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Midsomer Murders - Blue Herrings  [DVD]
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John Nettles and Daniel Casey star as Detective Chief Inspector Barnaby and Sergeant Troy in these two stories taken from the hugely popular ITV series. Based on the characters created by Caroline Graham in her best-selling Inspector Barnaby novels.
Based on Caroline Graham's novels and featuring the stolid crime-solving skills of Detective Chief Inspector Barnaby, Midsomer Murders made their television debut in 1997 and continue to keep viewers happy with that potent whodunnit ingredient: spectacularly bloody murders in the most tranquil rural settings the Shires have to offer. Midsomer is a vaguely defined area of villages and hamlets with charming names like Badger's Drift and Goodman's Land. It also has the highest number of violent deaths per capita outside the average war zone. Serial killings abound to test the nerve of Barnaby (John Nettles) and his sidekick Sergeant Troy (Daniel Casey), a dullard easily perplexed by a world which refuses to stick to his black and white view of things.
Nettles is excellent; there's a hint of Bergerac still, now heavier of jowl and broader of beam, though the chasing is necessarily limited and the DCI enjoys the home comforts of an understanding wife and a spirited daughter. "Every time I go into any Midsomer village, it's always the same thing", he huffs. "Blackmail, sexual deviancy, suicide and murder." Ain't it the truth? The murders are astonishing. Family feuds, jealousy, incest, industrial espionage, all erupt at regular intervals leaving a trail of bodies with throats slashed, limbs dismembered and blood absolutely everywhere. Rivers of sheer nastiness run deep beneath the superficially pastoral perfection of Midsomer. Thank goodness there are still men like dependable Barnaby to get to the bottom of things. Eventually.
Sure of Barnabys eventual success, Midsomer Murders make for a cosy, even comforting, couple of hours curled up in front of the television. And they make a great showcase for star turns from the great stable of British character actors, too, from Celia Imrie and Elizabeth Spriggs to Imelda Staunton and Duncan Preston, who invariably turn this whimsical stuff into the tastiest possible ham.--Piers Ford --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Full of memorable characters played by some of this countrys finest actors and with one memorable murder inflicted by the victim as he performs on stage.
The story is set around a amateur production of 'Amadeus' at the Causton Playhouse. But the cast, who includes the Inspector's wife Joyce, soon discover that someone is more interested in murder than showbusiness.
John Nettles returned to television after concentrating on his stage career and fits the part of Barnaby perfectly. He is paired with the accomplished young actor Daniel Casey who makes an admirable foil to his bosses ideas.
Well worth buying if you're a fan of the classic English murder mystery.
2 BLUE HERRINGS
3 JUDGEMENT DAY
4 DEATH OF A STRANGER
5 GARDEN OF DEATH
6 DESTROYING ANGEL
7 ELECTRIC VENDETTA
8 WHO KILLED COCK ROBIN
9 DARD AUTUMN
over 14 hours of watching detective Barnaby working in the area of Midsomer, excellent value
The selection of episodes is excellent and includes one of my all time favourites Death Of A Stranger. The other episodes are A Talent For Life, Ghosts Of Christmas Past and Shot At Dawn. Guest stars in these episodes include James Bolam (New Tricks), George Cole (Minder), Richard Johnson (Zombie Flesh Eaters) and many more.
All four stories are of the usual high standard we have come to expect in Midsomer Murders. This set is well worth adding to your collection.
Now the series is being released in very nice box sets each containing 10 episodes. However, for some strange reason this story has not been released on any of the collections. This is very annoying because now anyone who buys the box set will have an incomplete set or will have to buy this dvd on its own. A real shame.
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Great to watch the earlier programmes in the series again, but, try as I might, I cannot expand the picture to fill my TV screen!Published 7 months ago by K PLOWS