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Midsomer Murders - Set 7 (The Green Man / Bad Tidings / The Fisher King / Sins Of Commision)
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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 John Nettles (Bergerac) as the unflappable Detective Chief Inspector Barnaby. Daniel Casey (The Wingless Bird)) costars as Barnabys earnest young assistant, Sergeant Troy. When Troy wins a promotion and transfer, Barnaby gets a partner of a different stripe. Sergeant Dan Scott (John Hopkins, Love in a Cold Climate)) is a streetwise Londoner who mistakenly expects an easy, dull life on the rural beat. Guest stars include Cherie Lunghi, John Standing, Michael Simkins, Henry Ian Cusick, Diana Kent, and Stella Gonet.
The Green Man -- Troy passes his inspector's exam and is moving on, but not before one more challenging case with Barnaby in Midsomer Worthy
Bad Tidings -- Dan Scott, Barnaby's new partner, gets a baptism by fire with a case in Midsomer Mallow that implicates Cullly and her old schoolmates.
The Fisher King -- Barnaby and Scott follow a maze of Celtic rites, ancient artifacts, and twisted relationships to find the murderer of a Midsomer Barrow landowner.
Sins of Commission -- Murder attends the annual literary festival in Midsomer St. Michael, leading Barnaby and Scott to discover a hotbed of corruption within the highbrow crowd.
Midsomer Murders: Set Seven includes four intriguing episodes from season seven of the long-running, British mystery series, based on a series of books by Caroline Graham. Fans of Midsomer Murders will certainly take note of a big change in the crime drama, as Chief Inspector Tom Barnaby (John Nettles) of the Causton C.I.D. loses his longtime junior partner, Detective Sergeant Gavin Troy (Daniel Casey) to the latter's promotion and relocation. Still, Troy is around for "The Green Man," Barnaby's attempt to crack a case of multiple murders in quaint Midsomer, a supposedly quiet English village in which passions flair and blood flows with astonishing regularity.
"The Green Man" concerns a pair of overlapping investigations with an environmental theme. When an effort to restore a stream uncovers the remains of several people who died in a long-ago, tunnel cave-in, Barnaby discovers that one of the apparent victims was actually placed on the site much later. Meanwhile, adolescent hoodlums harassing an indigent woodsman are turning up dead. "Bad Tidings" introduces Barnaby's new partner, Detective Sergeant Dan Scott (John Hopkins), unhappy about his transfer from London and reluctant to settle in. But he pulls his weight assisting Barnaby on a strange case that begins with the murder of a woman walking home from a flamenco-themed party at the Midsomer Mallow village hall. (A recurring theme in Midsomer Murders of hatred and deception running rampant among trustees of Midsomers social and cultural life plays a big part here.) "The Fisher King" resurrects an old, unsolved mystery concerning the death of a man who excavated ancient artifacts, while Barnaby and Scott also try to find out who killed an arrogant millionaire with a wound similar to the one suffered by the titular, Arthurian figure. Finally, "Sins of Commission" is a wild episode peeling back secrecy surrounding sexual and fiduciary scandals surrounding a literary festival. Adding both to the drama and fun is the way Barnaby's wife (Jane Wymark) and daughter (Laura Howard) have a way of getting involved with every investigation. With a likable, low-key hero and creative new forms of Midsomer malice, Set Seven is a winner. --Tom Keogh
- Aspect Ratio : 1.78:1
- Is Discontinued By Manufacturer : No
- MPAA rating : NR (Not Rated)
- Product Dimensions : 7.5 x 5.5 x 1.1 inches; 12.8 Ounces
- Media Format : Box set, Color, Widescreen
- Run time : 1 hour and 30 minutes
- Release date : October 3, 2006
- Actors : John Nettles, Jane Wymark, Barry Jackson, Jason Hughes, Laura Howard
- Language : English (Dolby Digital 2.0), Unqualified
- Studio : ACORN MEDIA
- ASIN : B000GYI3CW
- Writers : Caroline Graham
- Number of discs : 4
- Best Sellers Rank: #144,402 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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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
In Memory of Ivan, feline companion of twenty years
GREAT twists, my other half is a retired detective and he LOVES trying to figure out 'who done it'
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!