So I’ve just binge-watched Season One of Midsomer Murders, and Acorn DVD release. The three-disc set includes five episodes, or five different murders taking place in the fictional British county of Midsomer. This first season of the show aired on ITV in 1997 and featured John Nettles in the role of DCI Tom Barnaby. Along with Sergeant Gavin Troy (Daniel Casey), Barnaby solves the often over-the-top murders in this lovely, bucolic county.
You get a good peek into how crimes are solved, as well as relationships between the residents of the county’s various residents. Since I grew up in a small town in North Carolina, I am well acquainted with small town life and the eccentricities of its inhabitants. I loved seeing British versions of my people. And I’m always up for a good mystery! The stories are absorbing, the characters quaint and quirky, the dialogue is gently witty, and the English countryside scenery is worth looking at on its own!
And this is just the first season! It’s easy to see they are still making it and why it ranks among the most-sold British TV shows worldwide, either as TV Programming or on DVD.