Cully is finally getting married and Tom Barnaby is anxious to keep costs down as Joyce brings in a camp wedding planner. More dramatic is the union between aristocrat Ned Fitzroy and Beth Porteous when maid of honour Marina is found skewered to a wardrobe in one of the bedrooms. The Fitzroy family's lordly attitude does not help the investigation and then estate manager Robin Lawson and old family servant Peggy are both murdered. Barnaby discovers that both were aware of a sinister Fitzroy family secret, culminating in the events of the blood wedding. Written by
don @ minifie-1
The wedding congregation was made up of 34 members to the national press, posing as wedding guests. See more »
Marina the bridesmaid, being murdered as seen through the window is wearing a long sleeve waist length white jacket and floral skirt however Marina, the bridesmaid, was wearing a beige wedding dress with short cap sleeve bolero. See more »
As has been said by me a number of times, 'Midsomer Murders' is one of my most watched and most re-watched shows. It is nowhere near as good now and the Tom Barnaby-era wasn't alien to average or less episodes, but when it was on form or at its best boy was it good.
"Blood Wedding" was a great episode and not just one of the best Season 11 episodes but also better than any episode from the previous season. It is a massive improvement over the Season 11 opener "Shot at Dawn", which was a huge let-down in almost every department apart from the production values, music, acting (as the actors do what they can) and the opening scene.
Flaws for "Blood Wedding" are hardly any. The murderer's motives are old-fashioned and pretty flimsy and the rabbit scene was a little gratuitous.
However, the production values as always are just great, the idyllic look of it contrasting very well with the story's grimness, and quaint and atmospheric photography. The music fits perfectly, with some lush jauntiness and sometimes an ominous quality, and the theme tune one of the most memorable and instantly recognisable of the genre.
There are some thoughtful and humorous moments in the script, which is generally well structured and crafted, and the supporting characters are entertaining enough. The story is very compelling, very easy to follow and one of the show's tightest paced and to-the-point episodes in a while. Really appreciated the first murder happening early on and that we didn't have to sit through at least 30 minutes of exposition (which varied in how interesting and necessary it was in most of the previous season and in "Shot at Dawn"). More red herrings, clues and twists and turns than with some of the previous episodes, and the characters are back to the colourfully eccentric ones.
Cully's wedding subplot was lovely and well-balanced and how great it was to see Troy again, with even a reference to his notoriously careless driving. The murderer's identity was a surprise and actually the last person personally suspected, there is a brilliant attempt just before all is revealed at the audience being deliberately misled into who the killer was.
John Nettles and Jason Hughes are both superb, individually and together (their chemistry, and the chemistry with Daniel Casey and John Hopkins before Hughes, being a huge part of their episodes' charm). Can't fault the supporting cast either.
All in all, great episode and massive improvement over the season opener. 9/10 Bethany Cox
1 of 2 people found this review helpful.
Was this review helpful to you?
| Report this