Midsomer Murders (1997– )
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Ring Out Your Dead 

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:
DCI Tom Barnaby
Daniel Casey ...
Joyce Barnaby
Hugh Barton
Dugald Bruce-Lockhart ...
Harry Burton ...
Dennis Ebbrell
Marcus Steadman (as Jamie De Courcey)
Caroline Lintott ...
Emma Tysoe (as Lyndesy Marshal)
Steven Pimlott ...


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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Did You Know?


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 »


Near the beginning the bell ringers unlock the church for practice but Joyce is inside doing a brass rubbing. 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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I Had No Idea Bell Ringing Was a Sport
23 February 2016 | by See all my reviews

This is an interesting episode. As is often the case, there is a piece of weird history that lies just beneath the surface. It has to do with the ringing of church bells in a competitive way. I had no idea it was a competition. But this is England, and, of course, I don't know what sort of ancient "sports" they involve themselves in. It turns out that there is an angry faction, including and old man, a deacon, who resent the fact that the church is used for something "secular." But again, there is that history. The show begins with a man who is murdered and dropped into a well (these well seem to be a natural place to put bodies). There is a subplot with Hugh Bonneville (Downton Abbey), who has designs on the old man's money. It is a neat episode because of the subject matter.

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