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The cozy villages of Midsomer County reveal their most sinister secrets in these contemporary British television mysteries. Inspired by the novels of Caroline Graham, modern master of the English village mystery, the series stars John Nettles (Bergerac) as the unflappable Detective Chief Inspector Tom Barnaby with Jason Hughes (This Life) as his earnest, efficient protégé, Detective Constable Ben Jones. Guest stars include Richard McCabe, Clare Holman, Peter Capaldi, Saskia Wickham, Dominic Jephcott, Siobhan Redmond, Juliet Aubrey, John Shrapnel, and Guy Henry.

THE MYSTERIES
Four Funerals and a Wedding--Every year, the Skimmington Fayre rekindles an age-old battle of the sexes in Broughton. But this year, the bodies really start to accumulate.
Country Matters--With the town of Elverton in an uproar over a new supermarket, a mysterious man turns up murdered on the store’s proposed site.
Death in Chorus--Approaching a big choral competition, the Midsomer Worthy amateur choir loses its tenor to murder.
Last Year’s Model--As Annie Woodrow goes on trial for murdering her best friend, DCI Barnaby begins to have second thoughts about her guilt.

DVD SPECIAL FEATURES INCLUDE 50th episode production notes, text interviews with John Nettles and Jason Hughes, Caroline Graham biography, and cast filmographies.

Review

Delightful in a murderously charming way -- Leonard Maltin's Movie Crazy

Good, clean fun is what you're guaranteed. -- San Francisco Chronicle

Sheer TV gold -- Entertainment Today

Showing that if a story is well written and the acting is good less can be more. -- Shakefire

Still one of the best of the breed -- Wilmington on DVD

Still tops thanks to smart scripts, great casts and the charm of leading man John Nettles. -- PaperMag.com

The show just keeps chugging along with clever, sometimes rather perverse, murders and just enough wry humor to keep the audience smiling. -- Deseret News (UT)

Wonderful entertainment. -- EInsiders

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Product Details

  • Actors: John Nettles, Jane Wymark, Jason Hughes
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Box set, Color, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 4
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Acorn Media
  • DVD Release Date: March 24, 2009
  • Run Time: 400 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (68 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001JXPC3M
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #70,640 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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38 of 42 people found the following review helpful By Richard The Buying Hearted VINE VOICE on March 27, 2009
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For all of us who wondered how Cabot Cove wound up with any citizens left after all those murders in Jessica's wake...take heart...the territory has been expanded into a whole British equivalent of a county (Midsomer) in the heart of Jolly Olde England, chock full of villages just simmering over with perfect villiany. This series is still going full steam in Britian. In fact a rerun of one on ITV recently out performed all original programming on the other channels. So it is just as appreciated in it's homeland as it is becoming in the colonies. It is the epitome of well thought out murder plots brimming over with those gloriously quaint characters one only encounters in England. Long time Detective Chief Inspector Tom Barnaby (played by John Nettles) and his now third Deputy Inspector are forever unraveling unsavory goings on in towns as diverse as Carsten (evidently the urban center of the county) or villages like Midsomer Mallow where the citizens busy themselves about the business of building up petty hatreds and retributions galore. The pace is never too fast. The murder or murders are always diabolique or so interpersonally convoluted as to render you entranced at it's revelation. While lacking the bitter sophistication of Morse...or the witty repartee of Poirot in another era...these murder mysteries will bequile you with their scenery, their down to earth eccentrics, and even DCI Barnaby's happy home life (gone are the psychological demons attacking modern detectives and making them as miserable as the victims they encounter). None of that in Midsomer. You get the feeling Barnaby wouldn't trade his job for a promotion to London in a million years, he's content, but constantly amazed at the capacity for murder in his elysian fields.Read more ›
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Murders, and there are a lot of them, happen regularly in the villages of Midsomer County. The landscape is idyllically English, with ample greensward, manicured lawns, carefully trimmed hedges, cozy cottages and perfect gardens. The people of Midsomer County, ranging from working blokes to landed aristocrats, are for the most part well-mannered. Gossip is a cottage industry. If it weren't for all the corpses, the villages and towns of Midsomer County would be a fine place to live. As it is, they're a fine place to die.

Because of the corpses, we have Detective Chief Superintendent Tom Barnaby, unflappable, courteous, curious and relentless, with a sly, dry sense of humor that should make a smart murderer wary. DCS Barnaby is played by John Nettles, and it's hard to say who is the more authentic, the actor or the character. The one thing for sure is that it's a perfect fit. Nettles makes the series work. When he as Barnaby comes on the scene, we know we're in for an intelligent, very British, understated and amusing series of lethal riddles and satisfying solutions.

The four 100-minute mysteries in Set 12 are:

Four Funerals a Wedding is set in Broughton during the annual Skimmington Fayre. This festival commemorates the superiority of Broughton's women over the men. Only a chosen man who survives riding a course on a donkey while chosen women attempt to knock him off can change things. The man, of course, must ride backwards with a hood over his head. Needless the say, this time only the donkey finishes the ride.

Country Matters comes to Elverton when a supermarket is planned for the village. The construction site is easy to find. Just look for a corpse. And watch out for the lady in riding breeches carrying a whip.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Jean Marie on May 27, 2009
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I have purchased sets one thru twelve - so you must realize that my husband and I are crazy about this series -highly entertaining and really good mysteries - good television - so much fun...why can't we Americans produce shows like these - not all sex and "hollywood stereo-types" but real character actors - such good acting - such good plots - I'm waiting for #13 to come out - we share our collection with our family and they all love it - Bravo and well done, old chaps....
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26 of 35 people found the following review helpful By JQJAZZ on January 17, 2009
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I HAVE ALL OF THE MIDSOMER'S SET 1-11 AND THINK THEY ARE THE BEST THINGS
I HAVE SEEN IN A LONG TIME, THE LOCATIONS OF THE ENGLISH CONTRYSIDE ARE
GREAT AND THE ACTING, ESPECIALLY JOHN NETTLE'S IS ALSO GREAT,MUCH BETTER
THE THE POLICE DRAMAS MADE IN THIS COUNTRY. BY THE WAY I AM PREORDERING
SET 12 WHICH I THINK WILL BE UP THE SAME HIGH STANDARDS.
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19 of 27 people found the following review helpful By John L. Holt on January 12, 2009
I give all the Midsomer Murders Series five stars. I will even give one to Series 12 which I have on pre order. One of the best in a long line of British mysteries. If you like series I you will like all series though 12. Why cannot we in our country produce Mysteries like these. These are probably produced at half the budget of our American mysteries most of of which are blood and guts.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Shopper on March 29, 2009
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I received my long awaited set 12 two days ago. All four episode titles are clearly listed on the back cover (the cover is not blank on my set). The episodes were new to me (I have the first eleven sets and have viewed them multiple times). The US edition is different from the UK edition (US set twelve is actualy from season 11). So, I can see how there may be some confusion (I purchase DVD's from amazon.uk.com quite frequently and view them on my computer). I recommend set 12, though I must say the four episodes lacked the humour I came to rely on in "MM". Seems the programme is beginning to take itself too seriously...The relationship between Barnaby and his sidekick seems too blah, too much like real life... ;-) His other sidekicks were more fun to watch, which in turn took the edge off the high murder-to-episode ratio...
Yes, Barnaby is set to retire, with John Nettle's contract expiring in 2010. So, we are due for a few more Barnaby episodes. According to newspaper articles, the producers are hoping the show will go on, with a new (as yet unchosen) star. Pitty...I will miss Barnaby, Joyce and Kelly...(BTW: the actress playing Kelly has already retired; her last episode was the one centered around Kelly's wedding, which we have not seen yet in the US; maybe it will be included in set 13?).
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Why does it take soooo long to get these.
Once you've bought set 12, you can go to Amazon UK and order a set that contains the next ten programs after the ones in set 12. You need to own a region-free DVD player to play UK DVDs, but they cost only $20 or so more than a comparable North America-only player. Given the way the value of the... Read More
Feb 25, 2009 by K. Sandness |  See all 3 posts
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Included are four shows from the British series 9 from 2005-2006, Death in Chorus, Country Matters, Last Year's Model and Four Funerals & a Wedding. Set 11 is the first part of the 2005-2006 season. See this link:
http://www.tvshowsondvd.com/news/Midsomer-Murders-Set-12/10812
Jan 6, 2009 by Delisa Baker |  See all 15 posts
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Thank you! This a big help!
Nov 30, 2009 by Joanne F. |  See all 2 posts
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Well, since you posted your comments on the US site (rather then on amazon.uk.com), I think most readers would have been justified to assume you were referring to the US set 12 that has just come out here...I hope your comments did not cause any of them to miss out on this great show...
I do shop... Read More
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