Midsomer Murders (1997– )
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Written in Blood 

After a noted author speaks before a group of local Midsomer writers, the naked body of the event's host is found bludgeoned to death in his bedroom.


Jeremy Silberston


Caroline Graham (novel), Anthony Horowitz (screenplay)


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
John Nettles ... DCI Tom Barnaby
Daniel Casey ... Sgt. Gavin Troy
Jane Wymark ... Joyce Barnaby
Laura Howard ... Cully Barnaby
Barry Jackson ... Dr. Bullard
Anna Massey ... Honoria Lyddiard
Joanna David ... Amy Lyddiard
David Troughton ... Brian Clapper
John Shrapnel ... Max Jennings
Jane Booker ... Laura Hutton
Judith Scott Judith Scott ... Sue Clapper
Robert Swann Robert Swann ... Gerald Hadleigh
Una Stubbs ... Selina Jennings
Annoushka Le Gallois Annoushka Le Gallois ... Barbara Neale
Marlene Sidaway ... Mrs. Bundy


The Midsomer Worthy Writers Circle invites well-known author Max Jennings to one of their monthly meetings. The group's secretary, Gerald Hadleigh is opposed to to the invitation, but is outvoted. It becomes apparent that Jennings and Hadleigh knew one another at one time. When Hadleigh is found dead the next day, Barnaby and Troy begin looking into the backgrounds of the various Circle members and try to locate Jennings. When they do find him he is, as they say, incapable of assisting them with their inquiries. A second murder adds to the puzzle but in the end, the solution rests on learning of long ago events and a hidden family secret. At home, the Barnaby's agree to care for daughter Cully's Russian Blue cat Killmouskie, with interesting results for Tom. Written by garykmcd

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Crime | Drama | Mystery


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Release Date:

5 July 1998 (USA) See more »

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Production Co:

Bentley Productions See more »
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Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Did You Know?


David Troughton plays Brian Clapper in this episode. He returns in episode 10.2, Midsomer Murders: The Animal Within (2007), in the role of Miles King. See more »


Russian Blue cats tend to by hypo-allergenic. It's highly unlikely anyone who did not know they were allergic to cats would react to a Russian Blue for the first time in their life. See more »


[first lines]
Liam's Father: Liam. Liam? What are you doing with that? Liam? Liam. Liam!
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References Dixon of Dock Green (1955) See more »


Midsomer Murders
(Theme Song)
Written by Jim Parker
Performed by Celia Sheen
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Bizarre ending

The story was nicely paced and realistically acted, with some unexpected twists thrown in. The exteriors were still finely English but not as sugary as in the opening episode, which was reassuring. Then for some reason, five minutes before the end, it all descended into a manic hodgepodge of clichés. As if the creators decided to sprint through 30 famous horror films in 300 seconds. Throwing at us blatant chunks of Psycho, Rosemary's Baby and every 70s slasher flick in existence. If Midsomer was meant to be a nuanced character study of English repression, as I assumed it to be, then the ending to this particular tale manifests some odd choices.

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