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Midsomer Murders: The Complete Series One And Two

Midsomer Murders: The Complete Series One And TwoFew drama series tick all the right
  boxes in the way that Midsomer
does. With tight plots, riveting
  performances and characterisations
  with keep-you-guessing crime-busting
  set in sleepy village locations, it was
  destined for greatness...”

THIS RECIPE FOR SUCCESS HAS ALL THE RIGHT INGREDIENTS FOR A GOOD MURDER MYSTERY; but throw in greed, incest, dear little old ladies who might not be quite as innocent as they seem, busybodies, lust and adultery, a terrific supporting cast and a screenplay by Anthony Horowitz (adapted from the novel by Caroline Graham) and it's compulsive viewing.

The icing on the cake, of course, is the unstoppable Det Chief Inspector Tom Barnaby (the wonderful John Nettles), who is instrumental in putting a stop to the shady goings-on. Now Acorn Media has released the series onto DVD so that loyal fans of Midsomer Murders can see the programme as it was intended. It is the first time this detective series has been released in its original order, series by series, from the first episode onwards.

Nothing is at all as it seems behind the neatly-trimmed hedges of the picturesque cottages. Beneath the tranquil surface of village life in the idyllic English county of Midsomer exist dark secrets, delicious scandals and appalling evil. It is left to Detective Chief Inspector Barnaby and his team — including Sergeant Troy (Daniel Casey) — to uncover the truth behind the mysterious killings that haunt the quiet English countryside.

Acclaimed by critics and audiences everywhere, Midsomer Murders is a welcome release, available now and featuring all eight episodes from series one and two. Experience the treasure of a true British classic television series that includes the pilot episode that started it all and that aired on 23 March, 1997.

The series features such fine actors as Jane Wymark, Renee Asherson, Rosalie Crutchley, Jonathan Firth, Julian Glover, Diana Hardcastle, Emily Mortimer and Richard Cant — who plays creepy undertaker Dennis Rainbird with relish — and Elizabeth Spriggs, playing his mother Iris, who turns to blackmail.

Midsomer Murders is Directed by Jeremy Silbertson; the music is composed by Jim Parker; Director of Photography is Nigel Walters and the series is produced by Betty Willingale and Brian True-May.

Midsomer Murders: The Complete Series One And Two is released on 6 April (2009). Catalogue Number: AV9931 | Running Time: 908 Minutes Approx | RRP: £59.99.

Special Features

John Nettles: Selected Works; Daniel Casey: Selected Works; Caroline Graham: Biography; Production Notes; Broadcast Dates; The Midsomer Map.

"An evening spent in the gently entertaining company of DCI Barnaby can't be beaten" — The Independent

"It is evident that here is the plot that we had all been waiting for. As I said, perfect." — Evening Standard

"It's three cheers for this glossy and well acted series that rarely disappoints with its consistently inventive plots and preposterous killings" — TV Times

"…tight plots, riveting performances and characterisations with keep-you-guessing crime-busting set in sleepy village locations, [Midsomer Murders] was destined for greatness" — Maggie Woods, MotorBar