Midsomer Murders

PRIME is pleased to present classic episodes of the highly popular MIDSOMER MURDERS…

MIDSOMER MURDERS is one of the longest running detective drama series and has screened in over 180 countries. In each episode the peacefulness of the Midsomer community is shattered by violent crimes, suspects are placed under suspicion and it is Detective Chief Inspector Barnaby (John Nettles) and his faithful assistant Sergeant Scott (John Hopkins) who calmly and diligently eliminate the innocent and ruthlessly pursue the guilty.

MIDSOMER MURDERS is based on the award-winning Inspector Barnaby novels by mystery writer Caroline Graham who has been described as ‘the best detective writer since Agatha Christie.’

And it’s a theme of the series that nothing is as it appears behind the well trimmed hedges of the cottages in the county of Midsomer.

Tonight’s episode ‘Death’s Shadow’ follows Property developer Richard Bayly (Dominic Jephcott) who is planning to redevelop Tye House as an up market golf club, which has upset the villagers.

Several of the locals are unhappy with Bayly and on the eve of the Badger’s Drift summer fete, Bayly announces that he has been diagnosed with a brain tumor and will have to undergo major surgery to have it removed. The following morning he is discovered brutally murdered in his home -decapitated with a sword.

“There’s something warped about the nature of our writers,” chuckles John Nettles. “They come up with extraordinary ways of killing people. There’s nothing to compare with the one where Oliver Ford Davies was pinned down by croquet hoops on his lawn and catapulted with bottles of his vintage wine while his wife directed proceedings from an upstairs bedroom. It’s doesn’t get more baroque than that!”

This episode also stars Richard Briers as the Reverend Stephen Wentworth.

“One of the joys of the series is working with stars like Joss Ackland, Richard Briers or Richard Todd,” says John Nettles. “I’d like to get Michael Gambon and Greta Scacchi in and I think Roger Moore has expressed interest in playing a dead body. I’d be hugely pleased to see him. I’ve loved him since he drove that Volvo in ‘The Saint.’

Whodunit?? You’ll have to watch and see…

Saturday 13 January at 8.30pm on Prime

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