Filming begins on the 22nd series of Midsomer Murders
A spate of bizarre deaths will occur across middle England as filming begins on a new series of the much-loved ITV detective drama Midsomer Murders.
Neil Dudgeon returns to play DCI John Barnaby for his 10th year in the role, Nick Hendrix is back as DS Jamie Winter and Annette Badland resumes her role as pathologist Dr Fleur Perkins. Midsomer Murders is made by Bentley Productions, part of ALL3Media and is the UK’s top-rated drama export.
Also returning to film the 22nd series is Fiona Dolman as Sarah Barnaby followed closely by Paddy the dog as the Barnaby’s faithful canine companion. Guest cast for the first film includes Amanda Abbington (Sherlock), Mark Williams (Father Brown) and Maimie McCoy (Van Der Valk). Further guest casting to be announced.
This series follows Barnaby and Winter as they investigate an urban myth becoming a murderous reality, a post-operative heart rehabilitation club whose members’ dreams of a second chance at life are cut short, a murder mystery weekend, a twisted scarecrow festival and an amateur dramatics company with deadly secrets.
Executive producer Michele Buck says:
“We are very pleased ITV has asked us to produce more Midsomer Murders. We will have our signature mix of tantalising mysteries, wonderful guest stars and stunning locations while also maintaining a safe working environment for all our cast and crew in these current challenging circumstances.”
Neil Dudgeon adds:
“Everyone is excited to get back to work. Sadly there won’t be as much hugging and kissing on set as usual but we’ve all got to make sacrifices! It’s bound to be a bit strange at first with all the safety protocols but hopefully we can all keep each other safe and shoot another great series.”
Midsomer Murders is commissioned by ITV’s Head of Drama, Polly Hill, and Drama Commissioner, Huw Kennair-Jones with all3media International. Huw Kennair- Jones will oversee the production of the new series of Midsomer Murders on behalf of ITV.
“We are delighted that filming of the new series of Midsomer Murders has commenced with Neil, Nick, Annette and Fiona back where they belong. It’s a hugely successful series for ITV and we’re all really proud of the fact the audience still enjoys its captivating cases, unexpected plot twists and wonderfully engaging characters.”
Midsomer Murders is produced by Carol Ann Docherty (Waterloo Road, Holby, Murphy’s Law) co-produced by Ian Strachan (Van Der Valk, Agatha Raisin) and executive produced by Michele Buck (Van Der Valk, Agatha Raisin, Endeavour, Parade’s End).
Directing the six feature length episodes for the upcoming series are Matt Carter, Roberto Bangura, Audrey Cooke, Toby Frow and Fiona Walton. Writers include; Chris Murray, Jeff Povey, Helen Jenkins, Nick Hicks-Beach and Julia Gilbert.
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About Midsomer Murders TV Show
With more than two decades of intriguing mysteries and shown in over 200 territories worldwide, Midsomer Murders is one of the most popular and longest-running mystery series of all-time and remains one of Acorn TV's top-performing franchises and a fan favorite. In Midsomer Murders, Detective Chief Barnaby (Neil Dudgeon) and Detective Sergeant Winter (Nick Hendrix) investigate homicides, blackmail, greed, and betrayal in England's most murderous county. The first two movies premiered in April with four more feature-length mysteries to arrive this fall. In the upcoming mid-season debut, the owners of a handmade board game gather for a murder mystery weekend, but the immersive experience takes a puzzling twist when a killer strikes for real.
Ex-rugby player and businessman Mark Adler (Nicholas Goh) seems to have the whole world at his feet; he’s the owner of the successful Causton Lions rugby team and has his beautiful and successful wife Samantha (Tamzin Outhwaite) by his side. However, Mark is mysteriously found dead in a cryotherapy chamber, normally used by the players for their physio. Is it murder or suicide? DCI Barnaby and DS Winter are called in to investigate.
Barnaby and Winter are quick to learn that not everyone was Mark’s biggest fan. Guy Bevan (Julian Lewis Jones) – scorned former coach of the Lions, is in the midst of launching a very public campaign against Mark and his apparent ‘band of thugs’.
Mark’s best friend and head coach Bill Viner (Don Gilet) couldn’t paint a more different picture of the Lion’s hero. Bill had struggled with an alcohol problem for years after an injury prematurely ended his career, but attributes Mark’s belief in him as the main reason for his sobriety. When asked about the circumstances of his injury Bill admits he could have been targeted during the match, having recently come out as gay.
As our detectives get more embroiled in the case, with an increasing list of suspects, including; Guy, Samantha, troubled star player Danny Wickham (Richard Rankin) and Neville (Michael Maloney) the physio, they begin to realise all is not what it seems. But before they can get to the bottom of the case, Barnaby and Winter are thrown by the death of victim number 2; drowned in a chocolate shop kitchen. How can murders at a small confectionary shop and a large sports club be connected?
Barnaby and Winter are desperately try to find the link between the two deaths when they discover that two of the suspects have been harbouring a secret relationship with each other, which leads Barnaby to believe these murders could have been motivated by love, not hate. Following this new theory, Barnaby and Winter hone in on the killer, but can they get to them before it reaches an explosive end?
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