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A great run ends for John Nettles, a memorial keeper
on February 19, 2012
Series 20's 4 episodes continue the perfection in crime drama perfected by CI Barnaby (John Nettles.) He' crime tough, humorous, softly romantic, but makes every episode always suspenseful murders in the plural. Never one murder mystery in Midsomer County, a quaint picturesquely filmed area of village sets.
If you are new to Midsomer Murders and CI Barnaby there are years of award winning episodes to view. My favorite is ALWAYS the one I just viewed.
Wife Joyce (Jane Wymark), daughter Cully (Laura Howard) & DC Stephens (Kirsty Dillon) all make this set their exit from this long-running British TV show, as does Nettles. Cast regulars DS Jones (Jason Hughes) and Dr. Bullard (Barry Jackson) will remain for future episodes with DCI John Barnaby (Neil Dudgeon) leading those investigations. John Barnaby is involved in this set's last episode. A smashing series but there will be those upset and downplaying the future once Nettles is gone. He does leave large shoes to fill, as does the departing cast that exits behind him. But that's set 21, not 20, so why worry now, and the shows will yet be based on Caroline Graham novels, and the writing has been a huge factor in the longevity which started in 1997.
SUBTITLES available in all 4 longer-than-feature-length episodes
Guest stars (too numerous to mention them all) are as characteristic of Midsomer Murders as the multiple murders and multiple plots mixing humor, crime, and relationships, and beautiful scenes. I've heard on bonus materials in the past that stars beg to kill or be murdered in Midsomer.
~~~~MASTER CLASS -a Barnaby déjà vu mystery suicide-drowning and baby abandonment with a musical twist.
~~~~THE NOBLE ART -does the title refer to boxing or all of the local adulterous activity, gender mix, in the small community? Whatever, it results in numerous murders.
~~~~NOT IN MY BACK YARD -new development plans have supporters, participants, opposition, everything but apathy, and that's a recipe for community strife not to mention murder.
~~~~FIT FOR MURDER -a death in a health and fitness spa may be murder, Barnaby at the scene, and the episode will best be known as the final episode with John Nettles.
6 2/3 HOURS of time-tested British Mystery Drama entertainment acclaimed around the world. Multiple murders but usually not violently shown nor graphically filmed. The emphasis is on the plots, not shocking blood and violence. About as family friendly as you can get with murder.