(Photo: Neil Dudgeon as DCI Barnaby, courtesy Acorn TV)
Subscription streamer Acorn TV has a special treat in store for Midsomer Murders fans over the next 10 Mondays: the top 10 episodes as selected by Neil Dudgeon, who has starred as Detective Chief Inspector John Barnaby since 2011. Dudgeon will introduce the episodes and provide anecdotes about their production.
Up first, on July 1, is Dudgeon’s first episode as lead, “Death in the Slow Lane,” which kicked off season 14 of the now-20-season series. DCI Barnaby arrives in Midsomer, where he soon discovers that quaint and quirky go hand in hand with lots of murders.
July 8 brings Dudgeon’s choice for “Most Dramatic” episode: “The Dark Rider,” which kicked off season 15. Preparing for a reenactment of the 17th Century English Civil War, members of a family that’s been involved in a feud just as ancient keep seeing a headless horseman and then getting murdered.
Get ready for Dudgeon’s pick as “Funniest Moment” on July 15. It occurs during “A Dying Art” (season 18, episode 4), in which murder mars the opening of a sculpture park.
On July 22, you’ll travel to Dudgeon’s choice of “Best Location” – a cloistered nunnery. In “A Sacred Trust” (season 14, episode seven), DCI Barnaby must solve the murder of, you guessed it, a nun.
July ends with Dudgeon’s choice for “Landmark Episode”: number 100 of the series, to be exact. “The Killings of Copenhagen,” also the fifth and final episode of season 16, involves a biscuit magnate, his poisoning by one of his own biscuits while in Denmark, and a couple of female Danish detectives.
Another five episodes will debut weekly on Mondays through Labor Day.
Midsomer Murders has now produced 122 episodes over 20 seasons. You can stream all of them with subscriptions to either Acorn TV or BritBox, or free with ads on The Roku Channel. You can also stream the first 19 seasons with a Netflix subscription, the first 10 seasons with an Amazon Prime subscription, and the first 13 seasons free on a dedicated Pluto TV channel.
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