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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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Daniel Casey ...
Jane Wymark ...
Hugh Bonneville ...
Hugh Barton
Dugald Bruce Lockhart ...
Greg Tutt (as Dugald Bruce-Lockhart)
Harry Burton ...
Dennis Ebbrell
Reggie Barton
Jamie de Courcey ...
Marcus Steadman (as Jamie De Courcey)
Carmen Du Sautoy ...
Rosalind Parr
Sue Tutt
Maisie Gooch
Caroline Lintott ...
Emma Tysoe (as Lyndesy Marshal)
Steven Pimlott ...
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 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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Reggie's comment about pilots shooting at the Luftwaffe with their service revolvers is actually based in fact. During a daylight raid against Bergen in January 1945, Flight Lieutenant Ray Harris, flying Lancaster Willing Willie with 9 Squadron, drew his service revolver and fired at White 11, the FW-190A-8 of Unteroffizier Heinz Orlowski, who had flown alongside the Lancaster to salute the pilot, in the belief that the damage that had been inflicted would prevent the aircraft from returning home. (Chapter 1 of 'Lancaster: The Biography' by Sqd Ldr Tony Iveson, DFC and Brian Milton. ISBN 978-0-233-00270-5) See more »


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 »


[Reggie has found Peter unlocking the bell tower for ringing practice]
Reggie Barton: Who gave permission?
Peter Fogden: I have a hot-line to God!
Reggie Barton: Blasphemous little whelk!
Peter Fogden: I'm sure he thinks highly of you too, Reggie!
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16 November 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

For many Americans, the past time of ringing church bells, much less, cut throat competition in it will seem a little screwball, and indeed, there are moments of burst out laughing in this episode.

There are also scenes of scariness, walk in the dark while something ominous pursues you, like bits from an old 1960's Hammer horror film. And even a few moments of real human pain and tragedy.

And in a sometime tradition of this series, the motive for the murders is totally off the wall wackiness with the murderer the last person you'd ever suspect.

Anyway, the scenery of a series that seems at times to come from House And Country Magazine is pleasant to look at.

All in all, a pleasant way to past an evening in front of the telly.

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