Joyce Barnaby paints, watched by husband DCI Tom Barnaby in Midsomer Murders

Joyce paints watched by Tom Barnaby

Over the many series of Midsomer Murders, all types of people and professions have been bumped off in increasingly inventive ways. But one murder that really stands out is the episode Painted in Blood, from the sixth season of the show, and 31st overall.

In the show, DCI Barnaby’s wife Joyce has joined an art class but things take a turn for the worse when an elderly member of the group, Ruth Fairfax is discovered dead by Joyce. And it’s pretty obvious that it is in the most suspicious circumstances possible.

The victim is found stabbed in the back on the village green, where she was sat painting. It’s an unusual episode in that this is the only murder that takes place, perhaps because it is such a shocking crime.

The reasons for the show’s power is that painting a rural village scene doesn’t exactly equate with the bloody and brutal murder that follows. Art is something that represents beauty and truth, the exact opposite of murder.

With that in mind make a note that the Chilterns Craft & Design Show will take place this 28 – 31 August bank holiday weekend in South Oxfordshire (the eponymous Midsomer from the show). Over 250 artists will gather at Stonor Park, near Henley on Thames for a long weekend of art related activities.

This includes specialist marquees for crafts and food & drink with live demonstrations; a birds and beasts roadshow, a show garden, graduate marquee and plenty of fun activities for children.

We’re 100% sure that this art event will pass off without any kind of Midsomer-esque incident (even with have-a-go-archery on offer) and should be a whole lot of fun for art lovers from around the UK.