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  • Actors: John Nettles, John Hopkins
  • Directors: Caroline Graham
  • Format: Box set, Color, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo)
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 3
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: ACORN MEDIA
  • DVD Release Date: March 27, 2007
  • Run Time: 300 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (64 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000L2129U
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #158,905 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Midsomer Murders: Set Eight (The Maid in Splendour / The Straw Woman / Ghosts of Christmas Past)" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Mysteries: The Maid in Splendour, The Straw Woman, Ghosts of Christmas Past
  • John Nettles interview
  • Midsomer map
  • Caroline Graham biography
  • Cast filmographies

Editorial Reviews

Product Description

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, the series stars John Nettles (Bergerac) as the unflappable Detective Chief Inspector Barnaby with John Hopkins (Love in a Cold Climate) as his brash young assistant. Guest stars include John Burgess, William Gaunt, Freddie Jones, Keith Barron, and Margery Mason.

The Mysteries
The Maid in Splendour—Midsomer Worthy’s beloved local pub figures in a case involving unrequited love, secret business deals, and passionate affairs.
The Straw Woman—Scott becomes bewitched by a village schoolteacher as he and Barnaby unravel a centuries-old mystery in Midsomer Parva.
Ghosts of Christmas Past—Barnaby escapes Christmas with his in-laws only to be thrust into the shadowy world and dark secrets of the mysterious Villiers family.

DVD SPECIAL FEATURES INCLUDE John Nettles interview, Midsomer map, Caroline Graham biography, and cast filmographies.

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Idyllic Midsomer county has an alarmingly high mortality rate--at least on television. As actor John Nettles comments in a charming interview, after several series of the murder mystery program Midsomer Murders only a handful of villagers would be left alive. The show's writers tried to lower the body count to a more plausible number, but viewers complained, so Midsomer is as lethal as ever. Set Eight, featuring three episodes from Midsomer Murders' seventh series, racks up its share of corpses as the ever-observant DCI Barnaby (Nettles) and his brash right hand man Dan Scott (John Hopkins) sort through a tale of unrequited love and secret real estate deals that mirrors an old legend, a collision of the church and pagan ways that sparks several flaming deaths, and a Christmas gathering that turns murderous as the truth about a long-ago suicide comes out. Midsomer Murders is topnotch: The 90-100 minute episode length allows each episode to unfold intricate plots while cultivating a distinct atmosphere and establishing vivid characters. Anchoring it all is Nettles, whose combination of gravitas and sly wit make him not only an excellent detective but a delightful and engaging personality. Hopkins is less charismatic, but he provides a suitable foil for his senior colleague. Aside from the interview with Nettles, the extras are modest: A map of the county, a handful of cast filmographies, and a slender bit of biography about Caroline Graham, the mystery novelist who created DCI Barnaby and his rural miasma of passion, jealousy, and bitter revenge. --Bret Fetzer

Customer Reviews

I will contiinue to watch to but and to enjoy.
Edward Gronet
The series is well written, the actors protraying their characters are very well done.
Sophie B
I love the British mysteries as they always keep you guessing as to "whodunnit".
Mary Ellen Schwieger

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

Midsomer Murders - Set 8 is the last three episodes of the series' seventh season. (The first four episodes are contained in Midsomer Murders - Set 7.) It seems to me that with the seventh season, the producers of Midsomer Murders began to cautiously attempt to appeal to a younger and more contemporary demographic. Nothing wrong with that, but at the same time the cleverness of the writing and the complexity (and to a degree, the integrity) of the mysteries have been weakened a bit. The strength of the series is still the performance of John Nettles as Detective Chief Inspector Tom Barnaby, who finds plenty of murders to solve in the tidy, cozy towns and villages of Midsomer County. Barnaby remains the constant; he's unflappable, shrewd, fair-minded and experienced. Nettles brings a real feel for Barnaby's integrity, intelligence and dry humor to the role.

The three episodes in the set all come with high production values. The stately homes of the well-off never looked better and the smaller homes of the middle class never looked tidier. The countryside is green and beautiful, except when it's nighttime and killers are on the prowl.

The producers, in their effort to stay contemporary, are most likely well aware that their star is now beginning to age a bit. Nettles was 61 when the seventh season began. He probably has less appeal to the younger set than the young hunk (and good actor) John Hopkins, who was brought in to play Barnaby's new assistant, Sergeant Dan Scott. At the same time, the mysteries all too often carry the dreaded burden of the modern psychological backstory.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Anne Bobchick on June 19, 2007
Actually consider this a rating of 3 1/2 stars. Not quite good enough for four, but still better than average.

As usual Midsomer Murders delivers charming bucolic English murder mysteries. The characters are quirky, John Nettles is wonderful and John Hopkins is starting to come into his own as DS Scott.

However there are a few negative. First this is actually the second half of the seventh season, which makes numbering the DVD sets annoying for those of us who are anal retentive. (It still somewhat bothers me that the Travelling Wilburys labelled their two albums, volume I and volume III)

Also this set is shorter than the previous sets having only three episodes. The series finally gets around to the "themed" shows having what can only be lablelled their Halloween and Christmas episodes. The Halloween episode was more than a bit contrived, but the Christmas episode made up for it.

All in all, this series is a predictable and enjoyable bit of English cosy and I do recommend you watch it with a nice pot of Darjeeling tea and some shortbread.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By leonard menard on May 19, 2011
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on the listing for this dvd it states sub titles. played last night and there are none. since we have a problem understand some of the verbage this is the reason for purchase.someone goofed
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Stephanie De Pue VINE VOICE on July 3, 2009
"Midsomer Murders Set Eight" is a boxed, 3-volume set of three contemporary, stand-alone British mysteries, each approximately 100 minutes long, from the popular British TV hit, which first aired in the United Kingdom in March, 1997. The series has been seen on "A & E" and "The Biography Channel," in the United States. The characters are based on those created by Caroline Graham, a modern mistress of the English village cozy mystery: the series was originally adapted by highly talented and acclaimed scriptwriter Anthony Horowitz (Foyle's War: Sets 1-5 Bundle (Amazon.com Exclusive); Robin of Sherwood: The Complete Collection).

Special features include a Graham biography, John Nettles interview, Midsomer map, and cast filmographies. But, unfortunately, no subtitles; as all the characters speak rather softly, and John Nettles, the series' star, tends to swallow his words. However, you should be able to follow the action well enough without the subtitles.

The series is set in the fictional, lovely, countryside village of Midsomer; and it certainly is green, quaint, and scenic. It's a classic "cozy" setting; lovely village, denizens upset by murder, villain found; everything back to normal again. It stars John Nettles (
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12 of 16 people found the following review helpful By GEORGE RANNIE on April 2, 2007
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For many years now, I've been able to depend on the "Midsommer Murders" series bring me good entertainment that always resulted in me having extreme comfort in the knowledge that I would be viewing a series that contained some wonderful acting, great stories with "jolly good" mysteries and some very interesting characters. This three disc, three episode (about a 100 minutes each) Season Eight is no exception. Barnaby played wonderfully by John Nettles is back along with his "new" sidekick a kind of cynical Sergeant Dan Scott as played by John Hopkins. As in season seven, they are still making a "good team" solving dastardly murders in supposedly peaceful Midsommer village. Barnaby on an occasion does wonderfully lose his patience with Sergeant Dan Scott; however, as I've said before, he does it like a "favorite" uncle would do it and Sergeant Dan Scott does in this season deserve to be taken down a "notch or two"---he does seem to think that he has all of the ladies in a swoon including Barnaby's wife and daughter. Nevertheless, on my part, there were never any longings for homophobic Troy (Barnaby's former partner). I do still like Scott's demeanor and humor and I do think he and Barnaby make a good team for as long as it may last.

All in all this is a really good season with murder/mysteries that are intriguing and interesting enough to keep one awake and alert; however, complicated enough to keep one guessing just who might have done the deed. The "body count" is still rather large; however, the length (about 100 minutes)of each episode, allows each case to be solved splendidly with many false leads of "who done it?"; plus, it allows a fine introduction to some eccentric and fascinating inhabitants of Midsommer--what a great assortment!
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When will we see the next episodes
We're glad you like the series! Midsomer Murders, Set 9 will be available on September 25.
Jul 6, 2007 by Another Jen |  See all 3 posts
order of midsommer murders
Patricia:
For some reason this show is not released as full seasons -- very aggravating. It has taken me some time to figure all of this out but I'm glad to share. Here's what you need to know if you want to collect the entire show in a somewhat sane order.

Episodes 1 through 18 have now been... Read More
May 17, 2008 by Monica Difranco |  See all 2 posts
Only Three?
The first part of the season was released in the previous set (#7).
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