Midsomer Murders, Set 20

| July 19, 2012

In this series, we bid adieu to DCI Tom Barnaby (John Nettles), doggedly determined yet gentle and considerate police inspector who treats each case as though the balance of civility depended upon its proper outcome. The series has grown on its audience over time… several generations to be exact. And Barnaby has become as beloved as that other, recently departed policeman, Inspector Morse.

The cozy villages of Midsomer County reveal their most sinister secrets in these contemporary British television mysteries inspired by the novels of Caroline Graham, modern master of the English village mystery. Detective Chief Inspector Tom Barnaby (John Nettles, Bergerac) has policed the murderous county for decades, and now he’s ready to retire. In these four episodes, Barnaby investigates his final cases before leaving the denizens of Midsomer in the capable hands of his cousin, DCI John Barnaby (Neil Dudgeon,Life of Riley). Also starring Jason Hughes as Detective Sergeant Ben Jones.

Disc 1 – MASTER CLASSWhen world-famous pianist Sir Michael Fielding offers an audition-only master class in Midsomer, the competition is fierce. Introverted, anxious piano prodigy Zoe Stock wins a place in the class, but soon afterward witnesses a drowning that reminds Barnaby of a 20-year-old case. The detectives race to investigate a scandal from the past in order to prevent another death in the present.Disc 2 – THE NOBLE ART

When Midsomer Morchard resident John Kinsella wins an international boxing title, it seems that everyone in town is delighted with his success, especially wealthy landowner Gerald Farquaharson. However, the celebrations sour during a reenactment of a Victorian prizefight, which reveals a story of greed, resentments, and complex entanglements that threaten to turn deadly.


Maureen Stubbs of the Midsomer Conservation Society is aghast at a wealthy builder’s plans for a modern development in bucolic Pelfe Chase. After Stubbs is brutally murdered with a broken bottle, the detectives’ investigation reveals that she may have been responsible for a string of burglaries and vandalism targeting supporters of the development. When the project’s lead architect is found dead, Barnaby and Jones focus their suspicions on the conservation society—with surprising results.


A relaxing weekend at the spa turns into yet another murder investigation when Joyce finds a body in the spa’s flotation chamber. The detectives discover several possible motives, including a feud between the spa’s owners and their neighbors and a mysterious manuscript. After solving the crime, Barnaby decides it’s time to pass the torch to his cousin, DCI John Barnaby.

Extras included on the BluRay and DVD:

•“Barnaby Through the Years” photo gallery

•“Saying Goodbye to Barnaby” essay

Midsomer Murders, Set 20, is available now from Acorn Media Group.

About the Author:

Del Harvey is a co-founder of Film Monthly. He is an independent filmmaker, film director, screenwriter, and film teacher, currently living in Chicago.
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