One of my favorite movies is Hot Fuzz, where a hotshot detective from London is transferred to a quaint English village, because he is trying too hard. It turns out that the village is a hot mess of criminal activity and villagers start dropping like flies. I love the movie, which is utterly hilarious, but I never realized just exactly what it’s poking fun at until a friend mentioned Midsomer Murders to me.
Midsomer Murders is a British TV series set in a quaint conglomeration of English villages in a beautiful countryside, with Causton being a kind of administrative center. In Causton works Detective Chief Inspector Barnaby, who is assisted by a variety of Detective Sergeants, one a time, over the course of the series. DCI Tom Barnaby is never so excited as when there is murder afoot, which his wife Joyce and adult daughter Cully have learned to tolerate. In every episode, there is a murder, usually followed by more murders, so many, in fact, that I am wondering how this village hasn’t gotten depopulated by now. It goes like this.
The show is well written and based on a series of books by Caroline Graham. Somehow it manages to be lightly humorous and so charming, despite the horrible murdering left and right. It’s like comfort murder? Not sure what it says about us, but Gordon and I really enjoy it. We are watching it through Amazon on Acorn TV, but it’s also available on Netflix, iTunes (paid per episode) and so on. There are 19 seasons and episodes are an hour and a half long, so in our house it’s the pre-go to bed TV.
Another hilarious thing – there are a lot of actors who got their start on Midsomer. For example, this fresh-faced gentleman with Patric Swayze haircut and an earring.
So if you haven’t watched this before, Gordon and I definitely recommend it.