Midsomer Murders (1997– )
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Painted in Blood 

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Barnaby's wife finds a body on the Midsomer Florey village green while taking part in a watercolor painting class.


Sarah Hellings


Andrew Payne (screenplay), Caroline Graham (characters)


Episode cast overview, first billed only:
John Nettles ... DCI Tom Barnaby
Daniel Casey ... Sgt. Gavin Troy
Jane Wymark ... Joyce Barnaby
Barry Jackson ... Dr. Bullard
Leslie Phillips ... Godfrey Teal
John Sessions ... Barrett Filby
Barbara Durkin ... Linda Tyrell
Matthew Marsh ... Tony Carter
Clive Merrison ... Colin Hawksley
Dinah Stabb Dinah Stabb ... Tessa Hawksley
Denise Black ... Ann Carter
David Mallinson ... Alan Pinkney
Andrew Lancel ... DC Simon Backley
Nigel Lindsay ... DS James Noland
Anna Northam Anna Northam ... Ruth Fairfax


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Joyce Barnaby discovers one of her fellow outdoor art class students, Ruth Fairfax murdered and husband Tom, assisted by DS Troy, has yet another case to solve. Fairfax presented herself as an elderly resident and she always insisted on sitting in exactly the same spot in the village green. Imagine the investigators surprise when the autopsy actually reveals her to be a thirty-something woman who disguised herself with wigs and make-up. The case take a peculiar twist when Barnaby is ordered off the case and replaced by a senior officer from the National Intelligence Team. This is especially so when the senior investigating officer is never present and the case is seemingly left in the hands of a DS and a DC who appear less than competent. Written by garykmcd

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Crime | Drama | Mystery


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Clive Merrison plays Colin Hawksley in this episode. He returns in episode 18.1, Midsomer Murders: Habeas Corpus (2016), in the role of Caleb Southwood. See more »


[first lines]
Tony Carter: Get a move on, Linda!
Linda Tyrell: [snaps Tony's picture] Okay, that'll do.
Tony Carter: Did you bring the strong room receipt?
Tony Carter: Okay.
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Midsomer Murders
(Theme Song)
Written by Jim Parker
Performed by Celia Sheen
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Joyce Takes Up Painting
1 March 2016 | by HitchcocSee all my reviews

This episode involves a couple who are up to something having to do with a secure place in the bank where huge amounts of money are kept. The conspirators' efforts are compromised when a couple of punks on motorcycles steal the lady's purse, punch her in the head, and take off. The document in the purse is the receipt for the safe where the money is kept. Joyce gets into the act this time when she takes a painting class and meet the woman who ends up murdered. Another interesting feature of this story is the Barnaby is taken off the case because of a conflict of interest (his wife finding the murder victim). Troy, however, stays with a couple of hotshot detectives who treat him like Barney Fife. Of course, our intrepid detective continues to investigate, despite being told not to. It gets interesting. There is a subplot where the bank is being closed to make way for a restaurant. Average offering.

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17 January 2003 (UK) See more »

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