Midsomer Murders

Season 6 Episode 3

Painted in Blood

Aired Wednesday 8:00 PM Jan 17, 2003 on ITV

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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.

    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.
  • 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?

    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.