THE murder count is set to rise in Midsomer.
Although schedules have yet to be finalised, it looks like a double treat is on the way for fans of John Nettles.
Two new episodes are set to be screened – one at Christmas and one at New Year. *(See update below)
And each one features a former Coronation Street star.
In Shot At Dawn, a family feud dating back to World War One comes to a head in Midsomer Parva after the unveiling of a war memorial.
Mayor Dave Hicks, played by Brian Capron, blames an upper crust family for the death of his grandfather, shot for cowardice at the Somme.
Brian was, of course, Corrie killer Richard Hillman.
He was also the first to be voted off the current series of Strictly Come Dancing.
That’s due to be followed by Death In A Chocolate Box.
A sex scandal which took place at Causton police station 16 years ago comes back to haunt Barnaby when an old colleague is battered to death.
Angie Walker, the barmaid at the Safe Haven pub, is played by Sue Jenkins.
It marks a return to the bar for Sue, who was Rovers barmaid Gloria Todd.
The two Midsomer films again co-star Jason Hughes as Det Sgt Ben Jones.
They also mark the start of a new 2008 series.
That will include the wedding of Barnaby’s daughter Cully (Laura Howard), which I attended back in June.
*Dec 6 update: A change of plan by the schedulers.
There won’t be a Midsomer Murders on Christmas night – it would have been in direct competition with the one-off return of BBC1’s To The Manor Born.
ITV1 bosses have scheduled the 2003 film Love Actually instead.
Shot At Dawn will now be screened at 9pm on New Year’s Day, with Death In A Chocolate Box yet to be scheduled.