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|image1 = image:Written-in-blood.png
 
|image1 = image:Written-in-blood.png
 
|airdate = 22 March 1998
 
|airdate = 22 March 1998
|village_or_location = [[Midsomer Worthy]]
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|village_or_location = [[Midsomer Worthy]]<br>
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[[Causton]]<br>
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London
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|other_locations = Durrow, Southern Ireland
 
|writer = [[Anthony Horowitz]]
 
|writer = [[Anthony Horowitz]]
 
|director = [[Jeremy Silberston]]
 
|director = [[Jeremy Silberston]]
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==Cast==
 
==Cast==
 
 
<div style="​column-count: 2; -moz-column-count: 2; -webkit-column-count: 2;​">
 
<div style="​column-count: 2; -moz-column-count: 2; -webkit-column-count: 2;​">
 
*[[John Nettles]] as DCI [[Tom Barnaby]]
 
*[[John Nettles]] as DCI [[Tom Barnaby]]
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*[[Barry Jackson]] as Dr. [[George Bullard]]
 
*[[Barry Jackson]] as Dr. [[George Bullard]]
 
*[[Anna Massey]] as [[Honoria Lyddiard]]
 
*[[Anna Massey]] as [[Honoria Lyddiard]]
*Joanna David as [[Amy Lyddiard]]
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*[[Joanna David]] as [[Amy Lyddiard]]
 
*David Troughton as [[Brian Clapper]]
 
*David Troughton as [[Brian Clapper]]
*John Shrapnel as [[Max Jennings]]
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*[[John Shrapnel]] as [[Max Jennings]]
 
*Jane Booker as [[Laura Hutton]]
 
*Jane Booker as [[Laura Hutton]]
 
*Judith Scott as [[Sue Clapper]]
 
*Judith Scott as [[Sue Clapper]]
 
*Robert Swann as [[Gerald Hadleigh]]
 
*Robert Swann as [[Gerald Hadleigh]]
*Una Stubbs as [[Selina Jennings]]
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*[[Una Stubbs]] as [[Selina Jennings]]
 
*Annoushka Le Gallois as [[Barbara Neale]]
 
*Annoushka Le Gallois as [[Barbara Neale]]
 
*[[Marlene Sidaway]] as [[Mrs. Bundy]]
 
*[[Marlene Sidaway]] as [[Mrs. Bundy]]
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*Jacqueline Morgan as Miss Panter
 
*Jacqueline Morgan as Miss Panter
 
*Timothy Bateson as [[James Jocelyne]]
 
*Timothy Bateson as [[James Jocelyne]]
*Jay Barrymore as Liam
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*Jay Barrymore as [[Gerald Hadleigh|Liam]]
*Murray Ewan as Liam's Father
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*Murray Ewan as [[Mr. Hanlon|Liam's Father]]
 
*[[Neil Conrich]] as [[PC Angel|Police Constable Angel]]
 
*[[Neil Conrich]] as [[PC Angel|Police Constable Angel]]
 
*Paul Putner as Policeman 2
 
*Paul Putner as Policeman 2
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*Richard Parkin as Brad (Cully's Boyfriend) (uncredited)
 
*Richard Parkin as Brad (Cully's Boyfriend) (uncredited)
 
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</div>
 
   
 
==Galleries==
 
==Galleries==
 
 
===Body Count===
 
===Body Count===
 
<gallery captionalign="center" captionsize="large" bordersize="medium" navigation="true" widths="110" spacing="small" hideaddbutton="true">
 
<gallery captionalign="center" captionsize="large" bordersize="medium" navigation="true" widths="110" spacing="small" hideaddbutton="true">
RalphLyddiard.png|[[Ralph Lyddiard]]<br />Died by AIDS prior to the events of the episode.
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Mr.-hanlon.jpg|[[Mr. Hanlon]]<br>Killed with his own shotgun while laying in bed. This occurred in 1955 in Durrow, Southern Ireland.
Gerald-hadleigh.jpg|[[Gerald Hadleigh]]<br>Bludgeoned with a candlestick.
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RalphLyddiard.png|[[Ralph Lyddiard]]<br>Died by AIDS prior to the events of the episode.
Max-jennings.jpg|[[Max Jennings]]<br>Poisoned. <ref>the Script mentions the poison as Valium Sulphate, however it is more likely Thallium Sulphate</ref>
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Gerald-hadleigh.jpg|[[Gerald Hadleigh]]<br>Bludgeoned with a candlestick and stripped.
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Max-jennings.jpg|[[Max Jennings]]<br>Made to drink poisoned drink. <ref>the Script mentions the poison as Valium Sulphate, however it is more likely Thallium Sulphate</ref>
 
Honoria-lyddiard.jpg|[[Honoria Lyddiard]]<br>Accidentally fell through 2nd floor window while trying to kill Amy Lyddiard with a butcher's knife.
 
Honoria-lyddiard.jpg|[[Honoria Lyddiard]]<br>Accidentally fell through 2nd floor window while trying to kill Amy Lyddiard with a butcher's knife.
 
</gallery>
 
</gallery>
   
 
===Supporting Cast===
 
===Supporting Cast===
<gallery captionalign="center" captionsize="large" bordersize="medium" widths="110" spacing="small" hideaddbutton="true">
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<gallery captionalign="center" captionsize="large" bordersize="medium" widths="110" spacing="small" hideaddbutton="true">
Brian-clapper.jpg|[[Brian Clapper]]
 
Sue-clapper.jpg|[[Sue Clapper]]
 
 
Amy-lyddiard.jpg|[[Amy Lyddiard]]
 
Amy-lyddiard.jpg|[[Amy Lyddiard]]
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Brian-clapper.jpg|[[Brian Clapper]]
 
Laura-hutton.jpg|[[Laura Hutton]]
 
Laura-hutton.jpg|[[Laura Hutton]]
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Sue-clapper.jpg|[[Sue Clapper]]
 
Selina-jennings.jpg|[[Selina Jennings]]
 
Selina-jennings.jpg|[[Selina Jennings]]
 
Barbara-neale.jpg|[[Barbara Neale]]
 
Barbara-neale.jpg|[[Barbara Neale]]
Edie-carter.jpg|[[Edie Carter]]
 
 
Mrs-bundy.jpg|[[Mrs. Bundy]]
 
Mrs-bundy.jpg|[[Mrs. Bundy]]
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Edie-carter.jpg|[[Edie Carter]]
 
James-jocelyne.jpg|[[James Jocelyne]]
 
James-jocelyne.jpg|[[James Jocelyne]]
 
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The following actors and actresses that first appeared in this episode have appeared in subsequent episodes
 
The following actors and actresses that first appeared in this episode have appeared in subsequent episodes
*Timothy Bateson - [[Death's Shadow]], and [[Orchis Fatalis]]
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*Timothy Bateson - [[Death's Shadow]] and [[Orchis Fatalis]]
 
*Jane Booker - [[The Creeper]]
 
*Jane Booker - [[The Creeper]]
*Joanna David - [[A Sacred Trust]]
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*[[Joanna David]] - [[A Sacred Trust]]
*Anna Massey - [[Secrets and Spies]]
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*[[Anna Massey]] - [[Secrets and Spies]]
 
*David Maybrick - [[Death of a Stranger]]
 
*David Maybrick - [[Death of a Stranger]]
*Brian Parr - [[Picture of Innocence]], and [[Talking to the Dead]]
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*Brian Parr - [[Picture of Innocence]] and [[Talking to the Dead]]
*Marlene Sidaway - [[Death's Shadow]] and [[Judgement Day]]
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*[[Marlene Sidaway]] - [[The Killings at Badger's Drift]], [[Death's Shadow]] and [[Judgement Day]]
*Una Stubbs - [[The Dagger Club]]
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*[[Una Stubbs]] - [[The Dagger Club]]
 
*David Troughton - [[The Animal Within]]
 
*David Troughton - [[The Animal Within]]
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*[[Neil Conrich]] - [[The Killings at Badger's Drift]], [[Death of a Hollow Man]], [[Death's Shadow]], [[Strangler's Wood]], [[Beyond the Grave]] and [[Birds of Prey]]
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*Paul Putner - [[The Killings at Badger's Drift]]
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*[[John Shrapnel]] - [[Death in Chorus]]
 
== References ==
 
== References ==
 
{{Reflist}}
 
{{Reflist}}

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Written in Blood is the first episode of the first series, the second overall after the pilot, of the popular ITV crime drama Midsomer Murders and first aired 22nd March 1998.

Synopsis

Midsomer Worthy Writers' Circle gather together to think of an author that could visit them and discuss their books. The name of this famous writer is Max Jennings, but the group's secretary Gerald Hadleigh seems far from happy. However Jennings is asked and astonishingly, given his fame, accepts; but the morning after the group meets Jennings, Gerald is found murdered. DCI Barnaby and Sergeant Troy try to delve into the private life of Hadleigh but their investigation is scuppered by the fact that Max Jennings has disappeared.

Plot

Cast

Galleries

Body Count

Supporting Cast

Episode Images

Notes

  • First appearance of Timothy Bateson's character Mr. Jocelyne, later appeared in the episode, Orchis Fatalis.
  • Although, Marlene Sidaway had a small role as a counselor in the previous episode, Written in Blood marked the debut of Mrs. Bundy. The character later appeared in Death's Shadow

The following actors and actresses that first appeared in this episode have appeared in subsequent episodes

References

  1. the Script mentions the poison as Valium Sulphate, however it is more likely Thallium Sulphate
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