Midsomer Murders: Set 20 (Master Class / The Noble Art / Not in My Backyard / Fit for Murder)
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Introducing Neil Dudgeon as John Barnaby
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. Detective Chief Inspector Tom Barnaby (John Nettles, Bergerac) has policed the murderous county for decades, and now he’s ready to retire. In these four episodes, Barnaby investigates his final cases before leaving the denizens of Midsomer in the capable hands of his cousin, DCI John Barnaby (Neil Dudgeon, Life of Riley). Also starring Jason Hughes as Detective Sergeant Ben Jones.
Master Class—Competition over a prestigious music class unearths a long-kept secret.
The Noble Art—A reenactment of a championship boxing match turns deadly.
Not in My Back Yard—A clash over property development leads to a string of murders.
Fit for Murder—The Barnabys' spa weekend is interrupted by a gruesome discovery.
- Is Discontinued By Manufacturer : No
- MPAA rating : s_medNotRated NR (Not Rated)
- Product Dimensions : 7.5 x 5.5 x 1.25 inches; 12 Ounces
- Item model number : 054961881192
- Media Format : Multiple Formats, Box set, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
- Run time : 6 hours
- Release date : July 3, 2012
- Actors : John Nettles, Jason Hughes
- Studio : ACORN MEDIA
- ASIN : B006X202AM
- Number of discs : 4
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I liked the way Nettles handled his character but I was getting bored with the bizarre murders and the disfunctional couples/families portrayed each episode.
I loved the settings - the beautiful homes, gardens, interiors. How the producer managed to find such wonderful places in which to set the scenes is remarkable.
The story lines differed depending upon the screen writer - some memorable - others not.
I was sorry that the cast filmographies were not continued - although I was frequently disappointed that the guest actors I wanted to read about were not always given. This season was a good ending to a long running series.
The sad part of this set of episodes is the farewell to DCI Tom Barnaby (John Nettles) and his wife Joyce. I've tried watching a few of the new episodes, several actually to give the new characters a fair chance, but I can't get into them. The humor and camaraderie that existed up to now is gone from set 21 forward. When Set 20 ended, in my opinion so did the show, but BBC keeps it going.
His interaction with all the regular characters made the show more than just another cop/detective thing that we have seen over and over.
He had healthy happy relationships with his family and his 3 overworked assistants which made a pleasant change from all the dysfunctional
policemen that are so prevalent in other series. The murders were generally off camera which was greatly appreciated since we can see enough gunfire, stabbings, explosions, etc in other fare of that genre. Barnaby was not another rogue cop fighting the establishment and his superiors which, also, was a welcome relief. He was a decent guy trying to do the right thing intelligently and with humor and allowing us to ride along with first Troy, then Scott and finally Ben into solving the crimes of the Midsomer counties. The final episodes with John Nettles were worthy of him and a fitting goodbye to our favorite detective. I hope he comes back for some cameos.
Series/season twenty (20) has four (4) ninety (90) minute episodes that are filled with beautiful gardens on the surface while lurking "below" are "murders most foul" that leads to good detective work by Barnaby (wonderfully acted in a very courteous manner but with much humor by John Needles--I've adored him for all of the twenty seasons) and his partner DS Jones (marvelously acted with some astonishment at Barnaby's intuition in solving cases and with loads of humor by Jason Hughes). Season twenty (20) was very much, per usual in this "Midsomer" series, enjoyed by me; however, my enjoyment was "tinged" with sadness because this marks John Needles' departure along with the characters of his wife and daughter--I've come to adore them too.
If you desire to view some good well written mysteries that are about super talented pianists with "selective breeding" as a major goal in life, horrific deaths by cement and horse tranqulizers, boxers whose goals include "bedding" any woman available, sexual secrets and unfulfilled love that lead to murder(s), etc., feel free to buy Series twenty (20) of "Midsomer Murders" it is filled with so much debauchery that makes for splendid entertainment.
(The episode, in Season twenty-20-that covers the character of Barnaby's retirement was very "bittersweet" for me. I was very sad to be losing John Needles as DCI Barnaby because I've loved him doing the role for so very long. At the same time the episode was filled with what I have loved about the series of "Midsomer Murders" -good mysteries filled with humor and loads of eccentric characters and with Barnaby and his wife Joyce "bouncing" off each other in splendid ways--great and very natural acting by the two actors)
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