Jones is brought back to his home town to help investigate a series of murders linked to childhood friends and events that occurred years earlier.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Jane Wymark ...
Maggie Steed ...
Lynne Fox
Harry Peacock ...
Patrick Bradley
Ron Wilson
Charlotte Knight
Alyssa Bradley
Jack Purdy
Mark Purdy
Nia Roberts ...
Stacey Purdy


Near the construction site of a bypass an elderly couple are found dead in their home. Later, the manager of the company building the bypass is found murdered and Barnaby finds connections between the recent events and the disappearance of a young boy years earlier. Written by J. Rieper

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Crime | Drama | Mystery





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20 July 2008 (UK)  »

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The village where this episode was largely filmed, Warborough in Oxfordshire, has appeared in several previous Midsomer Murders episodes, including "Market for Murder", "Bad Tidings", "Sins of Commission", "Second Sight" and "The House in the Woods". See more »


[first lines]
Lynne Fox: Oh, hello. Hello. Now, as you probably know, Alyssa Bradley's house is about to be...
Young Mum: I've already told you I'm not interested.
Lynne Fox: If we are to stop this bypass, we must...
Young Mum: My Fred's working for Jack Purdy.
Lynne Fox: Oh. Is he? Why?
Young Mum: To earn money! Where else is there work round here?
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References The Godfather: Part II (1974) See more »


We Shall Overcome
Refrain of gospel song "We Will Overcome" composed by Charles Albert Tidley in 1947
Sung by Maggie Steed and other environmentalists
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another entry in the long-running series
5 June 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

In "Left for Dead," DS Jones is back among his childhood friends as he and Barnaby investigate the strange death of an elderly couple. The place has been trashed, yet silver was left behind. The man looks as if he was pushed down the stairs, but the woman doesn't have a mark on her. It turns out she died of a pulmonary embolism, probably brought on by trauma.

The town is going through a lot of chaos, as protesters are trying to stop a bypass which will destroy a home. The entrepreneur behind the bypass is Jack Purdy (Matthew Flynn) who is seen as a bully. His brother, Mark (Shaun Dooley) is about to be married to Louise (Kate Miles). But another murder will delay the honeymoon.

Barnaby suspects that the current murders are tied to the death and disappearance of two boys years ago, within a week of each other. One was the Michael, the son of the dead couple, who died in an auto accident, and the other, a young boy named Patrick Bradley, who disappeared. His mother (Marion Bailey) is sure that the last people to see him alive - the Purdy brothers, Louise, and some others, all of whom were young kids, know what happened to her son.

This is an intriguing story but I do have to admit that it sort of falls apart at the end and indeed, turns into a horror movie. It could have been written a little better.

However, it will certainly keep your interest.

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