Nothing is as it seems behind the well-trimmed hedges of the picturesque cottages in the idyllic English country of Midsomer. Beneath the tranquil surface of sleepy village life exist dark secrets, scandals and downright evil. John Nettles stars as the humorous, thoughtful and methodical Detective Chief Inspector Barnaby. The bellringers of Midsomer Wellow are preparing for the local Striking Competition which is due to be hosted at their church. Not everybody sees this as a great honour for the community - some of the villages find the noise made by the ringers is the bane of their lives. When the bellringer and womaniser Greg Tutt is shot dead, Barnaby and Troy are called in to investigate. But what is the motive for the murder; a jealous husband, a disgruntled villager or a rival team from the competition? Other murders follow and the two detectives have their work cut out if they are to restore harmony to the village.