I was looking for something new to watch during the Olympics when all my streaming shows were on break and decided to look for a British drama. I like cop shows a lot, so when I found Midsomer Murders, I gave it a try. I started with season 1, and am on season 10 now, and I’m really hooked.
Midsomer Murders is Charming
From the theme song to the venues, the show is just as charming as it can be. The main character, Detective Chief Inspector (DCI) Barnaby, played brilliantly by John Nettles, is soft spoken and even tempered, but very intuitive and sharp as a tack. So far, in seasons 1 through 9, he’s had three partners. I must admit I liked the first one the best, but he was promoted and off he went. I can’t remember what happened to the second one, and the third one, Detective Sergeant Jones, is somewhat boring to me. I hope he gets more interesting, because from what I read, I will be stuck with him for several years.I read that John Nettles retired and has been replaced, but I haven’t gotten that far yet.
The Show Pokes Fun at the Aristocracy
I find it completely hilarious how Midsomer Murders pokes fun at the aristocracy of England. Of course, they are always their naturally uppity and snobbish selves, and DCI Barnaby very politely rips them to shreds without ever raising his voice. I love it when he gets to arrest them, and he seems to love it too. The writers make the aristocrats look like absolute idiots, which tells us what the real British people think of their upper classes.
The Scenery is Amazing
All of the murders take place in charming, quaint country villages. There are always lots of woods and dirt roads and lush, green fields. And there are manor houses, but none that put Downton Abbey to shame. I want to know what the roofs are made of, because it looks like some sort of thick clay. The residents fight for their way of life, fending off all manner of modernities, such as shopping malls and supermarkets.
The Lack of Guns is Refreshing
Other than hunting rifles, which seem to be plentiful, there aren’t a lot of guns on the show. Of course, this is because handguns are banned in England. Most people are stabbed or bludgeoned to death. Some are poisoned or drowned. It’s nice not to have policemen who run in with guns drawn ready to blow someone’s head off in every other scene.
If you’re looking for an amusing and entertaining 90 minutes of great British television, try Midsomer Murders. It is syndicated in the U.S. on public TV stations, and seasons 1 through 13 are available on DVD, and for streaming through Amazon and Netflix. It’s now in its 16th season, which speaks to its quality and popularity. It only has from 5 to 9 episodes a year, so it won’t take long to catch up. You’ll soon be joining me in hoping that DCI Barnaby’s long-suffering wife, Joyce, and daughter, Cully, get to share a meal or day out with him where he isn’t called away on a case.