Midsomer Murders (1997– )
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The Noble Art 

When a famous 1860 bareknuckle boxing bout is restaged in Midsomer Morchard with great pomp, dead bodies begin to pile up for Barnaby.


Richard Holthouse


Barry Purchese (screenplay), Caroline Graham (based on characters by)

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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
Kirsty Dillon ... DC Gail Stephens
Kevin McNally ... Gerald Farquaharson (as Kevin R. McNally)
Matthew Douglas Matthew Douglas ... Sebastian Farquaharson
Daniela Denby-Ashe ... Camilla Farquaharson
Michelle Fairley ... Iris Holman
Ken Bones ... Giles Braithwaite
Glen Murphy Glen Murphy ... Frank Bishop
Camille Coduri ... Grace Bishop
Phil Daniels ... Teddy Molloy
Tony Barton ... Ronnie Milsom
Deirdre Mullins ... Libby Morris


Kindly magistrate Gerald Farquharson throws a party in Midsomer Morchard to celebrate local boy John Kinsella winning the world middle-weight title. Guests include local solicitor Giles Braithwaite, his nosy secretary Iris and Grace, tarty wife of Kinsella's abrasive manager Frank Bishop. Gerald, the Bishops - separately - and Sebastian, who is not Gerald's son but the product of his late wife's affair, all want to see Giles urgently but he is murdered and his office ransacked. Sebastian's wife Camilla is pregnant but Sebastian is not the father. In fact he is gay and had had an affair with Giles, for which Iris is blackmailing him. At a reconstruction of a Victorian prize fight in Gerald's gardens, Bishop is also murdered, having sacked John's trainer and Grace's lover Teddy, who, with Grace, was planning to take over John's management behind Frank's back. Iris is the third and last victim of a killer who has gambled rather too much on the outcome of the noble art. Written by don @ minifie-1

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Crime | Drama | Mystery


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Release Date:

13 October 2010 (UK) See more »

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Production Co:

Bentley Productions See more »
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

16:9 widescreen
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Did You Know?


Kevin McNally plays Gerald Farquaharson in this episode. He previously played the role of Orville Tudway in episode 2.4, Midsomer Murders: Blood Will Out (1999). See more »


Just as Jones enters 'Midsomer Norton Turf Accountants', there is a spelling mistake on the poster in the window advertising the John Kinsella fight; Accountants is spelt Accounants. See more »


Sebastian Farquaharson: [Seeing Camilla putting a sash around Kinsella's waist] Well, this makes a change... you helpin' himm into his clothers instead of out of them!
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27 September 2018 | by Sleepin_DragonSee all my reviews

The Noble Art is a fairly decent episode of Midsomer Murders, it's a fairly good watch, but the trouble is it contains nothing original, nothing remarkable, and it is just plain forgettable.

I quite like the story, boxing always makes for a good story, but here the boxing theme is just a bit odd, it doesn't seem to gel well, at every possible moment they push the boxing theme, I'm surprised they didn't have Joyce in boxing gloves throughout, it was all a little too much.

Kevin McNally's character was in virtually every scene, he seemed to pop up in scene after scene, he acted his part very well though. Camille Coduri was the shining light though as she so often is.

Nice production values, some gorgeous costumes, but overall it is just very silly, the characters and relationships are a little confusing, and the identity of the killer is so obvious it's not really much of a mystery.

Overall the Noble Art is watchable, but one of the weaker episodes in my opinion. 5/10

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