Based on the series of novels by Caroline Graham, "Midsomer Murders" began in 1997 with John Nettles playing the role of Detective Chief Inspector Tom Barnaby and Daniel Casey as his sidekick, Detective Sergeant Gavin Troy. Midsomer is, at first glance, a perfect, picturesque series of little villages in semi-rural England. Upon closer inspection, however, it's probably the most unsafe place on the entire planet if the body count is to be taken into consideration!
For "Midsomer Murders",one murder per episode is never enough! Two, three or even four is the norm and Barnaby and Troy never seem to get five minutes to themselves because there is always yet another crime scene to trot off too!
Well supported by Barry Jackson (Dr. George Bullard), Jane Wymark (Joyce Barnaby)and Laura Howard (Cully Barnaby), the show has very wide appeal for crime buffs, because, simply put, it's not all that easy to figure out "who done it"! The show really makes you THINK and you have to watch very, very carefully throughout each episode in order to have a hope of figuring out who the culprit is.
John Nettles is perfect in the lead role, the a-typical poilice inspector who refuses to let himself be stumped, no matter how difficult the case may be!
After 29 episodes, the show's fans were saddened when the much-loved Daniel Casey decided to hand in his badge and leave the show. Replaced by John Hopkins as DS Dan Scott, who lasted a relatively short time, before his character 'got sick' (and then never returned!) and then by Jason Hughes as Sergeant Ben Jones, the show continues to be enormously popular. In early 2009,John Nettles announced he was leaving the show. At the time of writing, (August, 2009) no replacement has been announced and speculation is rife about not only who will succeed Nettles, but also whether the show can continue to do well without him. Let's hope it can, because "Midsomer Murders" has class with a capital "C" and it's a must-see for people who enjoy quality drama, great storylines and superb acting. Watch it and see for yourself!