Midsomer Murders (1997– )
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Left for Dead 

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.


Renny Rye


Michael Crompton (screenplay), Caroline Graham (characters)

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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
John Nettles ... DCI Tom Barnaby
Jason Hughes ... DS Ben Jones
Jane Wymark ... Joyce Barnaby
Barry Jackson ... Dr Bullard
Maggie Steed ... Lynne Fox
Harry Peacock ... Patrick Bradley
Albert Welling ... Ron Wilson
Indra Ové ... Charlotte Knight
Marion Bailey ... Alyssa Bradley
Ben Crompton ... Spud
Matthew Flynn ... Jack Purdy
Shaun Dooley ... Mark Purdy
Kate Miles ... Louise
Nia Roberts Nia Roberts ... Stacey Purdy
Kirsty Dillon ... WPC Gail Stephens


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








Release Date:

20 July 2008 (UK) See more »

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Bentley Productions See more »
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Did You Know?


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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Creepiest Midsomer I've Seen
9 May 2016 | by eric-839See 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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