sautoy ...
Rosalind Parr
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Sue Tutt
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Maisie Gooch
Caroline Lintott ...
Jen
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Emma Tysoe (as Lyndesy Marshal)
Steven Pimlott ...
Judge
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Peter Fogden
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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 a bit of the village lothario who had recently been thrown out by his wife who was fed up with his womanizing. He also had an eye for Emma, engaged to Liam, who are both members of the bell-ringing team. In the mix is Reggie Barton who leads a group of villagers opposed to the bell ringers using the church as a hobby, especially after they have an impromptu concert to celebrate a big win at the track with their pooled funds. When a second bell ringer is killed, Barnaby finds himself trying to connect the recent deaths with church lore that had the vicar killed and dumped in the well by bell ringers over 100 years ago. Written by garykmcd

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A rarity in the series, if not the only one, there is no pathologist called in on any murder. However, there is a visiting pathologist, Clare Holman, the pathologist for Inspector Morse and Inspector Lewis, appears as one of the cast members. See more »

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With the bell ringers everything runs like clockwork. But not so the actual clock of the church. In all inserted shots of the tower, the clock gives 6:25 as the time. Is it out of order or did the director use the same shot all the time? See more »

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Maisie Gooch: I think I've done enough...
[to Tom Barnaby:]
Maisie Gooch: Do thank your lovely wife for all those cups of coffee. It was so nice to be welcomed into your home.
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has a bell-ringing competition brought out the worst in people?
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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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