Midsomer Murders: Set 15 (Blood Wedding / Shot at Dawn / Left for Dead)
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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 Tom Barnaby, with Jason Hughes (This Life) as his earnest, efficient protégé, Detective Sergeant Ben Jones. Guest stars include Daniel Casey, Samantha Bond, Donald Sinden, Malcolm Sinclair, Maggie Steed, and George Cole.
Blood Wedding -- Cully’s wedding day is fast approaching, but a series of bizarre murders at an upper-class wedding leave Barnaby distracted.
Shot at Dawn -- A long-standing family feud erupts into violence after a disgraced soldier’s name is placed on a World War I memorial.
Left for Dead -- Barnaby discovers a potential link between a double murder and a decades-old disappearance in the sleepy town of Dunstan.
Cully Barnaby Photo Gallery
Caroline Graham Biography
Super Sleuths Bonus Disc: a documentary about Midsomer Murders in which John Nettles, Caroline Graham, Anthony Horowitz, and others reflect on the show’s first decade
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Ep. 60 Shot at Dawn (or. broadcast Jan 1, 08)
Ep. 61 Blood Wedding (or. broadcast Jul 6, 08)
Ep. 62 Left For dead (or. broadcast Jul 20, 08)
Which means in the US we are still running two years behind the original broadcast. Still, the consolation is that in Blood Wedding we finally get to see Cully marry her Simon. And as a special treat, there is a guest appearance from Gavin Troy (Barnaby's original sidekick)! I think the series did loose a little heart and humour with Gavin's departure and I will be very happy to see this character return, if only for one episode.
A side note: August 19th, 2010 will be John Nettles' last day of filming on Midsomer Murders. His run as Barnaby will end with episode 82, likely not due in the US until 2013, ghhrr... Reportedly, DS Ben Jones and Dr Bullard are staying on. ITV is mum on who is replacing Nettles, though wild rumours are circulating that it could even possibly be a she, rather then a he...
UPDATE (Feb 10, 2010): Nettles' replacement has finally been revealed. I have included the details in Set 16 review.
PS: For those new to this British masterpiece, Midsomer Murders is a long running "who done it", based on the novels of Caroline Graham, starring John Nettles (of the Bergerac fame) as the unflappable Detective Chief Inspector Barnaby. The series is set in the fictional Misomer County, which comprises of many cosy, rural villages, where wealthy and poor alike seem to do each other in at an average rate of three to four bodies per episode. The series has a worldwide following, not in the least due to the creative and macabre ways in which the MM victims are typically dispatched.
Overall a great set for the Midsomer fan.
The only drawback is that every now and then we get a disk that sticks. I hate to miss any of the stories due to this. Still giving it 5 stars because we enjoy the series so much.
better than others but in the end they are all great. The best
viewing we Americans are seeing in a long time. I know there is
a set 16 and Amazon had listed a set 17 but no information so I
am doubtful of the 17. AS much as I would love to see it.
I was hoping we would see Cully's entire wedding. I really enjoyed
the Bonus Disc: Super Sleuths. Normally I have never been much
interested in discs about the workings of programs but this one
was so fascinating. The part about how the strange music sounds
are made by not touching the instrument amazed me. I have noticed
one thing about nearly all of Brit mysteries and dramas; the music
is fantastic. It would be nice if we could entice the composers to
cross "the pond" and make beautiful music for us.. I read where
John Nettles will be starring in a new series: Country Matters
(Brian True-May) in the role of a Magistrate which sounds like
another winner. To Brian TRue-May: Please hurry up as I am
definitely not getting any younger! Barnaby, no matter what
role you take on, your fans will follow you wherever you go!
In the first episode called "Blood Wedding" Cully gets married; however, her path to the alter is not smooth. In addition there are, (unrelated to her marriage), `upper-crust" murders for her father to solve before he can escort her down the aisle.
My very favorite episode in set 15 is the second episode called "Shot at dawn"--it's wonderful! It is a great "murder mystery" that has long feuding families that absolutely hate each other with kind of an underlying "Romeo and Juliet" plot. There is much adultery, sexual deviance, and MOST OF ALL loads of British so-called "black" humor from especially the Mayor's wife--I loved it!
All in all, this set is splendid being another fine series to the "Midsomer Murders" series; nevertheless, I do sense change is coming. Be advised that there are only three episodes (100 minutes each) plus a bonus disc of 40 minutes of reflections from the cast about the series.
By the way, Jason Hughes as Barnaby's "sidekick" is very good too. He and John Needles are so very good together. In fact Hughes is featured more this time than in series of the past displaying a lot of humor and detective savvy.