- Actors: John Nettles, Jane Wymark, Barry Jackson, Jason Hughes, Laura Howard
- Writers: Caroline Graham
- Classification: 12
- Studio: Acorn
- VHS Release Date: 13 May 2002
- Run Time: 102 minutes
- Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (160 customer reviews)
- ASIN: B0000649I5
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 405,193 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)
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Another case for Detective Chief Inspector Barnaby (John Nettles) and Sergeant Troy (Daniel Casey). When a local doctor becomes worried that he may have hit someone while driving home from the pub, Barnaby agrees to look into the matter. He then runs into apparently-reformed criminal Melvyn Stockard, who is in the middle of making preparations for his daughter's wedding day. Soon one of the wedding party turns up dead, and Barnaby is left wondering how the two cases are connected.
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
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over 14 hours of watching detective Barnaby working in the area of Midsomer, excellent value
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.
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.