Midsomer Murders: 15 mysterious facts about the popular show on British TV/Famous Faces Brutally Killed As It Returns for 20th Series

The Telegraph – By Clive Morgan – Re-posted from 2016 March 01, 2019


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1 Since Midsomer Murders first aired in 1997, it has featured 222 murders (an average of nearly three per episode), plus 11 accidental deaths, 11 suicides and seven deaths from natural causes.

2 Bizarre and gruesome murder implements include a cricket bat, a fire iron, a saucepan, a faulty microphone, the cord of a camera light meter, a candlestick, a doped horse, a pitchfork, a Celtic spear, liquid nicotine, a syringe, toxic fungus, a necktie, a slide projector, a switchblade razor, a drinks cabinet, a plough, a hammer, hemlock, vintage claret, bottles of relish, a poisonous frog, a longbow arrow, a French guillotine, a prop theatrical knife, King Neptune’s trident, a hatpin, an Iron Maiden… and alien abduction.

3 The original title for the series was Barnaby. Midsomer Murders was suggested by scriptwriter Anthony Horowitz.

4 The pilot episode, The Killings at Badger’s Drift, attracted an audience of 13.5million – making it the highest-rating single drama of 1997.

5 The very first murder victim in Midsomer was Emily Simpson, who was hit over the head with an iron bar, breaking her neck. She was then dragged to the bottom of the stairs by the murderess, Katherine Lacey.

6 Midsomer Murders is now sold to more than 200 countries, including the United States.

7 The theme tune is rerecorded for every episode using an unusual instrument called a theremin, invented in Russia in 1919 by physicist Leon Theremin.

8 Midsomer Murders has hired 942 actors and more than 22,000 extras.

9 The production has used over 3,400,000 feet of film in 1,761 filming days for 40,177 individual shots.

10 Each episode takes five weeks to film and can involve as many as 120 people on set.

11 As well as a list of guest stars spanning the crème of British acting talent, Olympic rowing gold medallist Sir Steve Redgrave appeared in a cameo role as himself in Dead in the Water, filmed at Henley Regatta in July 2004.

12 The wedding congregation in the episode titled Blood Wedding was made up of 34 members of the national press, posing as wedding guests.

13 John Nettles once knocked on a door during filming and announced himself as “Detective Sergeant Bergerac” (his former role).

14 Midsomer Murders was a top trending topic on Twitter last September when the episode The Silent Land was broadcast.

15 Sharon Stone, Sir Roger Moore, Holly Willoughby and Johnny Depp are all rumoured to want a part as either a victim or a murderer in future episodes of Midsomer Murders.


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Famous Faces Brutally Killed As It Returns for it’s 20th Series


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Six feature-length episodes will be on ITV next month as we look back on the show’s best moments – including Orlando Bloom being killed with a pitchfork.

The opening episode will be starring: Neil Dudgeon as DCI Barnaby, Nick Hendrix as DS Jamie Winter and Jason Hughes as DS Ben Jones.

Life expectancy in the seemingly picture postcard perfect Midsomer has turned into a national joke over the years.

Comedians have made so many quips about the dangers of living in this quiet corner of England that it is now a comic cliche.

But do a body count over the ITV detective drama’s 22 years you realise they have a point.

With six feature-length episodes on ITV next month – Midsomer Murder’s 20th series – expect more death on our screens. And lots of it.

The total number of killings in Midsomer County has hit 347. Yet it is not just the number of murders but the manner of the deaths which the series’ millions of fans find so grimly fascinating.

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The whole series is on Netflix, AcornTV & Britbox to name a few & it’s a known fact in the UK that Midsomer Murders is the Queen’s favorite show.

Posted by Teri Perticone

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