Midsomer Murders

Season 6 Episode 3

Painted in Blood

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Aired Wednesday 8:00 PM Jan 17, 2003 on ITV
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Barnaby's wife, Joyce, finds a dead body on the Midsomer Florey village green while taking part in a watercolour painting class, and she recognizes it as the elderly Miss Fairfax.

Barnaby is given the case, then finds himself taken off it and replaced by a team from the National Intelligence Squad, while he is assigned to deal with a missing handbag. However, he continues his investigation into the murder, finding deceit and double-dealing. It appears that 'Miss Fairfax' was not an elderly spinster at all, but a young detective sergeant from the National Intelligence Squad working under cover, and that her colleagues are busy fitting up the village handyman for the murder of an old lady who never was.

He discovers that someone is busy hunting for some five million pounds still missing from an old robbery. In the closing moments, Barnaby has to lock two of the National Intelligence Squad's officers in a bank strong-room, where they are trying to snatch the missing cash, and to arrest the head of the Squad's operational team for the murder under investigation.

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  • When Joyce Barnaby joing a painting group, an artist is murdered. Inspector Barnaby is unexpectedly taken off the case and obliged to devote himself to catching bag-snatchers, but it seems the bag-snatching and the murder may be linked.moreless

    9.7
    Poor Joyce Barnaby has no luck with her hobbies. No sooner does she join a painting group, than an artist is murdered just a few feet from where she is sitting. Matters become complicated when it turns out that the apparently elderly lady artist who was murdered was actually a young woman in disguise.



    To his chagrin, Tom Barnaby is taken off the case and has to pursue bag-snatchers, while Troy remains on the case. However, it soon becomes evident to Barnaby that the bag-snatching and the murder may be linked. The presence in the village of a known bank robber looks suspicious too.



    This is the funniest ever episode of Midsomer Murders. There are some very good supporting characters, particularly the drunken bank manager contemplating the closure of his bank, and Leslie Philips does a wonderful comic turn as the eccentric colonel with a weakness for the ladies.



    I do wonder though whether poor Joyce Barnaby will ever find a hobby she can pursue safely without murder being involved.moreless
  • When Joyce Barnaby finds the body of an elderly woman whilst taking part in a village painting class, Tom expects to be investigating the case. So why isn't he?

    8.5
    Joyce Barnaby is very fond of arts and crafts and loves to paint so she is delighted to be a part of a village painting class. Her delight however turns to horror when she discovers the body of an elderly lady, Miss Fairfax, who was one of the people taking the class.



    Naturally, Tom expects to be investigating the crime so he is somewhat surprised when the National Intelligence Squad comes along and takes the case away from him and gives him some very mundane casesto look into instead. Of course, when he realises that the elderly Miss Fairfax was in fact an undercover officer in disguise, he understands all the secrecy but is still not pleased to be relegated to such a minor role. At the same time, he wonders why the NIS wants to pin the murder on a local handyman and how in the world does all this connect to a bank robbery which took place ages ago?



    Lots of twists and turns in the plot of this one and a rather amusing ending when the good guys, for once, aren't all that good.moreless
Leslie Phillips

Leslie Phillips

Godfrey Teal

Guest Star

John Sessions

John Sessions

Barrett Philby

Guest Star

Barbara Durkin

Barbara Durkin

Linda Tyrell

Guest Star

Jane Wymark

Jane Wymark

Joyce Barnaby

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Barry Jackson

Barry Jackson

Dr Bullard

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