DALGLIESH aired its goriest episode yet as two men had their throats slit and a priest was stabbed in a bloody church massacre.

Thursday's episode followed a third story in the six-part series, with Bertie Carvel in the titular role.

Dalgliesh aired its bloodiest episode yet on Thursday

The dead body of Sir Paul Berowne filled the screen in the first few minutes of Thursday's episode

The episode opened with the grisly death of a former MP and a homeless man, who had both had their throats slit in a back room of a church.

As Dalgliesh arrived at the church, he was seen looking at the dead body of Sir Paul Berowne, a baronet and recently-resigned Tory MP, who lay in a pool of his own blood, a knife in his hand in a haphazard attempt by the killer to make it look like suicide.

Dalgliesh asked Father Barnes, whose church they were found in, about the two men, before heading to the Berowne mansion to question Sir Paul's family.

Dalgliesh discovered that death has haunted Sir Paul’s life.

His first wife died in a car accident while he was driving.

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Then his older brother Hugo, a Major in the Coldstream Guards, was shot dead in Northern Ireland. Sir Paul then married his brother’s widow Barbara.

However, the detective was initially suspicious of the family's driver, Halliwell, but later in the episode, when Halliwell is in police custody, Father Barnes was stabbed in the church.

While the culprit wasn't seen by viewers, Father Barnes could be heard crying out, before the camera saw him lying at the altar in a pool of blood.

The final episode will air tomorrow night, and viewers will have to wait and see if Father Barnes survives, and if any more blood is shed before the culprit is caught.

Dalgliesh airs on Channel 5.

The sleuths are yet to solve the case

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