Midsomer Murders Written In Blood Recap Season 1 Episode 2 – After the blood bath of the first episode (seven dead in total), Written In Blood takes place during a relative lull in the Midsomer violence. Even Joyce and Tom Barnaby comment on how quiet things have been and how Tom gets a little “tetchy” when he doesn’t have a murder to solve.
Midsomer Murders Written In Blood Recap Season 1 Episode 2
The Midsomer Worthy Writers’ Circle meets to determine which writer to invite for their annual talk. The Circle includes Brian Clapper, Sue Clapper, Honoria Lyddiard, Amy Lyddiard, Laura Hutton, and Gerald Hadleigh. Hadleigh is visibly agitated when Amy suggests inviting best-selling author Max Jennings. The majority of the group vote to invite Jennings and, surprisingly, the best-selling author accepts the invitation.
The big night arrives for the Writers’ Circle but it’s a tense evening. The exchange between the members of the Writers’ Circle and Jennings is awkward. There is obviously some untold history between Jennings and Hadleigh. Laura Hutton is upset about Hadleigh not responding to her overtures. Honoria Lyddiard rudely dismisses Jennings when he can’t provide publishing connections for an historical book. The only people who have a genuine interest in talking to Jennings are Amy Lyddiard and Sue Clapper. Amy is interrupted by a deprecating comment by Honoria and Sue is shut down in a similar fashion by her bombastic husband Brian.
It’s only a matter of a few hours after the Writers’ Circle breaks up for the evening and we have our first murder. Gerald Hadleigh is found naked on the floor of his bedroom – bludgeoned to death with a candlestick.
It’s time for DCI Barnaby to get to work. The murder dry spell is over.
Throughout its twenty seasons, Midsomer Murders dishes up some creepy and bizarre characters – chief among them is the pervy high school teacher, Brian Clapper, who gets a lot of screen time in ‘Written In Blood’ without being a likely suspect for the murders.
The side story of Brian Clapper is every bit as peculiar as he is disturbing. Sporting a feeble comb-over and a grating nervous laugh, this corpulent and lecherous high school teacher has a drama class. He conducts movement exercises where he ogles one of his students.
He challenges his students to create a ‘Coup de Theatre’ and what they deliver is jaw-dropping. And not in a good way.
Midsomer Murders Written In Blood Recap – Spoilers ahead
For all its garish characters, Written in Blood doesn’t produce as many dead bodies as other Midsomer Murders episodes.
A mere few hours after the discovery of Hadleigh’s body, Jennings is found dead in his hotel room bed as a result of poisoning. And that’s the end of the murders, though not the last death.
It turns out that Hadleigh was murdered by the malicious septuagenarian, Honoria Lyddiard. In campy Midsomer Murders fashion, Honoria is given a montage straight out of The Shining in the final act. Hers is the final death, coming after the long-suffering Amy with a butcher knife. In their scuffle, Honoria crashes through the window and falls to her death just as Barnaby and Troy arrive.
While Honoria is responsible for Gerald Hadleigh’s death, she’s not Max Jennings’ murderer.
Before Max was a novelist, he was a psychiatrist; and we discover that Gerald shared his very traumatic past with Jennings. In what has to be a glaring professional transgression, Jennings used very specific details of Gerald’s past as fodder for his novel. It was Gerald who poisoned Jennings.
Midsomer Murders Written in Blood Recap odds and ends:
- Sgt. Troy is an alumnus of the school where Brian Clapper teaches. He doesn’t have fond memories.
- Troy and Barnaby visit Royal Albert Hall in this episode.
- We learn Barnaby is allergic to cats, when Cully drops off Killmouskie for Joyce and Tom to care for while she is in Poland performing As You Like It.
- Troy has toned down his shirt and tie selections this episode. Nowhere near as bold of a fashion statement as his choices in the first episode.
- Selina Jennings was a delightful scene stealer.
Body count and cause of death – Midsomer Murders Written in Blood Recap Season 1 Episode 2:
Gerald Hadleigh – Bludgeoned with candlestick
Max Jennings – poisoned
Honoria Lyddiard – accidental fall
Episode body count: 3
Body count to date: 10
Other episodes of Midsomer Murders reviewed on TV Eskimo include:
Midsomer Murders Written In Blood Recap Recap Season 1 Episode 2 characters and cast include:
DCI Tom Barnaby – John Nettles (Bergerac, The Hound of the Baskervilles, The Merchant of Venice, Poldark)
Sgt. Gavin Troy – Daniel Casey (EastEnders, Coronation Street, Casualty, Marchlands, Silent Witness)
Joyce Barnaby – Jane Wymark (Poldark, Rob Roy, All Men Are)
Dr. Bullard – Barry Jackson (Barry Lyndon, Wimbledon, Doctors, Silent Witness, Heartbeat)
Cully Barnaby – Laura Howard (Young Dracula, Cuffs, Casualty)
Honoria Lyddiard – Anna Massey (Frenzy, The Machinist, Peeping Tom, The Importance of Being Earnest, Possession)
Amy Lyddiard – Joanna Davis (The Soul Keeper, Doctors, Downton Abbey, Bleak House, Pride and Prejudice)
Brian Clapper – David Troughton (Dance with a Stranger, Grantchester, The Cafe, Sharpe’s Rifles, The Levelling)
Max Jennings – John Shrapnel (Gladiator, Troy, Notting Hill, Elizabeth: The Golden Age, Hamlet, The Awakening)
Laura Hutton – Jane Booker (Finding Neverland, Doctors, North & South, Get Back)
Sue Clapper – Judith Scott (Vera Drake, High Hopes, My Brother Tom, Virtual Sexuality)
Gerald Hadleigh – Robert Swann (Shackleton, If…, The Madness of King George, Wire in the Blood)
Selina Jennings – Una Stubbs (Angel, Sherlock, The Worst Witch, The Durrells in Corfu)