Someone is killing off bell ringers of parish church in the week before a big bell-ringing competition takes place in the village of Midsomer Wellow.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Daniel Casey ...
Jane Wymark ...
Hugh Barton
Dugald Bruce-Lockhart ...
Greg Tutt
Harry Burton ...
Dennis Ebbrell
Reggie Barton
Jamie de Courcey ...
Marcus Steadman (as Jamie De Courcey)
Rosalind Parr
Sue Tutt
Gemma Jones ...
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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15 September 2002 (UK)  »

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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 »


[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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has a bell-ringing competition brought out the worst in people?
10 December 2012 | by (United States) – See 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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