This is the DVD series where it all begins - `The Midsomer Murders' that is. The first thing you might notice in Series #1 is that both Barnaby and Troy had longer hair and were lighter back then, even though we learn through the series that Barnaby's wife and daughter have tried their best to hold the calories to a minimum where the older detective is concerned-even while his younger colleague chomps away on doughnuts and chips whenever the mood strikes. The series provides plenty of escapist material for Anglophiles who want to take an armchair trip to a fantasy-land where nice English coppers keep everyone on the straight and narrow, although a fairly large number of villagers end up dead, and some die horribly.
In these episodes, long-buried secrets are at the heart of more than one murder, so investigative police work means hours spent reviewing archival material while sifting through ancient artifacts - activities sure to stir the hearts of history buffs and Anglophiles alike. This series is well crafted - with great showmanship, fine actors including the many familiar faces of character actors, beautiful bucolic settings in southern England, plenty of interesting artifacts and fine architecture - welcome to fantasy-land my friends.