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  • Actors: John Nettles, Jane Wymark, Barry Jackson, Jason Hughes, Laura Howard
  • Writers: Caroline Graham
  • Format: Box set, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 5
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Acorn Media
  • DVD Release Date: September 13, 2005
  • Run Time: 100 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (57 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000A59POM
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #101,012 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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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 Barnaby with Daniel Casey (The Wingless Bird) as his eager young assistant. Guest stars include Honor Blackman, Susan Wooldridge, Isla Blair, Christopher Good, Phoebe Nicholls, Trevor Cooper, and Neville Phillips.

The Mysteries:
A Talent For Life—Sordid affairs and financial secrets boil silently beneath the surface in the village of Malham Bridge until a double murder stirs the waters.
Death and Dreams—Investigating a string of deaths in Midsomer Worthy, Barnaby follows a trail of strange clues, nearly to his own demise.
Painted in Blood—When Joyce Barnaby finds a fellow painter from her Midsomer Florey watercolor class stabbed to death, two National Intelligence Squad agents take over the case.
A Tale of Two Hamlets—Someone is decimating the ancient Smyth-Webster family, and the bad blood between the villages of Upper and Lower Warden is renewed with a vengeance.
Birds of Prey—Investment in a secret invention leads to an apparent suicide in Midsomer Magna, and a plan to steal valuable falcon eggs leads to another death. Can Barnaby and Troy find the link?

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What I find so amazing about this series, is the ability of the production crew and actors to maintain the high quality of the plots and acting.
Dianne Foster
I LOVE all of the Midsome Murders series !!!
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75 of 78 people found the following review helpful By Dianne Foster HALL OF FAME on October 13, 2005
Format: DVD
What I find so amazing about this series, is the ability of the production crew and actors to maintain the high quality of the plots and acting. These mysteries are mysterious. They have grown more violent over the years, and several of these episodes are downright heart-breakingly sad, but entertaining nevertheless.

Shot all over England, the locales are to die for, and the actors introduced in each episode are familiar faces we've seen before. Isn't that woman playing the jaded wife the same actress who played Sebastian Flyte's youngest sister? And, wasn't she the mother of a murdered child in 'Second Sight'? And, isn't that Harry Kumar's lost love? My husband and I play the guessing game with each new entry.

As has been the case with the earlier episodes, each mystery is tied to an historical conflict (a device Agatha Chrisie used successfully), or an uncomfortable truth, such as the birth of an illegitamate child whose identity has not previously been revealed. The plots are deconstructed so you cannot always determine who is/are the culprit(s) before the detectives do so. And,(shades of Ngaio Marsh) the stories almost always have an art angle featuring Jane Wymark (Mrs Barnaby) or daughter Cully who seems to have formed an attachment to Barnaby's sidekick (the chemistry is good).

I recommend this series for Anglophiles and Barnaby fans.
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31 of 33 people found the following review helpful By C. O. DeRiemer TOP 1000 REVIEWER on September 29, 2006
Format: DVD
If Detective Chief Inspector Tom Barnaby were ever to compare notes with mystery writer Jessica Fletcher, the combined number of corpses they've encountered would probably make both of them turn pale. There seems to be something about a cosy village, whether it's called Cabot Cove or Midsomer Worthy, that turns the residents' minds to thoughts of murder. There certainly are bodies aplenty in the cosy, peaceful villages located in Midsomer County, where DCI Barnaby (John Nettles) and his sergeant, Gavin Troy (Daniel Casey) are charged with finding the murderers.

All of the little picture-perfect villages and small towns in Midsomer County have a wide and varied assortment of English citizens, ranging from wealthy magistrates and high Church of England prelates to milkmen and shopkeepers, wives and lovers, thieves and...a lot of murderers. The corpses are just as varied as the living. Barnaby must apply all his experience, skepticism, persistence and unflappability to catch the culprits.

In Set Six, Tom Barnaby and Gavin Troy deal with two cases which are uncommonly complex and satisfying. In Death and Dreams, set in the village of Midsomer Worthy, Barnaby encounters deeply disturbing psychotic behavior from unexpected sources. In a Tale of Two Hamlets, set in Upper and Lower Warden, he must deal with the complicated, intertwined secrets of two families. And in one mystery, Birds of Prey, set in Midsomer Magna, we have an uncommonly polished, subtle and touching performance from Richard Todd, a major British star in the Fifties and Sixties. He was 84 when he filmed this production. For the record, Set Six's other two mysteries, each also first-rate, are: A Talent for Life, set in the village of Malham Bridge, and Painted in Blood, set in Midsomer Florey.
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Atheen on March 30, 2007
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I purchased this collection in its entirety after realizing how wonderful it was. Now I wait impatiently for new seasons to appear in DVD format! The characters are wonderful and original: for one thing they aren't as dysfunctional as those of other murder mysteries seem to be. Furthermore the cases are often delightful and ingenious.

Inspector Barnaby (John Nettles) and his wife and daughter are delightful individuals. I enjoy spending time with them and catching up with what they're doing. The characters are well balanced people with personal issues, but they deal with the ups and downs of their lives rationally and cooperatively.

When I saw the first film, I was afraid that Joyce would be a forgotten wife. Barnaby was called away in the middle of a lunch date with her, and I thought, "oh good grief; now we'll have marriage issues!" Not so; she was upset but philosophical about his departure, in short obviously used to it as part of being married to a policeman who is as devoted to his work as Barnaby is. Later in the series she tells another character that at their wedding instead of saying "I do," the inspector said "I've got it" and dashed out of the church to solve a case. Here too she repeats the tale wistfully, not angrily.

The young Collie, their daughter, has evolved from an attractive add-on character whose main purpose seemed to be to give this couple a "history," into a wonderful personality of her own; she compliments her parents and has a life that is wonderfully integrated into the story and sometimes into the mystery. She is a nice blend of the characteristics of her parents and looks so like Joyce that they could easily be mother and daughter. In short, she fits perfectly, and the three characters make a believable family.
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24 of 30 people found the following review helpful By M. Rhodes on October 26, 2005
Format: DVD
As with all the Midsummer Murders before, they still keep the audience guessing till the last minute. As I have been to the areas where the series was filmed, I know how believable the towns and people are. This makes the series a real pleasure to watch.
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