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Midsomer Murders: Set 20 (Master Class / The Noble Art / Not in My Backyard / Fit for Murder)

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Introducing Neil Dudgeon as John Barnaby

WHAT EVIL LURKS BEYOND THE WELL-TRIMMED HEDGES OF MIDSOMER…

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. Detective Chief Inspector Tom Barnaby (John Nettles, Bergerac) has policed the murderous county for decades, and now he’s ready to retire. In these four episodes, Barnaby investigates his final cases before leaving the denizens of Midsomer in the capable hands of his cousin, DCI John Barnaby (Neil Dudgeon, Life of Riley). Also starring Jason Hughes as Detective Sergeant Ben Jones.

THE MYSTERIES
Master Class—Competition over a prestigious music class unearths a long-kept secret.
The Noble Art—A reenactment of a championship boxing match turns deadly.
Not in My Back Yard—A clash over property development leads to a string of murders.
Fit for Murder—The Barnabys' spa weekend is interrupted by a gruesome discovery.


Special Features

BONUS "Barnaby Through the Years" photo gallery and "Saying Goodbye to Barnaby" essay

SDH subtitles

Fit for Murder contains brief nudity


Product Details

  • Actors: John Nettles, Jason Hughes
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Box set, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.66:1
  • Number of discs: 4
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Acorn Media
  • DVD Release Date: July 3, 2012
  • Run Time: 360 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (173 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B006X202AM
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #36,288 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Series 20's 4 episodes continue the perfection in crime drama perfected by CI Barnaby (John Nettles.) He' crime tough, humorous, softly romantic, but makes every episode always suspenseful murders in the plural. Never one murder mystery in Midsomer County, a quaint picturesquely filmed area of village sets.
If you are new to Midsomer Murders and CI Barnaby there are years of award winning episodes to view. My favorite is ALWAYS the one I just viewed.

Wife Joyce (Jane Wymark), daughter Cully (Laura Howard) & DC Stephens (Kirsty Dillon) all make this set their exit from this long-running British TV show, as does Nettles. Cast regulars DS Jones (Jason Hughes) and Dr. Bullard (Barry Jackson) will remain for future episodes with DCI John Barnaby (Neil Dudgeon) leading those investigations. John Barnaby is involved in this set's last episode. A smashing series but there will be those upset and downplaying the future once Nettles is gone. He does leave large shoes to fill, as does the departing cast that exits behind him. But that's set 21, not 20, so why worry now, and the shows will yet be based on Caroline Graham novels, and the writing has been a huge factor in the longevity which started in 1997.

SUBTITLES available in all 4 longer-than-feature-length episodes
Guest stars (too numerous to mention them all) are as characteristic of Midsomer Murders as the multiple murders and multiple plots mixing humor, crime, and relationships, and beautiful scenes. I've heard on bonus materials in the past that stars beg to kill or be murdered in Midsomer.

Episodes:
~~~~MASTER CLASS -a Barnaby déjà vu mystery suicide-drowning and baby abandonment with a musical twist.
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Good news: the excellent actor Neil Dudgeon, featured in earlier episodes of Midsomer, and The Mrs. Bradley Mysteries, among many other roles, will lead as John Barnaby, a relative of irascible, inimitable Tom Barnaby/John Nettles. He doesn't enter until the last episode, when his visit to Tom's home is interrupted by yet another murder in that particularly dangerous corner of Midsomer, Badger's Drift, when a vicar is found hanging by a bell-rope. And now we all anticipate "Set 21," the wait will be worth it. As always, the intrepid Jason Hughes is a wonderful foil as Detective Sergeant Ben Jones, his wry humor adds another level of complexity to the series. The U.K. boasts so many fine, often underrated actors. Jane Wymark as Joyce Barnaby is perfection (catch this gifted actress in an early, tragic role in the second series of Poldark), as is Laura Howard as their understanding daughter.

Midsomer County is oddly rife with uncanny mysteries, so it's good that John Barnaby is gifted with the same powers of keen observation and memory as his cousin Tom. A "similar-looking" man was a gifted gardener in an early Midsomer mystery; DCI John Barnaby is likely as good with plants as his look-alike. This is a Midsomer family after all, they often feature peculiar, recurring family resemblances (recall the duo in first Midsomer Mystery, "The Killings of Badger's Drift"). Sharp dialogue makes this collection a real treat. Don't assume this is lace doily stuff, no indeed! We even love the weird and unique music. Note the badger emblem on the police cars. The Brits have knack for mixing classic stories with ghoulish humor and sharp observations of the flawed human character.
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My husband and I have all the sets of Midsomer Murder, and are looking forward to set 19 coming out on 2/28. We are in the process of re-watching all of them now. Although I love John Nettles as Barnaby, I'm interested to see if his replacement brings a new pizzaz to the series. I hope that Jones will still be around to lend a hand!

We love murder mysteries, and the British mysteries are the best! We have all the Morse, Lewis, Frost, Poirot, Dalgliesh, Lynley, Holmes, and Foyle's War series, as well as a few other miscellaneous sets (Lark Rise to Candleford is a favorite!!), and we treasure them all.

Thanks to Amazon for bringing us good entertainment! You're my favorite website!
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I have been very confused by the listing of this dvd but finally read a review of it in the New York Times which answered my questions. When this is referred to as the "season of the show", as it would be when it airs on tv, this IS SEASON 13. However, if you have been buying sets of the shows in America, it is referred to as SET 20.

The picture on the box is also confusing. The figure on the left is John Nettles who has starred in all 13 seasons. He stopped at the end of the season 13 and the actor on the right took over the Barnaby role as his cousin. This actor is shown in this season but it is Ben who remains Barnaby's partner and who should really be shown on the box. The actor on the right has played the lead in the rest of the series which has already aired in the UK as season 14 and two episodes of season 15. These numbers have nothing to do with the sets of dvds numbering as they are being released in the USA.

You may find this useful as it can be very confusing if you are following this show in more than one viewing resource.

This concluding season for John Nettles is every bit as good as the prior seasons. The high camp humor continues throughout. The concluding one is rather poignant as we learn then that John Nettles is retiring as Chief Inspector Barnaby. The show as a whole has cast a satiric gaze on the UK murder mystery which features the grisliest murders in the most bucolic and idyllic village settings. Throughout their polite, purpose filled days in leading proper lives, these people are capable of quite compelling bits of violence and the detectives find them out with their own inventive and amusing ways.
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