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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.


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.




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  • 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


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