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:
Maggie Steed ...
Lynne Fox
Harry Peacock ...
Patrick Bradley
Ron Wilson
Charlotte Knight
Alyssa Bradley
Matthew Flynn ...
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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Both Matthew Flynn, who plays Jack Purdy and 'Caroline Laskowsha', who plays the young woman with a baby visited by Lynne Fox at the start of the episode, appeared previously in _"Midsomer Murders" Hidden Depths (2005)_. 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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Creepiest Midsomer I've Seen
9 May 2016 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

We've been watching "Midsomer Murders" in reruns on various PBS stations, so it's a random selection, mainly from the earlier seasons. We've come to really enjoy the humanity and good humor of the lead characters, and usually the stories are both intriguing and fun.

"Left for Dead" was well done as usual, but easily the creepiest and most unsettling of those we've seen. As others have pointed out, it ends up going in a kind of cheap "horror film" direction at the end, but at the same time was both harrowing and rather sad. Suspenseful, yes, but not much fun. Guess I prefer the ones where people just act like idiots and get caught!

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