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Midsomer Murders: Set Nine (Things That Go Bump in the Night / Dead in the Water / Orchis Fatalis / Bantling Boy) (1998)

John Nettles , Jane Wymark  |  NR |  DVD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (53 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Actors: John Nettles, Jane Wymark, Barry Jackson, Jason Hughes, Laura Howard
  • Writers: Caroline Graham
  • Format: Box set, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo)
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 4
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Acorn Media
  • DVD Release Date: September 25, 2007
  • Run Time: 100 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (53 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000R349IY
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #28,201 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Midsomer Murders: Set Nine (Things That Go Bump in the Night / Dead in the Water / Orchis Fatalis / Bantling Boy)" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Episodes include "Things That Go Bump in the Night," "Dead in the Water," "Orchis Fatalis," and "Bantling Boy."
  • Caroline Graham biography
  • Cast filmographies

Editorial Reviews


A great series that delivers intense mystery action with a little bit of humor to break up all the seriousness. -- DVD Lounge

Highly Recommended - this series has not lost its steam. -- The Keene Sentinel (NH), September 27, 2007

Solid mysteries give way to sharp acting and interesting performances. -- Movieweb

These are delightfully droll little mysteries that will keep you guessing and laughing, right up to their surprising revelations. -- DVD Talk

Product Description

As seen on A&E and The Biography Channel


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, Sergeant Dan Scott. Guest stars include Garry Cooper, Diana Quick, Harriet Walter, and Caroline Blakiston.

Things That Go Bump in the Night -- A series of grisly murders rocks the village of Fletcher's Cross and a group of controversial spiritualists fall under suspicion.
Dead in the Water -- Barnaby and Scott immerse themselves in the luxurious world of rowing after a murder mars the annual Midsomer Regatta.
Orchis Fatalis -- In the orchid-mad village of Midsomer Malham, Barnaby and Scott must discover who would kill to own an extremely rare specimen.
Bantling Boy -- Why did the owner of Bantling Hall bequeath his champion thoroughbred to four Midsomer villagers? The only person who knows doesn't live to tell the tale.

DVD SPECIAL FEATURES INCLUDE Caroline Graham biography and cast filmographies.

Customer Reviews

Most Helpful Customer Reviews
74 of 78 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars They continue to drizzle these out. August 10, 2007
Midsomer Murders Set 9 is actually comprised of four episodes from Series 8:
Episode 1 - Things That Go Bump in the Night,
Episode 2 - Dead in the Water,
Episode 4 - Orchis Fatalis, and
Episode 5 - Bantling Boy.

Episode 3 - Ghosts of Christmas Past, the Christmas Special was included in the previous set.

There are three more episodes in the eighth series (Second Sight, Hidden Depths, and Sauce for the Goose), and once again, we will have to wait for another set to see them. In England these were released in sets of 10 episodes (at $100 to $200 US per set). If they want to issue fewer episodes per set in the U.S. to keep the price down on each set, they could still have issued multiple sets at one time, covering an entire series.

With that said, this is still my all-time favorite mystery series. I still haven't completely adjusted to Barnaby's new assistant, but I'm liking him better with time. Well-plotted, well-acted, with interesting guest stars.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
These four programs, 100 minutes each, constitute the first half of Midsomer Murders eighth season. The murders, and there are a lot of them, happen in the villages of Midsomer County. The landscape is idyllically English, with ample greensward, manicured lawns, carefully trimmed hedges, cosy 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, 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 is 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. At least we were. The last three shows of Midsomer Murders seventh series showed the dreaded influence of American television crime series...the oh-too-serious psychological back-story, heavy-handed and actorly acting, the gratuitous use of sex for ratings, actors who were a bit green and unformed, and a detective sidekick, male or female, who was more luscious hunk than helper.

The weaknesses seem to have been rectified with the start of the eighth season. The mysteries are complicated but we are back to spending more time on clever clues and motivations than on inner angst.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars SETTLING IN October 1, 2007
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Chief Inspector Barnaby and Sergeant Scott have certainly settled into a comfortable relationship while investigating some dastardly murders in and near the lovely and comfortable little English village of Midsomer. To me, they are every bit as good together as were Barnaby and Troy, his former partner. Again John Nettles, as Barnaby is so very good as a very wise and mellow Chief Inspector investigating with his young and subtly humorous partner Seergent Scott as played wonderfully by John Hopkins. I really feel they have become a very good team bouncing off each other wonderfully--Scott with his rather droll humor and Barnaby with his very wise and extremely nice manner.
The dead body count is not nearly as high as in some previous episodes; however, the stories are extremely engrossing; they kept this viewer guessing just who might have done the nasty deed(s) through out the episode until all was revealed. I really loved the episode entitled "Things That Go Bump in the Night" which is filled with voices from the grave, bludgeoned heads and slit wrists, lustful "men of the cloth", hysterical widows and mediums able to do spooky voices--the actress that plays the bereaved widow is really good being at one moment beside herself with grief and the next moment very funny indeed. "Orchis Fatalis" is another good episode with folks being strangled, poisoned and pitched-forked to death because of a rare orchid. In that episode there is also an appealing gardner that is ploughing more than folk's yards. Plus all of the episodes are filled with some great characters that are played by some wonderful British actors that I have seen many times in other presentations. (one example being Diana Quick)

Obviously, per usual, I really enjoyed Season Nine of the "Midsomer Murders" series; it certainly maintains the high standards that were set by the first seasons.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars British Mystery at its Best October 19, 2007
Because we are such fans of the British Mystery, we had to include the latest offering of Midsomer Murders in our collection. We have all of them and this one is, as always, excellent. Everyone in the cast is superb - how they can come up with good stories, week after week, is amazing. If you don't have these, get them. Can't wait for Set 10!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Midsome #9 October 13, 2007
We thoroughly enjoy almost all BBC murder mystery series and this latest Midsomer does not disappoint. We like the new "Troy" though we liked the other one too and happily daughter Cully seems to have more screen time. All in all an excellent series that delivers consistently good performances.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Midsomer Murders
We have 22 sets and will be purchasing the 23 set soon. We love this show and highly recommend. Regularly have a Midsomer Murders marathon, takes several days which we love.
Published 1 month ago by Amy L. Roberts
5.0 out of 5 stars Love it
My husband and I love to watch the Midsummer Murders. We don't get them anymore on TV so this is the only way we can watch them.
Published 2 months ago by Pamela Briggs
5.0 out of 5 stars English Villages are Not as Peaceful as They Look
I love Barnaby, Sergeant Scott, and all the eccentric and often deadly citizens of Midsomer. The humor is subtle, the characters are very real despite their eccentric ways. Read more
Published 3 months ago by D. R. Meredith
5.0 out of 5 stars Marvelous Midsomer Murders!
We were introduced to this delightful series by PBS and had to have more so we have purchased many of them from Amazon. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Susan D. Phipps
5.0 out of 5 stars In the British line of Holmes
Another great UK detective show.
More subtle than Frost and Lewis.
However, Barnaby always gets his man.
Also, Jones makes the best DS.
Published 4 months ago by Ken Walker
5.0 out of 5 stars Midsomer Murders Set Nine
Just one of the best mystery of its kind one can buy. This one will be watched over and over again with renewed pleasure.
Published 7 months ago by chairweave
5.0 out of 5 stars Super Mystery
I have been watching tis series for years and I have never been let down by any episode or cast. You never know who did it until the end so if your like me you have time to guess.
Published 8 months ago by frank fox
5.0 out of 5 stars We love it, what else can be said about Misomer Murders.
We are slowly buying the whole series and hopefully they are still in progress of adding to the series. S. Sweet
Published 8 months ago by Susan J Sweet
5.0 out of 5 stars Get the rest of the series
This is a wonderful distraction from my daily problems, coming home in the evening and watching John Nettles solve much more complex situations.
Published 8 months ago by M. Davidson
5.0 out of 5 stars How can you go wrong with Midsomer murders?
Loved all the episodes as I knew I would. It's amazing, but they are all so alike yet different in the same way. I wish John Nettles was still doing Barnaby...
Published 12 months ago by Mary Ballantyne
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