Watch Midsomer Murders 1997– 123movies, Full TV Series Online – The British detective drama revolves around Detective Chief Inspector Barnaby’s efforts to solve numerous murders that take place in the fictional English county of Midsomer. The current lead character is Detective Chief Inspector John Barnaby (Neil Dudgeon), who is the younger cousin of former lead character Detective Chief Inspector Tom Barnaby (John Nettles). The Barnabys have worked with several different Sergeants throughout the run of the show, including Sergeant Gavin Troy (Daniel Casey), Sergeant Dan Scott (John Hopkins), Detective Sergeant Ben Jones (Jason Hughes), Detective Sergeant Charlie Nelson (Gwilym Lee), and Sergeant Jamie Winter (Nick Hendrix)..
Plot: The peacefulness of the Midsomer community is shattered by violent crimes, suspects are placed under suspicion, and it is up to a veteran DCI and his young sergeant to calmly and diligently eliminate the innocent and ruthlessly pursue the guilty.
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Purely escapist fun
The series is set in idyllic English countryside with beautiful villages and archetypical inhabitants. It’s fun to watch as Barnaby and Troy are amusing, the stories are fairly good and they are a pleasant break from the hard and gripping detective shows that leave a nasty taste in the mouth. The stories are not demanding, police procedure is appalling, we all know England is not like this, but if you want an enjoyable show with a detective story, I recommend it.
The show remains unmissable viewing even after all these years, even with all of the changes to the cast, new writers etc. The basic premise has remained unchanged since the start, Barnaby and his sidekick investigate (usually) multiple murders in the seemingly sweet and very picturesque English countryside.
It seems with each new episode they attempt to go one better and have a murder that is bigger, more outrageous and simply more outlandish. Some of the crazier ones occurred in the episode Hidden Depths. For me the series works when it stays within the bounds of reality, when it veers off into surrealism it can lose it a little, Night of the Stag and Blood on the Saddle being some of the sillier, more quirky episodes.
I felt it peaked at Series 4, every episode during that stint was outstanding, Dark Autumn, tainted Fruit and Garden of Death some of the best. I think my favourite single episode is right at the start ‘Written in Blood’ it contains wonderful characters, a great story, and the right mix of humour and horror.
Let’s hope it continues long into the future. The hundredth episode the Killings of Copenhagen showed the series is still relevant, well made and inventive.
It’s pure escapism, not to be taken too seriously. I often wonder if Barnaby will ever get a female sidekick one day? Would be interesting.
Long live Midsomer. 10/10
Original Language en
Runtime 1 hr 30 min (90 min)
Genre Crime, Drama, Mystery
Writer Caroline Graham
Actors John Nettles, Jane Wymark, Barry Jackson
Country United Kingdom
Awards 1 win & 7 nominations
Production Company N/A
Sound Mix Stereo (1997-2004), Dolby Digital (2004-)
Aspect Ratio 1.78 : 1 (2004-2009), 16:9 HD (2009-), 4:3 (1997-2004)
Camera Arri Alexa (from 16th season), Arri Alexa camera, UltraPrime lenses, Canon C300 PL camera (Digital)
Film Length N/A
Negative Format Super 16 (Eastman EXR 100T 7248)
Cinematographic Process Super 16
Printed Film Format Video (PAL)