Midsomer Murders

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A veteran DC Inspector (John Nettles) and his fellow detectives investigate murders around the regional community of Midsomer County in this classic UK mystery series.
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John NettlesJohn HopkinsJane Wymark
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SuspenseDrama
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English [CC]
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English
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  1. 1. The House in the Woods
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    October 9, 2005
    1 h 34 min
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    A secluded old dark house, believed haunted by the residents of Midsomer Newton, becomes the scene of a double murder when a house-hunting yuppie couple is found garroted.
  2. 2. Dead Letters
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    February 26, 2006
    1 h 34 min
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    When Sergeant Scott falls ill, Barnaby and PC Ben Jones (Jason Hughes, "Killing Me Softly") investigate a series of murders linked to the death of a beauty queen which occurred several years previously.
  3. 3. Vixen's Run
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    March 5, 2006
    1 h 34 min
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    Sir Freddy Butler collapses during a speech. The PM suggests the death is due to natural causes, however Barnaby is not convinced. Sir Freddy's will is stolen and his lawyer's house is burned down in an arson attack.
  4. 4. Down Among the Dead Men
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    March 12, 2006
    1 h 33 min
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    Expert blackmailer Martin Barret is murdered and there is no shortage of suspects.
  5. 5. Four Funerals and a Wedding
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    June 12, 2006
    1 h 33 min
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    A 90-year-old battle of the sexes comes to a head in Midsomer Broughton, with casualties on both sides.
  6. 6. Country Matters
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    June 19, 2006
    1 h 33 min
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    Controversy about a proposed supermarket ruining the quality of life in a small village, marital infidelity, contaminated soil and kinky sex lead to murder.
  7. 7. Death in Chorus
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    June 26, 2006
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    A heated competition among Midsomer church choirs is interrupted by the bludgeon murder of the Midsomer Worthy's tenor, a local artist.
  8. 8. Last Year's Model
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    July 3, 2006
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    Barnaby begins to think the damning evidence he helped provide to convict a murderess wasn't exactly as watertight as it first looked.

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Directors
Renny RyePeter SmithRichard HolthouseSarah Hellings
Supporting actors
Laura Howard
Producers
Brian True-MayBetty WillingaleJo WrightPhil Hunter
Season year
2006
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Alcohol usefoul languagesexual contentsmokingfrightening scenessubstance useviolence
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Gary F. TaylorReviewed in the United States on January 2, 2017
5.0 out of 5 stars
Set Seven: Exit DS Gavin Troy, Enter DS Dan Scott
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Elegant country estates and picturesque cottages hide dastardly activities in England’s Midsomer County, where corpses seem to stack like kindling, murders are often remarkably grotesque, and motives range from bizarre to out-and-out kinky. Based on novels and characters created by Caroline Graham and debuting in 1997, the long-running BBC series MIDSOMER MURDERS features Chief Inspector Tom Barnaby (John Nettles), his slightly daffy wife Joyce (Jane Wymark), and their theatrically ambitious daughter Cully (Laura Howard.) Tom is assisted in his cases by the amusingly loutish D.S. Gavin Troy (Daniel Casey) and a number of medical men, most often the dryly comic Dr. Bullard (Barry Johnson.) The repeating characters are often supported by luminaires from the British stage, screen, and television, and the scripts are memorable for their dark wit—but in spite of the humor, episodes often include a strange sense of tragedy. Although the central characters sometimes have overarching storylines, each episode stands alone, a complete story told in about an hour and forty minutes.

Set Seven includes four titles. In the first, “The Green Man,” Joyce and Cully have volunteered to help in a restoration—when a tunnel collapse briefly traps Joyce and also reveals a chamber containing a number of skeletons. While Barnaby investigates, his associate Gavin Troy is called upon to investigate an assault on a homeless man, and the case soon twists into a double murder. The episode is particularly noteworthy because it marks the last appearance of Daniel Casey as Gavin Troy, for the character is promoted to the rank of Inspector and transferred out area. He is replaced by Dan Scott (John Hopkins), a transfer from London who is suave, charming, cynical, and more socially sophisticated—and who is not happy about his transfer to the countryside. He nonetheless comes around and soon proves an able assistant. In Bad Tidings, a “Spanish Night” party ends with the murder of one of the participants, and in “Sins of Commission” a local literary festival and competition is almost derailed when several people associated with the event meet a sticky end. The most bizarre—and my favorite—episode in the collection is “The Fisher King,” in which a writer-researcher with a penchant for mystical silliness is determined to hold a summer solstice celebration at an ancient barrow, and never mind the recent murder of his so-called cousin with a weapon that may have been stolen from the site decades ago.

In addition to memorable performances, great scripts, and first rate production values, MIDSOMER MURDERS also has an intriguing score and makes effective, often paranoia-inducing, use of prowling cameras that sometimes take the killer’s point of view. And it is the rare episode that stops at one or murders. Three is commonplace, four is not exactly unknow, and fans of the “cozy” genre may well find the series a bit too disturbing for their tastes. But if you like a good murder mystery, you’ll find it in this series. It’s immediately addictive. Strongly recommended.

GFT, Amazon Reviewer
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K.StanfordReviewed in the United States on February 20, 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
GREAT Series
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Need to be able to understand the English Language, some typical English terms and the accent.
GREAT twists, my other half is a retired detective and he LOVES trying to figure out 'who done it'
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Amazon CustomerReviewed in the United States on November 6, 2006
5.0 out of 5 stars
LIKE A GOOD FRIEND AND/OR RELATIVE
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The "Midsommer Mysteries" are like a dear and trusted good friend and/or relative to me. I've been watching this series since it first appeared on A&E in this country some years ago. I truly love it! I now own seasons 1-7 on DVD and plan on continuing to purchase future releases! (I'm always re-looking at previous seasons or episodes--I've watched each of the episodes in each of the seasons many times--the mysteries certainly warrant viewing many time; they are that good) The scripts, direction, settings and, most of all, the actors are terrific. I simply adore John Nettles, as Detective Barnaby. Nettles is wonderful as a really, really lovely type of person that also happens to be a darn good detective. It's almost as if a really nice and beloved uncle is solving intricate murders--he is very dedicated and is so damn good at his job. The actresses that play his wife and daughter are wonderful too--they all really complement each other--they "jell" as a wonderful, loving and very humorous family unit with season seven having the daughter play a larger role which is most enjoyable. Plus she is very good). Barnaby's (up to this season) sidekick was the character Troy who has always somewhat annoyed me; however, Barnaby, in a very non-combative way, has always counterbalanced Troy's personality kindly making him see things "in a different light" as a wonderful uncle and/or friend can and will do. (Truth be known, I'm really not too sad to see the character of Troy, with his extreme homophobia, leave--I have always thought that he over played the anti-gay thing in order to hide something.) I must admit, however, that the first episode of season seven is most impressive. Troy's character as played by Daniel Casey "wraps" things up very well showing that he really deserves his promotion. His parting scene with Detective Barnaby is very touching indeed--two really good actors doing their thing--really good!

After his career advancement and after his transfer, the character of Troy is, in season seven, replaced by the character of Sergeant Dan Scott as played by John Hopkins. The character of Dan Scott is a big city Detective and is expecting an easy "go of it" in the small "sleepy" village of Midsommer. Of course, he soon learns that ain't the case--somehow there is plenty of dastardly "goings on" in this outwardly safe, comfortable, respectable, tidy and cozy little village--the episode "Bad Tidings" proves to him that he has NOT landed a "cushy" job! John Hopkins is, to me, a "good fit" into this murder/mystery series with the character of Dan Scott dfisplaying a keen wit--I like him

If you want to see some good mysteries or want to do as I did--continue a love affair with this series--you can't go wrong by buying season seven of "Midsommer Mysteries" it's terrific!
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JudithReviewed in the United States on December 16, 2016
5.0 out of 5 stars
More murders than Cabot Cove, Maine!
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My family LOVES Midsomer Murders! It's terrific to have all the seasons/episodes available on Fire TV via Acorn TV so we can watch any time we wish. The little villages are so cute, and the murders are so heinous and frequent! The interactions between the main characters are fun and entertaining. There are not a lot of "Hollywood babes" in this show, which is refreshing. It's about the story, not the boobs.
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AtheenReviewed in the United States on March 30, 2007
5.0 out of 5 stars
Delightful series
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I purchased this collection in its entirety after realizing how wonderful it was. Now I wait impatiently for new seasons to appear in DVD format! The characters are wonderful and original: for one thing they aren't as dysfunctional as those of other murder mysteries seem to be. (The authors penning this type of fiction seem stuck on "brilliant detective with no life" mode. I got tired of the Inspector Morse Mysteries [[ASIN:B000E1NWP0 Inspector Morse - Complete Collection]] for this reason, and the newer Lewis mysteries [[ASIN:B000FNNHZC Mystery!: Inspector Lewis]] is worse. At least the Frost series [[ASIN:B000GIW95K A Touch of Frost - Seasons 11 & 12]] has started to add a little levity and a new life for the lead character.) Furthermore the cases are often delightful and ingenious.

Inspector Barnaby (John Nettles) and his wife and daughter are delightful individuals. I enjoy spending time with them and catching up with what they're doing. The characters are well balanced people with personal issues, but they deal with the ups and downs of their lives rationally and cooperatively.

When I saw the first film, I was afraid that Joyce would be a forgotten wife. Barnaby was called away in the middle of a lunch date with her, and I thought, "oh good grief; now we'll have marriage issues!" Not so; she was upset but philosophical about his departure, in short obviously used to it as part of being married to a policeman who is as devoted to his work as Barnaby is. Later in the series she tells another character that at their wedding instead of saying "I do," the inspector said "I've got it" and dashed out of the church to solve a case. Here too she repeats the tale wistfully, not angrily.

The young Collie, their daughter, has evolved from an attractive add-on character whose main purpose seemed to be to give this couple a "history," into a wonderful personality of her own; she compliments her parents and has a life that is wonderfully integrated into the story and sometimes into the mystery. She is a nice blend of the characteristics of her parents and looks so like Joyce that they could easily be mother and daughter. In short, she fits perfectly, and the three characters make a believable family.

I enjoyed the young inspector (Daniel Casey) Gavin Troy very much, especially at first, but by set 6 it seemed as though he was less respectful of his mentor and a bit irritable. I suspect this was intended to reflect his growing self confidence and need to progress "up the ladder,"--as well as the need for the actor himself to work out of the series and into one of his own so I was informed--but he was less fun as an "up-and-coming" rather than as a naive newbie.

I feel that the actor portraying the new inspector, introduced in this collection, is still not quite comfortable with his role yet, probably because the writers haven't decided just what they expect to accomplish with his character other provide a foil for Barnaby. The character seems both brash and indifferent, especially at first, but seems to fill out a little with each film in this series as the writers feed information about him to the viewers by exposure. He definitely has possibilities.

The mysteries themselves are terrific. I don't know much about the writers doing the work except that they have some of the most inventive minds doing TV stuff I've seen in ages. While not all the plots are entirely believable--at least once you've given it some thought--they are entirely wonderful. For one thing, the victims and suspects are frequently very eccentric. Certainly their propensity and motives for murder are impressive. One imagines a Merrie Olde England and villages filled with truly crazy people; and not icky crazy either, fun crazy. By the time one of the stories is completed, the body count is amazing, and the viewer is left to wonder if there is anyone left alive in Midsommer! What makes the thing especially wonderful is that the inspector notices this fact himself--both the eccentricities and the murders--and occasionally remarks upon it. I suspect he wonders what his living and working in the area says about him. (I remember thinking that some of the individuals I worked with in Saudi Arabia were pretty "peculiar;" then I realized since I was there too, the fact might say something about me also!)

All of these delightful personalities are portrayed by many of the same actors. One might see the Midsommer series as actually more of a repertoire company performing at a theater like the Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis. These actors are some of the most skilled I've seen in ages. They manage to create a separate, unique and believable personality for each of their characters. While familiar faces are easily spotted in the series, one is never mistaken over the individuality of the character that the actor is portraying; he or she IS that person, no matter who they were in earlier episodes. Truly impressive and very professional. I've actually become a fan of some of them and enjoy watching the styles they cultivate in different episodes.

This particular collection is delightful because it introduces the new inspector and bids goodbye to Troy. Although I enjoyed all of the episodes, my favorite was the last one, The Sins of Commission. The murderer is a delight, and the ways and means, let alone the whys, of the various murders is wonderful once explained. See if you don't agree.

A very enjoyable series.
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Esther H.Reviewed in the United States on February 11, 2007
3.0 out of 5 stars
Gotta' Love Midsomer!
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Some of the best murder mysteries to be had, come from Midsomer! The Midsomer series never focus on the act of murder itself, but the intrigue of solving the case! Rarely is there a gory scene and most of the murders are done in good taste, and the rest of the story revolves around the detective work. Great British class, if you ask me. The only reason I give this Volume Seven collection only 3 stars instead of 5, is because I think they left out a couple of movies in this set. All the previous volumes have more in the collection than this one, yet they charged the same prices. I hope they remedy that next time. Also, the change of the "sidekick" in this set throws an avid watcher for a loop, but the new detective sidekick does grow on you. Overall, no matter which Volume Set you purchase, "Midsomer Murders" is always a good choice!
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Carolyn SReviewed in the United States on July 26, 2017
4.0 out of 5 stars
Barnaby gets new reluctant partner
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If you have seen any of this series, these are the same - English countryside, good local characters, interesting crimes, congenial DCI with chiseled features, wife and daughter, nice voice. In this series he gets new partner. Very good pastime.
S. E. RosenstielReviewed in the United States on November 4, 2006
5.0 out of 5 stars
Still the Best
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After owning and viewing all seven Midsommer Murders sets, the quality is still top notch. In the first part of Number 7, Sgt. Troy is promoted and moves on. How do I adjust to a new "side kick" for Inspector Barnaby? Very well, thank you. The writters have allowed for a new personality and characte. We will miss Troy, but there is a new man to learn how to be a good detective. Tom Barnaby and Joyce are such assets to any family or comminmity. They are truly very decent people. - Do you get as tired as I of all of the degrading situations or characters? Not everyone is vile and evil. - Tom and Joyce give us HOPE for the future as does their daughter. Callie matures and grows, realizes the past is the past, and people change over the years.

Each episode is fresh, and the good win out. Murders are solved; and evil eleminated. The background music is the usual theme music and melody, but different instruments are used to great effect. - How many of you besides myself, will stick in a British production just to hear the music? Is anything better than Joan Hichsom's Miss Marple, Poitot or Sherlock Holmes music?

Who needs to watch network televison with its poor quality shows or the news, when I can pop in a DVD like Midsomer #7 and see more life than on the other two?
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