Midsomer Murders, Set 22
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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 Neil Dudgeon (Life of Riley) as the capable Detective Chief Inspector John Barnaby, with Jason Hughes (This Life) as his earnest, efficient partner, Detective Sergeant Ben Jones. Guest stars include Warren Clarke, Joanna David, Genevieve O’Reilly, and James Dreyfus.
The Sleeper under the Hill—Barnaby and Jones investigate a group of Druids in Midsomer Mow.
The Night of the Stag—Local bootleggers come under suspicion after the disappearance of a government inspector.
A Sacred Trust—Vandalism and violence send shock waves through Midsomer’s cloistered nunnery.
A Rare Bird—The detectives investigate whether competition between ornithology enthusiasts led to murder.
A Sacred Trust contains sexual situations and The Sleeper under the Hill contains disturbing images
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The U.K. boasts numerous fine (and often underrated) actors. While you impatiently wait for more "Midsomer," you may want to catch Neil Dudgeon in an unforgettable performance in a superb story in episode 3 of the first season of the BAFTA Award winning series The Street Complete Collection.Read more ›
My opinion and this review is definitely slanted by my love and enjoyment of the original. I have tried to judge the "new" show on its own merits and it does have one, which I'll mention when I've finished ranting. I can't do an unbiased review. I can't help but compare. I am in mourning for the original.
My grief is fresh as I just barely finished this latest installment. The first four episodes without John Nettles were an incredible disappointment but I wanted to be fair; giving new DCI John Barnaby and DS Ben Jones some time to gel. Sadly, in my opinion, these four episodes show no improvement over the previous four. In fact, I found them to be worse. As of this writing, I am not looking forward to the next set and don't think I'll watch it.
My biggest complaint has to be the appearance of contempt for the existing department, lead by Tom Barnaby, specifically his long-time sergeant, Ben Jones, and pathologist, Dr. George Bullard (who left the show in the first installment of the "new" MSM,) displayed by DCI John Barnaby. This was confusing to me because John and Tom are cousins and Tom was no slouch! Why the contempt? In addition, Jones and Bullard were also exceptional at their respective jobs. Why did the writers do this?Read more ›
The mysteries were inferior to previous Midsomer's and The Night of the Stag was one of the worst episodes ever. I will never re-watch this episode as the ending was over the top - where were the police? With that amount of time death would have been imminent for DCI Barnaby. It didn't matter who was guilty or innocent in this episode as I had lost interest some time before the ending occurred.
Sacred Trust was one of the better episodes and I did enjoy it as it was more of the old Midsomer even though it was a bit sad.
One has to wonder if Midsomer has "jumped the shark"?
If you were a fan of the series starring John Nettles, you may settle for this newer version. But for me, the new incarnation doesn't cut it. Sadly, I will no longer look forward to ordering the newest release.
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I wasn't sure if I would like Niel Dudgeon in the role of DCI Barmaby but I was not disappointed! It seems, so far, like a natural progression from one character to another. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Joan Perko
I discovered Midsomer Murders on PBS and have been hooked ever since - it's actually better than Agatha Christie murders - I was concerned about the cast change but I do like John... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Barbara84603
Another hit in the Midsomer Murder series. Easy to love this series and the English countryside. Murder, mayhem and mystery. Super!Published 6 months ago by Bruce J. Schryver
I still watch the series but i am not liking it as well without "Tom".Published 7 months ago by A. R. Gurecky