Much loved in Scandinavia (never understood that one), Midsomer Murders is a doughty, hardy perennial with storylines that seem to be getting dafter and dafter as the series trundle by. Set in the bucolic environs of Midsomer, the village has become a byword and joke for murder. It’s surprising that there are any residents left after the mayhem that has ensued for almost 20 years. But let’s not forget that the series is responsible for my favourite death in television, when Martine McCutcheon was killed by a giant piece of cheese. Today ITV announced that it’ll be back for more episodes, although the channel couldn’t confirm that cheese would be a part them.
The ever-popular crime drama has been recommissioned for a further six feature length episodes.
Filming is already underway for the 18th series, made by Bentley Productions (part of All3media) and starring Neil Dudgeon as DCI John Barnaby and Gwilym Lee as DS Charlie Nelson, for transmission in 2016.
Joining the team this series will be a new pathologist Dr Kam Karimore played by Manjinder Virk, who will assist Barnaby and Nelson as they tackle intricate murder mysteries in the beautiful but deadly countryside of Midsomer.
Storylines will include bodysnatching, competitive cycling and the sighting of UFO’s over Midsomer County.