"Midsomer Murders" -- Nothing is what it seems behind the well-trimmed hedges of the picturesque cottages in the idyllic English countryside of Midsomer. Beneath the tranquil surface of sleepy village life, there exist dark secrets, scandals and downright evil. Murder, kidnap and blackmail are commonplace among the eccentric inhabitants of Midsomer.
Midsomer Murders is a long running TV series of contemporary murder mysteries, based on the award winning Inspector Barnaby novels by mystery writer Caroline Graham, who the Sunday Times describes as "the best detective writer since Agatha Christie".
In each episode, the peacefulness of the Midsomer community is shattered by violent crimes, suspects are placed under suspicion, and it is up to Detective Chief Inspector Barnaby, played by John Nettles, to calmly and diligently eliminate the innocent and ruthlessly pursue the guilty.
Barnaby has had three Detective Sergeants to assist him through the years. First there was Gavin Troy (played by Daniel Casey; episodes 1-29), then Dan Scott (played by John Hopkins; episodes 30-43), and currently Ben Jones (played by Jason Hughes; episodes 44-present). Each man brought his own brand of talent to the job.
Midsomer Murders is now one of ITV's longest running detective drama series and is on air internationally in over 180 countries. With lots more murders, betrayal, and blackmail, no one will be safe in a Midsomer village for a long time to come.
Chief Inspector John Barnaby...... played by Neil Dudgeon -- 2010, 2011-present
Sgt Benjamin Jones.................... played by Jplayed byon Hughes -- 2005-present
Sarah Barnaby........................... played by Fiona Dolman -- 2011-present
Doctor Kate Wilding.................... played by Tamzin Malleson -- 2011-present
Chief Inspector Tom Barnaby...... played by John Nettles -- 1997-2011
Joyce Barnaby........................... played by Jane Wymark -- 1997-2011
Doctor George Bullard................ played by Barry Jackson -- 1997-1998, 1998-2011
Sgt Gavin Troy........................... played by Daniel Cplayed byey -- 1997-2002, 2003, 2008
Sgt Daniel Scott......................... played by John Hopkins -- 2003-2005
Cully Barnaby (later Dixon)......... played by Laura Howard -- 1997-2000, 2003-2011
Constable Gail Stephens............. played by Kirsty Dillon -- 2007-2011
Status: Break - Between Seasons
Pilot: March 23, 1997
Series Premiere: March 22, 1998
Genre: Crime | Drama | Mystery
Network: ITV1 (United Kingdom)
Runtime: 120 Minutes
Season 16 -- Renewed -- Air Date Unknown/TBA
It was confirmed via Twitter that Midsomer Murders will return for a
sixteenth series and will begin filming in the Spring of 2013.
Midsomer Murders https://twitter.com/MidsomerTV/status/296739075057152002
Season 15 -- 6 Episodes
Note: Episodes are often aired many weeks or months apart.
15x01 -- Feb 01, 2012 -- The Dark Rider
15x02 -- Mar 21, 2012 -- Murder of Innocence
15x03 -- Sep 25, 2012 -- Written in the Stars
15x04 -- Jan 02, 2013 -- Death and the Divas
15x05 -- Jan 09, 2013 -- The Sicilian Defence
15x06 -- Jan 30, 2013 -- Schooled in Murder
15x01 -- The Dark Rider -- When a headless horseman makes an an appearance at Quitewell Hall it foreshadows a number of deaths amongst an aristocratic family. Whilst a Civil War re-enactment takes place the family relive their own historic battles with their neighbours.
15x02 -- Murder of Innocence -- After convicted killer Grady Felton returns to his childhood home after 18 years, it causes anger and raw emotion for the family of his victim. A barrister who was involved in the trial is murdered and the finger of suspicion is pointed at Grady. Grady has an alibi though so the detectives suspect he could be working with an accomplice. Grady ends up being critically injured in an arson attack and it looks like somebody is out to settle some old scores. -- Meanwhile, Barnaby must face some personal demons of his own as he tries to train for the Chief Constable's fitness test.
15x03 -- Written in the Stars -- When darkness ends up covering the Midsomer Stanton during a total eclipse of the sun, amateur astronomer Jeremy Harper is murdered by a blow to the head with a meteorite. Barnaby and Jones soon find out that sexual tension and academic rivalry are rife among the local star-seeking community.
15x04 -- Death and the Divas -- The murder of a journalist leaves reminders of a 1960's horror movie starring Midsomer's Stella Harris. After Stella's more famous sister returns following a 40-year family rift, the killings contiue, each reminiscent of a film plot.
15x05 -- The Sicilian Defence -- After having been in a coma since the night she attempted to elope, Harriet Farmer wakes up. A killer then murders members of a local chess club. John Barnaby and the team investigate whether the attack which left Harriet for dead a year ago could be linked to moves on a chess board and atempt to find out what happened to her boyfriend Finn.
15x06 -- Schooled in Murder -- A woman ends up being crushed to death with a giant round of cheese at the home of Midsomer Blue. Secret and controversial plans to modernise the dairy end up being revealed as rumours about private lives of the parents cause a row at a local prep school. More people linked to the dairy are involved in shocking deaths as long-held secrets begin to be revealed.