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Midsomer Murders: Set 18 (Small Mercies / The Creeper / The Great and the Good) (2011)

John Nettles , Jason Hughes  |  NR |  DVD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (95 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Actors: John Nettles, Jason Hughes
  • Format: 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: 3
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Acorn
  • DVD Release Date: September 6, 2011
  • Run Time: 300 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (95 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0053O8AGY
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #14,469 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

Special Features

23 minute interview with Jason Hughes
SDH subtitles

Editorial Reviews

"The British rural version of Law & Order" --San Francisco Chronicle

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 Sergeant Ben Jones. Guest stars include Margaret Tyzack, Jenny Agutter, Nickolas Grace, Caroline Blakiston, Paul Shelley, and Paul Chapman.

THE MYSTERIES

Small Mercies--Little Worthing’s model village is the highlight of its tourism trade--until a dead body disfigures it.
The Creeper--A cat burglar’s robberies expose the dark secrets of a prominent family.
The Great and the Good--A village school’s possible closing leads to murder, mayhem, and a sleepwalking schoolteacher.


Customer Reviews

Most Helpful Customer Reviews
160 of 161 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Top-Notch Series June 17, 2011
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Based on a set of only seven novels by Caroline Graham (beginning with The Killings at Badger's Drift), Midsomer Murders is a long-running and very popular series that debuted in the U.K. in 1997. The series features the likable Detective Chief Inspector Tom Barnaby (John Nettles) and is set in the fictional English county of Midsomer which consists of several villages each of which seems to rival Cabot Cove, Maine for their improbably high murder rates.

Graham had a penchant for "interesting" characters and over the years, the show's writers have stayed true to the author's taste. Often quirky, sometimes downright odd, the characters and their many idiosyncrasies are central to each episode. Along with the uniformly first-rate acting, the quality writing and the intricate plots, they have helped to keep the show dependably entertaining. It is the only television show on my auto-buy list.

With elements of the traditional whodunit, non-graphic police procedural and old-fashioned British cozy, Midsomer Murders should appeal to a variety of murder mystery fans. Barnaby is an approachable type and episodes nicely mix his work and home lives. His wife Joyce and daughter Cully appear often and occasionally find themselves involved in his investigations. The series has very little overall story arc and episodes exist more or less independent of one another. IMHO, they need not be viewed in broadcast order. Barnaby's Detective Sergeants do change a number of times over the run of the series, though, so viewers who might be annoyed by viewing episodes out of order for that reason should start at the beginning.
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68 of 68 people found the following review helpful
Format:DVD
This series reached continuing perfection long ago. Series 18 contains yet 3 additional episodes which have Chief Inspector Tom Barnaby being played by
John Nettles. He has toughness toward crime, but softness toward his daughter Culley who doesn't appear in this set. This cop character makes watching suspenseful murder mysteries a pleasure. It's primarily murder mystery in a quaint little rural village in Midsomer County. (The MM series is known for it's picturesque footage.) Multiple murders have been happening for so long (a trademark of this show) it's a wonder there is anyone left to arrest. Fear not, this series is as good as any you have seen. If you are new to Midsomer Murders and CI Barnaby, then hold on to your hat. I'd strongly recommend buying one of the box sets already available.
IN SET #18, wife Joyce is still in the picture, making moments of each episode a homey experience, but not for long. Every phone call seems to be a new murder, and a call away from the delightful cooking that Joyce provides for her love. Barnaby keeps his helper, DS Jones (Jason Hughes), very busy. Smashing series, Spot ON since the very first episodes, many years ago. But can the show survive without Barnaby (Nettles)? We'll be finding out soon enough. But not in Set 18.

3 longer-than-feature-length episodes makes the per episode price a bargain compared to new feature-length theater movies.
Price was reduced from other sets like #17 reflecting 3, not 4, episodes.
SUBTITLES included. Entertainment guaranteed.
Watching old and new guest stars are as fun as the plots themselves.

Small Mercies
Gulliver (corpse) comes to a small English village, tied to the earth, but stabbed to death. Since one murder is never enough in Midsomer, his girlfriend is also killed.
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28 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Series 12, part 2. still in top form! June 24, 2011
Format:DVD
The series *****
The DVDs ****

THE MYSTERIES
Small Mercies--Little Worthy's model village is the highlight of its tourist trade--until a dead body disfigures it.
The Creeper--A cat burglar's robberies expose the dark secrets of a prominent family.
The Great and the Good--A village school's possible closing leads to murder, mayhem, and a sleepwalking schoolteacher.

John Nettles is still in top form, making it sad that he will be leaving after set 20. But at least I will be able to enjoy a few more of his quirky investigations here.
Series 12 was one episode short in production, making this the shortest Acorn DVD release of the series. John's last series (13) returns to its full 8 episode run which will mean that Acorn's sets 19 & 20 will return to 4 episodes each next year.

DVD FEATURES INCLUDE an interview with star Jason Hughes (23 min.).

Three mysteries of approx. 100 min. each, plus bonus; color; stereo; 16:9 widescreen; British mystery; not rated; SDH subtitles
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Continuing excellence June 23, 2011
Format:DVD
Since I wanted to be the first kid on the block to view Midsomer Murders, set 18, I ordered it directly from Acorn Media, and just watched the three episodes.
The series' quality remains very high, and I join all MM fans in lamenting the imminent departure of John Nettles, however I trust that the creative team has chosen well in casting Neil Dudgeon as his replacement, though I am totally unfamiliar with his work.
Incidentally, the first episode of this set, ''Small Mercies,'' has, in a small part, one Abigail Thaw, daughter of our beloved Morse, John Thaw.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Still a great show.
Fans of MIDSOMER MURDERS will know that the great John Nettles has left the series, although it remains in production in the U.K. Read more
Published 8 days ago by Jon Wynne
5.0 out of 5 stars Small Mercies
Small Mercies is one of the unforgettable episodes of Midsomer Murders. This copy was perfect and I'm delighted to have it. Thanks to Amazon!
Published 10 days ago by cy of thea
5.0 out of 5 stars Small Populations Foment Large Evil
Such sweet mundane quaint villages apparently are the breeding ground for all the same sinister vices of larger cities especially among the rich and titled. Read more
Published 14 days ago by Melanie Duncan
5.0 out of 5 stars Midsomer Murders Set 18
This Series, I have been collecting since it first started, and am now awaiting Set # 24. It is an excellent Series about Murder in the Midsummer Region of England. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Stan
5.0 out of 5 stars Midsomer Murders: Set 18
We thoroughly enjoy the Midsomer series. At this point we are sorry to see John Nettles go off the series but are anticipating the arrival of Neil Dudgeon. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Martha L. Daubenmire
5.0 out of 5 stars Love it!!!
I love British mysteries, it is written well and good stories, I recommend this to all mysteries lovers you'll love
Published 1 month ago by chipper fortune
5.0 out of 5 stars Midsomer Murders
We highly recommend this show. It's entertaining and clean. We have 22 sets and will be purchasing the newest set released #23. Can't wait. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Amy L. Roberts
5.0 out of 5 stars Great set
I will enjoy this set for long to come . It was a welcome addition to my Midsomer Murder collection.
Published 2 months ago by jennifer butler
5.0 out of 5 stars Midsomer Murders Set 18
Great Series!! I have all of them so far and enjoy all of them. I will add to them as they come out with new ones.
Published 2 months ago by estie
5.0 out of 5 stars midsomer enjoyed
I love Midsomer mysteries. How refreshing to have characters who are not full of anguish, with normal family lives and men who shave. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Barbara DeFazio
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