Midsomer Murders (1997– )
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Ring Out Your Dead 

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Someone is killing off parish church bell ringers in the week before a big bell-ringing competition takes place in the village of Midsomer Mallow.


Sarah Hellings


Christopher Russell (screenplay), Caroline Graham (characters)



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
John Nettles ... DCI Tom Barnaby
Daniel Casey Daniel Casey ... Sergeant Gavin Troy
Jane Wymark ... Joyce Barnaby
Hugh Bonneville ... Hugh Barton
Dugald Bruce-Lockhart Dugald Bruce-Lockhart ... Greg Tutt
Harry Burton Harry Burton ... Dennis Ebbrell
Graham Crowden ... Reggie Barton
Jamie de Courcey ... Marcus Steadman (as Jamie De Courcey)
Carmen Du Sautoy ... Rosalind Parr
Clare Holman ... Sue Tutt
Gemma Jones ... Maisie Gooch
Caroline Lintott Caroline Lintott ... Jen
Lyndsey Marshal ... Emma Tysoe (as Lyndesy Marshal)
Steven Pimlott Steven Pimlott ... Judge
Adrian Scarborough ... Peter Fogden


Murder is in the air in the village of Midsomer Mallow as Barnaby and Troy investigate the death of Greg Tutt, who was shot through the heart. He was a member of the local bell ringers and the village Lothario, whose fed-up wife had recently thrown him out; he had also been eyeing Emma who's engaged to Liam; these two are both members of the bell-ringing team. Reggie Barton leads a group of villagers who are opposed to the bell ringers using the church as a hobby, especially after their impromptu concert celebrating their big win at the track with their pooled funds. When a second bell ringer is killed, Barnaby tries to connect the recent deaths with church lore about a vicar who was killed and dumped down the well a century ago. Written by garykmcd

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Crime | Drama | Mystery


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Release Date:

15 September 2002 (UK) See more »

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Bentley Productions See more »
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Did You Know?


Clare Holman plays Sue Tutt in this episode. She returns in episode 9.6, Midsomer Murders: Country Matters (2006), in the role of Rose Southerly. See more »


With the bell ringers everything runs like clockwork. But not so the actual clock of the church. In all inserted shots of the tower, the clock gives 6:25 as the time. Is it out of order or did the director use the same shot all the time? See more »


[first lines]
Reggie Barton: What are you doing?
Peter Fogden: Unlocking the church door.
Reggie Barton: Why?
Emma Tysoe: We're going to practice.
Reggie Barton: On a Tuesday? Who gave permission?
Peter Fogden: I have a hot-line to God!
Reggie Barton: Blasphemous little whelk!
Peter Fogden: I'm sure he thinks well of you too, Reggie!
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Midsomer Murders
(Theme Song)
Written by Jim Parker
Performed by Celia Sheen
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Interesting yet lacking in detail
25 August 2009 | by Pelhamj2000See all my reviews

I too noticed the time on the clock as always being 6.25. It was mentioned in the goofs. What is the reason for it? Maybe too, like other titles there could have been an explanation of the murder and how it was done at the end. It was an interesting episode and I have a feeling that the writer tends to portray quite a few women as murderers, or should I say, murderesses. I find it absolutely bizarre that a person could murder innocent bell-ringers just because her ancestor was murdered by 'bell-ringers' who are unrelated to the present ones. The judgmental old man was super. As was the character of Peter, who was only interested in winning at all costs. He was thoroughly insensitive to the deaths around him. Super film all round!

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