It’s Murder In Midsomer


THE hottest day of the year and a trip to a secret location in the killing fields of Buckinghamshire.
Midsomer Murders is filmed in some of England’s most picturesque villages, which is where I’m headed to interview John Nettles and other cast members.
Tom Barnaby and co have already completed work on their 50th ITV1 episode – due on screen in the autumn – and are busy making several more films in the scorching heat. Now sold to over 200 countries, the series is one of British TV’s greatest ever success stories.
It’s mainly shot in various parts of the countryside on either side of the M40 corridor between London and Oxford, an area you may know well, even if you’ve never visited.


Part of the fun of watching Midsomer Murders is spotting the locations, usually within easy driving distance of the production’s base at Pinewood Studios. If you’re struggling, there’s always Joan Street’s wonderful Midsomer website to help you out.
I’ve been on location with John Nettles and Bentley Productions many times and often return on days off to explore the various villages and towns in Buckinghamshire, Oxfordshire, Hertfordshire and Surrey. It’s a region steeped in film and TV history – from wartime films, through classic television shows like The Avengers, up to present day productions.
One tourist favourite is Turville, on the Bucks / Oxon border. It doubles for Dibley in the Dawn French sitcom The Vicar of Dibley and contains the exterior of Rev Geraldine Granger’s home, as well as the real life church which provides both the interior and exterior of St Barnabus of Dibley – scene of Alice Tinker’s unforgettable “Teletubby” wedding.


The BBC1 comedy, first screened in 1994, comes to an end this year with a two-part Christmas special, amid speculation that village vicar Geraldine will be married off. The series will live on, of course, via repeats and DVD. And for those who love the title music (Psalm 23), it’s available on Howard Goodall’s Choral Works CD.

Among other productions, Turville was the location for Goodnight Mister Tom, starring the late John Thaw. Go here and scroll down for images from Joseph Horodyski’s website – another labour of love. The village can also be seen in the new ITV1 adaptations of Agatha Christie’s Marple.
Plenty of big screen films have been made around here as well. The windmill on the hill overlooking Turville was the home of Caractacus Potts, played by Dick Van Dyke, and his family in the 1968 Disney film Chitty Chitty Bang Bang.
The village has changed little since it was invaded by Germans in the 1942 British propaganda film Went The Day Well? Sixty-four years on, it is still a picture of old England – including the popular local pub The Bull and Butcher.
It’s just one of many hidden gems in an area of winding single track country lanes and picture book villages. Aside from their natural beauty, they’re ideal for filming because they are generally very quiet… apart, of course, from all those murders.
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21 responses to “It’s Murder In Midsomer

  1. Joan Prendergast

    Just want to tell you I love watching midsomer murders and just want you to know as an ex Lancashire lass please keep it coming on bbc america. Thanks and tell John he is the greatest and the rest of the crew but I must admit there is more mayhem there than in Philadelphia, just kidding. JP

  2. Hi, on the Visit Buckinghamshire website there is a whole section about Midsomer Murders as well as a PDF guide that you can download that gives you a tour of the villages.

  3. Ian Wylie

    Thanks Helen. Click on Helen’s name in the message above to go to the website, or click here:
    http://www.midsomermurders.net/

  4. Hayley Rush

    hi,
    im 17 and from Australia, and would just like to say on behalf of all my friends and family, that we love Midsomer Murders. Mum never misses it, and my friends and I sing the theme song and various other songs from the series constantly! I can’t wait for the next season, when Cully gets married… and my best friend and I are fighting over the name Cully, because we both want to call our future daughter that!
    Hayley

  5. Suzan

    My satellite’s been off for about the last month and I have really missed Midsomer. It should be up and running in a couple of weeks and then I can catch up on the episodes I missed. I really love this show.

  6. Danielle

    I absolutely love Midsomer Murders! I prefer the older ones with Troy but I will always love the show because John Nettles is awesome!!

  7. Barry

    Love the programme but I must confess I wish I knew where Midsomer is, so that I can give it a wide berth! All those murders! it must be one of the most violent places in the World. 🙂

  8. Nicole

    My husband and I live in the Vermont. A relatively small New England state in the US. We’re coming to London this September and can’t wait to tour around the towns of Midsomer. We love the series and catch as many episodes as possible using our DVR. We enjoy John Nettles so much that we ordered as many Bergerac DVD’s as possible.
    Can’t wait for more episodes of Midsomer to air on BBCA.

  9. Laura Atkinson

    Hi, is Laura Howard the only actress to appear as Cully Barnaby.
    thanks

  10. Ian Wylie

    Laura – yes, Laura Howard is the only actress to play the role of Cully Barnaby. She has appeared since the pilot episode, with a break in a number of episodes where the character did not feature. There’s an interview with Laura here:
    http://tinyurl.com/36mujm
    …and, if you haven’t done so already, check out later Midsomer blog entries.

  11. fia

    Hello..i come from sweden and i really like Midsomer Murders…but it’s pity that my favourite program has ended :(so now i going to the shop and by all of the midsomer murders DVD box…I hope they have them here in the little Kalmar :/
    By the way, everyone who’s helped to do MM, you have done an excellent job!! We are so thankful here in sweden, special me…oh, i see the times run away, i need some sleep =P
    Jason Hughes and John Nettles are the best actors in the world. Sorry Mikael Persbrandt and Stellan Skarsgård, but this is REAL actors. Lots Of Love, Fia Torstensson from Kalmar, Sweden. Hello..i come from sweden and i really like Midsomer Murders…but it’s pity that my favourite program has ended :(so now i going to the shop and by all of the midsomer murders DVD box…I hope they have them here in the little Kalmar :/
    By the way, everyone who’s helped to do MM, you have done an excellent job!! We are so thankful here in sweden, special me…oh, i see the times run away, i need some sleep =P
    Jason Hughes and John Nettles are the best actors in the world. Sorry Mikael Persbrandt and Stellan Skarsgård, but this is REAL actors. Lots Of Love, Fia Torstensson from Kalmar, Sweden. <3<3<3

  12. Charlie Gravitte

    I have been a fan of British tv since the 70’s. 2 up 3 down, Doctor Doctor, Insp. Morse, Frost, Holmes, Cracker, i could go on… 🙂 Im in the us army. My wish is to someday go to England and see these sites for myself.

  13. Deepa Shanmugam

    Hi I’m from Malaysia and just love watching Midsomer Murders. I think it gets your mind thinking who’s next and who could be the killer!

  14. Steph Rogers

    Hi Watch all Midsomer murders the best thing on TV. when can we see the new ones for 2008. Do you have a date for showing them?
    Keep up the brilliant work.
    Steph Rogers

  15. Ian Wylie

    Thanks Steph. There are several new episodes currently queued up and awaiting transmission dates. Nothing fixed yet but I would expect ITV1 to screen some of them later this spring.

  16. Poppy

    Hi! I love Midsomer Murders, but I have a difficult time finding airings in my area. I know that I am quite a few seasons behind because I had no idea Cully was preparing for a marriage! Who is it? Is there a way that I can become up-to-date with the most recent seasons? Thank you!

  17. Ian Wylie

    Hi Poppy – if you haven’t done so already, click on the link to read later Midsomer Murders blogs, where you will find more info about Cully’s wedding and her husband-to-be. In particular, click here:
    http://tinyurl.com/3afljr
    for a blog about the wedding day itself.
    Also check out Joan Street’s Midsomer Murders site at:
    http://tinyurl.com/cajyz

  18. Lisa

    I adore the theme music for this show as much as the show itself. I whistle it all the time. This show is a big hit in Canada to where I emigrated in 1957 from Yorkshire. All the British shows are loved here because they are just excellent, ours are crap! Thank you England!

  19. Barb in Bellingham

    Have just begun to watch the series on DVDs from the library. Last night we watched “Second Sight” from a few years ago, Does anyone know what the herb is that Romany Rose tosses to Barnaby as she drives past him out of the village?

  20. Barbara Walker

    Th herb would have been Rosemary for rememberance the gypsies always left that with us when they visited our vilkages.I love Midsomer and moved to a village in the Southern Highlands of NSW Australia as it reminds me so much of england,keep up the good work.

  21. Frances

    Whaaaat! It’s a totally boring show with very little to recommend it. A total waste of good actors.

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