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Oct 04

Sunday Evening Television – Midsummer Murders

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Sunday Evening Television – Midsummer Murders

MM is now so synonymous with Sunday evenings it’s difficult to say which came first. It’s set in a part of England bereft of the dangers of multi-culturalism, where odd people are rechristened ‘eccentrics’ and despite a growing body count, it doesn’t affect the locals’ manners. “Terrible news about the postman being hacked to death with an axe, wasn’t it?” “Quite awful. Are you coming to Midsummer Fete at the weekend?” “Of course, I was welly-throwing champion last year.”

Everyone is so formal. “Ah, Chief Inspector Barnaby, hope you’re well this fine morning?” “Good morning Rector, my daughter sends her regards.” His daughter is the strangely named Cully and aged somewhere between 25 and 45. Personally I prefer Barnaby’s wife; quite fit for an older woman.

Scott, or his predecessor, Troy, are there because every copper needs a sidekick. They don’t interfere too much, aside from a bit of flirting with Cully and often threaten to leave to ‘go to the city’. In the end, they smirk and think they’ll ‘stick around’.

It generally takes the full two hours for Barnaby to work out who the killer is. “I think you’re the murderer, Rector.” The Rector, splashed with blood and holding an axe, is the last surviving citizen of Midsummer Fannydangle.

In the original series, it was easier to work out; the murderer was always the most famous ‘guest star’. Famous is a relative term of course, we’re talking Crossroads, Miss Marple, “that’s thingy” actors.

I tried watching an episode without drinking once. I wouldn’t recommend that, but with a bottle of wine, it winds-down Sunday nicely.

Comments

  1. 1
    Jan VanBlarcom on 16 Apr 2007 #

    I really miss Midsummer Murders on Sunday, it has gotten so boring now on Bio. channel without the wonderful English mysteries. Hopefully they will awake to find no one is watching the crap they have on now and give us back our Piorot and Midsummer and even Frost. If they are shown on another channel please let us know. Jan

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    ALICE JOHNSON on 20 May 2007 #

    I LOVE MIDSUMER MURDERS, NERO WOLF, I TOUGHT MIDSUMER MURDERS WAS SUPPOSE TO CONTINUE. YOU SAID THE NEW SHOWS WOULD START IN NOVEMBER 2006. ONLY A COUPLE NEW SHOWS WERE SHOWN. THERE ARE OTHER SHOWS I MISS SHERLOCK HOLMES, PIROIT(SP) ALOT OF THE SHOWS ARE INTERESTING BUT I KNOW THERE MUST ALOT OF SENIORS THAT WATCH THESE SHOWS. THEY MAKE YOU REMEMBER THINGS THAT YOU HAVEN’T SEEN AWHILE. PLEASE BRING THESE SHOW BACK. WE MISS THEM!!!!!!!!!!!

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    ALICE JOHNSON on 20 May 2007 #

    I LOVE MIDSUMER MURDERS, NERO WOLF, I TOUGHT MIDSUMER MURDERS WAS SUPPOSE TO CONTINUE. YOU SAID THE NEW SHOWS WOULD START IN NOVEMBER 2006. ONLY A COUPLE NEW SHOWS WERE SHOWN. THERE ARE OTHER SHOWS I MISS SHERLOCK HOLMES, PIROIT(SP) ALOT OF THE SHOWS ARE INTERESTING BUT I KNOW THERE MUST ALOT OF SENIORS THAT WATCH THESE SHOWS. THEY MAKE YOU REMEMBER THINGS THAT YOU HAVEN’T SEEN AWHILE. PLEASE BRING THESE SHOW BACK. WE MISS THEM!!!!!!!!!!! I DON’T UNDERSTAND WHAT YOU WANT. I HAVE HAD TOO MUCH TROUBLE TRYING TO LOG ON TO SEVERAL SITE TONITES AND IT IS TERRIBLE. WHAY MAKE IT SOOOOOOOO HARD TO JUST TO SIGN ON. Aajbutercup@aol.com. please make changes to make it easier!

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    Linda Bell on 21 May 2007 #

    Hopefully – Midsummer Murders, Piorot and past shows like Nero Wolf and Sherlock will be back. I have started recorded Piorot & Midsummer on Saturday afternoons so that I can watch them on Sunday nights. The mysteries were great and I miss them, putting it mildly.
    A & E – PLEASE BRING THEM BACK – there is nothing but junk on Sunday nights now.

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    gaylene brooks on 11 Jun 2007 #

    PLease bring back the English mysteries. Sherlock, MM, Piorot. Bio has junk on it now and I don’t even turn it on.

    Please Bring it Back!!!!!!

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    BEV on 14 Jul 2007 #

    PLEASE BRING BACK THE GOOD MYSTERIES.
    THERE IS NOTHING BUT TRASH ON TV NOW.
    BEV PALMER

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    Leon Simon on 29 Aug 2007 #

    We miss Midsummer Murders. I hope it is coming back.

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    Bonnie on 17 Sep 2007 #

    I just upgraded my cable channels & am paying an added fee to get the Bio Channel JUST to get Midsummer Murders, Perot, & Sherlock Holmes (mostly Midsummer Murders). Now I find they are gone. I’m really bummed about that. Please, please, please bring them back.

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    Larry Gravitte on 17 Sep 2007 #

    I agree. Are there any new shows coming back on BBC in november? Last year there was a series of repeats then new ones.

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    P.A.Burnside on 30 Sep 2007 #

    Whoever the genius is that cancelled Midsomer Murders on BIO needs a BIG promotion so that hopefully they will be removed from their current position and placed somewhere they can do no more harm.PLEASE bring back Midsomer murders.

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    maria on 12 Oct 2007 #

    i used to look forward to Sunday evening for a rerun of midsummer murders and Sunday night for the new show. now i dread the day because it reminds me that one of the most watchable shows on television is no longer on.

    may the fleas of a million stray dogs reside in the armpits of whoever decided to ruin Sunday tv.

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    bb on 12 Oct 2007 #

    please bring back midsummer murders

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    pat on 14 Oct 2007 #

    Glad to see I am not the only person upset at the schedule change on Bio. Hallmark channel has picked up a few of the mystery shows but I miss MM and Sherlock on Bio Sunday PMs. I no longer watch Bio at all.

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    Nicola Costello on 18 Oct 2007 #

    I would just like to say that Midsummer Murders is they best program. I wish it was on again on a Sunday Night as it was something which I looked forward to watching. Please bring it back on ITV.

    BRING BACK BARNABY, BRING BACK BARNABY, BRING BACK BARNABY, BRING BACK BARNABY!!!!

  15. 15
    Joan Welker on 27 Oct 2007 #

    I found this site by accident, and I am THRILLED to learn that others also miss Midsummer Murders, Sherlock, Nero Wolf, Piorot, etc.
    Sunday afternoon and eveing used to be wonderful to watch and now it is completely Bla. Please bring them all back!!!!!

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    Joan Welker on 27 Oct 2007 #

    I found this site by accident, and I am THRILLED to learn that others also miss Midsummer Murders, Sherlock, Nero Wolf, Piorot, etc.
    Sunday afternoon and eveing used to be wonderful to watch and now it is completely Bla. Please bring them all back!!!!!

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    Carol Johnson on 2 Nov 2007 #

    I too found this site by accident. Yes, please bring back Midsummer Murders. It is so much better than any thing else you can find on Sunday nights. It seems evident their will be an audience.

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    benny on 12 Nov 2007 #

    Are these comments being passed on to the programming chaps at BIO and A&E? They seem to be more concerned with the “otherworldly” and the “paranormal” than they are normal, run of the mill cozy murder mysteries. I like the idea of moving all of these shows to Hallmark, but honestly, some may be too graphic. How about Sleuth? Maybe they would show them in between “Miami Vice” reruns. As for the British mysteries, I sure do miss the intelligent writing and the outstanding acting by actors who have not been remade in their own image like their American counterparts.

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    Melissia on 9 Jan 2008 #

    I WANT MIDSUMMER BACK, I CAN NOT BELIEVE THEY TOOK IT OFF THE AIR. WHAT WAS BIO THINKING. MY ENTIRE FAMILY ENJOYED THE PROGRAM. SUNDAY NIGHTS, AND SATURDAY MORNINGS NOT THE SAME.

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    Marcello Carlin on 10 Jan 2008 #

    Extremely strange, especially when you consider there was a very similar programme on nine days ago entitled MIDSOMER Murders.

    Incidentally, that New Year one was terrific and a definite nod back to the days of The Avengers with lots of great, unsettling moments of surreal lite; the newly shot Donald Sinden trundling towards his eventual doom in a radio-controlled wheelchair, the Secretly Gay Husband And Possibly Not The Father being machine-gunned by his own garage door, Samantha Bond being chased Diana Rigg-style by an unmanned combine harvester – and the culprit (since Evil Richard Out Of Corrie would have been insultingly obvious) turns out to be meek and mild George Cole getting revenge for Sinden’s dad shooting his dad in WWI (“I looked after Mr Churchill’s television, you know”). Great stuff.

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    Paul Durham on 21 Jan 2008 #

    My Wife an I both want midsummer back on the air. Why would they take it off??? Need it back now please. Our they making new ones? Hope so. Sunday nights are not the same anymore.

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    margaret on 18 Mar 2008 #

    midsomer murder on tv, the scene has to be set in my living room
    I curled up on my sofa the fire roaring with the cat lying in front of it the lights down low and a glass of wine in my hand sunday evening is not the same without a mystery to solve bring it back pleaseeeeeeeeee

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    dora l on 17 Sep 2008 #

    the show of midsumer murders is great, very entertaining i just love it, so please have them bring the show back, and we will all be so happy and love you the most of all shows.

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    Patty Doidge on 1 Oct 2008 #

    I have to go to the library to see Midsummer.( check out DVD’s) I have cable and I love watching New miss Marple,Poirot, But even with all those stations, I would watch and rewatch Midsummer, and Poirot over and over. Good entertainment. Better than the other shows.

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    Mary Wancewicz on 14 Nov 2008 #

    Does anybody actually read this stuff? Anyway, they are supposed to have new shows of Midsomer in 2008, but I guess not here in the USA. I enjoy the show. My mother can’t understand what they are saying, but I can, I still watch EastEnders and can understand it all!!!!!!!!! Was it on Bio channel or A&E, I think Biography channel. I just love watching the beautiful English countryside and the relaxed ways of living. Bring it back!!!!!!!!

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